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The only one of Newcastle Coaching staff I’d keep

7 years ago

The only one of the Newcastle Coaching staff that I would keep is the one who drives the bus!

On a more serious note, if Mike Ashley did by some remote chance appoint a credible manager, what on earth would he make of his hired ‘help’?

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Whilst there is universal desperation for a ‘proper’ manager to be appointed, that runs alongside a seeming acceptance that the current Newcastle Coaching staff will remain. A big part of that being that fans think Ashley would be unwilling to pay up John Carver’s contract as an assistant manager – but what’s that compared to what it would have cost Ashley (and us!) if Newcastle had been relegated???

Which decent manager/head coach doesn’t instantly want/need to bring in his own tried and trusted team?

Fair enough if Newcastle had looked great over the last few years but they have been anything but.

2012/13 – Almost relegated and only saved on second last day of the season.

2013/14 – Total collapse in second half of the season, only winning 5 of last 21 matches.

2014/15 – Only stayed up on last day of the season, ending up with 3 wins in last 20 matches.

Can you tell me a single player who has improved under the coaching at the club?

The players haven’t got a clue how to defend corners/set-pieces.

The players don’t have a clue how to score from corners/set-pieces.

The defence has been atrocious and conceded the following number of goals:

2012/13 68 goals (Only 3 clubs condeded more)

2013/14 59 goals (Only 5 conceded more)

2014/15 63 goals (Only 1 club conceded more)

When it comes to specifics, what has happened with our goalkeepers?

The odd time Rob Elliot is ‘fit’ enough to get on the pitch he looks a couple of stone overweight.

Jak Alnwick looked way below standard and unprepared when called upon.

Whilst if you are honest, Tim Krul is a shadow of what he was in that 2011/12 season. He can’t even kick the ball properly half the time now, the QPR winner a typical example.

The goalkeeping shambles has to be lain at the door of Andy Woodman specifically, brought in by Alan Pardew, you have to say that he has overseen a desperate situation.

As for the rest?

Dave Watson only has relatively little past experience which was coaching young players at Wigan.

Steve Stone had never worked anywhere before getting a job at Newcastle.

Same with Peter Beardsley, never worked anywhere but Newcastle.

As for John Carver?

Whether he is/was a decent number two, he is simply toxic now where the fans are concerned.

A record of 3 wins in 20 is disastrous and almost brought relegation on us, whilst his off-pitch press conferences have been embarrassing.

Appointing a decent manager and keeping this lot, is like bringing in Lewis Hamilton and giving him a fifteen year old Ford Fiesta to drive.

Time for not just a new manager but a new broom to bring a whole new professional set-up in, with a track record of success.


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