We’ll not say that letting Alan Pardew go was an out-and-out mistake a week or so ago – but we wonder what the Newcastle hierarchy thought would happen once they let Pardew leave the club, about who would come in as the replacement?
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – the powers that be on Tyneside
It’s looking more and more like a suitable candidate will not be available until the summer, and Newcastle will take their time before they announce Alan Pardew’s replacement, but it seems the three top candidates – Remi Garde, Cristophe Galtier and Thomas Tuchel – are not available until the summer.
That probably means that John Carver will take over as head coach until the end of the season.
That gives John a big opportunity, but it’s also a big risk since Carver doesn’t have the experience as the number one man and there has to be some risk in doing that.
Last season after 21 games played we had 33 points in 8th place – six more than we have today – and we ended up getting only 49 points – 16 points in the last 17 games – but only 3 points in the final eight games. 🙁
If we can do that this time we’ll still have 43 points so we should be OK, but Newcastle fans are uncomfortable at best at the moment – because of the way we plummeted last season and we are not safe yet.
Hopefully everything will work out fine and if we can get two wins in a row that should alleviate things a bit.
But just like we have sold our best players three times in the January transfer window and not replaced them – Andy Carroll (2011), Demba Ba (2013) and Yohan Cabaye (2014) – it could be we do the same thing with the head coach this January.
Newcastle just don’t seem to think things through fully – and we saw that when we were forced to use Jak Alnwick for eight games this season when both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot were out injured – and yet we let Karl Darlow go out on loan to Nottingham Forest with no recall clause in his contract.
There again it was an opportunity to let Alan Pardew go and get paid for it – so if we can do well in the last 17 games of the season it was probably worth it.
But once again money is king at Newcastle, even with a head coach.
It could be up to John Carver and company very soon, and on the other hand if John Carver does very well as Glen Roeder did nine years ago, when he came in for the sacked Graeme Souness, it will be hard for Lee Charnley not to give him the job full time.
That’s another possibility in this situation.
It’s never boring at Newcastle United.
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