I read the majority of the articles on The Mag and have been an avid Newcastle supporter since I was a boy.
Of late it’s difficult for all of us, but I hear the same stories and same blame game all over the internet.
The root of our problem lies at the feet of one man…..not Ashley, McLaren, Carver, Pardew, Hughton or Kinnear.
That man is Graham Carr. He should bear the majority blame for Newcastle’s problems…..but for some reason, he always gets overlooked.
For whatever reason, Graham Carr has Ashley convinced he is the best scout in the world and for those reasons he should have control over all Newcastle’s transfer activity. Thus creating the need for a ‘Coach’ versus a ‘Manager’.
We have heard from many many top Managers that have stated they would never work in a system where they didn’t have control over the transfer system.
One big flaw with this is it limits the talent that we can attract to take over the ‘Coach’ role….Patrick Vieira being the most recent case this summer. Now I recognize Patrick would have been a gamble given his inexperience…..but what an exciting gamble that could have been….and would we be any worse off than we are right now?
With this much power in the wrong place, we will never get a top manager and even middle of the road managers like Pardew and McClaren will not be able to succeed. Pardew is a great example of this when you look at what he is doing with Palace right now.
Now, let’s look at Carr’s record since having all this power, in a success or flop comparison:
Remy (Kinnear did this one)
Luuk De Jong
Jury still out
Siem De Jong
Thauvin (although looks like a flop)
Wijnaldum (isn’t living up to expectations, so could be a flop)
Mitrovic (spent more time out the team than in, certainly a flop so far)
Only 6 players from 24 signings can be considered a success….that’s a 25% success rate. When you look at the jury still out column, early signs point towards more being flops than successes.
For those reasons, I believe this is what we should focus on….
If we do what we’ve always done, we will get what we’ve always got and the results above are not good enough. Certainly not good enough to refuse to speak to any top managers that would not work in our system.
I believe any manager; Pardew, Carver, McClaren could do better than the above if they had control. Not to mention some of the players Carr deemed not good enough – Bony, Gomis, Ayew just to name a few….and look what they have done to Swansea!!
Let’s look beyond the obvious and get to the root of our issue.
A disgruntled fan…..
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