The Tyneside club are searching for a replacement for recently departed boss Alan Pardew, who left St James’ Park to take charge of former side Crystal Palace as they look to secure Premier League survival.
Whilst club owner Mike Ashley would have expected to have played a role in the appointment of the man who will be in charge of the side he looks over, the businessman has given free rein to managing director Lee Charnley in the search for a new boss, so as not to disturb his winter break in Barbados.
As reported by the Chronicle, Charnley will be aided in his task by chief scout Graham Carr, and the duo will set about finding a man who can fill the role laid out by Charnley in his first full year as managing director at St James’ Park.
Carr, who has frequently been associated with the scouting of the European market, will add his insight with the club naming such people as Remi Garde - currently out of work following a spell with Lyon - Thomas Tuchel - out of work following a spell with Mainz - and current St Etienne head coach Christophe Galtier to a seven-man shortlist.
With Magpies fans increasingly pleading to see Ashley removed from the club, following his poor running of the Tyneside team, the knowledge that men associated with the footballing side of the game will be selecting Pardew’s successor can only be a good thing. There is no doubt that they will select a man who they believe can lead Newcastle into the upper reaches of the Premier League - a position they deserve being a club of their size - and it only remains to be seen whether Ashely will have a say in the financial workings concerning any potential hiring.