These Are The Two Joint Favorites For Newcastle Job

John Carver took control of his first game as caretaker manager today,  and it turned out to be a thrilling game, but Newcastle in the end couldn’t get the win we really needed, and a late goal from Burnley gave them what was a deserved 3-3 draw at St. James’ Park.


Steve McClaren – joint favorite to replace Alan Pardew

John has a great chance, if he can get the results in the next few games to make the job his own, but this was a great opportunity to get a win, but we conceded with just four minutes to go, and in truth – all three goals were poor goals from Newcastle’s point of view.

John Carver is joint favorite now with Steve McClaren, the Derby County manager and former Middlesbrough and England manager.

But Mike Ashley would have to pay out compensation to get McClaren to Newcastle, since he signed a three year deal in August.

And while Ashley likes getting compensation and we supposedly got £3M from Crystal Palace to break Alan Pardew’s contract, the owner doesn’t generally like to pay out money.

So we would be very surprised if Steve McClaren ever arrives at Newcastle United as manager – we don’t think he would be a good choice.

McClaren joined Derby in 2013 and he nearly guided them to the Premier League last May,  but a last minute winner by QPR’s Bobby Zamora saw the London club get promoted back to the Premier League.

John Carver really needs wins if he is to get the job, and we are at Leicester on Saturday – who drew 2-2 at Liverpool today and then at Chelsea a week on Saturday. 🙁

Both Carver and McClaren are listed at 11-4 joint favourites with William Hill.

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38 comments so far

  • toonking

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #1

    sky sport
    saylor OUT ALL season!!!!!!!!!!!


  • John Tudor

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #2

    ashley will appoint carver

  • Ciaran

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #3


    Personally, I can see the next manager of the club being right under our noses in Fabricio Colocinni,

    He has consistently proven himself loyal to Alan Pardew, which means that he is, by association, loyal to Ashley’s plan for the club (given how Pardew’s management was solely to enact MA’s method of running the club) so I’d be amazed if MA goes for anyone outside of his ‘circle of trust’ of which there are:

    Dennis Wise (too toxic)
    Joe Kinnear (ditto)
    Terry Venables (out of the game too long)
    Glenn Hoddle (already has a decent job)
    Alan Pardew (departing the sinking ship)

    He’ll most likely recruit from within I reckon, just depends who that person may be.

    *I hadn’t even considered Carver for the job, the reason being that he is such a sub-standard coach that he doesn’t deserve to be considered for the managerial job but given his blind loyalty to Pardew I would not be surprised. (Not that I think Colocinni would be the man for the job)

  • Graeme

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #4

    TK – Thats a frightening thought, but, then again, it may just force their hand to bring in a quality CB, with a bit of pace and agility about him!!

  • Toon1978

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #5

    There is never good news at this club.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #6

    In mitigation, Carver isn’t responsible for the own goal and the appalling goal keeper. On the other hand, he should have given a chance to a creative player like Cabella. This was a typical good half/horror half from Newcastle.

  • Graeme

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Ciaran – I read that Colo has no coaching badges – he would be most unlikely to get a dispensation to Manage NUFC without at least the basics!!

  • nufc786

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver: “I don’t think I have been involved in such a game of, to use the old cliche, two halves.
    “We controlled the game and played really good football in the first half but the second half was pretty awful.
    “I thought we had got out of jail (with Sissoko’s goal) but they should have won the game. They were the better team over 90 minutes. They caused us more problems than we did them.
    “We think Steve Taylor has snapped his Achilles tendon, which is disappointing.”

  • p

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #9

    It is all conjecture right now, no one knows

  • dazzler

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #10


    I don’t think carver will get it. I’ve maintained for a while that I think Beardsley is the man moat likely to get the nod. I also thought perhaps Colo like you but that’s been ruled out.

    Carver is not a manager, plus he’s way too temperamental. When ashley hangs him out to dry hes liable to literally hang ashley.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Pardew’s gone. That’s good news!

  • Ciaran

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Graeme – like all UEFA rules exceptions can be made, but it may be unlikely. The overriding point I suppose was that it will most likely be an internal appointment to keep the transition as smooth as possible rather than someone like McClaren who may have his own ideas about how to run the club.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 1, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Well, a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde performance there. I watched the first half, but the internet here was having a bad day, so switched to radio, and just watched the highlights.

    I think Arma on for Rivi was the wrong move, but we had already lost control of the game in the opening 10-15minutes of the 2nd half anyway. We should have been looking to reinforce the midfield to try and regain a semblance of control.

    Williamson on was a like for like, but I like many others would have preferred to see Dummett moved in the middle and a left back come on.

    The final change was just baffling. Smacked of Carver trying to be too clever, and attempting to demonstrate tactical nous, when Cabella on would have allowed us to use the ball better.

    First half we played some good stuff going forward, and it was actually enjoyable to watch. Alnwick was poor for the goals today, but then again in the second half the majority of our side went missing.

    Worryingly for me is that Janmaat seems to be getting more and more exposed every week at the minute. So many opposition attacks come down his side now, and he struggles to prevent crosses in. Whether this is in part due to our over reliance on him to give us width or not is debatable.

    All in all a disappointing performance, and not one that will boost Carver’s chances of getting the gig full time.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #14

    NUFC need a manager in asap. No time to mess about.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #15


    It’s being reported via multiple sources

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Wow, it’s amazing to hear a Newcastle manager tell the truth after a terrible performance. Fair play to him.

