At the crisis meeting yesterday between Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Lee Charnley there were discussions on whether to fire current head coach Steve McClaren.
Multiple media reports last night suggest that will happen today – and Steve McClaren´s eight month tenure at Newcastle, which has been a complete and utter disaster, will finally be brought to an end.
Charnley is reported to have agreed with Ashley yesterday that change is now necessary at the club, but only after he had protected Steve McClaren all season long.
Needless to say, McClaren has turned out to be a shocking appointment by Charnley as our head coach.
Nigel Pearson – could take over through the end of the season
What´s not decided yet is whether to hire a full time manager now or make a short-term appointment of a head coach through the end of the season who could – possibly – save Newcastle from relegation – although that now looks a tall order.
The two leading candidates for that position are Nigel Pearson and Harry Redknapp.
Nigel was successful at Leicester City last season when he got 22 points over the last nine games to sensationally save them from relegation and he brought in the players who now have Leicester at the very top of the Premier League.
He joined Newcastle as assistant manager to Glenn Roeder in October, 2006 after Kevin Bond was dismissed by Freddy Shepherd, following allegations he was prepared to take bungs for players whilst at Portsmouth
Nigel lasted at Newcastle though Roeder´s dismissal in May of 2007, Sam Allardyce´s subsequent hiring and firing over a short eight months – and he finally left in February of 2008 after Kevin Keegan was appointed manager.
Harry Redknapp – while at QPR
69 year-old Harry Redknapp could also get the job done, although he failed miserably in his last job at QPR in a similar situation, but many have failed at QPR, including current Stoke manager Mark Hughes.
Harry can be a disciplinarian and could shake up some of the under-performing Newcastle players because of his vast experience in the Premier League – and he could get the crowd behind the team too.
Both managers could light a fire under some of Newcastle´s mentally weak players, who seem to give up when the going gets tough – and that motivation from the top will be a vital ingredient if we are to avoid the drop this season.
Players need to be shaken out of their negative attitudes – with too many weak-willed players in the dressing room.
So if there is a short-term appointment it could be Nigel or Harry.
We would prefer a long term appointment of a good experienced manager, because even if we take the drop in the summer we will then have a good manager in place, who could probably get us straight back up – as Chris Hughton did so magnificently in 2010.
Whoever replaces Steve McClaren will have to have good motivation skills and good man-management skills if we are to have any chance of surviving in the Premier League this season.
Unfortunately that looks doubtful at best at the moment.