Sadism

Is Mike Ashley deliberately sabotaging Newcastle United?

Scorched Earth football style

Thumbs up folks

The last time Newcastle United made permanent a caretaker manager’s stint, Glenn Roeder was the beneficiary, as he managed to wangle an extra year of shuffling nervously along the touchline. He signed Antoine Sibierski and Olivier Bernard, finished 13th in the table and contrived to lose 5-1 at home to Birmingham City in the FA Cup. What’s more, demonstrations against the Shepherd regime throughout the season, ironically served to usher in the new chairman.

Nevertheless, the past must be a foreign country to Mike Ashley, as he has rewarded caretaker Chris Hughton with an 18 month deal, for unconvincingly managing to keep the best squad of players at the top of their division by a single point.

Yet as anyone who has visited some of his sport shops will know, Ashley isn’t one to leave in tact any fragment of class. Hence his subsequent announcement that naming rights for SJP (not Sarah Jessica Parker – pay attention) are up for grabs. Leave your suggestions below Mackems…


5 responses so far
  • Brian // October 28, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Alright. We’re going to have to wait for the community centres of Sunderland to open up so some of them can get to a PC.

  • Philip // October 28, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Chris Hughton looks like he’s been shoved into this position cos nobody else wants it. He is a coach (built up a good reputation as being a good coach) nothing more, nothing less. I think he feels obliged to step up cos no one else will.

    Any serious manager would steer a million miles clear of Newcastle. A reputation ruiner of a club.

  • John Sewell // October 28, 2009 at 11:07 am

    To be fair we should have a clear lead at the top but we are clear (only by 1 point) rather than just GDn

  • Charlie // October 28, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Yes, we are clear by points, not just goal difference. Hughton at least deserves a shot at the title because he’s managed to stabilize a rapidly sinking ship, bringing together a mix of older and younger players from the youth system, and they’ve done pretty well considering most people expected them to do a Leeds and go down again. Everyone knows the Championship is not the easiest of leagues, especially with a squad as thin as we have, and with a lack of investment from Ashley (can’t imagine any of this £20m will go into strengthening the squad), he’s done alright. There seems to be a myth that we have the best squad in the Championship, which just isn’t true. We have some talented players and some hardworking if not brilliant players, but our actual squad is woeful in depth and occasionally in talent. Especially where Nicky Butt is concerned.

  • Philip // October 30, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/oct/29/chris-hughton-newcastle-united-permanent

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