Newcastle Managing Director Lee Charnley has a been given a difficult task, and the Express is reporting today the 36 year-old has been given a week to come up with a short-list of candidates for the vacant management position at Newcastle.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
In an attempt to keep some stability at the club, Ashley has given John Carver the caretaker manager position in charge of things for the next two games at home to Burnley on Thursday afternoon and at Leicester in the FA Cup 3rd round two days later.
John will give the press conference today for tomorrow’s game against Burnley, so that will be interesting, but he needs the support of Newcastle fans and another Geordie, Steve Stone, will be his assistant.
Both games are winnable and it will be interesting how we do in those games, although Papiss Cisse is out and he’s been banned for three games.
Papiss, Cheick Tiote and Mehdi Abeid are off to play in the African Cup of Nations at the weekend.
Mehdi has played only one game for us since breaking a toe when he was with the Algerian squad in mid-November, but that doesn’t stop him going off to play in the tournament, which starts next month.
Mike Ashley is back from his Barbados vacation next week and will peruse the list that Lee has come up with, at that time.
John Carver was in charge for seven games earlier this year when Alan Pardew got himself banned for head-butting David Meyler at Hull, and John only won one game and we lost the other six and only scored tow goals.
If the news is to believed, then Tony Pulis has already turned us down, and Tim Sherwood probably wouldn’t come to the north-east, because of all the restrictions placed on the manager at Newcastle.
The word is out on Mike Ashley.
Newcastle have been linked with Tony Pulis, Tim Sherwood, Hull boss Steve Bruce, Ajax coach Frank de Boer, Besiktas coach Slaven Bilic, Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier, Derby coach Steve McClaren, and former England manager Glenn Hoddle – so that’s a fairly unimpressive list of managers.
A number of those managers like Steve Bruce and Tony Pulis are simply middle of the table managers at best, but that may be good enough for Mike Ashley, but it will be difficult to get a good manager in who has to manage within the heavy restrictions placed on them by the owner.
An excellent young coach is Eddie Howe, who has done great things at Bournemouth over the last few years, but we don’t know if Newcastle would be interested in him, and don’t know if Eddie would be interested in joining Newcastle with Bournemouth top of the Championship at the moment.
Alan Pardew towed the party line for four years on Tyneside, but then seemed to get sick of the inability to keep (and get) good players at the club.
Lee Charnley is a company man, very quiet, but he gets knuckles down and gets stuff done, but this task will not be an easy one for him.
An outside bet would be that John Carver and Steve Stone are in the job through the end of the season, if Newcastle cannot bring in a suitable candidate in mid-season.
What do you think?
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