Uncertainty Grows About Newcastle Head Coach Appointment

The latest news today is that the Newcastle squad completed their first training in Dubai with uncertainty surrounding when Newcastle will make their appointment of a new head coach after Alan Pardew was allowed to leave in mid-season to join his former club Crystal Palace.

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Lee Charnley – relaxed about the whole thing

And by the way Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew have done very well since then by winning their last three games, but that’s not the case with Newcastle who have lost their last three games.

What’s that about shooting yourself in the foot?

There’s news in the local papers today that the appointment is not thought to be imminent, although the latest news yesterday and over the last few days was that it could come in about two weeks.

There is some concern among fans that we need to get a new man in fairly quickly but Managing Director Lee Charnley who is the one responsible for the appointment and he’s being assisted by Head Scout Graham Carr, and Lee is said to be relaxed about the whole thing.

But that reminds us of the guy who fell from a 60 floor skyscraper, and when he passed the 30th floor he said – so far so good. 😀

Here’s the latest betting on SkyBet as an update, and the odds on Remi Garde getting the job have shortened over the last day:

Remy Garde 6/5
Steve McClaren 11/4
John Carver 4/1
Michael Laudrup 5/1

The man with the least experience of the top four candidates is caretaker manager John Carver, and there is talk lately that John may be given the job until the end of the season, although his odds in the last couple of days have gone from 2/1 to 4/1.

Carver himself has asked for an appointment before the end of the month, but that could even be a ploy to pressure Lee Charnley to appoint him as caretaker manager through the end of the season, as the search continues.

We don’t mean that as a slight against John, and to be fair, the players have become uncertain because they don’t know what’s going on and who their new boss will be.

And it’s much the same with the fans, and of course Newcastle have said absolutely nothing on their progress in their search for a new head coach – which is one major reason people are wondering what the status is.

And it doesn’t look like any new players are coming through the door this month either.

Can you think of  another club in the Premier League who would risk letting their manager leave half way through the season,  and then struggle to replace him?

There’s just no way you can accuse Newcastle of being a well run club.

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7 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 20, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 20, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Admirable sentiments, but the statement doesn’t ring true for everything.

    For me, it isn’t about targeting his other interests and making life uncomfortable for him. The only way I see of getting him out is through offering him a viable alternative that works for him. It makes my skin crawl just saying that – we owe him nothing and most fans don’t want to see him get what he wants.

    Still, it is about uniting the fans, bringing them together. There are enough Newcastle fans in positions of influence who can open doors to other high powered, affluent individuals to help facilitate a sale.

    Ashley needs a get out which doesn’t make him look like he is shying away from a fight, or a tight spot. To get rid of him we need to make it seem like he is winning, when in reality we all get what we want.

  • Sammyb9999

    Jan 20, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Is it possible Carver could do the same as the Rangers Caretaker Manager and walk out over board issues. I hope so!

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 20, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Someone pour salt in the slug

  • Goofy

    Jan 20, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Shepherd’s definitely up to something. He knows Ashley’s a rat, yet keeps praising him, maybe a bit of reverse Psychology if he’s capable of that, his heads big enough, surely so’s his brain, well saying that, dinosaurs, maybe not 😀

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 20, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #5

    But Ashley does need to keep his opponents out of the boardroom which to be certain of will require him to own sufficient shares. If someone else takes over and makes an early repayment on the loan Ashley has very little to show for it.

    He would lose his security and potentially his option on directors. He would be left with the merchandise agreement (said to the most lucrative of all of his past SD deals). Without knowing too much on the details of the agreement, in particular the length of the deal, then it is difficult to say how secure that is.

    Not being able to increase his shareholding could leave him with absolutely nothing to show for his dealing, and that is something Ashley won’t even want to entertain.

  • Goofy

    Jan 20, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Lilongwe.. Ashley might not like walking away from a fight but I’m sure he must’ve lost a few in the past and will almost definitely lose again in the future.

    I really hope he wants Rangers more than us but it looks like there are to many obstacles and is probably gonna have to hold his hands up and admit defeat. Rangers board will want to rectify the mistakes the previous board made and are well aware Ashley and his cronies don’t give a 5hit about what the fans or the share holders think., that’s why King has pulled all of the share holders together to get lamearse and Leach out. Hope I’m wrong though.

  • I I I

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #7

    You have to wonder if Ashley owns all betting agents! The longer this drags on, the more the confusion, the more odds shorten and lengthen on candidates – he must be making an absoulte fortune! – To reinvest back into the club and re-unite Guardiola & Messi. You read it first from me!


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