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Identity of next Newcastle United Manager makes no difference whilst Mike Ashley owns the club

3 years ago

On Monday we received confirmation that Rafa Benitez would no longer be Newcastle United Manager once his current three year contract ends on Sunday 30 June.

To be fair to the media, both local and national, Mike Ashley was relentlessly criticised for allowing/forcing the much decorated manager to walk away.

However, within hours, never mind days, they were pretty much all normalising/legitimising Newcastle United once again and the way it is run by Mike Ashley.

The Rafa Benitez leaving angle was now being swamped by who would be the new Newcastle United Manager to replace him.

Would it be Arsene Wenger? Possibly Jose Mourinho? Maybe Eddie Howe? Or could it be Sean Dyche?

The whole nonsense surrounding Rafa Benitez and his treatment by Mike Ashley and this sham of a club, pretty much forgotten.

This is a big problem in my opinion, the media will have a go at Ashley BUT then immediately go back to treating Newcastle United as if it is a normal club. As in, selecting the next Newcastle United Manager will be how other clubs do it, as in looking for the very best person for the job.

There is nothing normal about Newcastle United. It is all a sham.

Maybe the worst example is when you have The Chronicle who repeatedly refer to the Newcastle United ‘board’ when it comes to decision making, despite them knowing fine well that the club don’t have a board like normal clubs. Instead Lee Charnley is named as the only board member because it is a legal obligation to have at least one director, everybody aware that Charnley is basically the office manager in his day job and instead faceless Ashley people such as Justin Barnes make the important decisions on behalf of the owner.

Pretending Mike Ashley will go out looking for the best qualified candidate is pure fantasy.

Instead he will be looking for somebody who is out of work, desperate, somebody no other decent Premier League club would be considering, willing to take the job without any say on transfers in and out, be willing to have emails go out in their name written by PR people, willing to say whatever they are told to say at press conferences and so on.

Back in 2016 it was Rafa Benitez who approached Newcastle United and Mike Ashley only agreed to temporarily change the preferred manager profile, due to desperation because his laughable decision making and running of the club had put NUFC on the brink of another relegation.

It is embarrassing when the local and national newspapers are talking about Arsene Wenger and Joe Mourino as serious candidates for the Newcastle job. They might not be best mates with Rafa Benitez but they recognise him as one of their own, one of an elite group of managers, somebody who took a massive calculated risk in working for Mike Ashley in the hope he would change and recognise the opportunity presented to him, only for him (Rafa) to get badly burnt. Never in a million years would they ever work under Mike Ashley.

As for newspaper ‘exclusives’ claiming Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe are interested in becoming the next Newcastle United Manager.

They are both treated with respect and work in partnership with the owners and boards of their respective clubs, why on earth would they leave that to work in Mike Ashley’s circus of disrespect and callous stupidity?

The identity of the next Newcastle United Manager makes absolutely zero difference whilst Mike Ashley owns the club.

Until we get rid of Ashley, everything is a total waste of time.


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