Charnley: Newcastle To Appoint New Head Coach In Summer

At least Newcastle Managing Director Lee Charnley has finally spoken about the head coach position at Newcastle, and he has said the club will be willing to wait until the summer to get the right man for the job.

That seems fine as long as we can keep picking up points this season.

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Lee Charnley – interviewed today

Alan Pardew was officially let go by Newcastle on September 3rd to join his former club Crystal Palace, and there has been silence since then,  but Lee Charnley has said he is hoping to get a list of credible candidates completed by the end of this week.

This is some of what he has said today in his rather extensive interview:

“We see this as a long-term decision,” “We’ve got a number of options – clearly my preference is to try and find someone to bring in now.”

“However, because it will be a long-term commitment, if I have to wait until the summer for what I believe is the right individual then I would rather wait than actually take someone now who I think isn’t the best fit.”

“I’m not going to take someone who is free and available now if we have a better option and options by waiting until the end of the season.”

“I know that won’t be an entirely popular point of view, but for me that is the most sensible thing to do. It is about the medium to long term and ensuring we get the right one.”

“The new head coach will have to set out to us what his playing his style is, what his philosophy is and what he looks for in his team because that then impacts on what we look for in terms of recruitment.” “It all works together.”

“The head coach picks the team, we don’t interfere in that. When someone says, ‘Does he have any say in transfers? Yes. Does he have the final say? No he doesn’t. There’s a difference there.”

“You’re never going to move forward if you have ‘yes’ people in key positions.”  “I know people label me as someone who says yes all the time, but believe me, if I said yes to everything suggested I wouldn’t last very long.”

“I want someone in who will continually try to change our strategy or put obstacles in our way? Clearly not. They will have to be aligned with what we are doing.”

Lee doesn’t really say it specifically but it’s almost a certainty Newcastle will wait until the summer to appoint a new head coach – so the players will be more settled – always assuming John Carver is in charge – but they are still in limbo until the head coach is named in the summer.

We really wonder if Newcastle thought this thing through, as to what would happen when they rather quickly let Alan Pardew leave the club for upwards of £3M over two weeks ago – it doesn’t look like it.

And in fact Lee says in the interview that Alan’s move was not anticipated and that they did not have a contingency plan – so one question is why did they agree to Alan leaving – and the answer to that is they probably thought it was a good time for Pardew to move on – and they got some money from Palace for him to break his contract.

And for transfers at Newcastle there is basically a four man committee – Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley, Graham Carr and the head coach – and they decide as a group – but the key man there is the owner Mike Ashley – not the head coach.

That’s not how a lot of English managers like to operate, and the news is that Tony Pulis seems to have forged an agreement with West Brom that he decides on who comes and who goes – in other words he has complete control of the make-up of playing staff – and that’s not the case with the head coach at Newcastle.

His main job on Tyneside is like continental head coaches – to get the very best he can out of the players available.

But that’s got to be true at most of the big English clubs too – the manager doesn’t decide who comes in.

The main thing coming out of this interview is that it’s almost certain a new head coach will not arrive until the summer, and we suppose John Carver will be in charge for the rest of the season.

That being the case, we really hope he can improve his record and start getting Newcastle some wins – starting at Hull a week on Saturday – and the last thing we want is for another terrible run like we had at the end of last season when we lost seven of our last eight games. 🙁

And we don’t know why it took Lee so long to say something – you must communicate when you are engaged in activities  like this – and it’s not like he has given much away.

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49 comments so far

  • peterk3

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #1

    No manager and no new signings. Relegation?

  • 70TWO

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Despite my initial un-enthusiastic response to what Lee Charnley has said, I am at least grateful that he has deemed it worthy of speaking out and look forward to hearing a lot more.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s good words but once again that’s all it is. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating, there’s been way too many false dawns under ashley.

    However credit for finally saying something, at least we know something is happening behind the scenes anyway.

  • p

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Thought it was a pretty good interview form Charnley myself if you take what he says at face value – and I think most of it is consistent with what has been seen from the outside if you look objectively.

    I see people are already slating him and calling him a liar which really does sum up how idiotic many supporters are. No matter what he said, he would have been slated.

    Now the communication has taken place – which is a fair criticism on the club – let’s see whether he does in fact succeed on the main deliverable which is a new coach. For some though, the summer will be too long to wait.

    On transfers, it is what many suspected, we do our business in the summer if we can and, last summer we did. There can be no accusations that they are promising big signings for ST renewals. Shepherd is the only one I remember doing that kind of thing.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #5

    I still think the club should attempt to sign a quality striker and a quality centre half.

    Surely the new manager would appreciate more players to chose from anyway, and seeing as a new manager would probably want to move some players out it does no harm to add now.

  • Belfast

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Relegation battle ahead then lol

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #7

    So they envisaged not much if any activity this window because the roster is still full eh? Wink wink. Making up the numbers with the likes of guti and chucky knowing full well they wouldn’t play. Oh and benny’s gone (was he on the list?) Marvellous.

