It was not a good day for Newcastle United yesterday.
John Carver – with the great man – popular choice with Newcastle fans
First of all we heard exactly what we didn’t want to hear, and that was that Andy Carroll had got himself into trouble again with an assault charge in Hexham, this time with a former girl-friend.
That was certainly bad news and then a big surprise later in the day saw Colin Calderwood depart Newcastle to manage Hibs in Edinburgh.
We weren’t surprised that Hibs wanted Colin, because he did a great job at Newcastle in the 21 months he was on Tyneside, but it has broken up what looked like an excellent duo of Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood on Tyneside.
Colin was also a great guy and that’s showing through with his interviews at Hibernian, as the man seems such a straight arrow, and we’ll be following his career from now on, and of course wish him the very best.
Now Chris will be meeting this morning with the Newcastle Board to discuss candidates for the position and the two top favorites seem to be John Carver, who was ta Newcastle with Bobby Robson and would be a great appointment – and Steve Clarke who was at the club back in 1998 as Assistant Manager to Ruud Gullit.
We think the favorite has to be local lad John Carver, and he was apparently considered for the Reserve team job a month or so ago, but the Assistant Manager is a much better position that fits John’s great coaching abilities, and of course he was born and bred in Newcastle and knows all about the club.
We have to think he would be a big favorite among Newcastle fans.
But Carver is currently Gary Speed’s assistant at Sheffield United and has only just joined the Bramall Lane club in August, after Gary got the manager job, so that may present some difficulties to Newcastle, because they would need to pay the Blades some compensation for him to leave and join Newcastle.
On the other hand the news is that Steve Clarke, another highly-rated coach who has already coached at Newcastle, is said to have turned down the Hibs job and is available for nothing.
Steve left West Ham in the summer, after manager Gianfranco Zola was fired, and it was said to be by mutual consent, so he’s currently out of a job, and would probably jump at the chance to come back to Newcastle.
We hear that Chris will not hurry an appointment, and it’s important to get the best available coach, but he also needs someone else to help him with the coaching and different things going on at the Newcastle club, so he’ll need to appoint somebody fairly quickly.
Who do you think would be a good choice as the Assistant to Chris?