Newcastle Could Lose Out On This Top Coach


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

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.

Comments welcome.



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33 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    May 28, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Wonder what the craic with Mitrovic? Meant to be this huge talent and 16m for a 20year old from the belgian league is huge outlay! But belgian bookies don’t have any big clubs linked to him for his move? Nufc are favourites, followed by moechengladbach and augsburg and swansea…. Anyone else find this odd?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 28, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Lilongwe Geordie // May 28, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Jay,
    I think it is right that Mitrovic isn’t linked with top clubs – although Arsenal and the Milan clubs have been credited with serious interest. Better for him to move to a club like ourselves which offers the big stage to develop without the rotation, or potential bench time of one of the top clubs.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 28, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #3

    I’d prefer McClaren to Laudrup. By a long stretch.

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  • Reyantoon

    May 28, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #4

    I prefer McLaren than Laudrup too..
    On strikers
    Haven’t seen Austin playing but looks not a bad signing.He is strong,and can also play as a target man.He and Ings will be good signings.If we add Mitrovic on to that,by offloading cisse & Reviere, we are set upfront.
    We also need to sign a playmaker,one of the likes of Grenier, cabaye,Rode or Davy Klaasen. We have been struggling in MF since cabaye left.People mentioning Wijnaldum, but I thought he is more of a defensive Midfielder than playmaker.

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  • jayphoto

    May 28, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #5

    @lilongwe agree with tht just found it stange that the bookies dont have a single champions league team in for him!
    Heard milan wanted him but theres no odds on them. Everyone seems to think Newcastle is a done deal

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 28, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #6

    I thought Carver said he wanted to know his fate by Tuesday or Wednesday?

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    May 28, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Repost from last thread.
    Is it just me or does it seem to be the Frenchmen we sign are the most difficult? Ben Arfa Robert, Cabaye?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 28, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Jay,
    I’d be happy if it is. If we could wrap up Mitrovic and Austin early doors then that would be a good start to the summer. Would allow us to move Cisse on and then look for another centre forward to replace Riviere. That would give us enough to allow Arma to actually go out on loan and get playing time to develop.

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  • SouthLincsToon

    May 28, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Laudrup has a unimpressive win percentage and completely over-estimates his own value. A league cup with Rodger’s Swansea team and a league title in Qatar and he thinks he’s the next Sir Alex.

    Anyone seen this?.. http://whatculture.com/sport/roy-keane-approached-for-newcastle-head-coachs-job.php?.

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  • jayphoto

    May 28, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #10

    @lilongwe – austin AND mitrovic would significantly decrease my skepticism over the clubs ‘new direction’

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  • hibbit

    May 28, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #11

    lr32 carver goes on his holidays today and he wanted it sorted is it sorted ????

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 28, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #12

    ToonfromLeeds,
    Dyer, Bellamy, Bramble, Bowyer. Kluivert was hardly an angel. Didi Hamann whined about getting out of the club. Sweeping generalisation to claim that the French are the sole troublemakers.

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  • sing in the corner

    May 28, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #13

    I think Laudrup is absolutely not the type of manager we need to appoint right now. We need an experienced guy who will bring a bit of stability to the club – Laudrup’s reputation is ‘loose cannon’ / maverick. its just not the time for that. I would love to get Benitez, but can’t see that happening. Priority after a decent head coach remains a leader, 2 centre halves, a creative midfielder and at least one top striker, hopefully two.

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  • lochinvar

    May 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Newcastle Could Lose Out On This Top Coach – well thats JC gone elsewhere then

    Laudrop will be lured by the bright lights of London village and a goldfish bowl of an Olympic Stadium

    McLaren could be tempted by Sunderland, its his kind of set up

    Garde – who knows

    Klopp – that would be interesting

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    May 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Roy Keane I’ve heard it all now!!

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  • lochinvar

    May 28, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #16

    and Keane – a red herring ( better be )

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 28, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Hibbit, obviously not, no. More hot air.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 28, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Go for Harry Redknapp, I’d take him over McCLaren.

    Whether or not he could work with JC I don’t know.

