There is confirmation in the Newcastle Journal today that Steve Clarke is now out of the running to become Chris Hughton’s assistant at Newcastle.
Steve Clarke – will not be coming to Newcastle
Steve had been assistant manager at Newcastle under Ruud Gullit from 1998-1999, and since he is currently out of a job, speculation was high that he would get the job.
But apparently Newcastle have confirmed to the Newcastle Journal this morning that Steve is no longer in the running for the job.
And the Daily Telegraph is reporting the reason that Steve is out of the running is that Newcatsle could not agree personal terms with Clarke, which is another way of saying Steve wanted too much, or at least more than Newcastle were willing to pay.
That probably leaves three potential candidates still in the race.
John Carver was the assistant manager under Bobby Robson and was born and bred in Newcastle, Steve Stone is already at the club helping Peter Beardsley with the Reserves, and he’s been on the bench with Chris since Colin Calderwood left, and a dark horse could be Tottenham’s Clive Allen.
Chris has both played in the same Tottenham side as Clive and also coached with him too at the London club.
But it wouldn’t surprise us too much if Chris brings in somebody who hasn’t even been mentioned yet, and since we were told a decision was close a couple of days ago, there’s still a possibility the announcement will be made before Sunday’s home game with Sunderland.
We’d love to see John Carver return to the club.