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Rubber stamping from Saudi Arabia stalling Newcastle United manager appointment?

1 month ago
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It is high time the new Newcastle United manager was named.

There we go. I have said it. It doesn’t mean the club’s new owners are in danger of losing any goodwill.

However, the time has to come to act, and act decisively.

One report is suggesting they are going to wait until after the Brighton game, when there will be the final international break of the year.

I think it’s important to put forward an opinion here and suggest that it really ought to be sorted this week, not next. As soon as Tuesday or Wednesday. Or am I asking too much?

Stephen Clemence and Steve Agnew still remain at St James Park, part of the previous regime, and, respectfully, it is time for them to leave the club.

Graeme Jones has often been lauded for saving us last season, and for continuity purposes he ought to stay, despite the Chelsea game.

However, the club needs a new broom. Fresh ideas from a new manager and it is of the utmost urgency.

Unless you have been on Mars, you will know that Newcastle United have now slipped six points adrift of safety, and everyone above us looks to have a bit more about them.

If the managerial appointment comes after the Brighton game, there is a risk the new manager will be facing possibly a seven or a nine-point deficit to reach safety, even if a hell of a lot of football has to be played between now and May 2022.

There is a worry that things may start to drift. That communication lines seem down and that the new set up requires its executive decisions rubber stamped from Saudi Arabia, slowing the whole process of change.

It’s speculation, but after they gave Bruce a game he didn’t need to get, we now continue with this wait for the new manager. It’s been almost two weeks now since the NUFC Head Coach was sacked.

Something needs to happen very soon. The game served up by Jones and the players on Saturday demonstrated the scale of the mess that remains. A toxic legacy.

There was tremendous euphoria on 7 October when Mike Ashley was finally ousted, but it now feels typical NUFC again, in the sense that only we could get such wealthy owners and then find ourselves cut adrift in the league table.

Since Ashley went the journey, we remain winless. He left them a manager who required a reported £8m pay off to settle his contract.

The Sports Direct signs, we are told, have to stay put until next summer, and they’ve inherited a squad many argue is of Championship standard.

Reality is biting a bit. It was never going to be a magic wand, and we all know the rebuild is going to take years, not months.

However, for goodness sake – get a new Newcastle United manager in as soon as possible.

You can follow the author on Twitter @DavePunton

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