There’s a report in the Star today that Remi Garde has decided not to some to Newcastle in the summer, and it’s looking more and more like the new head coach will be another Englishman – either Steve McClaren or John Carver.
Remi Garde – staying in France
The Star is reporting that Remi Garde has decided to stay in France for what they are calling family reasons – so we suppose the only two foreign coaches Newcastle might appoint are German Thomas Tuchel, formerly of Mainz, or Frenchman Christophe Galtier of St Etienne.
But it’s looking like Newcastle will take the easy and safe choice, and appoint another Englishman into the job, and they will be willing to work under the strict constraints of owner Mike Ashley.
If Derby County don’t get promoted, it will in all likelihood be Steve McClaren, and otherwise we suppose John Carver will get the job, even though he has a poor record in charge of Newcastle this year.
It seems the powers that be at Newcastle are more intent on maintaining the status quo and the way Ashley has run the club since he arrived in 2007, rather than try to build up a top side.
If Steve McClaren or John Carver are appointed, it’s going to be difficult for Newcastle even to maintain their mediocrity in the Premier League and finish in the top ten each season.
But Newcastle have only done that twice in the last seven seasons under Ashley’s policies, with one of them being 10th place, and we are currently in 13th place in the lague with eight games to play.
And since we are essentially 8 points out of 10th place when you take into consideration our very poor goal difference, it seems very unlikely we can make top ten this season.
So that will be two times in the top ten in eight seasons under Mike Ashley, and we had hoped he would realize his policies at Newcastle just don’t work.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case.
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