Newcastle wheel out Director Bobby Moncur to reassure fans…
Bobby Moncur was a legend as a player at Newcastle United, a committed defender and captain, the last man to hold up silverware at the club when the Fairs Cup was lifted in 1969.
However, fair to say that recent years has seen his stock fall with fans, especially those who weren’t around in his playing days, the former playing star now simply seen as a Mike Ashley apologist by many.
Often defending the indefensible as the club fell apart under Ashley, paid employee Bobby Moncur has regularly been wheeled out to put an opposing point to what the fans are saying.
After Steve McClaren was sacked following a disastrous nine months in charge, Moncur claimed he had done a ‘good job’.
Whilst in March 2015 as John Carver was halfway through his mission to try and relegate Newcastle from a seemingly impossible position, Bobby Moncur was pushing for Carver to get the job long-term:
“I have seen John Carver at close hand working with the players at Newcastle United and I have to say it’s impressive to see.
“There are people who like the idea of a big name in charge but I think Newcastle have been down that route before.
“I see where people are coming from in that perhaps John does not have the worldwide fame to attract player but he’s so passionate about the club he can still sell the club to them and that makes up for it. One thing is for sure he fits in with what the club are looking for.
“He would work well with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr and I think three heads are better than one with transfers.
“JC already understands those rules and if he did get that top 10 place he would deserve a crack at the job on a full-time basis.”
Moving back to the present day, after Graham Carr’s departure, what laughingly passes for a board at Newcastle United now consists of only Lee Charnley and Bobby Moncur (although Companies House records show that Carr hasn’t yet formally been removed as a Director).
In his latest interview, Bobby Moncur accepts that Rafa Benitez is definitely ‘frustrated’ with the lack of quality signings so far but says ‘things might change a little bit’ in these two and a half weeks before the Premier League kicks off.
Moncur says that Newcastle couldn’t have a better manager than Rafa Benitez and ‘if anybody is going to bring us back to where we should be…Rafa is the man’.
For 99.9% of Newcastle fans it isn’t doubts about Rafa Benitez that are a concern, more the suspicion that just like in January, the club are not willing to push through the signings that the United boss wants.
You could have all the best managers in the world at the club but even between them they could only make players a certain standard as a team, until first team signings of substance are made rather than squad players such as Manquillo, Lejeune and Atsu, and transfer fees/wages paid…supporters won’t be convinced that Rafa Benitez is getting the full backing of Mike Ashley and his minions.
Or as Rafa put it himself…“Hopefully, Mike Ashley can keep his word and we can do what we want to do.”
Bobby Moncur talking to the BBC:
“I think Rafa Benitez is frustrated, there is no doubt about that.
“But I think at this time of the season, the next two or three weeks, things might change a little bit and there will be more movement.
“We couldn’t have a better manager in charge than Rafa.
“He is a good manager with a great record and I think if anybody is going to bring us back to where we should be, competing at the very top, Rafa is the man.”
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