Why Newcastle Should Appoint A New Head Coach Quickly


There is news in the Chronicle this morning that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will allow Managing Director Lee Charnley and Chief Scout Graham Carr to make the decision on who should be the new head coach at Newcastle United.

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Lee Charnley – Newcastle’s Managing Director

That’s not too surprising, because essentially that’s part of the job definition that Lee Charnley will have at Newcastle as the MD, but it’s also clear that Chief Scout Graham Carr is now a big voice behind the scenes on Tyneside.

It would seem that Graham Carr will have some significant influence in the matter, since he knows European football well and knows how the continental system works.

The goal was to come up with a short list of coaches for the position by today, and according to the press reports of yesterday, Lee has that list – with the big question being who is on it?

And we’ve been linked with maybe 20 coaches as possible entries on that list.

With our poor results and performances in the last couple of games,  that should only accelerate the appointment – and if there were thoughts of handing over the reigns to John Carver and Steve Stone for the rest of the season, that would seem to be a lot less likely now.

There are a number of good candidates not available until the summer, and they include former Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel and Christophe Galtier, who has done a great job at St. Etienne.

Ajax manager Frank de Boer is also not available until the end of the season.

Newcastle will not have the luxury of waiting for a new coach until the summer – we need one now.

And we are only 10 points above the relegation zone, and we saw last year at this time, that Newcastle are fully capable of going on a losing streak and sinking lower in the table very quickly.

Newcastle also have 6 points less than we had last season after 20 games played.

Possible relegation could be the only thing to motivate owner Mike Ashley to buy some players this month – and also have Lee Charnley appoint a new head coach as soon as possible.

We don’t know about the transfers, but we would expect a new head coach to be appointed within the week.

What do you think?

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182 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 5, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    catchy in norway // Jan 5, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    just read the Chronicle about Ashley letting Lee and Alan chose the new coach,

    I know they will be some sort of parameters that he will have set up first, but I think its a great idea,

    this is Lee C’s big chance to put his stamp on the job, move the club forward, my worry is that he thought P45 was doing a good job 🙁 , so that’s the only thing I can judge the guy on, and if its true, then I don’t rate his judgment at all

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 5, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Lilongwe

    I am sure if he wants to sell us he prob knows some1 or a group

    I do think he is going to have to move quick if he wants rangers there is another group buying up shares now and it will only get more expensive

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  • dazzler

    Jan 5, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Ashley may get greedy given the successfull sale of Pardew. He may appoint a better manager in the hope he too is poached. Just a thought.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 5, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    I was saying ever since Lee Charnley took the job that he should be sorting out the successor to AP. I hope they are further forward than just a list of possibilities.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 5, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Beer,
    He failed last time we were up for sale.

    As for Rangers, who knows what will happen there, will be interesting to see the outcome.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 5, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Lilongwe

    he wanted a huge some of cash for championship club leaking cash were a far better prospect now

    also in 18mths the tv cash will go up again as there renegotiating it at the moment

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 5, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Shame I can’t speak German, but there is what looks to be an interesting video with Tuchel if you can.

    http://youtu.be/pmKSmTMp-jQ

    There’s a lot of Tuchel related videos on You Tube too, training sessions and things.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 5, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8

    If a potential buyer were to come in for Newcastle what exactly is there left to buy?

    Ashley and SD own parts of Newcastle, the merchandising for example, the clubs badge, the naming rights for SJP, Ashley would without doubt want to hold onto these.

    The club has been stripped down to the bare bone with assets sold, or given to Mash Holdings & SD. Any buyer would be in a position just above the head coach, but with all the bills to pay.

    In seven years Ashley has drained the life blood and soul out of the club and it fan base, and I don’t think it could ever be fully recovered.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 5, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Beer,
    He only wanted £100million. But I do get your point.

    On the TV money, it might go up, but there is also a possibility it could come crashing down if the competition commission find the process at odds with regulation. Virgin have asked them to investigate, so it will depend on that outcome.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 5, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Just looking at The Guardians ‘Talking Point’ from the FA Cup match which raises a number of questions for me:

    11) Newcastle’s second string a concern for whoever takes charge John Carver was widely castigated by Newcastle supporters for making seven changes in the defeat by Leicester, but City manager Nigel Pearson also made seven changes, and was still able to put out a starting eleven, and indeed bench, which had much more experience than Carver could draw on. This could be seen as a pleasing sign of faith in the work being done by the likes of Peter Beardsley in developing promising young players like forward Adam Armstrong, defender Paul Dummett, and winger Callum Roberts.

