Only 36 days after NUFC beat Sunderland 5-1 on Halloween 2010, Mike Ashley issued the following statement:
“The board now feels an individual with more managerial experience is needed to take the club forward.”
That was the justification for sacking Chris Hughton and then appointing Alan Pardew.
It came to mind when I read this morning on The Mag that John Carver thought a derby win might seal the job long-term for him, with Pardew’s former assistant also saying that he hopes what he has done so far will also help his ‘case’.
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Chris Hughton was sacked on 6 December 2010 – 36 days after beating Sunderland, 29 days after beating Arsenal at the Emirates and only 9 days after drawing with Chelsea.
Since taking over at Newcastle, John Carver has had 12 games and had 2 wins, 3 draws and 7 defeats. His dozen matches have seen
In Chris Hughton’s final 12 matches, he had 4 wins, 3 draws and 5 defeats. Those dozen games included hammering Sunderland, winning away at West Ham and Arsenal, beating Everton and the draw with Chelsea.
Chris Hughton led United on a stroll to promotion as champions, despite Mike Ashley selling anybody he had an offer for. Only £5m was spent on players after promotion yet Hughton had United comfortable in mid-table despite that pittance spent on team strengthening for a promoted team, plus some great results as outlined above, as well as stuffing Aston Villa 6-0 in the first home game of the season.
Surely with the massive mess at Newcastle United that needs to be sorted now that statement about needing somebody with extensive managerial experience is a no-brainer.
If you accept the above, then giving the job long-term to John Carver would clearly be gross negligence by Mike Ashley.