The Herald Sport in Plymouth is reporting today that the Plymouth Argyle club have agreed a deal, at least in principle, with a new manager to replace the sacked Paul Mariner.
John Carver with the great Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle
And the interesting piece is being reported this morning is that The Herald Sun says the unnamed new manager wants to bring in his own staff.
That will mean that John Carver, who still has two years of his contract left at Plymouth will be relived of his duties – if this new is indeed true.
That would both free him up to potentially join Chris Hughton’s staff at Newcastle, and also mean that Newcastle would not need to pay the Plymouth club any compensation for breaking John’s contract.
We had thought earlier that the favorite to replace the departing Alan Thompson could well be Martin Scoot, the Middlesbrough coach.
But this news would make it a lot easier for Chris Hughton to bring in the well respected John Carver, if John wants to come.
John was born and bred in Newcastle and could jump at the chance to rejoin his home-town club, but he would be 3rd in line behind Chris and Colin Calderwood.
But John also became the Academy Director when Bobby Robson left the club in late August 2004 and Graeme Souness took over, and the Newcastle hierarchy will want a top coach in place for the Reserves side, which after all is made up of players whose average age is generally around 18 or 19.
It’s a top job for somebody, with Newcastle 100% dedicated to bringing the youngsters through the ranks, and who better to do that than John Carver?
It all depends on what the chemistry is between Chris and John, but there’s little doubt John Carver would be a popular choice amongst Newcastle fans.
John is already in Newcastle folk-lore as Bobby Robson’s assistant manager during his magnificent five years as manager of the club, when Bobby had Newcastle as a top four side in the PL.
We have to hope John wants to return to Newcastle and Chris wants to take him.
Whatever happens, we expect Chris to bring in a new coach to replace Alan Thompson very quickly, and maybe even within the next week.