Are These The Five Men For Newcastle’s Head Coach Position?


There is a report in the People today that Lee Charnley has already put together a list of five possible candidates for Newcastle’s vacant head coach position, and Newcastle are expected to start contacting the candidates probably as early as tomorrow.

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Graham Carr – working with Lee Charnley

Newcastle have not performed well under caretaker manager John Carver, having drawn at home to second bottom Burnley on Thursday, and losing 1-0 at bottom Leicester City yesterday in the FA Cup when for some  reason we played a much weakened side to give Leicester City only their second win in the last 16 games.

The two people leading the search at Newcastle are Managing Director Lee Charnley and the influential Chief Scout Graham Carr, with Ashley expected back from his Barbados vacation today or tomorrow.

The list is said to include  St Etienne’s Christophe Galtier, Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Lucien Favre, former Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel, former Lyon coach Remi Garde  and 67 year-old Dick Advocaat, who is currently out of work.

Advocaat may be too old for the job, although Sir Bobby Robson was 66 when he took over Newcastle in August, 2004 and he had a great five years managing Newcastle.

There’s five candidates listed above, and of those coaches the last two are available and Tuchel still has a contract at Mainz although he left them last summer, so presumably we can pay compensation to get him our of that contract.

We got £3M for Alan Pardew from Crystal Palace in compensation, so we have enough money available if only the owner will spend it.

However a glitch could be that he has said he doesn’t want to work until the summer.

Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver may or may not be on the list, but he revealed after the 1-0 lost at Filbert Street yesterday that he had formally applied for the head coach position at his home town club.

But John will have not been helped by the poor performance of the team in the last two games when the team has looked disorganized and out of sorts against two weak sides.

We just hope that somebody good comes in over the next two or three days and is in charge of the team for the daunting trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Th People is reporting Newcastle want to appoint a head coach before next Saturday – stay tuned.

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17 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Great to see Termuri Ketsbaia throwing his name into the hat now. Great comments by him and he seems like he wants the challenge of working under Ashley model and making us a success.

    Very interesting candidate..

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Ilovetoon,
    Ketsbaia certainly talks with passion about the role. Given some of the preferred candidates of people on here aren’t willing to move at this time, do you think it would be worth a gamble on giving Kets a 6month deal, with an offer of an extension if he does well, or a break if he doesn’t allowing us to one of the other alleged targets?

    I’m not convinced either way, but it would be preferable to bring fresh ideas in I think, even if potentially just short term rather than muddling along with Stone, Carver and Beardsley.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Ketsbaia is a total nut. He effectively started his football career in Cyprus and ended it here. As a coach, most of his time was here. He argued with everyone but himself.

    If he’s appointed he won’t make it beyond three weeks 🙁

    Sorry Kets.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Those 3 weeks would be fun, but we’ve done the circus thing with JFK

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #5

    @Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 4, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    he’s clearly a very passionate man and his overall manager stats are pretty good especially in Cyprus. but i don’t know what went on in Olympiakos where he got sacked very quickly. a quick google shows, alot of fans were not happy with him tactically and we lost the dressing room swearing at the players. thus he left, even though he was unbeaten and never conceded a single goal. some fans some it was stupid sacking him and they liked him.

    who knows what ketsbaia might bring…. he could be a disaster or a revelation…

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #6

    one of the reasons p45 got the job at the golden palace was so he can sort out their defensive problems

    now I’m convinced chairmen don’t do any homework on who to hire , they just listen to so called expert friends who are supposed to know the game ,
    our defence is worse than theirs and our attack is only slightly better

    the kicker in all this is we got 3,5 million for him , big mike has to worth 5 mil

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #7

    I think a permanent solution is the only way to go!

    We have all tried to be in an ever changing work environment and it is no good.

    The problem with keeping Carver, Stone ect. around is change is needed now if we are to move forward. I actually think Ashley knows this – but his idiotic 8 contracts are a bit of a problem.

    You always get a bit worried when Ashley has to make decisions. He seems to be one those people who just throw the dice or makes impulsive decisions in spite!

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  • cyprus

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #8

    “who knows what ketsbaia might bring…. he could be a disaster or a revelation…”

    Can’t disagree. He definitely speaks his mind. He said Georgian football is dead…. At Olympiakos he referred to reporters and organised fans as ‘lamogia’. Loose translation, scumbags.

    If we want fireworks and world publicity (even some wins, definitely v. Sunderland!), this is our guy 🙂

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  • Slank

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s now looking increasingly likely that we will have a foreign Head Coach, unless McClaren sneaks in as he is probably the only Brit who has worked within the European system.

    The club may want the Head Coach in as quickly as possible so that he can assess the whole squad between now and when the summer transfer window opens as I’m sure there will be a lot of departures and a few faces who will be bought because they will be able play the way he wants the team to play.

    Don’t think it will be Advocaat. Far too old. The rest are all possibilities but Carr and Charnley have shown that they can spot gems in Europe and so they could pull out of the hat someone none of the fans had ever considered before.

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  • dickacrobat

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Often read, haven’t posted – thanks for the entertainment, lads and lasses:)

    With them looking for a “Head Coach” rather than full “manager” are we hopefully going to appoint SOON, rather than waiting until the end of the transfer window for a new boss as an excuse to avoid transfers…?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Jesper/Slank,
    I agree, a permanent appointment as quickly as possible is by far the best option to us, but if making a permanent appointment now meant compromising on quality is it worth it? If this 5 man shortlist is to be believed (which I highly doubt as Alan Oliver mentioned it) then only Remi Garde is a decent option that we could get now. Tuchel possibly, but he may be happy enjoying his break and willing to wait and see what is available in the summer.

    Not really interested in Advocaat personally. I think we need a younger manager who is willing to take on a project, I don’t see Advocaat as that man.

    So unless we go for Garde, then I think we need someone in as interim to freshen things up, or even a couple of new coaching staff to bring fresh ideas.

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  • Toon-Barmy

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Surely we have to look for a half decent coach that is under 50,
    Frank De Boer
    Jurgen Klopp
    Thomas Tuchel

    These have to be the top three candidates surely?

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  • mfw13

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #13

    The problem is that nobody in their right mind would want to work for Ashley.

    After all, who would want to be the manager of a club that is constantly selling off its best players and whose only goal is to avoid relegation?

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  • toonincheek

    Jan 4, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    It was reported that when Spurs contacted Tuchel some
    time ago, he told them he wouldn’t even consider any
    offer until after 3rd May (presumably when his contract
    ends).

    Accurate reporting or not, I don’t know.

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  • Sav

    Jan 4, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Yesterday’s team sheet was Carver’s job application. Thou shalt achieve mid-table mediocrity. Thou shalt not waste energy on cup runs. An oath of obedience and adherence to the Mashley manifesto. I’d rather have Clarkie than John Carver.

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  • musomag

    Jan 4, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Ketsbaia? Seriously WTF?

    This is rapidly turning into a very bad joke.
    If we’re going to just suggest every Fcuker with links to the club then we might as well throw Alan Carr Chatty Man into the mix…at least we’d get a laugh

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  • Sav

    Jan 4, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Yesterday’s team sheet was an oath of obedience and adherence to the Mashley manifesto and it was John Carver’s job application. “Thou shalt achieve mid-table mediocrity”. “Thou shalt not waste energy on cup runs.” The trouble with the list of managers being bandied about is the candidates are not as desperate as Mashley likes them to be. Only Carver qualifies on that score because if he doesn’t get it, he’s gone.
    I believe, as the cheapest option, he’ll get it until the end of the season. Sissoko will leave unreplaced and there won’t be any new signings this window, either.

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