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Dear John

6 years ago

Dear John

I am sure you are a decent, hard-working man.  You may even be a decent coach.  But you are not a good football manager.

It is now apparent that you are woefully, hopelessly out of your depth at Newcastle United.  I accept the arguments that the executive team and the owner have not provided enough quality players;  however, there is more than enough quality in the squad to get results.  A good manager would get results; you have not, and by that measure, you are not a good manager.

We should start with man-management.  A good manager, after a win (not that you’d know much about those), would come out and give all of the credit to his players.  Equally, after a loss, a good manager would come out and take all the blame himself.  A good manager takes all of the flak but transfers all of the praise to his players.  The players appreciate that; it makes them trust the manager, it makes them like the manager, and it makes them want to play for him.

A good manager certainly does not come out and, in public, name the players he thinks are failing him.  In fact, that’s one of the stupidest things a manager can do and you have done it repeatedly.

Now let’s talk football.  Your stated aim is that you want to send teams out to win every game.  However, we are falling down the table, and are in danger of relegation; we do not need to win.  We have just lost 7 games; 5 draws from those seven games would have seen us reach 40 points.  Do I want to see us grind out draws?  Absolutely not.  But needs must and we need to be in the Premier League.  One point is better than zero every time.

Organisation is supposed to be the strength of a good football coach; so organise the team. Make sure we have two banks of four, with the midfield protecting the defence; squeeze the space and make it hard for the opposition to play through us; pressure them when they are on the ball; and hit them on the break, with the pace of Sissoko, Perez, Cabella or Obertan. Tell the team to stop giving away stupid free-kicks and corners, set-pieces lead to goals. Tell Coloccini that he can’t win every challenge and that when he gets pulled out of position, it creates danger for the team.

It’s not hard John.  Pulis has done it at Stoke, Palace and now West Brom.  Pardew is doing it at Palace.  Organisation wins games, John.

Leicester City have just won 4 in a row.  Four.  Have you taken a look at their squad, John? Do you think it’s better than ours?

The best thing for both of us is if you resign.  Now.  Immediately.  We need someone who understands football and who understands man-management.  We have 4 games left and a good manager will see us OK.  You are not that manager.

Please go John.  Go, or start doing your job.

Yours Sincerely



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