This was kind of lost in the locked Steve Clarke thread and was bordering on off-topic anyway, so I've decided to start a new topic on it.
Chris Lepkowski is saying that Downing and Kiely will remain at the club and it has yet to be decided if another coach will be brought in.
I'm wondering who evaluates the performance of the lower level coaches? Is Ashworth stood on the training ground watching what they do day-in, day-out? If not, does the head coach have to feed back on them? If the latter, it's an odd kind of set-up where the head coach evaluates the performance but isn't allowed to decide whether they stay or go.
Additionally, the chances are that any coaches we keep on in these circumstances (excluding the GK coach) are likely to leave before they ever get a shot at being head coach anyway (c.f. Appleton).
Ultimately, in my view, you should always be looking to get the best coaches you can, regardless of whether it's a head coach or lower level coach and, if the head coach is expected to work with these other coaches and be responsible for how well the players are coached overall, the team of coaches (possibly excluding positional coaches) should be for him to choose.
The arrangement we have smacks of penny-pinching more than anything else to me and, if no right-hand man for Clarke is brought in (given that we have a vacancy to replace Burton) that will be further evidence of penny-pinching. I'm sure the Board won't be stupid enough to do that though......