John Carver has given his press conference for the Newcastle home game against Southampton on Saturday today, and it wasn’t surprising that he was asked about the search ongoing for the new head coach at Newcastle.
John Carver – update on new coach search
The Newcastle caretaker manager said something which will be taken as encouraging by Newcastle fans – and John said that the search was well underway, and that a new head coach could be announced before the Hull City game on 31st January, which is two weeks on Saturday.
That also coincides with the end of the January transfer window which will be Monday 2nd February, because the 31st falls on a weekend (we think that’s true).
This is what John said today:
“We are quite a way down the line in the process, and they are doing it properly and thoroughly, which I agree with.” “But by the time we play Hull, it will be almost a month and I am almost certain that it should be resolved by then.”
“I will plan for the game against a strong Southampton team, get my head together after that and see where we go from there.” “I’ve got to be honest – my sole concentration has been on preparing the team.”
“I’ve not got involved in anybody coming in or out. I’ve been concentrating on just Southampton.” “It hasn’t changed. I haven’t spoken to Mike but I had a good conversation with Lee.”
“The club has a process and you can appreciate this is a massive football club.” “So they have to do their due diligence on everybody.” “There’s a process and I am involved in that.”
“When the time is right they will announce the new head coach.”
It seems that the search is being done very methodically and that’s typical Lee Charnley, who is not only a hard worker but he gets things done, and of course this appointment could be a critical one for the club.
The due diligence will include looking at the records of the candidates, which are said to be four on the short-list, and what each coach has done to get the best out of teams they have coached – and how they have brought youngsters through the clubs they have managed.
John’s comments are in line with Lee Charnley only asking John to be in charge of the side through the game against Southampton, and the response from John Carver suggests he is still in the running.
But on the other side of things, John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman could well lose their jobs if the new coach brings in their own coaching staff, as rumours have suggested is what the current favorite Remi Garde wants to do.
But it could be better if the current coaches stay in place at Newcastle, since they can quickly bring the new coach on board with the players, and the history and background of Newcastle United – should they need it.
John and Steve are also Geordies, and it would be good to keep them on the coaching staff – if that is possible.
We’d love a for a new coach to be appointed before the end of the month – but we do not have high expectations that many players will be brought in during this January transfer window.
We really need a good center-back and a good striker, but we cannot see that happening, but we also hope we are wrong on that.
On SkyBet the two favorites for the job at Newcastle are Remi Garde at 5/4 and John Carver at 2/1, with the third favorite being Steve McClaren at 8/1.
What do you think?
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