There has been very little news on where Newcastle are in their search for a new head coach, after Alan Pardew officially left the club on January 3rd, and while there has been news in the press about who Newcastle may be interested in, we really don’t know too much.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
That’s true for both the fans and the players, and former striker Peter Lovenkrands in the Chronicle today says that players never like periods like this, when things are in limbo, and want to know what’s happening.
Under Mike Ashley Newcastle have never bothered to communicate much with their fans, who they seem to take for granted, but fans (and players) deserve to at least have an update from Managing Director Lee Charnley on what’s going on with the search for a new head coach.
The top three candidates in the voting at the moment are Remi Garde at 6-4, John Carver at 2-1 and Steve McClaren at 5-1.
The caretaker manager John Carver said on Thursday in his press conference for the game against Southampton today, that things were well under way and that he would be speaking to Lee Charnley after the game today.
Presumably John will then know better what his own position is, before he takes the first team squad to Dubai for a winter beak.
Newcastle may not have things fully worked out yet, but surely they can give the fans a basic update without giving too much away.
We know the position is for a head coach because Newcastle are using the continental type system, where the manager is not fully responsible for who leaves and who comes in during transfer windows.
But Lee could tell us some basic things – will a coach be announced in the next few weeks or will the club wait until the summer?
If the club waits until the summer will John Carver be the one who will be head coach until then?
With any business, communication is important, even though Newcastle don’t seem to think that way.
Without communication there grows mistrust and even anger, and that’s one reason Mike Ashley and the powers that be at the club don’t have a good relationship with the fans – they simply don’t communicate enough.
We have no idea what Mike Ashley is thinking or what his real ambitions are for Newcastle United, and when there’s a communication vacuum, people make up their own minds on things and they tend to be on the negative side.
There can be little harm and a lot of good if Managing Director Lee Charnley will issue a short statement on what’s going on in the search for a new head coach, and what progress has been made so far and what the expected time-frame is.
Maybe that statement can be made after the game (win?) against the Saints today?
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