It’s not surprising that some coaches are saying they do not want to become Newcastle’s new head coach and it usually means it’s those coaches who have not made the short list and haven’t been interviewed.
Paul Clement seems to withdraw from Newcastle head coach race
Paul Clement seems the latest candidate to realize he wont be offered the job – and this is what Paul told talkSport:
“Newcastle are a fantastic football club and I’m very flattered to be linked with them, as well as other great clubs in England.”
“But I’m enjoying my experience in Madrid and I think it’s best for me to stay here in the near future, to gain more experience working with these great players at this great club.”
“I’d very much like to come home at some point and try to cut my cloth as a manager.”
It seems that when players and coaches are linked with another club they do two things – one is to say what a fantastic club it is that are after them, and that they are flattered by the interest – that’s for the consumption of the club that are after them.
But then they say how happy they are in their current job – and that’s politically addressed to their current employees.
But Paul says he wants to stay at Real Madrid in the near future – through the end of the season would put him in the same boat as some of the other candidates said to be on the short list, other than John Carver.
From what we can tell it seems to be down to candidates like Remi Garde, Cristophe Galtier, Thomas Tuchel and John Carver, with the Chronicle reporting today they have information that Tim Sherwood is not on the shortlist.
And with Newcastle saying that former Stuttgart head coach Bruno Labbadia is not a candidate, his odds have fallen from 8-1 to 14-1 on SkyBet in the last six hours.
It’s really difficult to know exactly what the status is of Newcastle’s pursuit of a new coach, and whether a coach will be appointed in the next week or so, because Newcastle keeping their cards very close to their chest.
But the club should be making a statement one way or the other within the next week – either to say John Carver will take over for the rest of the season, or else a new head coach will be announced.
Bottom line is we need to start picking up some points against Southampton on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
And while we have to pick up as many points as we can in the final 17 games of the season, we need at least 13 to guarantee survival in the Premier League.
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