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.
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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