    It could also, however, be seen as a demonstration of a lack of depth in the squad that Alan Pardew has bequeathed his successor. On Saturday’s evidence, Newcastle were unable to cope with the removal of so many key players, while Leicester continued to look and play like the organised and improving team they have shown themselves to be in recent matches. Richard Rae

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    1) How much is the lack of depth and quality due to injuries?
    2) What was the starting formation?
    3) Why are the Development players getting short term loans at Championship clubs?
    4) How did Carver expect a front 4 who never regularly play, never mind together to achieve a positive result?

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    # NOT getting short term loans?

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  • Blofal

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #13

    If we have $50m to spend things could get exciting..

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Ashley wont spend owt as usual.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #15

    I take it the formation was a stiff and brittle 4231:
    Riviere
    Vuckic-Armstrong-Cabella
    Tiote-Anita
    Haidara-Dummett-Williamson-Santon
    Alnwick

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Lilongwe

    I didn’t know they were going to investigate it
    maybe he is looking at that option that if it looks like it might go down better to sell now rather than later

    makes a bit of sense going after rangers then knowing that its a plan b

    70two

    you cant escape the fact that we have a whole team sat in the physio waiting room Roberts vuckic and others prob would not have featured

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #17

    70-2

    for me its not so much about the 7 changes, I actually thought it wasn’t a bad team he put out, given the opposition , for me it was the lack of a plan, , not that I watched it, but from what I have read and the bits I listened to radio Newcastle , we were poor all over the pitch, not really attacking

    shame really , because if Carver did want the job, he had the best 2 teams to play against to really stake a claim , as it is now, 2 defeats against the bottom of the league teams, dosnt look good for him

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #18

    70two

    I had it down as a 433. Could have been anything i suppose.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #19

    We drew v burnley.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Although it felt like a loss.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #21

    Markaccus

    Yeah but if felt like a loss mate.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #22

    mark

    might as well have been a defeat

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #23

    70Two,
    I think with seven changes from our previous game, added to the list of 10 or so players that were out injured and it tells a better picture of our squad depth. 17 people out from the first team picture would leave all Prem squads struggling to name a decent bench.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #24

    scoring 3 at home and drawing the game it felt like a loss

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Yeah. I did say that before you lot 😀

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #26

    beermonkey

    but whats your memory of the game ?

    mine is the second half, some of the worst football we have ever played and them hitting the bar/post 4 times

    we were inches away from being hammered at home, we were very lucky

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #27

    beermonkey

    just for the record , I thought the first half we played decent football, came on here and said so, and that was with the changes.

    his subs made no sense at all

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #28

    I did read that the players are right behind carver, well they didn’t show it

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #29

    We went home at half time. We controlled the game first half. Second half was a disgrace. Luckily socks kept going and rescued a point.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #30

    Even though we actually went 3-2 up, i think had he not scored, they would have went on to win.

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  • lesh

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #31

    The Guardian’s got an article that’s headlined ‘Carver pleads case as his team play him out of job’ (sorry, can’t link it).

    It begs the question whether the players aren’t keen on him as Head Coach either?

    Eeenteresting.

    But if Ahley’s leaving the final choice to ‘T’t Committeh (ie Charnley and Carr), then you can bet your boots that Ashley’ll have some sway on the decision – wages, bonuses etc.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #32

    OP

    Don’t know if you’ve seen this already but the end game is near for fatty. Decisions decisions lol.

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/751763910?-11058:809

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #33

    OP/firebug

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #34

    Should have a keeper back for Chelski. Might only lose 3-0 with krul. Jack would be battered against Hazard, fibreglass, costa and co.

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  • lesh

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #35

    Way off thread, but here’s something to take your mind off matters more pressing:

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2014/dec/22/football-stadiums-then-and-now-interactive-quiz

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  • firebug666

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #36

    Average

    If Ashley wants Rangers he will have to act before 2nd Feb, My guess is he will cut his losses on this one and continue his torture of the Toon Army.

    £18m for a club like Rangers is a good deal though, so selling us for £250 – £300m would be good business for Ashley, but who know what the fat man thinks?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #37

    fiebug

    ash has also got the land behind the ground hasn’t he

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  • firebug666

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #38

    Rotonda heights

    I think he has or is in the process of selling that land mate. As I said earlier Newcastle United has been stripped down to the bare bones.

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  • Slank

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #39

    Just a thought.

    As Lee Charnley and Graham Carr will be selecting a Head Coach for the European style of football management at the club does this mean that the responsibility for buying new players is by the Chief Scout and MD and not necessarily the Head Coach ?

    If so, does this mean that irrespective of who the new Head Coach is new players may have already been identified and negotiations started ?

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  • dazzler

    Jan 5, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #40

    Didn’t someone say his loan was paid up so he would sell for say 100m and make a profit. Likely bs I know but still..

    Plus if he sold say 50% – 75% of NUFC, could he then increase his stake in Rangers?

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