John Carver talked yesterday about what a massive job it is on Tyneside to be the head coach of Newcastle United, and we have seen over the four years that Alan Pardew was in charge, that he came under tremendous stress at Newcastle many times.
Steve McClaren – odds closing at 5/1
And although he had an orchestrated Sack Pardew group against him earlier this season to get him out of the club, he managed to leave Newcastle in early January on his own terms.
Only Kevin Keegan over the last twenty years has been able to leave the club like that – the others have all been sacked – and in 2008 of course it was a very messy affair for Keegan and Newcastle.
When Alan Pardew was announced as the manager to replace Chris Hughton in December, 2010, it was a complete shock and his name had never been mentioned by fans or press following Chris Hughton’s sacking.
We wondered at the time, what the Londoner had done in management that would qualify him to become the Newcastle manager.
Maybe that same thing will happen again this time?
And while we think we know that candidates like Remi Garde, Christophe Galtier of St Etienne, former Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel and John Carver are among the top candidates – you just never know with Newcastle.
We notice that Steve McClaren is edging up in the betting he’s third favorite at 5/1 on Skybet:
Remi Garde 6/4
John Carver 2/1
Steve McClaren 5/1
Tim Sherwood 12/1
While McClaren has said he’s not interested in the job, he could always start in the summer, and John Carver could manage the side through the rest of the season.
Lee Charnley has been so quiet about what he’s been doing that he could shock us all when he does make the announcement towards the end of the month.
What do you think?
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