There’s news in the local papers and in the Guardian that Newcastle have drawn up a short list of four coaches from which Lee Charnley will select the man to lead Newcastle forward next season, after a simply horrendous season of mistakes and mismanagement at all levels at Newcastle.
Michael Laudrup – on Newcastle shortlist – good!
It was good to hear the owner talk on Sunday – that’s one positive – we heard Mike Ashley talk for the first time in eight years.
And then he said there’s money available and the financials are in good shape, but that was only half the battle and now we need to bring in players to have a good squad and win something.
Win something – what does that mean?
And Mike talked about how we have to make our own luck from now on, but let’s not get too carried away – we’ll just have to wait and see if Newcastle and Ashley follow through on that promise.
But it was a good interview.
The Guardian has reported the shortlist at Newcastle consists of Steve McClaren, John Carver, Remi Garde, and Michael Laudrup.
So one man we should immediately cross off the list is John Carver, who proved to everybody in the last five months that he simply doesn’t have what it takes to be a head coach.
And so we are down to three.
Steve McClaren record is far too ordinary for him to be able to have any success at Newcastle, and that’s shown by the number of management appointments he’s had over the last nine years – seven management appointments since 2006.
So we are left with Remi Garde and Micheal Laudrup, and either one of those coaches would be good for Newcastle.
Remi Garde – on the shortlist
Both are good coaches and good man-managers and could do a very good job at Newcastle.
But our big concern is how Lee Charnley seems to operate and make his decisions – the simple and easy choice is to appoint Steve McClaren with John Carver as his assistant.
And just like his choice of John Carver turned out to be a complete disaster in January, that choice would signal no change in the way Newcastle do their business.
It would be a real disappointment for Newcastle fans if that occurs, and we hope it doesn’t happen – and maybe Steve would again turn the job down.
But we are afraid that’s the decision Lee will make – a McClaren/Carver combination.
And it would be almost as bad as the decision he made in January.
That wouldn’t be a good choice for Newcastle.
What do you think?