There seems to have been some good discussion at the Fans Forum that took place last Monday night, and the minutes have been published fully on the Newcastle web-site and they are certainly worth a read – here are the full minutes.
This is what the Board has said in reference to a few questions about what they are looking for in a new head coach:
“The board stated that it will not consider the head coach matter again until the end of the season. The board went through a lengthy process in terms of speaking to a number of people about coming to the club as a potential head coach.”
“The outcome of that process was that the board felt the best option was for John Carver to be appointed to the position until the end of the season, at which point it will be reviewed.”
“In the event the board should need to look for an external candidate in the summer for the position of Head Coach, the board would not have to start the process all over again due to the level of detail and work which went into the initial search.”
“The board would look for an individual who would fit into the club’s structure, someone who is tactically astute, and who has a track record of developing young players and the ability to improve players.”
“The club has no concerns over whether a potential new head coach is British or from overseas and deems other criteria far more important.”
We notice that nothing is said of the head coach having had a successful record in his past coaching, only that he can develop young players and is tactically astute.
It’s important that Newcastle completed some detailed due diligence in January on some of the potential candidates, and that seems to have been done by Lee Charnley and he had previously said he had completed work on that.
That’s important, because it would be the aim presumably to bring the head coach in before pre-season training begins in early July, so that the new head coach then has a full pre-season with the players before the season begins.
It will also be important that any new players are brought in as soon as possible so they have a full pre-season too.
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