Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley has moved to clarify what the club is looking for from their next permanent manager in an interview with Newcastle Chronicle.
The ‘MD’ suggested the club are willing to wait until the summer to appoint Alan Pardew’s permanent successor if necessary, telling the local paper:
“We’ve got a number of options: clearly my preference is to try and find someone to bring in now.
“However, because it will be a long-term commitment, if I have to wait until the summer for what I believe is the right individual then I would rather wait than actually take someone now who I think isn’t the best fit.”
Charnley went on to elucidate a number of key criterions on which potential candidates would be assessed.
News.bwin.com have taken it upon ourselves to come to Newcastle’s aid by assessing how the four shortest-priced runners in the market measure up.
When it comes to suitability for a ‘head coach’ role as opposed to a ‘manager’ who has a major say in transfers only Steve McClaren really falls down having steered investment at a variety of past employers.
Neither John Carver nor Tim Sherwood have any frontline experience in buying and selling players and are thus more ‘pure’ coaches by default.
Garde arguably outshines his rivals here having had to make do at Lyon for several seasons against the backdrop of constant player sales he wouldn’t have dreamed of sanctioning.
The Frenchman also has a distinct playing style, once describing it as:
“The alchemy that’s made Arsene Wenger successful: keep the English fighting spirit and have the game flowing and moving.”
It’s too early to tell with Carver, while Sherwood’s ‘style’ at Spurs seemed to owe rather too much to Harry Redknapp’s ‘go out there and run about a bit’ school.
McClaren’s tenures at Middlesbrough, Twente and Derby show that with reasonable resources he is more than capable of breeding an attractive modus operandi.
Garde and McClaren win out again when it comes to Charnley’s desire for a future Newcastle manager to be sensitive to the club’s wider motives in media interactions.
Both Carver and Sherwood’s impassioned attempts to have their caretaker spells made permanent were arguably a little too outspoken for the Magpies’ managing director.
Finally, when it comes to a track record of academy involvement, every single one of the leading quartet looks strong.
Carver, on the premises at St James’ Park since 2011, has blooded three youngsters (Adam Armstrong, Lubomir Satka and Callum Roberts) since his caretaker period began.
Garde’s spell in charge of Lyon saw him constantly utilising the club’s youth reserves to refresh his sale-beleaguered side, while McClaren brought through the likes of Stuart Parnaby, Stewart Downing and James Morrison at the Riverside.
Yet former Tottenham academy director Sherwood may trump them all on this front, having wasted no time in promoting Nabil Bentaleb, Tom Carroll and Harry Kane to his first team during his eight months in charge.