Martin Scott Looks Favorite To Get Newcastle Coaching Job


Former Middlesbrough coach Martin Scott could be set to join Newcastle United as the new Reserve team coach.

Martin Scott – former Middlesbrough Reserve team manager


Martin was sacked in early May by Middlesbrough, as new manager Gordon Strachan presumably wants to bring in his own team at the Middlesbrough club, and Martin’s  departure comes just before two coaches at Newcastle have left the club by mutual agreement.

Youth coach Kenny Wharton left just overt two weeks ago, and the reasons for his departure were not made clear, and only yesterday Newcastle officially announced that Newcastle-born Alan Thompson, who has been coach at the Tyneside club for a couple of years, has left the club.

It’s expected that he will join his former team-mate Neil Lennon at Scottish powerhouse Celtic, and the announcement of Lennon as the new manager, along with his team, is expected any day now.

The former Hartlepool United manager would look to be an instant favorite to join Newcastle, although Chris Hughton will be spoiled for choice as other coaches could also come into the frame.

One that was mentioned yesterday is former Newcastle Assistant manager John Carver, who is currently in that position at relegated Plymouth Argyle.

But there are at least a potential couple of problems with John coming back to Newcastle right now.

One is that he still has two years left on his contract at Plymouth Argyle and Newcastle may be asked to pay compensation to the south coast side, and the second is that since John has already been assistant manager at Newcastle to the great Bobby Robson, it would be a step down to come in as Reserve team manager.

So right now it would appear that Scott is the favorite for the Reserve team job, and we’re sure Chris Hughton will be looking at him closely, when he returns from vacation next week.

Martin already has the UEFA Pro coaching license.

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4 comments so far

  • fongct

    Jun 5, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #1

    why not both?

    read the news today from Plymouth newspaper that they might let Carver go if the new manager wants his own men

    so Scotty as our Reserve coach first, and if Plymouth let Carver go, we can hire him too, but I cant see him coming if we need to pay compensation

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  • Thump

    Jun 5, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #2

    @fongct: that’s common practice when a new manager is brought in.

    I’ve kind of got my heart set on Carver but Scott is also a great coach so I honestly wouldn’t mind him.

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  • Sav

    Jun 6, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    What iss Carver to Chris Hughton?
    He doesn’t know him but he does know he has his own management aspirations and is likely to be extra eyes and ears potentially in the Shearer camp if Carver were not considered manager-in-waiting himself.
    So the chances or Hughton appointing him are extremely slim.
    We have lost some reputedly good coaches over the past 10 years and I can only assume this reflects in part the lack of serious emphasis the club has placed on youth training and the reserves. As well as talent, you want loyalty and stability especially in this part of any club where you are dealing with youngsters and their families. The best clubs seem to have it more than Newcastle.

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  • Sav

    Jun 6, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Was it inevitable that Thompson would leave us for Celtic? Had he no continuity of contract for him meaning WE were due some compensation?

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