Jim White has revealed a very interesting piece of information about Newcastle United’s search for a new manager.
The Magpies are in the market for a replacement for Steve Bruce after parting company with the 60-year-old on Wednesday morning.
Bruce had known that the writing was on the wall after Saudi Public Investment Fund completed their £300 million takeover two weeks ago.
And Newcastle’s defeat by Spurs at St James’s Park on Sunday evening did his cause no good at all, it has to be said.
Paulo Fonseca has been heavily tipped to become Bruce’s long-term successor in the North East.
But White, speaking on talkSPORT today, revealed that Newcastle – who are 19th in the Premier League table – wouldn’t be hiring a long-term figure until next summer, claiming that a preferrably-English stopgap could come in and steady the ship until then.
He said: “Some more information has come my way late last night. It is my understanding that, at the moment, the appointment of any new manager will only be on a temporary basis. It will only be until the end of the season. The Saudis, we are assured, are extremely concerned about losing their Premier League status.
“The feeling is there has got to be a proper reboot come summer and the next appointment would be an English manager with Premier League experience to try and ensure safety. Thereafter they might go big. If they stay in the Premier League then they might go big and that might be a foreign manager.”
In theory, yes.
Of course the appointment of an English manager, with Premier League experience, would boost Newcastle’s hopes of staying in the top flight.
That being said, it’s much easier said than done and finding such a figure might not be easy.
Newcastle are away to Crystal Palace on Saturday and Graeme Jones is expected to oversee that one.
But even if they win 3-0, it’s still important that PIF continue their search for a manager because Jones is first and foremost a coach above all else.