It was good to get a question and answer session from Managing Director Lee Charnley on Tuesday and Lee did his best to explain the current situation at Newcastle with the search for a new head coach, and it turns out that Alan Pardew’s departure was something of a complete shock to the club.
Graham Carr – very important to Newcastle
What did come out of the interview is that the Managing Director, Chief Scout and Head Coach act as a kind of triumvirate and need to be in very good communication with each other.
Lee was asked whether Graham Carr’s role has changed at the club and this was the answer:
On the football side we look at it as a triangle. That’s me, the head coach and Graham.
Graham’s role won’t change. In terms of this process he will be heavily involved and will support me with his knowledge, his feedback and his contacts to get some background information on the people we’re speaking to.
This will support other research and feedback we have sought and will seek on our preferred candidates. It’s a joined-up process we’re in.
Clearly he will continue to be an important part of what we do in order to move forward on the field and his relationship with the head coach is something that needs to be strong.
What is fairly obvious is that Graham’s role is more prominent and important now than it used to be, and it’s more than that of a Chief Scout and it’s closer to being a Director of Football position – but with Lee Charnley the top executive at the club, it’s probably best to keep Graham’s title as Chief Scout.
But if you remember what Dennis Wise’s job description was when he was at Newcastle as Director of Football in 2008 through early 2009, Graham does very much the same thing, although Lee will continue to do most of the negotiations on the transfer side of things.
What Lee laid out was that the club is very structured and he went out of his way to say the new position of head coach is not like the former manager position.
His job is to coach the players he has, and bring the youngsters through to the first team, in addition to communicating with the press.
It’s still a very important role at the club of course, and Lee will almost certainly wait until the summer to appoint a new coach.
That will mean that many more candidates can now be considered, including coaches like Frank de Boer, Christophe Galtier, Remi Garde, Michael Laufrup and Thomas Tuchel,
Waiting until the summer does enhance the chances of us getting a top coach into the club.
Here are the full questions and answers from Lee Charnley.
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