NEWCASTLE United managing director Lee Charnley has revealed he will decide by the end of the week whether to appoint a new manager now or in the summer.
The Magpies have been without a team boss since Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace three weeks ago.
A host of people have been linked to the job, and Charnley revealed he’d had 80 applicants for the position of head coach.
The likes of Remi Garde, Steve McClaren, Frank de Boer and Christophe Gaultier have been mentioned, but may not be available until the summer.
And that means caretaker manager John Carver could be given the job until the end of the season.
Charnley, who has been tasked with the job of recruiting Pardew’s successor, along with chief scout Graham Carr, said: “I hope that by the end of this week I will have a better indication of where we sit.
“I’ll know the really, really credible individuals who would be of real interest to us and from there, whether a decision can be made now or whether that decision can wait until the summer.
“There’s a wide range of options. There are some people who genuinely can’t move now, whether that be for personal reasons, contractual or a whole host – they can’t come now.
“There are some that can, whether they are tied to other clubs but have a compensation element involved or are out-of-work.
“What I have done so far is go through them, with Graham’s input, and really refine the candidates. I needed to make sure those individuals understand what the role is, understand what is expected of them here, understand the pressures that come with this role and understand what their philosophy is and the culture they would create and develop here.
“We’ve had about 80 applications of people interested in the role. That’s people within football.
“Clearly a number of those can be easily discounted but what has been left is a good number of individuals who have different qualities, experience and strengths – some of those are willing and available to come now, others not until the summer.
“The important thing to stress here is that there is a process I have been working through the same as I would if I were looking for any other senior member of staff.
“It’s not a case of someone getting the job because he’s a friend of a friend or he knows someone. It is a proper structured process which I believe will in the end give us the best individual for the job.”