The Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle could have their head coach in position by the end of next week, and they report there are still basically four candidates on the short list – Steve McClaren, John Carver, Michael Laudrup and Remi Garde – in no particular order of priority.
Steve McClaren and John Carver – new duo in charge?
But it may not be good that Steve McClaren is still odds on favorite on SkyBet at 4/11 odds-on, and the report is that John Carver will likely go back to his role as the assistant manager.
So putting two and two together you could say that it’s very likely that Steve McClaren could be appointed as the new head coach – and that would not be good.
Apparently Charnley and Ashley have been in busy negotiations this week, and Charnley has been doing a lot of work since last Sunday.
Sunday afternoon was just a huge relief when we held onto our Premier League status and we even heard owner Mike Ashley’s voice for the first time in eight years – which was a real shock.
It was a strange highlight to our season when we beat West Ham 2-0 with a passionate performance – which was very unusual this year under John Carver – where the team too many times simply collapsed and showed no fight whatsoever.
And the way John Carver explained that was that it was the players who let the club down.
The caution around Newcastle this week has been caused by our near relegation on Sunday, and the fact that Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley know this appointment is crucial to Newcastle’s future over the next few seasons.
Newcastle just must do a lot better than we’ve done these last three seasons, when we have finished in the bottom six twice in the Premier League.
And that’s since we were 5th top under Alan Pardew in 2012, when everything was looking a lot rosier than things are today.
We hope we are wrong, but there seems to be a strong possibility that we’ll see a Steve McClaren John Carver duo at Newcastle announced late next week.
It just seems that could be what happens – and that would mean nothing much would change at Newcastle – and that would not be good.
A McClaren Carver duo would also be a very safe but also a very poor choice by Newcastle, and the club will have lost their huge opportunity to move the club forward in a big way this summer.
As we said, we hope we are wrong and if those four on the shortlist are accurate we’d take Laudrup or Garde – thanks very much.