The first thing we thought about when it became obvious that Alan Pardew wanted to get out of Newcastle and go manage his former club Crystal Palace , was how insecure it is being an assistant manager at Newcastle .
John Carver – caretaker manager at Newcastle
What will happen to Geordie John Carver?
Since then it’s been revealed that Alan wanted Carver to join him at Crystal Palace as his assistant manager, but John turned that down – although we don’t know if that’s actually true.
It really depends on who Newcastle appoint as head coach, as to whether that means coaches like John Carver and Steve Stone stay at Newcastle, but that seems unlikely.
When some clubs appoint a new head coach, they sometimes insist that they use the coaches already at the club, but top coaches like to bring in their own people.
It looks like Newcastle are going to let it be known that the job available at Newcastle is that of head coach and not manager, since that’s really what it is rather than an English style manager.
And that’s why some English managers like Tony Pulis, Steve Bruce and others who want total control of transfers will not want to come to Newcastle, and that could mean Newcastle could appoint their first foreign coach in the Mike Ashley era.
A committee at Newcastle decides which players come in and which ones leave the club, and that committee is headed by Mike Ashley and includes Chief Scout Graham Carr, Managing Director Lee Charnley and the head coach.
And of course John could even get the head coach’s job at Newcastle, and today he has said that would be a dream job for him.
This is some of what John has said today in his press conference:
“Officially, the manager Alan Pardew is still the manager of the football club until it’s in black and white.” “I have not really had a lot of time to think about it.”
“I think you always have those ambitions, don’t you.” “But you’ve got to wait for the right opportunity. Now the manager looks like going, what’s my situation?”
“Only time will tell. My head’s going 100 miles an hour here, as you can imagine.” “I think that every coach who goes into football wants to be a manager, and there will be a day when I want to be a manager again, there’s no doubt about that.”
“Of course it is a dream job.” “I’m a local lad and it’s a dream job for anybody, but the manager’s still the manager at the moment.”
John has been assistant manager with Alan Pardew for almost four years, and he was Sir Bobby Robson’s assistant manager for five years, so he’s been assistant manager at Newcastle for nine years of the last fifteen.
Whether John Carver will be staying at Newcastle we don’t know, and he will be concentrating on winning games for Newcastle for at least the next couple of games.
What happens after that we’ll just have to wait and see, and of course we wish John and Steve Stone all the very best in their new (short-term?) roles.
Did I say a win tomorrow would be great?
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