Newcastle goalkeeper offers opinion on hunt for Alan Pardew successor

Tim Krul

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul believes the club's board need to move 'quickly' in their efforts to appoint a successor to Alan Pardew.

Newcastle United began life post-Alan Pardew on Saturday with a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.

John Carver was in caretaker charge of the Magpies at Stamford Bridge, with fellow coach Steve Stone offering a helping hand in the dugout.

They were disappointed to leave west London empty-handed, with there a feeling within the travelling ranks that the final result was not a fair reflection on their performance.

Carver would have been hoping for better in the capital as he is among those in the running to land the managerial post on a permanent basis and told the BBC he is ‘a million per cent’ keen on the job.

No decision on that front has been taken as yet, though, and Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul has called on the board to act ‘quickly’ in order to avoid allowing the issue to drag on.

He told Sky Sports: "It’s never a good thing when you don’t know what’s happening, also for the fans as well – they want to know what’s happening but maybe the club hasn’t come to a decision yet.

"At the moment the only thing we can do is work our socks off on the training ground with John (Carver) and Steve Stone. We had a great game-plan today. We played really, really well and I think it was one of our best games of the season.

"Unfortunately it did not result in a win but the board just need to be clear if they have a manager out there who they think is the main man. Hopefully it is quick. If not then John and Steve, for me, are a great option as well."

Newcastle find themselves without a boss following Pardew’s decision to walk away after four years on Tyneside and take the reins at Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.

Numerous names have been linked with the vacant position, from England and abroad, but Mike Ashley is aware of the need to get an important call right.

The Magpies are not due to be in action again until next Saturday, when they face an evening kick-off against Southampton, so have another week in which to carefully consider all of their options.

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