If the news is to be believed this week, then the shortlist of coaches at Newcastle is Steve McClaren, John Carver, Micheal Laudrup and Remi Garde, in no particular order – and we’d be happy enough if we signed either of those last two coaches, but the appointment of either of the first two would be a big disappointment for Newcastle fans – make that a huge disappointment for Newcastle fans.
Michael Laudrup – on short list at Newcastle
Michael Laudrup has just finished his management stint in Qatar with Lekhwiya, and he has already made it clear that he would like a return to the Premier League, and West Ham and Sunderland are also looking for a new manager this summer.
It’s not surprising that Laudrup is already being courted by several clubs, and we are hoping that Lee Charnley has already contacted the Dane who had a stellar playing career at Juventus and Barcelona, among other big clubs.
Kevin Keegan had an article out last week where he said Mike Ashley could turn out to be a hero for Newcastle if he could turn things around at the club after this season’s disaster – and Kevin pointed to the appointment of the next coach as being all important.
And top of Kevin’s list was the 50 year-old Dane, who took Swansea into the Europa League in his first season in south Wales, and had Swansea playing some great football.
But our concern is that Lee Charnley may drag his feet on both Laudrup and Garde, because the easy choice for him to make is to bring in the available Steve McClaren and have John Carver as the assistant manager.
That would mean the coaching team remains intact and basically Steve would replace Alan Pardew.
Lee seems to be very conservative and if he does make that choice, it was be another poor move by the Managing Director, after John Carver was simply a disaster as the interim head coach.
West Ham have already shown they are more ambitious than Newcastle and can move quickly for their targets, and the Hammers could well beat Newcastle to Laudrup.
Laudrup is on their list of management targets after Sam Allardyce’s contract was not renewed, although Marseilles’ Marcelo Bielsa seems to be their top choice at the moment, if he doesn’t sign a new deal with the French club.
With so many top coaches available, now is not the time for Newcastle to sit back and take their time – the best coaches are always snapped up first.
But as we said, maybe Newcastle aren’t worried and are taking it slowly because they really want McClaren and Carver as the new duo at Newcastle?
We hope that’s not the case.