Patrick Vieira has come from nowhere over the last couple of days to be installed as the odds on favorite (now 5-6 on SkyBet) to get the head coach job at Newcastle this week, with Steve McClaren (now 6/4 on SkyBet) the second favorite and third favorite is still amazingly John Carver at 10-1.
But we cannot believe Newcastle are that daft or stupid to appoint John Carver on a permanent basis, after he almost got the club relegated last weekend.
Patrick Vieira – would be an excellent appointment at Newcastle
With only 2% wanting John appointed in our poll, and with Newcastle having a tough job ahead of them this summer to get their alienated and angry fans back behind the club – they would be more than foolish to appoint Carver.
Should John Carver Now Get Head Coach Position?
- No (97%, 9,064 Votes)
- Yes (3%, 233 Votes)
Total Voters: 9,297
And while Patrick has never been a head coach, there are definite signs with the way he has coached at Manchester City since 2011, he could become a top coach in the future – and he has been an excellent Ambassador for City.
Manchester City are keen to hang onto him, although Patrick doesn’t see much chance of him getting the City top job anytime soon, and this could be an opportunity for him to manage a top club, with his contract up at the end of June.
But Patrick will want guarantees from Newcastle that Ashley will provide him the funding to bring in some top players this summer and in the future, and he will want some say in who comes into the club.
If promises are not forthcoming that could be a negative to him still wanting the job on Tyneside, but if Charnley and Carr balk at that, then we fully deserve it if we end up with Steve McClaren and/or John Carver.
Here are some points that seem to make Patrick an excellent choice for (the new?) Newcastle United:
- Patrick is a well known figure in world football who played in the World Cup final in 1998 when France hammered Brazil 3-0 in Paris and he was one of the world’s best defensive midfield players for Arsenal and France – he’s a real football man. He won many trophies at Arsenal and has contacts all over the place.
- He is a winner.
Throughout his career he has been used to winning – and if he came to Newcastle he will want to win here too – so the situation has to be set up by Lee Charnley and Graham Carr that will make it possible for him to make Newcastle into a successful club again.
- He’s been the manager of the Manchester City U21 side for the last two seasons, and he is said to be an authoritative coach in the dressing room and on the sidelines, and after the indiscipline of Newcastle players under John Carver (think of all the suspensions) that’s what we need at Newcastle – somebody with authority who will not suffer fools easily.
- Like any good coach Patrick can get the best out of the players available to him, and it is thought he can get the very best out of Newcastle ‘s still large contingent of Frenchmen in the squad.
So players like Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella, Gabby Obertan, Massadio Haidara, Yoan Gouffran, Manu Riviere and even Sylvain Marveaux will get their chance in pre-season if Patrick gets the job.
- Patrick would attract some top players to the club because of his name and standing in the game, and he will already has the contacts and could persuade some top players to join him on his revival of Newcastle United to be top club in England again.
- It should also help that Vieira commented earlier this year that Newcastle (and Liverpool) fans are the best in the business, and playing at St. James’ Park was always a great experience for him.
here’s a chance for him to be on the sidelines at that great stadium at Newcastle – the Cathedral on the Hill.
On the downside – just think what transfer targets would say if John Carver was appointed head coach as contrasted to Patrick Vieira.
Players would say “who?” if John Carver’s made was mentioned as the head coach, or they may even associate him with the 8 game losing streak at Newcastle this year – if they know him at all.
On the other hand Patrick Vieira has a very good name in world football and was a world-class player in his day, and could become a world-class coach too – and players would be willing to join Newcastle if he was our head coach.
Newcastle have to be bold this week, and if there is a good chance to sign Patrick Vieira as is being reported – we should take it and sign this man quickly.