Charnley’s Top Choice Is Another Englishman – But Not Carver


There’s news tonight that Newcastle United will make Steve McClaren their No 1 target for head coach after they appointed caretaker manager John Carver today, as the head coach through the end of the season.

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Steve McClaren – Newcastle’s top choice?

We knew that Mike Ashley seemed to like appointing English managers to the position, and of course Steve McClaren is English and known for his disastrous spell as the England manager, when he failed to get England qualification for Euro 2008.

That was the first time since 1994 that England had not qualified for a major tournament, and the first time in 24 years that they had not qualified for the European Championships.

After failing to qualify, the FA held an emergency meeting at which McClaren was removed from the post of England manager along with his assistant manager Terry Venables.

To be fair to Steve, since then he has been slowly recreating his career in football,  and has done well with Derby County, but Derby County are a lot easier club to manage than Newcastle United.

Just as England was too big a job for Steve, we think Newcastle United will be too big for him as well.

And if McClaren gets Derby promoted to the Premier League then he is expected to want to stay with his current club and Newcastle will move to somebody else.

The Star is reporting that coaches on the short list also include Frank de Boer of Ajax, Christope Gaultier of St Etienne, Thomas Tuchel, the former Mainz coach and former Lyon coach, Remi Garde,

The news tonight is that McClaren is said to be particularly close to Chief Scout Graham Carr who, along with Managing Director Lee Charnley, have been given the job to find a new head coach, and both the Mail and Star are reporting he will be the top choice.

We don’t know if the report is based on inside information of if it’s a glorified guess as to what may happen.

We’d be disappointed if Steve is the top choice, because we’d like to see a top continental coach take charge of Newcastle.

Since the position is that of head coach and not manager, the abilities of the coach are of paramount importance.

We ‘re not sure that Steve McClaren is that person – but we could be wrong.

Do You Want To See Steve McClaren As Newcastle's New Head Coach?

  • No (84%, 4,966 Votes)
  • Yes (16%, 950 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,916

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114 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 26, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s not the worst manager but we should be aiming better. He’s had good and bad spells at clubs, it’s a lottery which we will get.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #2

    He seems a good solid choice, for a Championship Club.

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  • Harley

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ll be gutted if he gets the job. For some insane reason I’m expecting Ashley to surprise us and sign a top coach. Why I think this I don’t know.
    For me mclaren is no better than a pardew, pulis, Bruce etc. it’ll be “as you were”.
    But I suppose that’s what the club want. A steady unspectacular manager who can keep us drifting aimlessly along.
    Great!

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  • BennygivesmeTinglyBalls

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Whoever voted yes is an absolute moron. This guy has failed at every big job he’s had aka England and Wolfsburg. How can you not get England through the Euro qualifiers. The club are gonna back the next manager for a long time, someone like Mclaren is gonna spell doom for this club, oh wait we are already f’ed. Honestly I don’t see how this club can get any worse. I’m gonna kick off if Tuchel or De Boer aren’t hired after the last few years we’ve endured. Even if we do get one of those, we aren’t really getting one of those as they will effectively be robots to the regime. Think I’d give a limb for someone to buy this club off the fat wanker.

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  • BennygivesmeTinglyBalls

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Who on earth is voting yes?! This guy failed at his only 2 big jobs, Wolfsburg and oh yeah… England, not even Pardew could fail to qualify for the Euro’s. Mclaren in charge for the next 5 years, well I might as well commit now. Awful awful bloke and manager.

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  • p

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #6

    here we go, more made up press reports because Mash, LC and Carr do not speak to anyone and they are the only people with any idea.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Strange this – I was on the phone to a customer of mine who lives in Great Ayton this afternoon – he was playing golf this morning with Malcolm Young (ex Gosforth and England scrum-half ) this guy knows nowt about footy but said that MY told him that McClaren was coming to the Toon in summer.I discounted it but it seems Graham Carr and SM are really good pals (when SM was managing Twente Enschede he made sure Tiote came to us) so one never knows

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  • firebug666

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #8

    BennygivesmeTinglyBalls

    That’ll be the Makems voting yes mate.

