Former Scotland and Sunderland star Don Hutchison has criticised Newcastle United’s decision to delay the naming of their next long term manager, in the Chronicle.
Hutchison has suggested that uncertainty over whether John Carver will be kept on for next season means any manager coming in to replace him faces a number of challenges, which could have been avoided.
“When you start creeping towards the end of the season, thoughts do start to turn to next year,” wrote Hutchison.
“Do they plan for life without Sissoko? Do they offer new contracts to the likes of Sammy Ameobi and Ryan Taylor, who are out of contract?”
“These are jobs that your manager should be doing. This is a perfect time for someone without any pressure on them to be making decisions.”
Newcastle’s decision to delay naming a replacement for Carver or whether he’ll be kept on for next season has two possible explanations.
Officials at the club could have wanted to wait and see how Carver would control and develop the side over a longer period.
It may be the case that they have always wanted him to be Alan Pardew’s long term replacement, but needed time before committing themselves to a long term contract.
It may also be the case that in most cases with the managers they’d like to target, it might not be possible until the summer.
Some targets may already be at clubs and have other commitments, which makes appointing them before the end of the current campaign impossible.
Hutchison’s points are valid but Newcastle are in the fight for a top eight place, which would be a reasonable finish in the league and it’s difficult to criticise the way the side has been coached and managed if the club achieves it.