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.