Just like clubs don’t like to part with players in mid-season, they also don’t want to part with their managers halfway through the season – well that’s unless you are Newcastle United owned by Mike Ashley.
And the reason for that it is always hard to replace them – be it either a player or a manager (head coach).
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
Just like we let players go for big money in January, we also let Alan Pardew leave for a compensation amount of upwards of £3M earlier this month, but don’t expect Mike Ashley to use that money to pry away a manager from another club.
Ashley doesn’t think like that – Mike thinks of money coming in and not the other way around.
It will be very difficult for Newcastle to get a head coach in who’s already at another club, and at the same time even those coaches who are available now such as Remi Garde, may want to come in over the summer, so they can get a full pre-season behind them before they are in charge of their first games at their new club.
So even if a coach is available they may prefer to wait until the summer, and that’s been a rumor about Remi Garde.
Ob the other hand, if Newcastle are going to get a very good coach in, then they may indeed have to wait until the summer to get a really good one, and if their first choice is not available to come into the club now, either by choice or they are already with another club – Newcastle should wait until the summer.
But if that happens this stalemate we’ve been in for the last couple of weeks will last through the end of the season and presumably John Carver will be put in charge.
If that happens then it’s probably the worst of all options, and we just hope that Carver is good enough as the lead man to get the results, so we are not dragged into a relegation battle.
But in the last ten months since he took over after Alan Pardew famously got himself banned after the Hull City game on March 1st, John was the touchline manager for seven games and we lost six of those, and he’s been caretaker manager for four games since Alan left – and he’s lost three of those.
If John Carver is given the job for the rest of the season, then maybe Lee Charnley should have a more experienced coach on standby – who could be brought in if we go on a losing streak, like we did after 1st March last year.
If John is appointed as caretaker manager, especially if no announcement is made as to who will be the new head coach in the summer, we cannot see too many fans being too happy about the situation, but I suppose we have to grin and bear it.
My son Neil told me on Saturday at breakfast that he thinks John Carver will be the caretaker manager through the end of the season, and then get the job full time in the summer. 🙁
We are still hoping we can appoint a very good coach at the end of the month – but there has to be some growing doubts about that being possible.
What do you think?
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