With Alan Thompson looking certain to leave Newcastle for Celtic, and youth team coach Kenny Wharton having left the club a couple of weeks ago, Chris Hughton will need to bring some new coaches in during the summer.
John Carver – will he return to Newcastle?
And one good coach who is bring mentioned as a possibility today in the Newcastle Journal is former Newcastle coach and Geordie John Carver.
John was Bobby Robson’s assistant at Newcastle during those heady days when Bobby was managing the club, and when Graeme Souness arrived in 2004, he was given the Youth Academy job before eventually leaving the club.
John has been at Leeds United, Toronto FC in the MLS and is currently assistant manager to Paul Mariner at Plymouth Argyle since leaving Newcastle.
Reserve team coach Thompson is heading to Celtic to join Neil Lennon’s coaching staff, leaving a vacancy that Hughton needs to fill quickly and certainly before the start of the season.
Plymouth were relegated from the Championship last season, and presumably John would be brought in not only to take over the Newcastle Reserve side, but also have a major job in bringing the youngsters through at Newcastle, which is an important job.
But having already been assistant manager at Newcastle, we wonder if that position would be attractive to Carver, who is an excellent coach and well thought of in football circles.
Former Middlesbrough Reserve coach Malcolm Scott was mentioned yesterday as another possibility, but it would be good if coaches were brought in who had past links with Newcastle.
Carver is apparently contracted to Plymouth for another two years, but Newcastle could very likely offer John a better deal to come back to Newcastle and help out with his home town club. But if Newcastle would have to pay Plymouth compensation they probably wouldn’t want to do that.
Carver was an excellent assistant manager at Newcastle under the great Sir Bobby Robson, and we think he would be a popular choice on Tyneside.
Plymouth will also be looking for a new manager and so John will be working under a new manager at Home Park next season, after the club decided to end the contract of Paul Mariner on May5th, so with that uncertainty it may be a good time for John to come back to Newcastle.
There has been a delay in Neil Lennon being announced as the new Celtic manager and now his appointment, along with that of Alan Thompson is now expected to be early next week.