There seems a certain excitement building around Newcastle that maybe Lee Charnley will finally make a bold decision at Newcastle – with the news yesterday and today that former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira will be interviewed tomorrow for the job – and if he impresses and Lee Charnley and Graham Carr think the three of them can work together in a triumvirate running the club, the job could be Vieira’s and Newcastle fans will be happy.
Charnley will no doubt get help from Mike Ashley, and yes we know he said it was Lee’s decision to make in his Sky Sports interview, but after almost getting the club relegated Ashley isn’t going to stand by and let Charnley appoint John Carver to that position – believe me.
Patrick Vieira – the next Newcastle head coach?
Newcastle fans will be happy at least according to our poll with 84% saying they would like to see Patrick Vieira as the new head coach at Newcastle.
Olivier Bernard, the former Newcastle left back under Sir Bobby Robson, knows all about French Football and he knows all about Patrick Vieira too, and Olivier has today talked to the Chronicle and gives a glowing report on the former French International:
“Bringing him in would help the likes of Coloccini, who you would get another year out of and he would do well because he knows he has to fight and do things right. Other players will have respect for somebody who has won the lot. Having a manager who has been there and done it helps.”
“For example when we were managed by Bobby Robson we knew he’d managed England and played at the top level. Every player respected that.” “Alan Pardew played the game too but maybe he lacked a bit of character.”
“John Carver was new to the job and the results didn’t show even though he didn’t have the best squad to work with and the team lacked identity.” “That’s what was so frightening for me under JC. It was awkward to watch.”
“It’s going to take more than one transfer window to make a Newcastle team who are ready to compete and win a cup.” “I believe they can but it will take the right manager and so far Pat is the best name I’ve heard for a long time.”
“He can bring some hope to Newcastle fans.” “He’s got enough to manage this club.” “The way we finished the season was the worst I have ever seen. I have been in England for 15 years and it was the worst season I’ve known.”
Vieira could bring the very best out of the players we already have, as we had mentioned earlier today – and as Olivier mentions above.
It would be much like Alan Pardew was able to do in season 2011-2012, when we finished 5th top, and maybe we can even have a good season coming up – after the players seemed fed up playing under John Carver this year.
It will be an important meeting with Patrick early this week, and we are hoping he will get the job, because he would be a head coach with great stature for Newcastle United, and we need somebody like him given where we are right now – the fans need a boost and the club needs a boost.
Newcastle may not have the cull we were expecting this summer, and we may not see too many players leave – because for one thing – we need a bigger squad next season.
If we are to bring six good players into the squad this summer then good – the players will have to fight it out and there will be good competition for places – but the wage bill will have to increase.
It’s a very important decision for Newcastle to make this week, and Lee Charnley needs to be a lot bolder than he’s been over the last year.
Appointing Patrick Vieira as the head coach at Newcastle would certainly be classed as a bold decision by Charnley.