Next Newcastle Boss The Magpies Seven Man Short List Of Candidates Revealed
As Newcastle United fans returned to offices and factories after the festive break, Toon managing director Lee Charnley was at his desk and sifting through the potential candidates to fill the vacant head coach spot at St James’ Park.
For Charnley the new appointment will be his first in the United hotseat since being appointed as Magpies supremo last summer.
As reported in The Chronicle, Mike Ashley has handed full responsibility to Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr to find the successor to Alan Pardew that they feel can be bolted in to the club’s current set-up.
United’s operational outlook is simple.
They want a head coach who will develop and nurture the players that Carr hand picks from his European scouting missions.
Charnley has a had a productive first half of his first season in terms of recruitment.
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Having worked with Carr on signings like Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong and Jack Colback, the Magpies will believe they can solidify their place in the top 10 in the last 18 games.
Ayoze Perez has also proved a bit of a sensation, with the youngster’s contributions catching the eye in the Premier League.
Now though, Newcastle face decision time.
Do they make their move now for one of the coaches on their shortlist, get the deal done and give the new man the second half of the season to get his teeth into the job?
Or do they wait until the end of the season and secure the services of either Christophe Galtier from St Etienne or Thomas Tuchel, still in a contract situation with Mainz?
Options at home also exist for Newcastle, with Glenn Hoddle interested in the post.
Here is the Chronicle”s guide to United’s candidate dossier.
Current situation: Manager of St Etienne and contracted to 2016.
Bookies’ odds: 33/1 (William Hill)
Honours: French League Cup: 2012–13
Preferred formation: 4-2-3-1
The St Etienne boss guided his side to fourth place in Ligue 1 last season and into the Europa League.
They are currently fourth again this season.
And he won the French League Cup in 2013.
Graham Carr is well aware of 48-year-old Galtier’s technical style of play.
Galtier’s president said last week he was going nowhere, and the former Marseille player himself insisted he was committed until at least the end of the season.
That said, United could take the bull by the horns and make a formal approach before travelling to France to speak to Galtier.
Current situation: Not in active work but still in a contract with FSV Mainz.
Bookies’ odds: 18/1 (Ladbrokes)
Preferred formation: 4-2-3-1
Tuchel fits the bill as far as head coach is concerned for United.
But after asking to be released from his contract with Mainz, he is still on their payroll until the end of the season.
He has a 39.56% win ratio with Mainz, with 72 wins from 182 games.
Both Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen tried to snap up his services before he left Mainz, hence their arguably tetchy stance on the remainder of his contract.
Mainz were a steady Bundesliga side under Tuchel, but Newcastle may feel he can bring plenty to the table in their current footballing model.
He does not drink alcohol and has been described as the next Jurgen Klopp in Germany.
He is a family man and his interests include furniture design, while his favourite film is Any Given Sunday.
He’s also beaten Bayern Munich in their own backyard!
Tuchel has said: “I am clear, direct, almost perfectionist and pedantic. But also fair and open, I am looking for a dialogue.”
The emphasis may be on United to open those talks if they want to land the 41-year-old.
Current situation: Not employed
Bookies’ odds: 4/1 (Paddy Power)
Honours: Coupe de France: 2011–12
Trophée des champions: 2012.
Preferred formation: 4-3-3
The 48-year-old may be known to fans who remember him from his short stint at Arsenal during his playing days.
In 117 games as Lyon boss he chalked up 60 wins to give him a 51.28% win ratio in three years in Ligue 1.
But he quit his post with Lyon last summer to spend more time with his family.
He said: “I made that decision only for personal and family reasons, because I didn’t feel enough energy to go on.”
Garde made a few appearances for Carlisle United at the end of his career.
Current situation: Coach at QPR
Bookies’ odds: 10/1 (Sky Bet)
Honours: Swindon Town – 1993 Football League First Division play-off Final Winners
Chelsea – FA Cup runner-up: 1994
As a manager
Tottenham Hotspur – Worthington Cup runner-up: 2001–02
England – Tournoi de France winner: 1997
Preferred formation: 3-5-2
At 57 this would almost certainly be Hoddle’s last crack at a big club.
He’s been in the hotseat at Chelsea, England and Tottenham, so knows all about dealing with big expectations.
Hoddle was forced to leave his role as England boss after an interview with the Times’ Matt Dickinson in which Hoddle revealed a “controversial belief that the disabled, and others, are being punished for sins in a former life.”
Hoddle was given a job at Southampton
He was sacked by Spurs and he was a flop at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Hoddle is usually the first name linked with every manager’s vacancy.
But he hasn’t worked as a manager since 2006.
He is currently a first-team coach at QPR.
And he has worked as a pundit with ITV.
He has a good rapport with Carr due to his Tottenham links.
Current situation: Derby County manager.
Bookies’ odds: 7/2 (Betway)
Honours: Middlesbrough – League Cup: 2003–04
Twente – Eredivisie: 2009–10
Preferred formation: 4-3-3
McClaren’s career has been a real mixed bag.
But success has always been there or thereabouts.
He was number two to Jim Smith at Derby County before getting the chance to do likewise with Sir Alex Ferguson.
He then took on the Middlesbrough job in his own right as manager.
He won the League Cup in 2004 and led the club to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup where they crashed out to Sporting Lisbon in their first campaign in Europe.
He qualified for Europe again in 2005 via a seventh-placed finish.
Boro then went all the way to the final in Eindhoven but were thrashed 4-0 by Sevilla.
McClaren took the England job on in 2006 from Sven Goran Eriksson but was sacked after less than two years following his failure to qualify for the 2008 Euros.
He won the Dutch title at FC Twente but was sacked by Wolfsburg.
A move to Nottingham Forest didn’t work out, with just three wins from 13 before he returned to Holland with Twente for a second, but not so successful, stint.
At Derby he led the Rams to the play-offs last season only to lose 1-0, but they are in a challenging position to be promoted this year.
There’s no doubt that Newcastle will be tempting for McClaren, but he may want to see out the job at Derby.
Current situation: Manager of AFC Bournemouth
Bookies’ odds: 40/1 (Bet Victor)
Honours: Bournemouth – Football League Two 2009–10: Runners-up (promoted into League One)
Football League One 2012–13: Runners-up (promoted into Championship)
Individual – Football League Championship Manager of the Month: October 2014
Preferred formation: 4-4-2
Howe is widely regarded as one of England’s brightest young managers.
The 37-year-old plays attacking football and has dished out some beatings this season with the Cherries in the Championship.
They are top of the table in the second flight and there’s no reason to think they can’t keep it up if Howe stays.
This is his second spell at the club after a move to Burnley in 2011/12.
He left due to family reasons and returned to Dean Court.
He has won 48.38% of his 308 games as chief.
Howe is a family man and has a tattoo that reads “R” in honour of his pet dog owned while an apprentice at Bournemouth.
Current situation: Assistant manager of Real Madrid.
Bookies’ odds: None available
Preferred formation: 4-3-3
Clement has been Academy coach at Chelsea and Fulham.
He has also been first-team coach with the Blues, Blackburn and PSG, as well as global giants Real Madrid in what has been a Roy of the Rovers-style coaching career.
But he is untested as a number one.
And it would take a brave man to quit Real Madrid.
He has assisted Carlo Ancelotti at PSG and Real but is thought to be under consideration for the job.
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