New manager set to have no say on transfers as Sky claim ‘key signings’ are already lined up

Sky Sports’ Pete Graves says he’s been told some ‘key signings’ will follow once a new ‘head coach’ is appointed at Newcastle United.

This comes after it was reported that Sam Allardyce rejected Ashley’s offer after being told he would get “little if any say over signings”, suggesting it is in fact Head of Recruitment Steve Nickson who is now putting deals forward following Rafa’s exit.

This would mean a return to the approach adopted during Graham Carr’s time at the club, being the only way of explaining how we have transfers ‘lined up’ without any new manager in charge.

This also fits in with what the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas said just a few days ago, with him claiming during a podcast that he was ‘pretty certain’ the club had ‘one or two deals lined up’.

The fact any new ‘boss’ is being described as a ‘head coach’ is also pretty telling – suggesting they’d take care of the team and training, but have far less influence off the pitch.

If this is true, it’s quite clear that any ‘head coach’ arriving at the club will be some form of yes man happy to work within Mike Ashley’s constraints, which would explain why any ambitious or self-respecting manager has turned us down this summer.

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2 thoughts on “New manager set to have no say on transfers as Sky claim ‘key signings’ are already lined up

  1. Who is this now talking? Peter Graves. Seems to be alot coming from his gob recently.
    Isn’t this one of those who said Steve Bruce has the job already but now says ‘The manager’ so he doesn’t know or is back tracking on the ‘Great Steve Bruce’ bets robbery. Done up like a kipper ‘on that one.


  2. Olly, Like it or not Ashley was ahead of the curve a few seasons ago when he tried to go with the Head Coach thing. Emery is head coach at Arsenal, Pochettino Head Coach at Spurs and Javi Gracia Head Coach at Watford. Sarri was Head Coach at Chelsea and he’s been replaced by Lampard, who is Head Coach.

    Emphasis is shifting from Managers buying the players they want and making them play to their style, which is why we saw a raft of decent players binned by Rafa, to Head Coaches getting the best out of the players they’ve got.

    This is really a no win situation for the club. If they have the layers lined up and ready to go they get slated for not letting the new boss have a say.

    If they wait for the new manager to come in before going after players, it’s Ashley’s con trick not to spend money.

    Personally I’d rather they had a load of players lined up and the new boss pulls the trigger when he walks through the door.

    Yes, the delay in getting somebody in is a ****-up but that’s happened and the situation now has to be “managed”. I appreciate the irony, and maybe should have said the situation needs to be “Head Coached”.


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