We’ve always thought that one of the top characteristics a football coach – or any coach for that matter must have – is an ability to inspire the players to get the very best out of them.
Who’s that with Bobby Robson at Barcelona in 1997?
Yes we know tactics are important, but they are often over-rated in today’s game, and sometimes being too tactical can even get in the way of a good performance.
Good coaches must be able to read a game and see what’s happening -and change things, and we noticed on Saturday that Southampton had three in central midfield while we only had two – Colback and Anita – and the Saints picked up far too many loose balls.
But great coaches of the past were able to inspire their players before games – and a great example of that was Brian Clough, who with assistant manager Peter Taylor won two successive European Cups in 1979 and 1980 when they were at Nottingham Forest.
We knew they were good when they started at Hartlepool United back in the mid-60s when Hartlepool were a perennial bottom four side in the then 4th division, but in 1967 Hartlepools (as they were known then) were promoted for the first time in their history to the third division of the English League .
Another two great examples closer to home are Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson.
Sir Bobby Robson was an excellent example of what a real coach is – somebody who can take the players they have, and get the very best out of them – and Bobby did that so magnificently while at Ipswich Town for 13 years, when he had a club with little money consistently in the top six of Division One.
Bobby was at Ipswich from 1969 through 1982 when he took over the England team until 1990.
And Bobby didn’t do too badly while at Newcastle for five years from 1999, when he saved us from relegation in his first season, and then had us 4th, 3rd and 5th in his final three seasons on Tyneside before Freddy Shepherd fired him.
We think we have a very good squad at the moment at Newcastle and if we can hire a very good coach – we could do very well with the current squad we have – never mind about bringing in new players .
Lee Charnley seems to be doing a thorough job in selecting the right person, and that’s important and it’s also admirable they are keeping things very quiet.
But we still hope he would issue a short statement that informs players and fans of the current situation, and he can do that without giving anything away .
Here’s an example of what Lee could say – which is a good update without giving much away:
“We have made very good progress over the last two weeks in our search for a new head coach at Newcastle United to replace Alan Pardew.”
“It’s a very important appointment for the Club, and I can report that we have made good progress, and that we’ve also had a lot of applicants from around the world who have shown interest in the position.”
“We have now narrowed the search down to three candidates, and have carried out thorough due diligence on all three candidates, and we are hoping to make a final decision before the end of January.”
“That’s all we can report at the moment.”
It’s an extremely important appointment for Newcastle United given our current situation, and the most important thing is to get an excellent coach in, and Lee Charnley is absolutely right in not rushing the appointment.
We need the right man this time.
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