The Independent is reporting tonight that Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is in line to be the next manager of Newcastle United, given that Alan Pardew moves to Crystal Palace – probably within the nest 24 hours.
Fab Coloccini in action on Sunday
We had put in Fab Coloccini in the five managers we thought could manage Newcastle United, and apparently the Argentine International has had increasing influence at Newcastle, and it’s not the first time he’s been mentioned as a possible Newcastle manager.
Mike Ashley is in Barbados at the moment, and the report is that the owner is ready to give the club captain the manager’s job at St James’ Park.
That would be a huge surprise if that happens, since Fabricio has no prior experience in management – and if it happens we suppose he would be made player-manger for the next eighteen months.
The Independent is reporting that almost two years ago when Colo wanted to return to Buenos Aries in January, 2013, it was put to him that he could eventually succeed Alan Pardew at Newcastle.
Fab is said to have even played a role in having Ben Arfa train with the U21 side earlier this season, because his influence on the training field was not good.
Coloccini is contracted to the club until June of 2016, but a new deal will be negotiated if he succeeds Pardew and becomes player-manager of the club.
One potential problem is that Coloccini will not have the required coaching badges to manage Newcastle, although maybe something could be worked out with the FA if that was the only problem.
It would be a risk to hire Colo as player manager, and it could even affect his form on the pitch – but we suppose if that proved to be a problem he could retire from playing and become the full time manager.
Certainly if Colo was appointed manager it would be well received by the playing staff, and Colo would likely keep the current coaching staff in place so there was minimum disruption – although goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman is likely to follow Pardew down south.
Maybe we can bring in Steve Harper as the new goalkeeping coach?
Something that Mike Ashley has to be very careful about is to somehow minimize the disruption at the club.
A new manager has his own ways of playing and his own ways of training, and coming in half way through the season – almost exactly after 19 league games played – could be difficult.
Appointing Colo as manager – maybe initially until the end of the season – would get over that problem – but it would still be a huge risk – but maybe the risk is dissipated if John Carver and Steve Stone stay on as coaches, which we’re sure they would like to.
What do you think?
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