There has been some movement over the weekend with Newcastle’s efforts to appoint a new head coach – and it seems that four candidates will have been interviewed for the job by today.
Chris Coleman – Newcastle will struggle …
One of those is Remi Garde, and it seems that St. Etienne coach Cristophe Galtier is also one who has been interviewed, with other continental coaches like Thomas Tuchel having been contacted.
But since a number of candidates are not available until the summer, it may be that Newcastle will wait until then to appoint a new head coach, and it seems Newcastle fans would like an appointment made now.
Just how much things have changed under Mike Ashley is becoming apparent, and Wales manager Chris Coleman has weighed in on the situation at Newcastle by saying this:
“If we are judging by what has happened during the last three or four years, then if they are going to try and attract the big-name manager, that is going to be difficult because of the transfer policy.”
“If the manager does not sign the players, then you are not really going to get one of the big names, even though it is Newcastle, which is a huge, great club with fantastic support and 52,000 fans there every week.”
“But having said that, the managers who have got the really good track records, they may want to dodge it as they will want to be in charge of their own fate.”
“And if you are not making the transfers yourself, some people won’t want to get involved in that.”
It’s not clear the problem at Newcastle is that the manager doesn’t have full control of transfers, because that (English) way of running clubs seems to be dying out.
Big clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and others, including some big clubs in England, use the continental system already, and they get big-name coaches in – and are very successful – so it’s not that.
And with more and more foreign coaches coming in to manage clubs in the Premier League, we just don’t think the old system where the manager has total control of things, will last long.
What the problem is at Newcastle is that the head coach is not supported by the owner to build a top side and be successful, because Ashley continues to sell our best players when a big enough bid comes in.
That’s one problem – the other problem is we cannot keep our best players because the ambitions of Newcastle are limited to being a middle of the table club.
Top players want to play in the top competitions and that means Champions League football or at least Europa League.
It’s clear Ashley is not willing to spend the money to allow Newcastle to become a top six club again – even though big money will become available at Newcastle.
Those are the real problems at Newcastle – it’s not that we are using a continental type of system – which can work quite well.
Being of limited ambitions and having money be more important than the team, are the real reasons top coaches will shun the Newcastle job.
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