John Carver About To Be Given His Big Chance

Newcastle are said to have a short list of about four candidates for the head coach position, but who exactly is on the list is not really known,  but it could include Remi Garde, Christophe Galtier, Thomas Tuchel, Tim Sherwood and John Carver – we don’t think Frank de Boer is in the running any more – because he doesn’t seem to want the job.

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John Carver – could be given his chance this week

There is news in the local media today that Newcastle may decide to wait until the summer before they announce their new head coach, with at least Remi Garde, Christophe Galtier and Thomas Tuchel not available until the summer.

That could be both good and bad – good because it gives the players some stability through the end of the season – bad because John Carver – who would likely take over the coaching duties, does not have much experience as the head man.

But if Newcastle do make an announcement later this week that John is the coach until the end of the season, it will give him a chance to stake his claim – and we have to assume he’ll do better than when he was on the touchline last March and April, when Alan Pardew was banned and we won one of seven games and scored only two goals.

But if a top choice isn’t available now – it would seem the right thing to do to wait until the summer, always assuming we can get the necessary points to stay up.

And just like Glenn Roeder took his chance in February of 2006 when he came in as caretaker manager after to get the job permanently – that’s the chance John Carver could be given.

John has one point out of two league games so far and there are 17 games to go and we are at home to Southampton on Saturday, and that will definitely be a tough game and another defeat would not be good.

We are 13 points short of safety.

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20 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #1

    ‘Be careful what you wish for’.
    Could be that that old Chinese saying will return to haunt a few of the posters here.

  • Sammyb9999

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Can I tell you what I want

    This situation to drag out till the 2nd or 3rd of Feb, then we appoint a manager, which will surely compound the fact that no players will be coming in, despite our apparaent lack of numbers in specific areas and it will also raise the chances of some of our better performers leaving the club for a price that suits fatty!

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ve voted no as I want them to make a decent manager (like Garde, Tuchel, etc) and offer they can’t turn down.

    However I’d rather keep Carver til the summer if it means getting a good manager than rush into an appointment for the sake of having a permanent manager in.

  • firebug666

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #4

    The worry is if we keep Carver till the summer, and he keeps us up he will be given the job on a permanent basis, after all that would be the cheaper option.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #5

    There you are again, sniping in the background with little or no input regarding anything else bar Pardews departure, I know for a FACT that you are secretly hoping we appoint a dud so that you can say I told you so. We might well end up with a duffer but until he starts losing six in a row, conceding three times as many as he scores and making us endure the longest 90 minutes of our lives we’ll never know.

    LGFUAD21 // Jan 13, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    ‘Sazzer up top makes a good post but it is not quite correct.’
    No, YOU think it’s not quite correct

  • Sammyb9999

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Imagine if he did get it though, his first interview

    “I was just sitting there eating a pie and Mike came up to me and said your the manager”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Mag52 // Jan 13, 2015 at 8:18 AM
    ‘Be careful what you wish for’.
    Could be that that old Chinese saying will return to haunt a few of the posters here.
    I have not yet seen any actual Chinese proverb that use this quote.
    A search of Google Books before 1950 does not find a single instance of the quote being attributed to a Chinese proverb. The more common reference is to Goethe, to unidentified wise men, or the common advice of mothers or grandmothers to young children.

  • geordiemacc

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8

    To be fair to carver he hasn’t done much wrong (apart from name dropping every two mins). Had us out the blocks and on the front foot at Chelsea. Padded wouldn’t dare do that at home.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #9

    He hasn’t done much wrong at all, apart from giving the half time team talk that led to almost total collapse against Burnley and the blatant pandering to Mashers requests that we exit the cup as soon as possible.

  • Pugwash

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #10

    The more I think about it, I don’t think appointing Carver until at least the end of the season is such a bad thing. I do have doubts that he is the long-term answer but he has a lot of good things going for him (is liked by the players, worked under some great managers, is a passionate supporter of the Club), so lets give him a chance to prove himself.

    I think many are being naive in thinking that a young, modern European coach will fix everything and our football will be a joy to watch for 90 mins every game.

