It looks like Peter Taylor has turned down the opportunity to become Alan Pardew’s new assistant manager at Newcastle.
Taylor had admitted last night that he had been in talks with Newcastle over a move to the North-East, but it would appear that something has got in the way of the move happening.
Several sources have suggested that a compensation package had been agreed between Newcastle and Bradford City for the services of Taylor, so I guess that train of thought is ruled out now. It would have been nice to have Taylor here working alongside the current structure, but it isn’t to be as Taylor has decided to stick with the League Two outfit.
Mark Lawn, Bradford’s joint-chairman, told the Yorkshire Post: “Newcastle approached us between Christmas and new year and we subsequently agreed compensation for the remainder of Peter’s contract. But since then Peter has indicated he wants to stay and we hope that is the end of it.”
There isn’t much more that can be said about it now. Taylor isn’t coming, end of, and Alan Pardew’s search to bolster his backroom staff will have to continue.
Of course, this again opens the door for some more John Carver speculation, but as I wrote last night, Pardew must not be swayed by public opinion and must appoint a man that he knows he can trust from the start. I’m not saying that he couldn’t trust Carver, and I believe he would be a good addition, but Pardew must have someone he can work with straight away.
It’s been just over eleven weeks since Colin Calderwood departed for the Hibernian job, which means that it has been nearly three months, and two managers, since we have had an assistant manager at Newcastle. That is pretty shocking to be honest, and needs addressing sooner rather than later.
So where do we go now?