In Modern Day Football Titles Don’t Mean Anything


Assistant coach Paul Simpson has been speaking on BBC Newcastle’s Total Sport and he has been asked what the difference is between a manager and a head coach and he gives an interesting answer – there’s no difference.

When Alan Pardew left the club rather quickly early this year the club went out of their way to say they were advertising a head coach position at Newcastle.

That was presumably because the coach will have responsibilities as they do on the continent – where they do not have complete control of players coming into the club – but rather a committee usually led by the Director of Football are in charge of transfers into the club.

Paul simpson Steve McClaren

Thinks – so what do we do now?

That was meant to be the distinction at Newcastle, but Paul has said Steve is doing the exact same job he’s done at other clubs.

This is what Paul told BBC Newcastle’s Total Sport when asked if the manager and head coach job were the same:

“Yeah it is.” “I don’t know why we have these titles. We do the same job as we always did and as any other manager.”

“Steve’s in charge and then there’s myself and Ian Cathro working alongside him.” “That’s the way it is, but I don’t really care about the titles.”

With so much money in the Premier League these days there are fewer and fewer clubs who are willing to give the manager total control of the players coming into the club.

But it seems Alan Pardew has that role at Crystal Palace and that’s one reason he couldn’t leave Newcastle quickly enough at the beginning of the year when he was offered the Palace job.

Newcastle decide on which players come into the club through the Newcastle Football Board which is now made up of Lee Charnley, Graham Carr, Steve McClaren and Bob Moncur – with Graham Carr said to have the most say on who we bring in during the transfer windows.

Comments welcome.


2 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 16, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #1

    The title is important. You either have one man responsible for everything or you have divided responsibility and then there are going to be disagreements on incoming. And the recruited players are brought in by a committee. That’s not always effective. But you have to trust a manager completely if you hire one. We have a system that just doesn’t work for whatever reason. Why no emphasis on the defense for 8 years now under Ashley? Because defenders don’t bring as much profit when resold as MF and attackers do on average. Ashley doesn’t care as long as we stay up and we produce a few gems to be sold on.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Nov 16, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #2

    We were crazy to let Abeid. We wld b crazier if we let Bigi go.

    I saw AFRCON game against DRC and Bigi was impressive really looked mature.

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