Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Newcastle United's inevitable fall

Newcastle United is already starting to bear the fruits of manager Graeme Souness' labour.

Appointed in September of 2004, he has seen to a poor finish of 14th in the English Premier League table, although that was not helped too much by the poor start under former manager Sir Bobby Robson, as well as the inevitable ups and downs that comes with a change in managements and coaching staff.

Although Souness is largely derided as a poor manager who has achieved nothing in the several clubs he has managed over the course of his career, it is worthy to note that he did have success with Blackburn Rovers, having them promoted from the old First Division into the Premier League, and helping the Lancashire club win the English League Cup (the Worthington Cup) as well.

The Scotsman also had success with Glasgow Rangers in Scotland, where he earned two Scottish Premier League titles and four Scottish League Cups, so he has had some success.

However, as a manager of football squads, involving interaction with individuals, he leaves a lot to be desired, mainly because of his constant falling out with his players.

When he left relegation-threatened Blackburn in September and Mark Hughes took over as manager, the Welshman observed that the dressing room at Ewood Park was the quietest he had ever been in, and that is because Souness got rid of the aggressive players who had plenty of enthusiasm, instead opting for passive players that would not dare to "cross the line" on occasion and challenge his management philosophy.

Naturally, this can be pinpointed as the main reason for the decline of what was a proud club that looked to have made a name for themselves in the top flight again earlier in the Souness regime.

We can already start seeing the former Liverpool midfielder's management problem down at St. James' Park: with Newcastle, he has already fell out with Craig Bellamy and Laurent Robert, who for all their faults are quality players have fallen victim to the Souness management flaw.

Losing such quality players and having them replaced with expensive but passive players is not going to help the Newcastle United cause at all, and I fear that their fall from grace, for all their riches, is inevitable.

6 Comments:

At Monday, May 23, 2005 10:03:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a United fan, I couldn't agree more with this assessment of the parasite currently demolishing our club.

 
At Monday, May 23, 2005 10:04:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Souness facing FA charge for bringing game into disrepute - for impersonating a football club manager!

 
At Monday, May 23, 2005 11:07:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Robert Laurent?

 
At Tuesday, May 24, 2005 12:02:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very true and its so sad , he's getting rid of the best of the best of the squad.

 
At Tuesday, May 24, 2005 1:33:00 am, Blogger James No. 7 said...

Thanks for pointing that out, Anonymous (#3). I really should check my posts for mistakes before publishing!

 
At Tuesday, May 24, 2005 7:13:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU SAY QUALITY PLAYERS BELLAMY ROBERT, I CAN NOT SEE ONE OF THE TOP 7 TEAMS IN THE PREMIERSHIP COMMING IN FOR THEM.I WOULD SAY AVERAGE AT BEST,BUT LOOKING AT POSSIBLE TARGETS THEY WILL BE REPLACED WITH AVERAGE TO BAD PLAYERS

 

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