  • Ciaran

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #17


    Wouldn’t surprise me that a legend turned stooge Beardo to get it. The man is a snake in the grass and has shat on the legendary status he had built for himself just to be in the club’s good graces.

    He’d fit right in with Ashley’s model while appeasing a large section of the gullible masses to boot.


    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Newastle manager being honest about a performance like the song goes “it’ll never work”

  • toonking

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #19

    i myself would like to see the arrival of McClaren and i am thinking cashley too might appoint him but his reason will not be the same as mine.

    my reason- managers like deboar would be my most hopeful one. I just can’t see any reason why a manager, who’s capable of winning titles and managing CL teams, would come to a club, who’s aim is 10th place. Liverpool and everton are both doing rubbish at the minute, the sacking of martinez and rodgers could happen therefore he has better choices already.

    McClaren- he might have did rubbish at england but he did win the league with FC twenty, reality proves ashley doesn’t appoint quality managers. that might make McClaren sound like a unlikely choice, the thing with McClaren is he has that bad england record along with his decent records, therefore if he has a bad run of games fans could well use that as a way of giving him abuse, again ashley will avoid the negativity.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Chelsea defence switched off.

  • John Tudor

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #21

    disappointing but try again at leicester
    sadly they are down for a loss their on my bet

  • AlanShearersKneeCaps

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #22

    “So we would be very surprised if Steve McClaren ever arrives at Newcastle United as manager – we don’t think he would be a good choice.”

    Really? I think he’d do well. Used to operating on shoestring budgets, did fantastic with Twente and clearly has coaching smarts like…

  • Gosforth

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #23


  • AndyMac

    Jan 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #24

    What is needed is a bloke who considers the strengths of the players at the club and finds the most suitable system to take advantage of them i.e. square pegs in square holes.

    Starting with Sissoko who should never be played on either flank and Perez either first or second striker (if we ever sign a decent front man)

  • AlanShearersKneeCaps

    Jan 1, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #25

    At some point you’ll approve my comment, or are you not going to because it’s opposite to your opinion?

  • scout

    Jan 1, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #26

    No way Carver gets the job.

  • scout

    Jan 1, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #27

    January’s list
    1. New manager
    2. quality centre back
    3. quality striker
    4. Get rid of everyone of the Pardew regime

  • nastynorm

    Jan 1, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Don’t want useless Collo as manager,captain or even in team he’s hopeless, dosnt talk dosnt organise & gives away stupid free kicks get rid,we need a new centre half pairing & soon & while I’m avin a rant roll on African nations & gud riddance 2 tiote, Happy New Year all

  • nufc 11

    Jan 1, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Mate of mine frm Manchester siad word down there is nufc have approached man city about youth team coach and pl legend Patrick Vieira watch this space.

  • 9

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Makes more sense, instead of speculating who we as fans would like, to look at things realistically: only one man has a vote here, so who will he be looking at?
    -a proven, top class manager – no, too expensive;
    – someone already employed – no, too expensive on both compensation and, if English, wages;
    – somebody Geordie the fans will love – nope, tried that twice, both gone and not coming back ( so farewell Lee Clark, then)
    OK, then, somebody cheap -yes.
    OK, somebody cheap who has Premier League management experience – could be.
    Now we can consider a suitable shortlist. This does not rule out the possibility of somebody cheap who doesn’t have Premier League management experience, of course ( take a bow, Peter), but I’m not going that way
    – Can you see where I’m going?

  • jimiley

    Jan 1, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #31

    The next manager will be somebody cheap.

    So it has to be either Pedro ( real Ashley toady) or Carver. Both will continue in the Pardew vein of supporting the Ashley programme of cheap imports and having players bought for them. Nothing will change except we might get relegated

  • marcotoon

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #32

    I’d like to see Carver remain at the club but not as manager but definitely not McClaren he is a terrible manager, and we’d have to pay money to get him, if you’re going to do that then at least pay the money to get a decent manager like maybe one of those French guys that keep getting mentioned. I know I might be unpopular in saying this but with Pardew out of the picture maybe Hatem could come back? Just wishful thinking. KTF.

  • mrlizard603

    Jan 2, 2015 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #33

    Hire Ray Hudson. Magesterial!

  • JakartaDean

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #34

    Different managing a club to managing a national side, so I don’t think McClaren should be ruled out just for his record with England. Patrick Vieira would be an inspiring and popular choice I suspect. Could it be true?

  • Big Archie

    Jan 2, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m with Dazzler – No go for Colo, and lets see what Beardsley can do – at least until the end of the season

    It could be Keegan all over again!

  • Big Archie

    Jan 2, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #36


    Interested to know what’s your basis for slagging off Beardsley?

    Snake in the grass?

    The only thing that I can see that he has done is support the club and it’s management – something that everyone has to do if they want to stay in their job.

    You are obviously a wind up merchant who just says things to get a response. Its not that long ago you just turned up out of nowhere claiming to be a super-fan of some description and then immediately started slagging off Ed for his views.

    There was a small minority of boo-boys who gave Shay Given a hard time when he went to City. They appear to be of the same mentality as you.
    They are also not “real” fans.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 2, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #37

    If he starts talking Geordie as quickly as he picked up a dutch accent then I would give McClaren the job and the keys to the city.
    Joking…I think he’s a tosser to be honest.

  • Byker Boy

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #38


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