If you try to read the tea leaves at Newcastle right now, it’s looking like Newcastle will wait until the summer to appoint the new head coach to replace Alan Pardew, and John Carver could take over for the rest of the season.
The Geordie with the Special One
Daryl Janmaat has chimed in and said it would be good for Newcastle to make some announcement soon, and we think that could even happen later this week.
This is what the Dutchman has said:
“It doesn’t affect us. But it will be good when the club makes a statement to say ‘this is the new coach’.
“If it is John Carver, it’s good. We like him. I think he can do a good job. We like him, but it will be better when the club makes a statement. It will be better for everyone. Then everyone knows.”
And if John does get the job through the end of the season, we should see a much stronger side very soon, with players like Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez and even Gabby Santon expected back in January.
That means those players at most should miss only the next two games, which are on Saturday at home to Southampton, and at Hull on 31st January.
A win against the Saints on Saturday would be terrific before a two week break – a defeat would not be good.
Davide Santon and Sammy Ameobi are already back fit again, and with the final of the African Cup of Nations being on 8th February, Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse should miss only three more games maximum.
With the players returning, there should be real competition for places, and that should help Newcastle get the points we need to be safe – we need at least 13 points from the last 17 league games and the sooner we can get them the easier it will be on the nerves.
It’s really good to get a lot of our injured players back this month.
And maybe one thing the new head coach in the summer can do is to understand why Newcastle always pick up so many injuries – most of them being hamstring strains.
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