Chris Hughton will now look to fill the vacancies created by Alan Thompson and Kenny Wharton leaving the coaching ranks at the Newcastle club over the last couple of weeks.
John Carver with Bobby Robson at Newcastle
Martin Scott of Middlesbrough and John Carver, the former assistant manager to Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle have been linked with the job in the press, but it’s not clear if they are candidates in the eyes of Hughton:
“We will have no shortage of applicants for the position.”“But we will also look at promoting from within.” “No decision has been made just yet.”
It will be difficult for Newcastle to promote from within, because the only coaches at Newcastle right now are Chris, Colin Calderwood and goalkeeping coach Paul Barron.
There is also of course the Academy manager Joe Joyce, and may be that’s what Chris is hinting at – that Joe could become the Reserve team manager.
Then Chris would need to bring in at least a couple of new Academy coaches – so Newcastle need to bring in new coaches even if they do promote from within.
Personally we’d love to see Newcastle born-and-bred John Carver back at Newcastle, but he may think the job of Reserve team manager on Tyneside isn’t big enough for him at this stage of his career.