    Can’t the squad list be re-submitted to the F.A in January? I’m sure it can because of clubs signing new players. Can you omit a previous occupant from the original list because of injuries like staylor for instance?

  • croftus5678

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #8

    well we knew it was going to happen 🙁

    he’s just about said we wont sign any players ! we are looking to sell everyone for a decent profit ! and we will sign a new “head coach” in the summer !

    and just to twist the knife just a little more !!!! we will only buy bargains that make us a profit and not players in there prime that will win us the league.

  • toon kk

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #9

    What a perthetic excuse for a sh.t football club.
    run by clueless greedy idiots.

  • ZIPPIE57

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Absolutely shocking to be honest they do not have a clue so GARDE has turned them down as has most others shit we are well and truly in it Carver to continue obviously and no signings .My season and thousands
    of others is now over

  • p

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #11

    TS, not sure if MYM was part of that 25 or not, presumably not. That said, sounds like they would need to move a couple on regardless before they bring 2 in.

    In retrospect Riviere at 6m was a false economy compared to Lacazette at 20m – mind you, Lacazette is not doing it in the PL and Riviere has not had that much chance to adapt and settle.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #12

    it took 3 weeks for something we all knew anyway. Once again Lee, thanks for nothing.
    On a positive note, i think we are going to be VERY close to signing a CB and F. On a less positive note, it wont be close enough to get them over the line.

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Communication is all well and good if it isn’t all guff. I believe those secret bugs in penfold’s office the mag planted tell more of the actual truth lol.

  • firebug666

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #14

    I say the statement has now been released because ST sales will be down.

    Having read it carefully, I can honestly say what a load of tosh. The candidates that we will attract for the position of Head Coach will NOT be of the standard we would like, he will not get the final say on transfers, and could come to work one morning and find half the team sold with no replacements for at least six months.

    WOW why would anyone pass that job up?

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Newcastle don’t seem to give on their policy of buying and selling at the best possible price. There is an obvious virtue in it, but it does also risk points, goodwill and morale when there is a gap between replacements. Ba, Cabaye, Remy, Pardew have all left with a damaging period ensuing. This one could take us down. You hope that over time the squad and staff will continue to be deepened to allow these transitions periods to be less debilitating, but you get the feeling the policy is here to stay. If we don’t get the coach in now, we at least need a striker, but if the right deal isn’t there, I’m sure we won’t get him either, and that is quite a risk.

  • ZIPPIE57

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashley is confident we will finish at least 17th and retain premiership status we are doomed again i hate the guy so much

  • martoon

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #17

    “Lee Charnley has said he is hoping to get a list of credible candidates completed by the end of this week”
    What the hell has he been doing for the last 3 weeks? Alright they may not have selected the right man yet but surely they should have a short list by now?

  • croftus5678

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #18

    we may start winning games now tbh !

    i can just imagine the pre game talk now !!! ” come on lads show chelsea/arsenal/manu your available for sale and show em what you can do” >.<

  • croftus5678

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #19

    @17 martoon

    inside info says joke kinear 😉

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Another place, another time, Penfolds words would be adjudged as being very reasonable. However, the outscome seems to be as most suggested – ie nothing is going to happen.
    Yet another bit of slick PR to promote more delaying tactics for Mr Tubbs to get his hands on Rangers and flog us.
    We’ve fallen for the three card trick too many times under this regime.

  • scout

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #21

    This bloke has the best job in the world. Says he isnt a yes man? You have a team with a two bob centre half in and a youngen up front on his own who earnt less than me in Spain. How can you sleep at night signing no one. Its pathetic.
    You should be delivering pizzas not running a football club.

    Nothing against Perez but 52,000 crowds we should have great strikers on the park.

  • JamesToon

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #22

    IMO this interview had a lot of contrast in it. I’m very encouraged by these words:

    “His job is coach the players and implement and oversee a philosophy that goes through the first team, the reserves and down through the Academy to improve the players and to ensure we get the best out of them”

    “The new head coach will have to set out to us what his playing style is, what his philosophy is and what he looks for in his team because that then impacts on what we look for in terms of recruitment. It all works together”

    I like that (as long as he is telling the truth of course) from what he’s saying he wants someone who’s going to implement a style of play at every level at the club, an identity. This itself gives the club stability and already half the planning for looking for a successor of the next head coach. So that academy graduates will be trained to the first team style and will be able to develop better and quicker. And also it looks as if Graham Carr is basically our DOF, he will look for players that will fit into the head coach’s style of play, and then the MD will do the transfer negotiations. This is how a lot of contitental clubs work (including Barca)
    I like this vision, and it is screaming for the likes of Garde, De Boer, Tuchel, Laudrup to come in who clearly share that vision (except maybe not the transfer bit)

    However what I don’t like about this interview is what they’re saying about the January window, utter b0llocks

  • firebug666

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #23

    On Transfers out:

    I would never, ever rule out selling anyone because the worst thing I could do is over-promise and under-deliver. You will never, ever get me saying never but I would say we’re very difficult sellers. We make it very difficult for people to get our players. We put them on long-term contracts. We are not easy sellers, despite that perception.

