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.

Vote now.




  • Cockneytrev

    Need more than one vote,, between them they couldn’t run a bath,,,,

  • Dillon Tovak

    My inclination was to go for Kinnear but I’d say the real losing mentality set in from top to bottom was probably during Pardews reign so I went for him.
    We did have one good season that I enjoyed immensely though so a little credit to him for that.

    • Rich Lawson

      I went for JFK as well,totally out of his depth bringing his Wimbledon nonsense to St James.

  • John Ward

    Almost impossible to decide, but Carver’s “best coach in the Premier League” comment just tipped it for me

    • Leazes.

      Carver was best manager we had by far in that selection, he kept us up….. unfortunately he’s the ‘Biffa Bacon’ of the football world and threatening the entire Gallowgate end didn’t do him any good.

      • Rich Lawson

        At least he had good entertainment value and whilst abroad managed to single handly start a riot in protest at his managerial skills.And he had a go at chinning Bellamy,man of the people !!

      • Kneebotherm8

        😂😂😂

  • Paul Patterson

    Aside from Allardyce, there’s one man that links them all and HE is the problem, no one else..

    • Kneebotherm8

      Aye,he’s given us plenty choice in this particular poll……on the other hand…..who’s the best manager he’s appointed?…….only two to choose from I’d say….

  • TheNutJob

    McMuppet, you could see him cracking up before your eyes.
    the best was Geordie John Carver, Toon legend who saved us from relegation

    • Kneebotherm8

      Aye,Geordie John saved us……..and Rafa got us relegated……..according to you know who….👻🏇

  • Wezza147

    Tough one but my pick is Pardew. Simply because it is under him all our best players were Pardewed, not trained correctly and he would always always, when chasing a game, replace a LB with a LB. under him we’ll really fell into mediocrity. Also the quotes born under him that are still used to this day “We couldn’t get him over the line” and also this puppet was feeding us the lie that we couldn’t compete with Swansea and Stoke. A true puppet who fell from 5th to absolute mediocrity.
    Yes McClaren had spent a lot of money on Carr flops but the mediocrity continued.
    Feel free to voice your opinions. I just think under Pardew the main mediocrity began. It is a tough question because they were all awful plus I hated Pardew the most.

  • Peter C

    Joe Kinnear definitely the most disastrous, and embarrassing, closely followed by John Carver, but who was the guy who hired them.

  • Geordieguy

    I can’t decide. It’s an embarrassment of riches. Well certainly an embarrassment anyway

  • ghostrider

    The most disastrous is not even on there.
    Kevin Keegan’s second stint was the straw that broke the camels back and is why this club has faltered ever since due to the hatred for Ashley and the messiah love for Keegan…even though he tried to take this club (not Ashley) to the cleaners, at a time when it was in financial difficulty.

    • TheFatController

      What’s Keegan ever done to you?

      Yesterday Rafa was a money grabbing wh0re and today it’s Keegan?

      Should you be allowed out? That’s some very bad issues seeping out through the seems of you posts.

      Who next for your libellous nonsense? Jackie Milburn?

      • ghostrider

        Keegan has done nothing to me personally but tried to take the club to the cleaners because he spat his dummy out and couldn’t handle the pressure when he realised he wasn’t getting a blank cheque.

        • Lord

          Do you not think the Xisco and Milner transfers had something to do with that?

          • ghostrider

            It’s gone on before Keegan and to this very day so using that is irrelevant to be fair.
            Keegan spat out his dummy when he realised he couldn’t just go on s spending spree with Billionaire owners money.
            That was the main issue in my opinion…not the odd player here and there.

            The messiah wins because he can do no wrong with certain fans.
            Ashley is to blame and the messiah takes no blame according to certain fans.
            Well this fan wasn’t buying into that.
            Ashley made errors and Ashley even tried to get Keegan back…but the dummy spitter done what he always did…he ran away.

          • Geordieguy

            Ashley changed the name of the bar from shearers to nine or something cos he got the huff with shearer criticising him. Who’s the dummy spitter now?

          • ghostrider

            Ashley.
            Ashley’s been a right preek at times and I have never denied that.
            Unfortunately because I also defend him, it gets swept under the carpet.

          • Geordiegiants

            Don’t feed him.

          • Geordiegiants

            Don’t feed him

      • Steven05

        Why bother replying to him?

    • Gallowgate Dave

      I disagree (often intensely) with the vast majority that Bobbi and Monkseaton say but even they occasionally do make a point I agree with before normal service is resumed. You on the other hand maintain complete and utter drivel on a daily basis, it’d be almost impressive if you weren’t already patting yourself on the back for seeing things that, according to you, the “herd of sheep” don’t. It’s true that Ashley’s relationship has never recovered from his fallout with Keegan but one is a man of integrity with a deep love of our club and its fans whose achievements in football are remarkable. The other is a court proven exploitative liar. Yet you blame Keegan. It’s terrifying that if we were in jury service together your opinion would count the same as mine.

      • ghostrider

        No I don’t b lame Keegan for constructive dismissal…I blame him for trying to take the club to the cleaners for massive compensation which the judge threw out.
        The man went right down in my estimation when he did that and I don’t care about the fight with Ashley.
        This was about Newcastle United.

        As for being in jury service together, I’d be looking at every avenue…what would you be doing?
        12 angry men. I’ll be Henry Fonda…who will you be? Lee.J.Cobb?

