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.
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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