There has been some worrying news over the last week that Newcastle may appoint former England boss Steve McClaren as the new Newcastle head coach in the summer.
Robbie Elliott – former Newcastle left-back
Former Newcastle left-back Robbie Elliott thinks it would also be easy for the club to keep John Carver in that role, but the former full back, who played 143 games in two spells at Newcastle with 11 goals, thinks it would be better for the club to have a clean break from the Alan Pardew years.
This is what Elliott told Perform Progressive Sports Media about the interim head coach John Carver:
“I think it’s easier for Ashley to keep John in the role but I don’t know if that’s the right thing for the club,” “I feel we need a clean break and it’s a very difficult role. “
“Look at the managers we’ve had over the years – how successful they have been at other clubs, then they come to Newcastle.”
“You’d like to think it would be a job that interests a lot of people because of the possibilities.” “It might need a change of structure with how the owner wants to do it, that may prove a stumbling block.”
“But it’s going to be a big summer and I think that will dictate a lot of whether players stay or go and who comes in.”
The two easy choices for Newcastle seem to be John Carver or Steve McClaren and if the latter gets the job, it would be odds-on that John Carver would stay on as the assistant manager.
Mike Ashley could shock us again, as they did when the club appointed Alan Pardew in December of 2010.
Alan Pardew had never been mentioned as a candidate, mainly because he had never done anything to qualify him for the Newcastle manager position.
We could still be surprised this summer, but three candidates who have been mentioned from the continent include Remi Garde, Thomas Tuchel and Christophe Galtier.
Frank de Boer of Ajax has also been linked with the club and is the fan favorite in our poll, but it’s very doubtful he would want to join Newcastle.
Since 2009 Robbie has been working with the US Soccer Federation in the position of Youth National Team Performance Expert, and before that he was at Newcastle as the assistant Fitness and Conditioning coach working for our senior fitness coach Mark Hulse, who is now at Manchester United.
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