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.
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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