Who is the most disastrous Newcastle United Manager of the Mike Ashley era?
It’s a tricky one, isn’t it.
So many candidates but which one stands out for you.
We have taken out the obvious ones, you know, the ones who impressed and the fans had faith in.
The likes of Kevin Keegan and Chris Hughton, plus of course Rafa Benitez.
As for Alan Shearer, he was given an impossible job after the mess that had been created before he was brought in, eight games nowhere near enough to judge somebody on.
So what does that leave?
Sam Allardyce – Not appointed by Mike Ashley but what a disaster. Arguably shaped Ashley’s reticence to speculate in the transfer market, particularly in terms of paying wages, a terrible summer 2007 transfer window that laid the foundations for relegation the following season – inherited a squad as well that had some decent players. Terrible football to watch.
Joe Kinnear – Clueless as a manager and as for off the pitch…what an embarrassment. The first time we had seen Mike Ashley bring in one of his own people and set the trend for years to come. Newcastle were relegated at the end of that season, whilst even club legend Shay Given had seen enough, not able to stand any more of this Ashley/JFK circus.
Alan Pardew – The ultimate yes man. Having been sacked by then third tier Southampton, only Ashley would have the nerve to claim it was a forward step to replace Chris Hughton with Pardew. We quickly learnt that he would say and do anything to cover the back of his boss, whilst his tactical nous was almost non-existent. So desperate was he to take the job, he was prepared to do it with no say on transfers, probably just as well really.
John Carver – The man who almost succeeded in completing Mission Impossible. Another one who embarrassed the club off the pitch and who almost got the club relegated from a seemingly impregnable position when he took over halfway through.
Steve McClaren – Another who was so desperate that he agreed to any terms after being sacked by Championship side Derby, no say on transfers and like Pardew & Carver, was happy to say and do anything on behalf of Mike Ashley. This era was the one where we regularly had PR emails sent to fans with names such as McClaren’s attached. Whilst he had no say on transfers, around £80m was spent on players and he was absolutely clueless in using/organising them.
What a strong line-up but there can be only one winner.