NEWCASTLE United chief Lee Charnley has revealed he is prepared to wait until the summer to ensure he gets the right man for the head coach job.
Charnley has been tasked, along with chief scout Graham Carr, with finding a replacement for Alan Pardew, who joined Crystal Palace earlier this month.
A number of candidates are understood to be not available until the summer, including Ajax’s Frank de Boer, St Etienne manager Christophe Galtier, Derby’s Steve McClaren and ex-Mainz chief Thomas Tuchel.
And managing director Charnley says he will happily put off a decision until the end of the season if it means he gets the ‘right one’.
That could see caretaker boss John Carver keep the role for the next few months.
Charnley said: “We see this as a long-term decision.
“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.
“I’m not going to take someone who is free and available now if we have a better option and options by waiting until the end of the season.
“I know that won’t be an entirely popular point of view but for me that is the most sensible thing to do. It is about the medium to long term and ensuring we get the ‘right one’.”
Charnley insisted that the new head coach won’t be a ‘yes man’ and says Pardew’s successor must be willing to give young players a chance.
And Charnley wants the new boss to be able to work within the structure that sees Carr and himself have a major say in transfers.
“First and foremost, they have to be a good coach and with a track record of developing players and giving young players a chance is important,” Charnley added.
“For me, style of play is important. How they conduct themselves is also important as the head coach will play a key part in how the club is perceived through his conduct on and off the field.
“The new head coach will have to set out to us what his playing style is, what his philosophy is and what he looks for in his team because that then impacts on what we look for in terms of recruitment. It all works together.
“The head coach picks the team. We don’t interfere in that.
“If the relationship works in the right way and everyone is going in the same direction and believes in our strategy and policy then there is no point in us buying a player that the head coach doesn’t want because he doesn’t play him and we don’t get the best out of our investment.
“When someone says: ‘Does he have any say (in transfers)?’ Yes. Does he have the final say? No he doesn’t. There’s a difference there.”