Newcastle Clarify Head Coach Role For The Better

The Fans Forum met at St. James’ Park last Monday night and the minutes of the meeting have just been issued on the Newcastle web-site, and there are some interesting topics that were discussed.

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Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

One of the things the Board have tried to clarify is the role of the new head coach on transfers into thew club, and they have pointed out that it is not accurate to say the coach has no input on the transfers in players into the club.

This is what the Board has said:

“The board feels the media has misrepresented the head coach role to a degree; incorrectly suggesting that they would have no say in transfers. The board explained the reality is that a head coach would have an opinion and an input into transfers, just not the final say.”

“The board and chief scout would sit with the head coach with a number of options in line with the head coach’s template for the team. The initial scouting and shortlisting would be done by the chief scout, while the board would take care of financial elements to ensure the head coach could concentrate on his duties.”

“The board explained that this sort of system happens in a lot of football clubs across the world. The board feels this structure enables individuals to focus on their respective strengths.”

The way it has often been reported – which seems accurate – is that the head coach is one of a committee and has input into the players brought in,  but just doesn’t have the final say – so that seems fairly accurate.

But there are also very few managers that have the final say on transfers these days, and it’s (quickly) shifting to the continental model.

But there are still English coaches like Tony Pulis as one example, who insist on being fully responsible for players – but it’s a dying breed.

One reason for that is the money involved in the Premier League is so huge the Board want to have a say on who’s brought in and don’t want to leave it to one man.

That seems a reasonable way of bringing players into the club,  but one area of concern for any would-be applicant is how the club sell their players.

And the coach doesn’t seem to have much say in that,  once  Mike Ashley gets an offer for a player that meets his valuation – he seems to be gone.

The way Newcastle have sold players like Yohan Cabaye in the January window and not replaced them would be a concern to some  applicants for the Newcastle position.

But  in any case that’s a good clarification of how players will be brought into the club.

Here are the full minutes of the meeting.

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7 comments so far

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #1

    The club also said that they expect the HC to be tactically astute among other things. Given results under Carver, there should therefore be a question mark over him now.

    The Forum meeting did not question the matter of players being sold in January, without adequate cover or a replacement. Are fans’ reps feeling a bit overawed when not questioning the Club’s answers to questions? The club aims to have its recruitment done in the summer – fine but recruitment’s just a little different from selling!

    And, the answer to the question about recruiting an HC said nothing but was so worded that anything could be read into it. They’re like MPs – the give answers that can be taken in any way.

  • JDdubai

    Mar 7, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #2

    The problem is the lack of trust.

    Taking only what was said, it isnt so unreasonable and is a fair assesment of where we are and how they plan to move us forward.

    However the fact that virtually no-one believes what they say means its almost irrelevant.

    The only way things will change is proof of ambition, top coach brought in, players brought in, much stronger team and full strength teams in the cups.

    If this is what happens then fair enough, even if a star player is sold every now and again fair enough.

    Will it happen? Unlikely but i will wait and see where we are come September 1st.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 7, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #3

    I particularly like this

    4. “Has the ban on NCJ Media been lifted and are they now allowed free speech without the ban being re-imposed?”

    The board confirmed the ban has been lifted and that it is rebuilding its relationship with NCJ Media. The board stated the media group has absolute editorial control and that the club simply asks for balance in its coverage.

    The club noted that a vocal minority of supporters on social media heavily criticise NCJ Media and its journalists when articles are positive about the club, which in the board’s view puts pressure on them to write critical pieces to compensate.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 7, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #4

    “The problem is the lack of trust.”

    By gum you’ve changed yer tune since talking to Mr Carr – a month ago you were full of shiny new horizons.

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #5


    Yup, it is a lack of trust.

    Maybe a question for the next Forum –

    Fans distrust the Club’s owner and Board, having no faith in what’s being said.

    Will the Club acknowledge that distrust and explain what it plans to do to overcome that serious communications issue to nurture a degree of faith in the club and its officials?

    A straightforward forward question for them to think about, particularly in the light of the hostility shown towards Ashley and his cronies by Rangers fans and the local Scottish media.

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #6


    It’s the fans wot dunnit. Who’s have thought that a small minority of critical fans would be able to pressurize the fourth estate? Incredible!!

  • ronniegillsbackpage

    Mar 7, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Q 5 by Brian Parkin says all you need to know about where we are going , sad and depressing


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