If you were able to see John Carver’s news conference yesterday, you will have seen him put forward his own credentials to get the vacant head coach position at Newcastle, but it would still be a huge surprise if that happens.
John Carver – wants Newcastle job
If we were to hazard a guess as to whether Newcastle will appoint a coach now from those available, or wait until the summer, we’d say that Lee Charnley will appoint one now – maybe next week – but we don’t think it will be John Carver.
But you cannot blame Carver for wanting the top job at Newcastle and making every effort to get it.
This is what the caretaker boss has said:
“Success for this club is to get as high up the table as we can. We finished fifth a couple of years ago and that was fantastic. So why can’t we push fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth?’ he said, refreshingly.”
“There’s all this talk about the club are happy to sit in the top 10. No, go as high as you can. Set your marker as high as you can and, if you get there, what an achievement.”
“We’ve proved we’re capable of that and there was the recent run of six wins on the bounce as well.”
“I’ve been in this situation before and if you don’t do something about it in a short space of time you can end up drifting,”
“And what this football club can’t be doing is drifting, so a decision has to be made sooner rather than later, for everybody’s benefit.”
“The dressing room is settled at the moment but the longer it goes on it can become unsettled. I’ve been in this situation and it can affect people. You can’ t just let it drift. You have to make a decision.”
‘I’ve worked with some of the best people in the game, Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Sir Bobby Robson.”
“If the club said to me, “take it to the end of the season”, then I’d be prepared to do the job, no danger of that.”
“I have enough belief in myself and enough time until the end of the season that they’d say to me then, “you’ve done a good job, keep the job”.”
What’s against John Carver getting the job full time is his lack of experience as the main man, and also his record at Newcastle.
When he was on the touchline for seven games last year, when Alan Pardew was banned, we won only one game against Crystal Palace and lost the other six – and we scored only two goals and conceded 15, and we didn’t even score in five of those games.
And the two results as caretaker boss against Burnley and Leicester City have not been good – a draw and a loss – and the performances have also been poor.
John will have another chance tomorrow when we play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but expectations are not high for the game.
And in the poll we ran on whether John should get the head coach position at Newcastle 87% said no.
What do you think?
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