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #9

    WTF

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #10

    PMSL – sounds like there will be plenty of tix for home games

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  • p

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #11

    @4 that said, Keegan did not cover himself in glory in the England job and that did not stop people wanting him back.

    McClaren did excel at crapness but not many people do well in that job to be fair.

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #12

    All on the list are good choices but one, you know the nob with the brolly.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #13

    So the only chance of getting him is if he fails his objective this season, sounds about right.

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  • banjax

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #14

    No one should forget that Newcastle is a Dictatorship and not a Democracy when it comes to who takes charge of the team. Most supporters like DeBoer and Garde, but questions whether DeBoer wants the job and that Garde maybe too highly strung for the Toon, rage on. Next is the question of the length of contract for the new coach. Surely Ashley won’t make the mistake of 7 years because 3 years in football is more than enough, especially with repeated failure as in Pardew’s record at the club. One thing for sure is that Ashley will keep us guessing right up to the reveal of HIS choice of Coach and Carver will be as likely to be installed as manager as Chris Hughton (and Chris deserved the job over Pards) who was sacked for no good cause. Ahhh to support Newcastle United – we are all as mad as a box of frogs!

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  • BennygivesmeTinglyBalls

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #15

    @Firebug
    Must be, no fan in their right mind would settle for Mclaren for the next 5 years, they can’t have any ambition for the club. This isn’t a manager that could be sacked after a year if he’s not performing, we know how Ashley works, he’ll be here for a while. The only 2 options for me are Tuchel (1) or De Boer (2). Why they’d come to us, I’ll never know but we are linked with them consistently.
    On another note, imagine the high after getting shot of Pardew and having ambitious owners, think i’m slightly aroused by the thought.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #16

    BennygivesmeTinglyBalls

    My personal thought is the job will be Carver’s, I would love FDB, Tuchel or Garde to come in, but for that to happen Charnley would have to spend some of Ashley’s money to pay of Capt. Carve-up and the WoodStones, I cannot see that happening, and all of the three mentioned would be wanting to bring in there own backroom staff.

    Ashley always has and always will take the cheaper option regardless, and for that reason the Job will be Carver’s.

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  • Blofal

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Transfer Sage I disagree. Of all mentioned candidates he is the worst. Had a disastrous spell at Nottingham Forest. I would even prefer Carver over McLaren.

    Living in Australia I have never been to St James’ Park. It’s my dream to fly over there and see my team one day. But should McLaren be appointed I will expedite that dream so I can punch Charnley in the face.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #18

    No thanks to McClaren, he’s well down the list of candidates. He’s higher than Carver though.

    All I can think of still are the Boro fans on the radio saying it was really boring football to watch.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #19

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

    John Carver if you love the club – walk.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #20

    So we wait until the summer, being far from safe this season, for a second rate manager to be appointed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Only under Ashley and co could something so pathetic happen, but then 52,000 will still pack out SJP so he can do whatever the hell he likes

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  • BennygivesmeTinglyBalls

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Firebug,
    Oh I fully expect that to happen followed by some poor excuse saying the club tried followed by the local press supporting the club. The thing is, even if we did get Tuchel or similar, you aren’t gonna get the whole package anyway as their job role is so limited. I think the fact the managers have to be told what they can say to the media is an absolute joke. Either way I’m just dreaming for some ambition shown, can’t remember the last time we had some real positive news (Not counting Pardew leaving as we are still in a shambles of a situation)

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  • nufc 11

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Its a massive massive gamble which could end up in relegation so why the fcuk would you do this lee to get a washed up has been didnt you say the club were looking for a good brand of football with a track record of developing young players so why on earth would that apply to SM?has to be frank de boer simple as.

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  • BeeGuy

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #23

    What LC & MA will likke is that McC will be so grateful to get a good job, hew willl do it on the cheap.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 26, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #24

    So are we getting this goldie but oldie McClaren next?