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  • beermonkey

    May 28, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #19

    jayphoto

    I thought when the president of partizan was bragging to his fans about the extra cash they were getting from the Mitrovic deal there might have been some truth in it
    but I don’t see the point in keeping it quiet now

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    May 28, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #20

    Lilongwe I just meant recently but I get your point.I do think it’s time we started looking for players elsewhere than France though

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    May 28, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #21

    lochinvar I would love Jurgen Klopp but I think him being our head coach is a fantsay

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  • sing in the corner

    May 28, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #22

    Personally Karanka has really caught my eye. Not exactly proven and sure, he sets up defensive a lot but I think he’s a departure from the one trick pony type of manager we often see.
    In the Champ with Boro he did well with limited resources, and showed he can set up different systems to suit playing against different opposition. And watching a few of their games he certainly seems capable of getting his players ‘up for it’ which would be a refreshing change.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 28, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #23

    TP,
    Redknapp? Please no. What on earth has he done? He has been in charge of more relegated sides than Pardew, and left most of them saddled with masses of debt. He did okay at Spurs, turned them around initially, but spent a fortune with them.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    May 28, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #24

    The good thing about this manager is that we saw him directly in the PL and we can judge for his abilities instead of some willing managers by our club that have zero experience in the PL and are risk options.When he was Swansea manager,Swansea City were solid team with good players and he was sacked in that club’s circumstances and that is not a good sign for good manager especially now when we finally need at least an average option instead of relegation options like Pardew,Carver,Shearer etc.His football was technical but without punch and without wins there is not good results.

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  • lesh

    May 28, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #25

    C’mon Ed, be fair to Charnley.

    I’m sure that Charnley’s busying himself behind the scenes.

    Ashley’s got Bishop on the case to create the FIFA corruption story so that Charnley can get on recruiting the HC that will take Newcastle United to the heights that he’s been aiming for.

    Have faith, the HC recruitment process is being expertly managed by one of the best football brains in the world and recruiting the best man for the job may take time.

    Our fans must be patient and trust in Charnley to recruit the HC who will be Ashley’s ‘horse’ to lead the ‘cart’ to the greatness that Ashley wants.

    Don’t be concerned if we seem to miss out on supposed top coaches – Charnley is focussed and we will be delighted with the outcome of his work.

    John Carver will get the job, John Carver will confound his critics and win, take Newcastle United to football’s centre stage, to greatness.

    Have faith.

    🙂

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 28, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #27

    TFL,
    All the players I mentioned bar Hamann were around the same time as Robert who you mentioned in your initial post.

    I agree we should be looking at players from more than just France. But it doesn’t matter where they are from – if the best players for our club system are all French, then so be it. I don’t buy the line about English players being better grafters/battlers. Not in the slightest, utter nonsense regurgitated by people who only understand out of date stereotypes.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 28, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #28

    it’s not going forward with mclaren though is it and hardly sets pulses racing.

    Lilo we know we don’t like people like HBA and Laudrup but we have had nothing but negative containing long ball football and artisans rather than artists for years now. Time for change.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 28, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #29

    Lil,

    I’s take him over McClaren, this is all. Seeing McClaren seems to be favourite im looking at alternatives.

    He would demand money one would think but he can get players into the club I think. Seems to know a few people Harry. Whether that would be anygood under our policies anyway where he wouldn’t get a say who knows.

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  • will die for the toon army

    May 28, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #30

    We have been on top of the injury league for 3 years in a row. On average for the last 3 yrs.
    1. Arsenal
    2. NUFC
    3. Manure
    4. Aston Villa.
    I don’t if we have poor doctors or injury prone players.
    Coz Chelsea is way down there I wld say 20th. Coz it surrounded by relegated teams.

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  • Owldman

    May 28, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #31

    I fear Carver is going to get the job why else would Ashley leave him to make the pre-season friendly arrangements.by the time Ashley realises he has dropped another almighy clanger the damage could well be done.

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  • widowmagandapoke

    May 28, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #32

    I would take Laudrup in one of Soiness’s heartbeats. Forget about going for players being a prority. Get the manager/coach and THEN go for players. But do it now!,
    I know this hasn’t been policy in the past, but surely we must think anew.

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  • onepeterb

    May 28, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Does anyone know why he got the hoy from Swansea

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