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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