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I'm not a big Supermack fan but, nail hit on head

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I'm not a big Supermack fan but, nail hit on head

Post  cyprussyd on 2015-01-02, 10:43 pm

Alan Pardew walking out on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] sent a powerful message to all football followers.
Because it had “escape route” written all over it.
I accept that Pardew felt he could never win back the United fans but he also realised that he was handcuffed by Mike Ashley and would remain that way for as long as he was in his employment.
For me Pardew had become more and more of a puppet, a man with absolutely no say in recruitment apart from which positions needed strengthening. The selection of players was down to Graham Carr and the financial part of the deal to Lee Charnley.
So when an opportunity came along to get out to another club Pardew leapt at it.
I don’t accept that Crystal Palace was in his heart and all that guff. Tonbridge is in my heart and so too Fulham but I wouldn’t leave Newcastle for either of them.
They are smaller clubs and therefore a step down. And Palace are a smaller club than United, of course.
No, Pardew just wanted to get away when the opportunity suddenly arose.
Ashley is the kind of owner who only wants a head coach in charge of the team – not a manager in the old fashioned sense. He wants someone to coach and select the players he is given.
Therefore [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] suits him fine if he can make a fist of it. Ashley may as well give Carver a go until the end of the season and stop drawing up a short-list of managers right now.
Managers who want to manage like Tony Pulis, who was available, would never come and work under Ashley’s restrictions anyway.
I’m not running down Carver by the way. Not at all. John is a nice man, a Geordie who loves Newcastle and I wish him well.
It’s just that he fits the job description so he may as well be given a crack at it.
By the way on United’s transfer policy may I state that it isn’t as super successful as it is often portrayed. There have been some diamonds but a lot more dross.
Obviously Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy have justified the carefully thought out financial plan and maybe Moussa Sissoko and Ayoze Perez could also be sold at a profit but, honestly, in my opinion some very average players have arrived.
For example Remy Cabella at £12m is a waste of good money and how on earth did[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] ever find his way to St James’ Park? He’s so bad he hasn’t even kicked a solitary ball in the first team yet United have been paying his wages every week. Who brought him here?
Cabella would probably look a star in the Championship but he is not quick enough either in thought or in action for the Premier League which means United spent a lot of money for very little return.
I know things didn’t get off to the best of starts on New Year’s Day when United led Burnley three times but could only manage a draw. Their second-half display was poor but that wasn’t down to Carver. It was down to the players.
Newcastle seem unable to get two goals up to take the pressure off themselves. They are always in danger of being caught.
They are at Leicester on Saturday and I’m desperate for them to have a real go in the FA Cup. It is the only thing they can win so why not? If United go on a run it can clinch the job for Carver of course.
All this business of fielding a weakened team is so stupid. Pardew often did it in cup competitions because Ashley wasn’t bothered but I don’t think Carver will.
He can’t afford to give up the ghost. He needs the fans on his side and he needs results.

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