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Why has Mike Ashley decided not to bring in a new Newcastle United Manager?

1 year ago
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Leaving everything else to one side for a second, ask yourself the question, why is there no Newcastle United Manager?

I know it is difficult but just try to forget about all of the other stupidity such as not making any attempt whatsoever to try and keep Rafa Benitez, not signing a single player, selling the top scorer of the past two seasons, not even trying to buy last season’s player of the year, or seemingly orchestrating yet another takeover/fakeover farce.

So why has Mike Ashley decided not to appoint a replacement for Rafa Benitez?

To believe that there has been any attempt to appoint somebody takes some doing.

Even the local and national newspapers who are so so desperate for clicks/readers, haven’t even tried to claim anybody has been approached.

It is 15 days since Mike Ashley released that statement saying Rafa Benitez definitely wouldn’t be extending his stay.

Whilst Rafa stated in an interview with The Mail on Sunday at the weekend, that he had made clear to the NUFC owner back in mid-May that he now had no option but to leave, due to the embarrassingly poor deal, lacking in ambition, that Mike Ashley had put on the table.

Which once again brings us back to that question, why no replacement Newcastle United Manager?

In a bizarre turn of events, the overall madness at the club this Summer appears to have led to the media downgrading any kind of scrutiny on the daftness of not even trying to find a replacement.

That also kind of brings us back to Rafa Benitez, that if you have a decent manager in place, who has a plan and is able to assemble the players to fit in that plan (despite such strict budget restrictions), then it can paper over a lot of the cracks.

Last season, Rafa Benitez had a plan in mind where he knew he had a solid backline already, with a deal in place for Dubravka ready to be bought after the successful loan, then Rondon to spearhead a different kind of formation at the other end.

With then the belated arrival of Miguel Almiron (Rafa had wanted him earlier) to give that far greater attacking dimension.

As it stands, there is no manager, no plan…and indeed no two thirds of that attacking trio that gave us so much hope from mid-February onwards.

We have seen some comical managerial appointments by Mike Ashley but surely even he can see the pitfalls, of going to the very bottom of the bucket and not bothering bringing somebody in, instead relying on just handing it over to somebody who just happens to be there and has shown nothing that suggest they can do the job.

John Carver won only two of his first 19 games in charge when almost relegating Newcastle from a seemingly impossible position, after being handed the baton when Alan Pardew walked away in December 2014.

To just let it now fade to putting Neil Redfearn and/or Ben Dawson in ‘temporary’ charge to start the season, would be astonishing even for Mike Ashley.

The thing is as well, that no matter what weird and wonderful names the newspapers have came up with to fill their pages, we all know that this delay in appointing a new Newcastle United Manager is not down to negotiating the release of somebody already in work.

We know for a fact that Mike Ashley won’t be paying a penny to anybody in compensation and if anybody was/is going to be appointed, it will be somebody desperate and out of work, as was the case with JFK, Pardew and McClaren.

It seems an awful long time ago now already, that we had Ashley’s PR people putting out the story blaming the BZG for Rafa Benitez leaving, claiming it was because the (supposed) imminent new owners wanted Jose Mourinho.

On Saturday, four days time, the Newcastle United squad fly out to China under the charge of Neil Redfearn and Ben Dawson, then when they return there will be less than three weeks until the season kicks off.

I can’t wait for the newspapers happily publishing article after article saying how brilliant the team bonding is going in China and the squad have really responded to Redfearn and Dawson, plus how so many of the players Rafa Benitez had sidelined are now really shining.

This will be the message even if we get thumped by both Wolves and West Ham or Man City, the excuse being that pre-season results are pretty meaningless and the underlying form is excellent.

This might sound like a very mad scenario but it is no more mad than the fact that these past two months, no effort has been made to find a Rafa replacement.

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