If Newcastle United fail to appoint a new manager this week, their season is in danger of becoming a waste due to a lack of direction at the club.
It is believed the Newcastle board are in a number of discussions with candidates in order to find the right man to lead Newcastle United forwards after Alan Pardew left the club for Crystal Palace this month. Frenchmen Remi Garde and Christophe Gaultier are understood to be the front runners for the job but it has taken a while for the Newcastle board to appoint Pardew’s successor.
Current caretaker manager John Carver has issued a warning to the Newcastle board, claiming that the club’s season is in danger of petering out if Newcastle do not act quickly. It’s fair to suggest that Carver will not be offered the managerial post due to the lack of public support from the board regarding the 50-year-old’s potential ability to lead the club on a full-time basis.
However, the more Newcastle refrain from hiring a new manager, the more the club will suffer as a result. Since Carver has taken charge of the club, he has failed to win any matches, including a disappointing FA Cup third round loss away to Premier League strugglers Leicester City. Although the team has shown signs of quality under Carver, their lack of a cutting edge has been all too clear under his leadership.
Despite this, Carver is in a very difficult position at the club. Psychologically, the team will not be fully focused due to the uncertainty surrounding the club at this particular moment in time. The caretaker manager cannot implement a long term plan for how he wants his team to play, as he could be replaced very quickly. Therefore Carver is often forced to play similar tactics to the ones implemented by Alan Pardew, meaning that the team simply cannot move forward as they lack any direction at the moment.
As well as a potential collapse in squad motivation, the new manager, whoever he will be, will struggle to add new faces to his squad in January if he is not appointed in the next few days. This means that the manager will not be allowed to bring in the players he needs in order to strengthen the Newcastle team. Again, a failure to recruit new players will result in a lack of direction and ambition from the club, making it very difficult for the new manager to create a positive impact when he eventually takes over.
Whether Ashley is delaying the appointment on purpose remains to be seen. But the cost of hiring a manager and adding players to the squad may not be a viable option for the Newcastle United owner, who may prefer to wait until the summer window before significantly investing in the squad. Although this may be the case, it will not sit well with the Newcastle faithful, who have become an increasingly frustrated bunch under Ashley’s ownership.
The delayed appointment will upset fans as it shows the board’s lack of ambition. Teams such as West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace moved very quickly to allow their new managers time to spend money in the January transfer window. The new manager at Newcastle will not have that luxury and it is this poor time management that exposes the club’s lack of ambition. Newcastle do have what it takes to survive in the Premier League this year and the Newcastle board will see survival as a success.
However, the club has always had the potential to push for European football on a regular basis. The lack of urgency in appointing a new manager typifies everything wrong with Newcastle United at the moment. There is a tendency to settle for second best and it is something the Newcastle fans will not put up with for much longer.
Newcastle need a new manager and it is an issue that has to be resolved fast.