There was news in January that one sticky point with Newcastle appointing Remi Garde as the new head coach, was that he wanted to bring in his own coaching staff, and it seems Newcastle want to keep the current coaching staff in place at Newcastle.
Remi Garde – wants to bring in his own staff
And if that happens there will not be too much that will change on the training field, although a new coach other than John Carver himself or Steve McClaren, could still make a difference.
Former left back Olivier Bernard thinks that Remi Garde may not want to come to Newcastle with John Carver and company still around.
This is what Bernard said in the Chronicle today:
“The fact he always travels with one physio and one assistant means he might be put off.” “In France it has been quiet too. You were expecting them to get it sorted by now, but it’s not the case.”
“He will need a lot of backing from the squad and money to spend.” “We have young talent but in the professional game, the experience is very important. That gives you points.”
“Look at games in the past that were 0-0 and very tight – but we had Alan Shearer, who would pop up and win you the game.” “Now you don’t see that.”
We could understand why Newcastle may want to keep Carver and company if we were coming off two successful seasons, but the opposite is true, and this year Carver has not shown himself to be up to the standard needed to be a head coach or a manager.
But it seems the club want to keep things fairly unchanged with the personnel on the training field, and go about their merry way, which has brought little success to Newcastle over the last eight years only one good season when we finished in 5th place.
And remember the great Sir Bobby Robson was sacked for only finishing in 5th place in 2004, because that wasn’t good enough at that time.
The only success we have had lately is to make money, and the club have fallen a long way over the last eleven years to mid-table mediocrity – which seems to be success for the owner.
And only yesterday another former left back at Newcastle – Robbie Elliott – thought that a clean break is needed at Newcastle in the summer.
But it seems Newcastle have already assured Carver he will be staying on at Newcastle, whoever the new coach is – and that’s certainly putting the cart before the horse.
But Newcastle have not shown over the last several seasons that they can manage things well at the football club – and never seem to think these things through fully and what the consequences may be.
It would be ridiculous to keep John Carver at the club at the expense of getting a top coach in, but knowing Newcastle, that wouldn’t surprise us too much – even though that would be a ridiculous situation to be in.
The people running the club never seem to think things through, either clearly or logically, and what the consequences could be.
What do you think?
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