After two weeks of seemingly nothing, yesterday brought news that there had been three interviewed for the Newcastle Head Coach job and that another was lined up to be spoken to within 24 hours.
With the claims coming from Sky Sports, you have to believe that this is probably true, as Mike Ashley has made clear in recent years that the broadcaster is his choice when he wants to make anything public.
Seriously though, it is now fifteen days (at least) since Alan Pardew made clear to the club that he was leaving and you honestly have to question what the delay is all about.
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While the club’s pet journalists are coming up with all kinds of justification for the lack of action, the reality is surely that this is not normal behaviour and is at odds with pretty much every other club.
Fair enough if when the curtain is pulled back it is somebody who has been prised from a decent job and serious negotiations have had to take place regarding compensation and the rest…but we know that isn’t the case.
If it was somebody decent who wouldn’t leave their current club until the summer, then it stands to reason that John Carver or somebody similar could have quickly been give the job until the end of the season when the club would then consider their options again etc etc.
However, that hasn’t been the case and we have had day after day of poor low level speculation that says to me no serious attempt has been made to quickly get things sorted and the new man getting on with the job of rebuilding and sorting out a lot of issues that need to be addressed within the squad.
There is still the odd person within the bookies’ favourites for the job who is currently in charge at another club, such as Steve McClaren at Derby and Christophe Galtier at St.Etienne, but I don’t see these as serious options and if Newcastle had wanted to approach somebody at another club then I reckon it would be almost impossible for it not to go public with X number of people in the loop.
So that leaves; Tim Sherwood, Remi Garde, Thomas Tuchel, Temuri Ketsbaia, Ally McCoist, Glenn Hoddle and so on, all potential candidates and amongst the favourites for the job, none of who are in charge of a club at the moment, though Hoddle is assistant to Redknapp at QPR.
If any of these eventually get the job, or somebody else who is in a similar position, then you have to question why the process has been stretched out so long.
I can’t get away from the thought that this is a cynical strategy to deflect attention away from the fact that United are desperate for players in this transfer window, especially at least one goalscorer and a central defender.
Mike Ashley has now taken us fifteen days on from Pardew’s departure and into the last three weeks of the transfer window, are Newcastle fans all being taken for mugs as usual?
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