Who will be Newcastle’s next manager?

Alan Pardew’s departure may have been greeted with cheers by sections of the Toon Army who believed Newcastle needed fresh impetus from a manager with bright ideas, but the crescendo which ensued has left the club in freefall. It was imperative for Mike Ashley and the board to choose the right man for the job, but after continuous rumours about approaches for Christophe Galtier and Remi Garde came to nothing, Newcastle turned to loyal coach John Carver as caretaker manager in the hope that he would steady the ship. However, his hopes of receiving the job full-time look highly unlikely as Newcastle have slid down the table, with five consecutive defeats illustrating the lack of confidence, belief and effort that has crept in ever since Pardew left. Jurgen Klopp would undoubtedly be the dream manager that every fan wants to see take over at St. James’ Park, but as he has been linked to Manchester City and other big European clubs, Newcastle may have to be more realistic in who they are able to approach and attract. Managing in the Premier League and taking control of an illustrious club with a wonderful fanbase will undoubtedly attract a number of reputable names, and if Newcastle decide to look elsewhere in the summer, it may be the best time to bring in a manager who can bring the good times back to Tyneside.

 

Steve McClaren

The former Middlesbrough, FC Twente and England manager is currently the big favourite to take over the reins at St. James’ Park, with McClaren believed to be eyeing another crack at Premier League management. Newcastle’s chances of luring the 53-year-old to the club may depend on how Derby fare in the remaining weeks of the season, with a play-off spot well within their grasps for a team who will hope to overcome last season’s heart-breaking loss in the Final against Queens Park Rangers at Wembley. McClaren has impressively bounced back after his reputation was tarnished following a largely unsuccessful spell with England, and also struggled to impose himself at Wolfsburg after leading FC Twente to the Eredivise title in 2010. Although Derby have endured a slight dip in form due to key injuries, they have played an exciting brand of football that would be most welcome at Newcastle and gets fans on the edge of their seats again.

 

Frank De Boer

Going continental may be an avenue that Ashley chooses to go down in the summer, with Frank De Boer among the names who have been linked with the Newcastle job. The 44-year-old has developed into a successful manager at Ajax following an illustrious playing career in which he was once considered one of the best defenders of his generation. Four consecutive Eredivise titles illustrate just how quickly De Boer has adapted to football management, but missing out on a fifth title may seem him leave the Amsterdam ArenA. As Ajax will have to do with second place in the Eredivise after leaders PSV ran away with the championship, it may encourage De Boer to seek a new challenge elsewhere, with the Premier League particularly appealing to the Dutchman. His methodical approach to football makes him an interesting target, and if De Boer can bring a Dutch style of play to St. James’ Park, then it may turn out to be the best appointment Newcastle have made since the days of Sir Bobby Robson.

 

Remi Garde

The former Arsenal defender has been linked with the Newcastle job ever since Pardew left for pastures new at Crystal Palace, with the 49-year-old looking for another crack at management after taking charge at Lyon between 2011 and 2014. Although Garde enjoyed a 51% win rate at the Stade de Gerland, he ultimately paid the price for not winning the Ligue 1 title as the club lost the element of invincibility they had enjoyed for a number of years before Paris Saint-Germain came to the fore. Garde was reported to have watched Newcastle 5-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, but he failed to impress during talks with the Newcastle board. He is arguably the most inexperienced manager to be linked with the job, and while he may be an unknown quantity, the Frenchman might be the man to get the very best from Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella and the rest of Newcastle’s French contingent. French connection may work to his advantage to get the very best from the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Remy Cabella.

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