To no-one’s great surprise and despite (cough) 80 applications for the job of Newcastle United trainer, Lee Charnley has been unable to appoint a successor to Alan Pardew. This has left him with little alternative than to turn to John Carver who will pick the team for the remaining 16 matches of the season.
So, what do you make of it all?
Is this just yet another example of the club’s failure to get anything right? Another chapter in the gross mismanagement of Newcastle United since Ashley took over in 2007?
Do we swallow the spin being put about by its media partners that “JC” deserves a crack at the job and that Pardew has made it difficult for United? Like, United is the only club ever to have the need to appoint a new manager during the mid-season?
Or do you think United’s Head Coach restriction has meant they have been unable to attract any kind of dupe to take the job on under the terms it is being offered?
Or perhaps the club has gone down the cheap-skate road again and is refusing to pay compensation for anyone? Is it all tied up with contracts at United? Do the powers-that-be want to avoid the need to pay up Carver, Woodman and Stone for the mad contracts they were put on?
Or is Charnley doing the right thing? Waiting until the end of the season when he’ll be able to appoint someone prepared to take the United job on the terms they are pitching it?
Let us know what you think – all comments in the boxes below please.
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