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.
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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