The Newcastle manager shortlist is/has supposedly being drawn up this week and four contenders have been named.

Yesterday, the Guardian claimed that Remi Garde, Steve McClaren, John Carver and Michael Laudrup are all in the running for the job.

They then went on to say that the club weren’t going to be ‘rushed’ and were comfortable with simply having the new Newcastle Manager/Head Coach in position to coincide with the players being back for pre-season training in early July.

That message of ‘no need to panic’ has also been carried by the local press, despite the ruin of a club and a squad that is apparent to all but a handful, which seemingly includes those with the responsibility of putting things right.

Whilst he might not have the final say on players, you would certainly expect that if Newcastle United are to make any kind of credible appointment, then that person will surely have to have a major input into what kind of players he feels are needed to avert another disastrous season at St. James’ Park.

The idea of somebody walking through the door for the first time in the first week of July, only a month before the start of the season (8 August) is surely a horrific prospect for anybody of sound mind.

Five months ago, Lee Charnley was reported to have his shortlist already drawn up after the 80 applications and worldwide search…

Seen as McClaren and Garde are out of work and Laudrup is now at the end of his one year contract at Lekhwiya in the Qatar Stars League, if these are indeed the ‘credible’ candidates then why not appoint one of them immediately to begin the job?

The local media keep reporting that John Carver is involved in decisions in the meantime, including pre-season preparations, setting up friendlies and…targeting players.

Surely this is a complete nonsense if there is any truth at all in Mike Ashley’s words on Sunday regarding a new dawn for Newcastle United and putting things right.

The fact his name is John Carver is immaterial.

Giving the job to anybody who has no track record of top level management and has just overseen 3 wins in 20 matches, would be simply ridiculous.

Everything has to start with a managerial appointment that convinces, every day that goes by without one is another nail in the Newcastle United coffin under Mike Ashley.