Newcastle MD Lee Charnley has outlined two areas where the new Magpies boss must succeed.
Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley told The Chronicle today that the new Magpies boss must be able to develop players and bring an attractive brand of football to Tyneside.
"I know that the individual who comes in will be credible and best suited for this role," said Charnley. "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."
"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," he added.
The comments come almost three weeks since Alan Pardew left Newcastle to take charge of Premier League rivals, with Newcastle still waiting to appoint a new manager.
Caretaker manager John Carver is still without a win since taking temporary charge of the Magpies, and has picked up just one point so far - and even that was in a game where Newcastle squandered the lead three times in a 3-3 draw against Burnley.
Fans want the situation to be resolved as soon as possible, and Charnley's comments suggest one man could be the favourite.
Ex-Lyon boss Remi Garde has been linked with the job in recent weeks, and has a history of helping to develop young players in France, including midfielders Maxime Gonalons and Clement Grenier, as well as striker Alexandre Lacazette.
That will show up well for the Frenchman given Charnley's requirements, whilst he would also bring a more attractive brand of football to the club than Pardew did.
Given that he's a free agent, Newcastle could make that appointment now rather than in the summer, but Charnley and Newcastle seem ready to wait and do their due diligence.