It would now appear that Leicester City’s highly rated coach, Chris Powell, will not be arriving on Tyneside to help with the massive job that Alan Pardew has taken on at the Newcastle club.
Chris Powell – not coming to Newcastle
It seems that Newcastle’s approach has been somewhat of a big surprise to Chris, and of course it was only a week ago that Alan Pardew became the new manager on Tyneside.
But exciting times have only just started to happen at Leicester City, with Sven Eriksson the new manager, and they now have financial backing from a Thailand group, and it also seems clear that Sven thinks very highly of the 41 year-old coach.
This is what Chris Powell has said today:
“This Newcastle interest has all come as a bit of a surprise to me. It is flattering to be linked with a Premier League club so early in my career, but I have a job to do here at Leicester.”
“I had a chat with Leicester manager Sven-Göran Eriksson. and he is keen for me to stay and, as far as I’m concerned, that is what I am doing.”
“Under Sven and the new owners, the club is on the verge of a big new thing and I think there is only one direction which they are going in and that is upwards.”
“If Newcastle now move on from this, then I don’t have a problem with it.” “They have a situation up there where a popular manager Chris Hughton has moved on .”
“And they have brought in Alan and if one man can get them going, it is him. He did it at West Ham.”
Alan contacted Chris about the job on Tuesday, but things haven’t moved beyond that stage, and no official offer has been made to Chris by Newcastle, and now never will, since he doesn’t seem too interested in leaving Leicester City.
Ray Lewington was Alan’s number one target, and he is not coming to Newcastle either – but there are lots of very good coaches out there, so we’ll just have to see who Alan finally brings in.
This week Alan has Steve Stone, Andy Woodman and Willie Donachie to help him, so he has enough coaching assistance right now, but it seems that Alan is determined to get his full back-room team in place quickly at Newcastle, and that has to be commended.
Pardew is moving quickly so that Newcastle can move on from the shock sacking of the beloved Chris Hughton last week – and so far Alan seems to have most things right since he arrived one week ago today.
A win on Saturday at Birmingham would also help to keep Newcastle moving forward, although Birmingham will be a lot better than they were last week when they lost at Wolves in a woeful display.
And Alan seems to have the full support of the Newcastle playing squad – which has been absolutely vital in bringing about a certain calmness this week – after all the nonsense that went on last week.