Using the current logic that comes out of Newcastle United and repeated by the journalists servile to them, it must be a positive that Mike Ashley is still to replace Demba Ba.
A full 17 days have passed since Alan Pardew jumped ship for Crystal Palace and we are told it is a good thing that the club are keeping their powder dry, making sure they get the right candidate and so on.
I think we all accept that Mike Ashley is not in the middle of intense negotiations to get a currently employed top level manager out of his contract, haggling over compensation and so on, so what can justify the delay?
The Ashley NUFC mantra of course is ‘Getting by another season’, which brings us back to Demba Ba.
Newcastle needed a third striker back in 2012 to complement Ba and Papiss Cisse, plus give United insurance against Demba Ba eventually leaving via his selling clause, as had been heavily speculated in every transfer window he’d been at the club.
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Of course Newcastle sold Demba Ba AND bought no new striker in that January 2013 window.
It is now 2 years 10 days since Ba joined Chelsea and still Mike Ashley has refused to buy a replacement. Pardew as usual asked for one in the last summer window and instead of giving him a quality striker, he gave him a cut price journeyman in Emmanuel Riviere, who still hasn’t scored a Premier League goal five months later.
Of course as usual Ashley got lucky in that Ayoze Perez, a young support striker/linking midfield and attack player, has made the step up from the Spanish second division instantly and scored crucial goals that have made the difference between a relegation spot and mid-table…at the moment.
The team and club are staying afloat but as usual Mike Ashley has only allowed the one paddle so we are going around in circles, hoping that big wave doesn’t come along and sink us.
A bit like the signings Newcastle did make in January 2013 that ended up keeping Newcastle in the Premier League, if United were currently in immediate relegation trouble then Ashley would have appointed a manager/head coach by now.
As we are stuck in this mid-table spot for now, the only intention appears to be to do nothing, no new man in charge and no new players.
The only action by the club is getting pet journalists to tell us how hard Newcastle are working behind the scenes to get the new head coach in.
Would I have wanted either Alan Pardew or Tony Pulis? The easy answer is no because I wouldn’t.
However, do I think that the bloke we get next will be any better…I have my doubts, especially if he is going to be forced to work with the same coaching team and/or not given support via the transfer market.
There was real chance of momentum when Pardew left, supporters buoyed by separating from a managerial situation that had become entrenched negativity, on top of whatever failings Pardew actually had as a manager. If a new manager/.head coach had swept in then with a new coaching team and then being given a striker and centre-back by Graham Carr, then I think we could have seen a massive groundswell of both positive results and goodwill from the terraces.
The latest from the local press today is that it’s even a blessing in disguise as the two week gap due to no FA Cup fourth round, could/will allow a new man to bed in properly.
Managers come and go at clubs all the time and what happens at the vast majority is that there is an instant upturn thanks to a new man in charge, why would Newcastle be any different?
Unless United are persuading Sir Alex Ferguson to come out of retirement or paying good money to get a real up and coming coach/manager – foreign or otherwise, out of his contract, this current inaction is only doing the club harm.
At this rate it is hard to know where I’d put my money on – Newcastle replacing Alan Pardew or Demba Ba first?