Patrick Vieira seems willing to take the Newcastle head coach job this week, but the Mirror is reporting tonight that he will only take the job if he can be successful at the Tyneside club, given the rather rigid structure Mike Ashley has installed at Newcastle.
The head coach in the current model has little input into who comes into the club during transfer windows, and Graham Carr seems to have a massive sway at the club.
Patrick Vieira – Newcastle approached him last week
The Mirror is reporting tonight that Lee Charnley will meet with both Steve McClaren and Patrick Vieira this week before he makes his final choice – which is a massive decision for both Lee Charnley and Newcastle United with the club at a very low ebb, and the fans furious with the way the club has been run.
The head coach position seems to be down the initial choice – Steve McClaren – and latecomer Patrick Vieira.
Like any top up-and-coming coach Patrick has his own ideas about how he wants to coach at Newcastle, and needs to understand what restrictions would be placed on him at Newcastle, plus how he would be expected to operate and whether the structure is set up for a coach to be successful..
This is what Patrick has said about the Newcastle position:
“I’m happy with the way I am developing as a manager and a young coach.” “It’s about the vision. I’ve been here (Manchester City) for three years from the B licence to the pro licence and I really know myself.”
“I really know which kind of manager I want to be.” “They don’t try to put something in my head. It’s about who I am as a person and how I see the game and how they (Newcastle) can give me the tools to be a successful manager.”
Back in 2013 Patrick was also asked what his favorite stadium was and this is what he said:
“My favorite stadium I have played in this country I have to say is Newcastle. I like Newcastle’s stadium. I love the atmosphere and I like the way the stadium is built and I loved playing there.”
Patrick is doing nothing more than asking the questions somebody would ask if he wants to be successful at Newcastle – and he wants to ensure the environment is one set up for success.
In the past the Newcastle manager position has not been set up to be successful – with players sold at any time once the right bid came in. and the squad being far too small and money not always available to plug weaknesses in the side.
So it could be that Patrick doesn’t want the job, and Lee Charnley has already said the new coach must fit in n with the (unsuccessful) way the club is being run today.
For instance, Lee has specifically said the new coach shouldn’t get upset if the club decides to sell a player in a transfer window, if the right (financial) opportunity arises.
What top coach would put up with that nonsense?
We’ve said before it will be hard for Newcastle to attract a top coach to the club, because they seem to be so restricted in what powers they have.
Graham Carr is still thought to want Steve McClaren in the job, because he knows him well, and Steve would fit right into with the way Newcastle have operated in the past.
Steve wouldn’t rock the boat at Newcastle – just like John Carver didn’t rock the boat this year, and almost got us relegated seven days ago.
Newcastle must now decide if they want to continue with the way the club has been run in the past, or move forward with potentially a revised structure and perhaps even start winning things.
Note: I initially screwed up Patrick’s comments when I released this article last night – I have amended his comments today and been more specific on what he said when – sorry about that.