Chris Hughton was apparently still in deep discussions with the Newcastle United board today, as the club looks to bring in a replacement for Colin Calderwood, who is now manager of Hibernian.
Steve Clarke – while at Chelsea – could he be coming back to Newcastle?
There was news today that former Newcastle coach Steve Clarke could be the current favorite for the job, since he has already coached at Newcastle from 1998 until 1999, and knows the club very well. Steve is currently out of a job after he left West Ham after manager Gianfranco Zola was sacked earlier this year.
Steve gained valuable experience at Chelsea under world-class manager Jose Mourinho, Bobby Robson’s former assistant while he was manager at Barcelona, and Steve is well recognized as an excellent coach.
The other person in the running is John Carver, but he’s at Sheffield United as the Assistant Manager to former Newcastle star Gary Speed, and it could prove difficult to pry him away from that job.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today about the search for a new assistant:
“You probably do not want to put a time on it, as you do not know what will happen, but my intention is for it to happen sooner rather than later.” “I am very keen to bring someone in as soon as I can.”
“It will be my appointment who comes in and it is one I don’t want to take too long over in making my mind up.” “What I need to do is go through the possibilities. I have my own ideas and it is one we do not want to drag on too long.”
Hughton has Paul Barron helping the team prepare for the game at West Ham on Saturday and Paul has been a stalwart at the club since Chris took over 15 months ago.
Chris had only good words to say about Paul today:
“Paul is much more than just a goalkeeping coach” “He has plenty of other important qualities and is highly respected within the camp.” “I have Paul with me, and Peter Beardsley and his assistant Steve Stone.”
Certainly we think Steve Clarke would simply jump at the chance to join Chris Hughton at Newcastle, and he must tick all the boxes for a coach Chris Hughton would be interested in.
Steve would be an excellent addition to the coaching staff on Tyneside, but we have no idea what the chemistry is like between Chris and Steve, which of course will be vital.
But in short, we’d be very happy to see either John or Steve get the assistant manager role at the Newcastle club, and then we can push on to bigger and better things.