Next Stop St James Park?
September 08, 2015
Now that Newcastle United have retained their Premier League status for next season, all thoughts are turning to the potential appointment of the club’s next manager.
This may see like a strange question, especially given that the North-east club have the self-proclaimed ‘best coach in the Premiership’ in John Carver. The fact that Carver has won just 12 points out of a possible 52 during his tenure counts against him, however, as does his abrasive manner and his controversial comments on players such as defender Mike Williamson. These factors mean that the club are likely to look towards an external appointment, although where they will begin this search is anyone’s guess?
There are one or two potential candidates that stand out immediately. Take Real Sociedad boss and former Manchester United manager David Moyes, for example, who has impressed in Spain without excelling or winning the hearts of supporters. Moyes certainly did the job that was asked of him, having led the club from the heat of a relegation battle to the relative comfort of mid table. He has also gone a long way to successfully restoring his damaged reputation, having stepped outside of his comfort zone and even managed to earn an impressive 1-0 win against Spanish champions Barcelona in January.
There is a sense that Moyes will now want to rebuild his reputation in the English Premier League, although it is equally likely that he will want to complete the job he has started in Spain. Perhaps a more pertinent question is whether or not a struggling and poorly run club would appeal to Moyes, who will feel that he has a great deal to offer an ambitious Premier League club. This would appear to rule the Scotsman out of contention, forcing the board to look elsewhere for their next leader.
The Best of the Rest
Outside of Moyes, there are no immediate candidates. Harry Redknapp may be of interest, especially given his experience, availability and ability to build squads on a budget. His level of motivation was questioned during his doomed tenure at Queens Park Rangers, however, and owner Mike Ashley may look to appoint a younger manager.
The smart money might well be on former Derby County manager Steve McClaren, who failed to lead the Rams to the EPL this season. He is certainly ambitious and experienced, while the challenge of taking on a big but failing club such as Newcastle is likely to appeal to the former England boss. If Newcastle act quickly, there is a belief that they would be able to get their man and build towards next season.