DARYL Janmaat is hoping Newcastle United appoint a new head coach sooner rather than later, writes Miles Starforth.
The club has held talks with a number of candidates, among them Remi Garde.
But the appointment of a successor to Alan Pardew is NOT thought to be imminent.
And caretaker manager John Carver is likely to be in charge for Saturday’s home game against Southampton.
United managing director Lee Charnley is determined to make the right decision.
And the recruitment process is complicated by the fact that a number of potential candidates, including St Etienne’s Christophe Galtier and former Mainz manager Thomas Tuchel, are not available until the summer.
Carver, keen for the job on a full-time basis, could even be put in charge for a longer period.
The 49-year-old, previously Pardew’s No2, has a lot of support in the dressing room.
Asked whether the uncertainty has affected the players, Janmaat said: “It doesn’t affect us. But it will be good when the club makes a statement to say ‘this is the new coach’.
“If it is (John Carver), it’s good. We like him. I think he can do a good job.
“We like him, but it will be better when the club makes a statement. It will be better for everyone. Then everyone knows.”
Janmaat’s comments echoed those of Carver in last week’s pre-match Press conference.
Carver stressed the importance of a swift decision – even if it was for him to take charge until the end of the campaign – so as not to let the managerless club “drift”.
Newcastle, without a win since Pardew’s departure for Crystal Palace, were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
But the scoreline didn’t tell the whole story, as United had dominated the game until Oscar’s opening goal, scored from a quickly-taken corner, late in the first half.
Diego Costa made certain of the points for the Premier League leaders in the second half.
And Janmaat and his team-mates – who memorably beat Chelsea at St James’s Park last month – were left to reflect on what might have been in the return fixture.
“We made a mistake for the corner, and they made it 1-0,” said the Holland international.
“You know, of course, it’s going to be a difficult half, but it was a good first half.
“You take the positive things from that half. We had some good opportunities. One or two have to go in from that, and it’s another game.
“It was quick (the corner), and we have to react better. It was not defence from us.
“But we have to take the positives things from this game, and next week we have to take three points (from Southampton).”