        • Gallowgate Dave

          Keegan won his case for constructive dismissal and any sane person who followed the story and read the verdict would have come to the same conclusion. Fair play to you at least that you haven’t disputed that. He was awarded £2 million due to an enforceable clause in his contract that limited the payout on resignation/dismissal – Ashley was smart enough to include that clause. I will concede the “stigma” damages he was claiming looks way over the top but was probably on the advice of his lawyers to claim high and meet somewhere in between. Had it not been for the clause though he would have got the full value of his contract rumoured to be £8.6 million and it would have been justified. If you are so worried about the finances of the club at the time you should be slagging Ashley off for employing two jokers Dennis Wise (thick as mince) and Tony Jimenez (now in a legal dispute with Ashley) who brought nothing to our club and undermined a playing and managerial legend. The two players they signed against Keegan’s wishes – Gonzalez cost about £1 million in loan wages on the strength of a YouTube video as a favour to two S American agents (that doesn’t sound crooked at all) and Xisco £5.7 million transfer fee and £50,000 per week on a 6 year contract with no relegation clause, rumoured to have cost us over £18 million in total. Yet you choose to attack Keegan. You’re either a Mackem, a moron or Keith Bishop.
          Which is it?

          • ghostrider

            I’m attacking Keegan for basically one thing. For trying to take the club to the cleaners.
            That’s it.
            Fine for his wages, as I said but the rest of it, regardless of so called advice of his lawyers, was a despicable attempt to put the club into financial burden on top of the massive financial burden left to the club by Hall and Shepherd.

            I don’t care about Xisco’s and Gonzalaz types. It happens at all football clubs and managers generally use them or lose them over time.

            Let’s save argument. Keegan was great once upon a time for us, both as a player and as a manager.

            Keegan in his second stint was way out of his depth but came back to Newcastle with a fairy tale mindset of being able to play with a Billionaires money to buy a dream. I firmly believe that.

            What he didn’t bank on was not having the euphoria of the first time, with fans and players.

            The man dropped right down in my estimation of him for walking away like a baby and also trying to do his best to wreck the club….your club….my club…..and every Newcastle fan’s club…..not Ashley.

          • Kneebotherm8

            All three……

      • Geordiegiants

        Don’t feed him. Monks Eaton is just as bad by the way.

        • Gallowgate Dave

          Monkseaton’s views are as bizarre as Ghost’s but (very) occasionally I have surprised myself agreeing with the odd comment of his, I’ve genuinely never seen one of Ghost’s that I ever have.

          I’m aware I probably shouldn’t be feeding him and I’m not seeking to change his opinion but it’s more for others who read it – I found myself having a few pints with a group of lads one game last season, all NUFC fans a few years younger than myself who had a misinformed but genuinely negative view of Keegan. They hadn’t been around for his playing days or first managerial stint. Don’t get me wrong they displayed a poor knowledge of our history but there are (maybe younger/weren’t around?) fans who may listen to Ghostrider slagging off Keegan and actually give him any credence. I can’t help but fact check him. I suspect with the amount Ashley spends on PR he and a few others accounts are Keith Bishop employees who are paid to write utter garbage on here to try and keep us divided. I genuinely believe they are that petty plus divide and rule happens to work – if we were truly united we should have run Ashley out of Toon years ago. We don’t because we are a divided fan-base.

          • Geordiegiants

            We certainly are, the thing is they aren’t a fan base any more, they are mainly just spectators these days.

  • HarryHype59

    All were poor however, the one consistent factor in all these poor appointments has been the fat miser…let’s not forget that.

  • 1957

    Geordie John for me, at least Joe only lost a third of his 18 games in charge, the best coach in the PL managed to lose two thirds of his 20 games with arguably a better squad

  • Come&TakeIt1836

    This can’t be even close. McClaren ruined year’s of behind the scenes financial efforts by spoiling ~£100M of spend all in just the short period of his responsibility and made MA even more untrustworthy than he already was of football managers which has made Rafa’s job that much harder.

    • Lord

      Yes, Kinnear was a shambles but he came in off the back of a bigger mess caused by Ashley and Wise.

      McClaren did amazingly badly to get us relegated with that team and spend. I also agree that it almost certainly tainted Ashley’s view of spending a decent sum; it was the only season I can remember Ashley ever coming up with a respectable budget.

    • Geordieguy

      I’m not defending mclaren but were those signings his choice? He was a puppet

      • Come&TakeIt1836

        They were not but Carr wasn’t on the list to get his ‘credit’ since he wasn’t a manager. Despite the unbalanced squad, it had talent… more than enough to at least not get relegated in the hands of a competent leader. He couldn’t manage tactics or men. Milk toast all the way around. He may be the nicest of guys away from the pitch for all I know but he had no business leading NUFC.

        • Geordieguy

          Totally agree. I never wanted him I hoped he would prove me wrong but didn’t . It’s Mr creosote’s fault for appointing him in the first place

    • Geordiegiants

      I agree 100%

  • TheFatController

    When it comes to managers, I remember Keegan didn’t predict we’d get nowhere due to poor managers or good ones.

    He predicted we’d get nowhere under Ashley.

    Spot on so far, Kev.

  • Geordieguy

    Who was funniest? Carver or kinnear ? Best manager in the universe or Mr muddle? 2 brilliant comedy characters brought to us by the biggest joker of them all

  • JonMag

    the next 1

    • Jonathan Gibson

      Well jon, politically ‘mug’abe talked a load of s*it and got away with it by blinded cluless followers.. there are levels in politics back bench and level 7 go hand in hand

  • Leicester Mag

    This is like asking who was the noughtier Hitler or Stalin. No other club would have appointed half if not all these ballsacks listed.

    • Peter C

      You are so right!

  • Jonathan Gibson

    John carver..
    I viabily seen

  • George

    There is only one man to blame for the brainless, cheap managers we have had over the last eleven years………… Provide your own answer.

  • Big Al 1967

    Where’s the box to tick for ‘All of the Above’ ?

  • Geordieguy

    How about a survey for worst owner ? Mr creosote would win something and leave. Then everybody is happy