One thing Alan Pardew is reported today to be working on, is to bring an Assistant manager in to help him with his massive task on Tyneside.
Ray Lewington – currently still at Fulham
And according to the Northern Echo he will make that appointment this week.
Chris Hughton worked without an assistant since October 18th, when Colin Calderwood left to manage Hibs, and in retrospect that was probably a clue to what would happen to Chris.
But we always said Chris would not be appointing anybody until his own contract had been sorted out – but there is no such reason why Alan Pardew can’t appoint somebody immediately, because for one thing the wages will now be comparable to Assistant Manager positions in the Premier League – hopefully.
Two names that have been mentioned are Wally Downes of West Ham, who has just been appointed the defensive coach at the East London club, although Avram Grants’ position at West Ham must be perilous, after again losing last weekend, this time to Man City.
Wally is 49 years old and was born in Hammersmith, London.
And Avram Grant said yesterday he would not stop Wally leaving the club if he got a good offer from Newcastle:
“I like Wally Downes and have built a very good relationship in a short time but I cannot answer for him,”
“He is here, he is happy and we are happy with him but I’ve never stopped anyone from leaving in my life.”
“There is a contract between him and the club but I must say we are happy with him and he is happy with us.”
And the other name, first mentioned last week is Ray Lewington of Fulham, and the People reported on Sunday that was Chris Hughton’s first choice too.
The 54 year-old Lambeth-born (as in the Lambeth walk) Lewington was Assistant Manager at Fulham when Roy Hodgson was there, but he is now managing the Youth side there since Mark Hughes took over, so no doubt he would welcome the move.
Steve Stone and Peter Beardsley have also been mentioned, but there’s no way either of these will get the position and they will get more experience managing the Newcastle Reserves side – and that’s an important role at the club to bring the youngsters through.
Andy Woodman – new Newcastle goalkeeping coach
Pardew has already brought in goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman, whom Alan had worked with previously at both West Ham and Charlton Athletic.
The sooner Alan completes his team the better, but we would hope for two things – one is that they are excellent coaches – and secondly that they are good man-management types.
If both coaches are of that caliber then Alan cannot go too far wrong.