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  • Bri

    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #25

    what….is Ashley gonna buy Carvs a McClaren sports car if he keeps us in PL

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #26

    Was telling he kept Boro up for seasons and when he left they sunk like a stone. Played great football at Twente. Wasn’t successful at Wolfsburg but he did have them attacking.
    Derby currently play an exciting attacking 4-3-3. Personally think Mclaren has learnt from his previous jobs. If we go english he’d be my first choice but id prefer Tunchel, Cocu or De Boer (in that order)

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #27

    I do not want an English manager. Just see the national team and how backwards there are.

    We need to go continental or a south American coach. Someone with fresh ideas.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #28

    I thought Penfold wasn’t looking for an old-school boss?

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  • Toonacious T

    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #29

    My post from previous thread;
    Carver until the summer, then a puppet mark II such as McClaren. FDB etc will want guarantees regarding a minimum transfer budget, not to mention their own backroom staff and decent wages. Nothing in our experience of Ashley to date suggests this is going to happen. Needless to say I would love to be proved wrong. Going to be interesting to see who gets sold in the next few days. This was what I suspected all along. McClaren is a sap in the mould of Pardew who will be only to happy to be Ashley’s apologist just to be back at the top table of the Premier League. Supporting Newcastle is just like being stuck in a recurring nightmare!!

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  • one fine day

    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #30

    no thanks This is our one chance to get it right .And Ed this paragraph leaves me confused ..The news tonight is that McClaren is said to be particularly close to Chief Scout Graham Carr who, along with Managing Director Lee Charnley, have been given the job to find a new head coach, and both the Mail and Star are reporting he will be the top choice.
    Did charnley not say in his interview that no one gets this job because they know someone ? or words to that effect?

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  • expatmag

    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #31

    So
    we fail to appoint a head coach/manager therefore saving 3 5 million pounds as compensation for numbnuts.

    Roma activate the clause for Mbiwa therefore signing him for 5.5 million.

    By failing to appoint a manager, we save estimated 1.2 million on Pardews salary

    The same situation applies to Mbiwa saving approximately the same if he signs for Roma. Another 1.2 million quid in Kim Jong Ashs back pocket.

    Thats over 11 million quid. I wonder whether this will show up in next years accounts when we are struggling in the chsmpionship

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  • lesh

    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #32

    There’s a knack, a cunning plan could be applied in relation to votes like this one.

    Rather than vote for someone/ thing you don’t want, apply a bit of reverse psychology and opt for the opposite. That way, the votes’ll pile up for the opposite way of what you want and as sure as hell, Ashkeyski’ll go against the popular choice and do the opposite.

    And bingo, you’ve got who/ what you want.

    Easy peasy, job done.

    😀

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #33

    I agree Carver is a gamble I wouldn’t have taken, but I am more worried about what the two idiots (pardon my French) are up to…

    …will they screw us over in the summer again?

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  • lesh

    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #34

    * opposite way of what = opposite of what

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  • Bri

    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #35

    In my opinion if Carver does reasonably well in the remaining games he will get the job. If not, known Ashley it could go to someone nobody has mentioned.Either way i have a horrible feeling the fans are not gonna be happy at the end of the day.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #36

    Blofal @15
    mate save your cash for better days live in Syd myself now and made the mistake of catching a game when I went “back’ for a wedding last year .Decent crowd too but awful atmosphere I left very depressed to see how quiet the support had become from what I remember.
    and on punching penfold .. take a number and wait your turn have a feeling there could be quite a line

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  • lesh

    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #37

    Jesper

    And which two idiots are you referring to.

    If it’s comrades Ashleyski and his mouthpiece, you be rounded up and ‘treated’ by the regime’s thought police.

    Be very very careful Jesper, you never know who’s listening.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 27, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #38

    Lesh…I have seeken refugee in Sweden mate 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 27, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #39

    Political asylum!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 27, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #40

    Those tossers won’t get me 😉

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