Why Newcastle should be wary before appointing Paul Clement as manager

Paul Clement may have a host of trophies to his name, but Newcastle should be wary in appointing him.

According to the Telegraph, Clement is the main contender for Newcastle’s managerial seat this summer, with Mike Ashley keen on opening talks with the Real Madrid coach.

Clement, 43, would certainly be an appointment with a lot of merit behind it, as he has honours in England, France and Spain, and is considered one of the best coaches in European football.

Working alongside Carlo Ancelotti, Clement has been an assistant manager as the Italian coach has won the Premier League, FA Cup, Ligue 1 and the Champions League, meaning he has a pedigree that collates with some of the best managers in football - despite only being an assistant manager.

However, this is the big worry - he is only an assistant manager.

Clement has never had a head coach role of a senior football team, and that makes him a worrying appointment for a Premier League team, especially one in a situation as dire as Newcastle.

He may have worked with the best coaches in world football, and be keen on taking a head coach role next season, but he has no experience to back up an immediate appointment in the Premier League.

A Football League club would be better for him, meaning he can build up his reputation as a manager without the increased media pressure on him to succeed - a pressure higher at St James’ Park than many clubs.

If Mike Ashley moved to appoint Clement, it would show that he is looking towards the future of Newcastle in a progressive manner, with a young and promising coach taking charge.

However, Ashley should be wary of his lack of experience, as Clement may not be able to cope as the key man in charge, taking the same downward turn on the club that John Carver has had in his short tenure in charge.

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