The Telegraph are reporting that Newcastle want to hold talks with Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement about becoming the Tyneside club’s new head coach in the summer, and that’s been forced on the club by the refusal of Steve McClaren of Derby County to come to Newcastle.
It’s also coupled with the disastrous reign of John Carver as interim head coach, with Newcastle now in really dire straights, and we could be relegated from the Premier League on May 24th.
Paul Clement – new number one at Newcastle
Paul was linked with Newcastle earlier this year and he certainly has the credentials to become a very good coach at Newcastle United, although he has never been the top coach at any club.
Paul was born in Wandsworth, London and the 43 year-old is highly regarded for his coaching abilities, but whether he will want to coach Newcastle United now is a good question.
He’s has a lot of experience of coaching at various clubs including Fulham, Chelsea, Blackburn, Ireland, PSG and Real Madrid, where he is currently, but they have all been as an assistant or as youth coach.
Other clubs like QPR, Sunderland and West Ham are also looking for a new manager in the summer, and have also been linked with Paul.
The Hammers seem to be the favorites to lure former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes, who seems to want to return to England and the Premier League from his short but successful time at Real Sociedad.
This is what Paul told ITV Sport in March on his future ambitions:
“My own ambition is someday to be a manager or a head coach in my own right. Hopefully that will be sometime soon,”
“I’d like to go back to England and work, I’ve had a fantastic experience working abroad both in France and Spain it’s really broadened my knowledge as a coach.”
“And culturally as a person as well it’s been a fantastic lifestyle opportunity and experience.” “But I really see the best opportunity for me to go back and work in England.”
“But I don’t rule out other opportunities in other countries. I have an open mind to things – but I think my best chance would be there because coaching in your own language where you’ve got the feel and the emotion as well is going to be the best for me.”
Paul Clement would still be a risk however, because he’s not had the experience of being the top man at any club – and that mirrors John Carver’s experience in January, and as we know Carver has been a disaster this year for his home town club, losing 12 games of the 17 games he’s coached – and the last eight in a row.
But it’s doubtful that any coach would accept the head coach position at Newcastle until they know whether the club will be a Premier League club or a Championship club next season.
It’s a disaster waiting to happen for the Magpies, and unless John Carver can turn around an eight game losing streak, which is extremely difficult under any circumstances – it’s looking like we will take the drop.
If we do lose again on Saturday at home the WBA, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Mike Ashley tries to bring in a new coach to try to save the club from relegation over the final two games.
But that would be seen as a panic move – and we should have done that about four weeks ago, when Carver was already struggling, and we were getting hammered too often.
And we should have done that on Sunday after eight defeats on the trot, but it could be yet another disastrous decision seemingly made by Lee Charnley to keep Carver in charge.
Do they really think he can turn it around when he’s already lost the dressing room and has absolutely no experience in a situation like this?
Come on – let’s get real – John is flailing badly.
But the owner may have to try something – anything – to save the club if we lose again on Saturday for the 9th time in a row.
Don’t believe those who saying relegation (again) would be good for the club – it would be a total, complete and utter disaster for Newcastle United.
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