The Star is reporting tonight that Mike Ashley is considering appointing 49 year-old assistant manager John Carver as the new Newcastle manager to replace Alan Pardew, who will join Crystal Palace in the next day or two.
John Carver – may get Newcastle job
And there is also a similar report in the Mirror that Mike Ashley is strongly considering the Geordie for the job.
John Carver (and Steve Stone) will definitely take over the caretaker management of the club at least for the next two games and until a manager is appointed.
So perhaps Ashley could wait to see how the results go, before making a final decision on who to appoint as the Newcastle manager.
Ashley could even keep John as Assistant manager until the end of the season, when top managers like Frank de Boer would be available from Ajax, but not before.
Carver was born and bred in Newcastle, and he was also assistant manager to Sir Bobby Robson from 1999 through 2004 – and he was then the Youth Team manager for a short time, before leaving Newcastle.
John Carver was appointed assistant manager to Pardew back in January of 2011 – so he’s been in that job almost four years, and was well respected by Alan Pardew.
It’s safe to say John is completely committed to the club.
But his only management experience was back in 2008-2009 when he was Toronto FC manager for about 15 months, before resigning from the club.
Apparently John has already turned down Alan Pardew’s offer to join him at Crystal Palace as assistant manager.
John takes most of the training sessions at Newcastle, so it would be a smooth transition if Carver is appointed manager, and Mike Ashley has great respect for the Geordie, who is Newcastle through and through.
And John would certainly be a cheaper alternative than other managers, and he could be given the title as Head Coach – since he would have only minimal input to the transfer business, which is handled mainly by Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and Graham Carr.
And we all know that Mike likes the cheaper option.
One big negative against John is his lack of club management, and he also won only one game when stepping in for Alan Pardew in March of this year, when Pardew was banned for seven games because he head butted David Meyler of Hull City.
The Newcastle manager job is now one of being the head coach, so John’s lack of involvement in transfers would not be a negative to Mike Ashley.
What do you think.
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