Newcastle want ‘tactically astute’ manager – but won’t look until end of season

John Carver.
John Carver.

NEWCASTLE United have revealed they ‘won’t consider’ looking for a new head coach until the end of the season.

The Magpies appointed John Carver as head coach until the end of the season after Alan Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace.

And they plan to wait until the end of the campaign before assessing whether Carver will get the job permanently, or if they need to recruit someone else.

Newcastle also revealed they have no prefernce for whether the head coach is British or foreign, but that he must be ‘tactically astute’.

In the minutes from the club’s recent Fan’s Forum, the club also said they wouldn’t appoint a director of football after the ill-fated reigns of Dennis Wise and Joe Kinnear in that role.

The minutes read: “The board stated that it will not consider the matter again until the end of the season.

“The board went through a lengthy process in terms of speaking to a number of people about coming to the club as a potential head coach. “The outcome of that process was that the board felt the best option was for John Carver to be appointed to the position until the end of the season, at which point it will be reviewed.

“In the event the board should need to look for an external candidate in the summer for the position of Head Coach, the board would not have to start the process all over again due to the level of detail and work which went into the initial search.

“The board would look for an individual who would fit into the club’s structure, someone who is tactically astute, and who has a track record of developing young players and the ability to improve players. The club has no concerns over whether a potential new head coach is British or from overseas and deems other criteria far more important.”

On the subject of a director of football role, Newcastle added: that “it is not planning to reintroduce the role. The responsibilities associated with that role are shared between several parties within the club and the club feels its track record in recruiting players is generally strong.”