If the news is to be believed this week, the two top candidates for the Newcastle head coach position – to be announced later this week – are Steve McClaren and Patrick Vieira.
One of those candidates is very much wanted by Newcastle fans and the other is very much not wanted by Newcastle fans.
Have a guess which is which.
Patrick Vieira – in the running for Newcastle job
Since it’s supposed to be between the two of them – some reports have Remi Garde as a third candidate – we did a poll a couple of days ago on who the Newcastle fans wanted between the two candidates.
It’s true that Patrick has never been a top coach and because of that he would be a risk – but it’s also a chance for the Tyneside club to sign up a former world class player who could become a world class coach and he already has contacts around the world.
So it’s a risk – reward judgement call.
On the other hand Newcastle could pick Steve McClaren, who is very much a known entity and in our view not very good – in fact we think Alan Pardew was better than Steve, and certainly willing to take more risks in a game than McClaren will at Newcastle.
So Newcastle have to choose between taking a bold decision or going with another safe bet – just like John Carver was a supposed to be a safe bet in January.
The indecision on Patrick Vieira is seen in the Twitter universe with Don Hutchinson not sure:
“Vieira to Newcastle. Can’t make my mind up if it fits or not!?”
But we think former Newcastle striker Michael Owen gets it exactly right in his summation of a Patrick Vieira appointment:
Risky but could be a master stroke if it comes off. I think he feels it’s time to make the next step. Done his apprenticeship.
Newcastle can make a bold decision or take the easy choice as they have done under Managing Director Lee Charnley.
Which decision do you think Lee will make?
If it’s Steve McClaren all this talk from Ashley about building up the squad this summer and going after a trophy next season will look like it’s all talk once again – and nothing will have really changed.
Newcastle need to change, and this week would be a good time to do that by appointing Patrick Vieira as our new head coach.