Chris Hughton is still looking for a replacement for his assistant Colin Calderwood, after the Scot left to become manager of Hibernian in Edinburgh.
Brian Kerr – in the frame for Newcastle job
And some news today that fellow Irishman Brian Kerr, who is currently manager of the Faroe Islands, could be in the frame to join Chris at Newcastle.
Brian currently has a contract until the end of the qualifiers for the 2012 European Championships, so it’s hard to know if in those circumstances he could join Newcastle. Some reports say he could do both jobs, but these kinds of joint responsibilities are sometimes hard to make work in real life.
It’s interesting that the roles will be reversed if Kerr does join Newcastle, because Hughton previously worked as Kerr’s No 2 when Brian succeeded Mick McCarthy as the Ireland manager in January 2003, and was in the job for 30 months.
There have been recent stories that Mike Ashley would like to promote on of the current coaches working with the Reserves – Newcastle legend Peter Beardsley or Steve Stone, who has been on the bench with Chris since Colin left the club two weeks ago today.
Other potential candidates include Tottenham’s Clive Allen, who Chris played with and coached with at Spurs, and a new name in the frame today is Kevin Sheedy, Hughton’s former Ireland team-mate, who is now a coach with the Everton Youth Academy.
We would think the two Irishman are the two major candidates right now, but it still seems that the Newcastle Board would like to promote somebody from within – probably Peter Beardsley.
But we’d like Chris to get someone into the position this week, as long as he can find a suitable candidate of course.