Newcastle are targeting a wealth of big-name managers, but that could be their mistake.
He is one of a long line of managers who have been touted for the job, with great reputations behind them making them great appointments.
The likes of Jurgen Klopp, Remi Garde, Marcelo Bielsa and Vincenzo Montella have all been touted as great replacements for John Carver, as per a different Chronicle report, and it is true that they would work wonders at revitalising an ailing team should they stay in the Premier League.
However, this need to stay in the Premier League has been the main factor behind any potential managerial appointment.
Of all the names listed, none of them would be willing to take charge of the Tyneside club if they were relegated to the Championship, and this is the source of Newcastle’s big mistake.
If they are relegated, they have yet to approach any manager who would be willing to take charge of them in the second tier, and this leaves them weeks behind their rivals in pre-season preparation.
They will have no one in charge to revamp the playing squad ahead of a gruelling Championship campaign, and club management will spend the first few weeks of pre-season attempting to hire a manager, whilst all their rivals are already working on training and friendlies.
It is a sign of their attitude that Newcastle are only targeting big-name managers ahead of next season, but a relegation will end these ambitions, and the lack of pre-planning for such an occurrence could end success next season - before it has even begun.