    For me it’s this last line below very carefully worded.

    As we sit here today I can’t envisage any player we want to retain leaving.

    So that’s Sissoko, Cisse and Perez off then.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #24


    #Alan Pardew was officially let go by Newcastle on JANUARY 3rd

  • ToonBano

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #25
  • northernirishtoon

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #26

    Serious question

    What is the fat controller getting out of having full control of rangers

    In all honesty the only thing I can think of is he hopes to own ibrox and Murray park. Then hopes rangers goes t#ts up and he can sell them off for a profit.

    Why would he sell nufc to own rangers

  • firebug666

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #27

    There is also the possibility that this statement is there reaction to what has been discussed on the web including this blog regarding the fans targeting SD.

    I would suspect they have somebody who read them to gage the mood of the fans.

    Just a thought.

  • firebug666

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #28


  • Thump

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #29

    So, once again the fans were right. Cheers Lee for clearing that up. We’ve remained stationary.

  • yo-yo

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Read between the lines. He’s only whispering but he’s saying

    ‘Nobody wants the job, really wants the job on our terms, enough….. except Carver who isn’t up to it. So we’ll muddle through til the summer, if we’re still in the EPL’


  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #31


    They also came under criticism on the radio and TV shows for not getting on with things, like Gary Linekar for example.

    For me it’s a good statement, outlines the clubs plans and also very few managers have final say, for example brendon Rodgers is part of a 6 man committee at liverpool who decide transfers. Very clubs, unless the manager has been there years like Ferguson or wenger, let them have final say. Otherwise bids would be out of control as they have no monetary responsibility.


    I think we need to trim some of the poor quality from the squad, even if it’s a cut price deal just to get them out and make room. These things should be better planned and we should look ahead, not suddenly realise we can’t buy a player.

  • Pottz

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #32

    The Charnley PR spin didn’t say who was going to be in charge till the end of the season?

    Or do we have to read between the lines and assume the clueless Carver will be in charge from next week leading us to the promised land of the Fizzy Pop League.

    Now that’s more like the footballing philosophy Penfold is talkin about!

  • Thump

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #33

    @northernirishtoon: Better chance of European qualification, I’d imagine. Either way, they’ll have to go through a lot of mid table dross assuming Ashley will inevitably end up doing his “austerity” platform. As usual.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #34

    1. Tim Krul
    2. Rob Elliot
    3. Fabricio Coloccini
    4. Davide Santon
    5. Mike Williamson
    6. Massadio Haidara
    7. Daryl Janmaat
    8. Steven Taylor
    9. Paul Dummett
    10. Ryan Taylor
    11. Moussa Sissoko
    12. Vurnon Anita
    13. Siem De Jong
    14. Jack Colback
    15. Mehdi Abeid
    Rolando Aarons
    16. Jonas Gutierrez
    17. Remy Cabella
    18. Haris Vuckic
    19. Cheick Tiote
    20. Gabriel Obertan
    21. Papiss Cisse
    22. Yoan Gouffran
    23. Facundo Ferreyra
    Ayoze Perez
    24. Sammy Ameobi
    25. Emmanuel Riviere

    Includes three players that definitely won’t be playing.

  • JamesToon

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #35


    Agreed mate, as I said on my earlier post. We’ve never had Llambias or Kinnear come out and explain the club’s vision on what they want the head coach to do.

    Style of play is one of the first and foremost things we should look for in a coach, we want to be entertained. A style of play implemented at every level of the club gives stability and an identity. From what LC has said he clearly wants this.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #36

    I think he just sees Rangers as this huge institution that is going for a song and he can’t help but try and get his hands on it. Rangers really are in a parlous condition, basically worthless, yet in terms of fan base and history one of the worlds truly great football clubs. The only way for Rangers is up or out. I don’t think Rangers would give him the TV exposure Newcastle does, and I don’t think he’d take them over us, unless he got an offer he couldn’t refuse. But in the UK, particularly Scotland, Rangers I think have been pretty much as big and important as it gets, and far more than just a football club. It would certainly add to his and SDs profile, although there is a dignity to Rangers that he and his business empire don’t mirror, even more of a contradiction than the one that exists between him and with us.

  • Thump

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #37

    I think Jimmy has nailed it. It’s Ashley’s way all over: buy cheap, sell high. It’s what he would have done with us had he known the condition the club was in.

  • scout

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #38

    James toon

    You’re in the keep net mate

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #39


    But he also reiterated that the king had done a good job on and off the field which pushed us on. Clearly bollox, so this means he thought the king had us playing a good style. Doesn’t say much for his judgement does it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Northern Irish
    Nobody knows pal.
    What a surprise, P thought that carefully staged interview was good, not a hint of asking about having Guti, Ferrero or Callum Roberts taken out of the 25 to make room for a quality CB, even if he isn’t lying it has that air of arrogance that a politician has when deliberately skirting the truth.


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