Despite being urged on seemingly all sides to figure out who will replace Alan Pardew, Newcastle United may be willing to wait until after the season to nab their man.
The Magpies lost another match this weekend, this time in controversial fashion, and caretaker boss John Carver had stressed that a decision should happen soon so as not to cripple the entire season (something the Northeast club knows well from Yohan Cabaye’s sale and Pardew’s headbutt of David Meyler helping to scupper 2014).
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Reliable Chronicle scribe Lee Ryder says the club has been in talks with a number of candidates for their head coach post. Newcastle lets celebrated scout Graham Carr and others in the brass handle the transfers, and expects a head coach to be mostly a tactics and man manager.
The club’s main choices appear to be either sticking with Carver, or bringing in a head coach in a holding role and waiting to appoint their man at the end of the season.
St Etienne’s Christophe Galtier, Derby’s Steve McClaren and Thomas Tuchel, still in a contract situation with Mainz, are all on United’s list.
Carver has told players to report for back-to-back training sessions on Friday and Saturday afternoon after they return to Tyneside, while FA Cup fourth round weekend takes place.
Another name linked with the club — and in demand amongst supporters — is Ajax boss Frank De Boer, who would “never” leave a club in season but could come after the season. Newcastle’s 29 points don’t keep them entirely safe from the drop, but a manageable list of fixtures and the return of Siem de Jong from injury should keep them safe.
If waiting until May means the hiring of a boss that could stick around for years, as Pardew did, perhaps Newcastle will again use unorthodox methods to get a decent man for the gig. Owner Mike Ashley has his hands full of another dispute, as he’s been a big part of the dispute over control of Scotland power Rangers FC.