    I don’t think we have a lot to lose in giving Carver a chance. Most people on here believe that our season is over and all we have to concentrate on is being sucked into a relegation scrap. I honesty think that Carver has at least enough to avoid that.

    You never know, given a chance he may be the next Alex Ferguson by the end of the season.

  • Mag52

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #11


    Not sniping Jail. Simply reminding the likes of you who were cracking on about how much better a manager we could have if only AP shoved off.
    Well he has shoved off. You’ve got your wish. We’ve always been aware how Ashley operates.
    Let’s all hope that we end up with a Garde rather than a Bruno.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #12

    I voted no for the same reasons as you, Transfer. He could be left as caretaker ONLY if we DEFINITELY got say a Garde or a Tuchel in the suffer. With this owner, this is too much of a risk to place such logic upon, so I’d want them to find a way of getting them now. Technically, we should have P45’s compensation money to apply to an incoming manager and his coaches, but this is too logical.

  • solano38

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #13

    You can count out Galtier : he said on French TV he won’t leave St Etienne

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #14

    I think we need 16 points this season, do you think we could achieve that, you’d like to think Stoke, W Brom and Villa at home should be bankers, a Pardewless team should be good for a draw at least against the mackems, leaving a surprise win and three draws, we should manage that surely.

  • Sammyb9999

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #15


    I dont agree, We shipped 3 against Burnley, lost against Leicester and despite a half decent performance against chelsea, I cant really see any remaining games in our fixture list that we should expect 3 points with Carver in charge. We need someone to come in who is tacticly astute and has us playing with some kind of plan and cohesion.

  • croftus5678

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #16

    1 good game against burnley ! 1 very poor game against leicesterds and 1 very good game against chelsea for carver atm imo.

    so what we learnt ? he talks a good game but as we see in the cup he’s still a puppet like pards was.the players do and will play for him and even though 3 games is far too early to judge ! tbf they played better for carver than they did for pards as it stands at this moment.
    and i think the only other things us fans had a big issue with was the style of play and playing people out of position ! and i dont recall anyone being played out of position in his games and tbf carver never took attacking players off and replaced them with defenders as the team tried to go for the win till the end.

    3 games is far too soon to class an in-experianced manager as our true manager but saying that we are looking at managers not proven in the prem ! so i’d be fine with him untill the end of the season to see how he does.

  • geordiemacc

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #17


    Burnley have had an upturn in fortunes and are fighting for premier league status, just because we are above them gives us no right to assume we’ll beat them. Against Chelsea we took it to them on thier home soil, apart from the deflating goal just before half time we were the better team. You can’t judge someone on a couple of games (one against the champions elect away). He’s no master tactician I’ll grant you that but at least he will have a go unlike pardew.that’s a start at least. 🙂

  • Sav

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #18

    You would hope that a sought-after manager like perhaps Garde or Tuchel and definitely de Boer would be able to insist on a couple of compromises to bring them in. Perhaps a commitment to the cup competitions and a final veto on signings. The only downside with Carver is he hasn’t got that clout. Everyone knows he’d take the job on dry bread and water, making it easy for Charmless to walk over him.
    Someone has to be in charge. You can’t have the head coach blaming poor recruiting or instructions from the finance side to exit the cups and duck the UEFA. Carr can’t be allowed to sign who he likes but blame the coaching or the formation if they flop. Worse still if he decides how we play by the players he signs. And no doubt Charmless can blame the pair of them.

  • Blofal

    Jan 13, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #19

    Carver for me until the end of the season. Imo we are already playing more attacking football under Carver than Pards. And if we wait until the end of the season we will have far more options to replace him with.

    Any new manager coming in will take time implementing a new system. Those who think we can get someone in and instantly play better and be safe from relegation are deluded.

    Van Gaal is a proven top manager and even with massive funds bringing in Di Maria and Falcao Manure were still terrible for the first handful of games. Better to stick with Carver who won’t change things too drastically until the end of the season. Our only aim realistically this season now is to avoid a relegation scrap.

  • John Tudor

    Jan 13, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #20

    i wish you would just fcuk off


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