Fans Could Be Shocked By New Head Coach Appointment

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.

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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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22 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 16, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Shocked if we get someone other than Carver

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 16, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2


    I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that the fan’s he abused by using foul language and offered to meet him on Monday morning at the training ground were not glad of the time he took out of crawling up the kings arse to “greet” them. Apart from that, yeah he’s a right charmer is john.

  • hibbit

    Jan 16, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #3

    i know carver and the other coaches are not on big money but there sitting on 4 year contracts there not going to walk away from would you

  • firebug666

    Jan 16, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #4


    I will never accept Carve-up.

    That’s not to say I don’t think he could do a reasonable job, maybe he could.

    I just feel the club need new blood, and a new direction in the management area. Something that will give the fans a fresh start feeling.

    For me Carve-up is just a continuation of the old, we need younger blood with fresh idea’s, irrespective of Ashley and his greedy plan.

    We need to progress and possibly move up a level, and I don’t think Carve-up is the man for that job.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 16, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5


    probably not happy with what he said but I be they said worse, at least he spoke with them though, he didn’t launch into an attack right away.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 16, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #6


    It might sound stupid but I think we need a big name too (well a respected name known in europe and england). A manager with a good reputation can attract players as they want to work with him.

    Look at Sanchez, Liverpool and Arsenal in for him, liverpool were runners up in the league but he just dismissed them to work with arsene wenger in an interview I say.

  • Reyantoon

    Jan 16, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #7

    TS – there is no time to study and stamp on team now.Bottom clubs started to pick up valuable points.We are only 8pts away
    which is not that secure. I said it before, if we avoid a drop under JC,that’ll be huge success for this season.Yes pundits and writers say we were magnificent in 1st HF in our two EPL games.If we blew it and going to surrender in the second HF,what is his strength?There is no time seeking for flow Fb.It’s time for seeking 3 points.
    Lvg is talking about how it needs time to become a champion or be a top four team under new management.Where as,we are talking about how we survive this season.
    no time buddy, no time..

  • firebug666

    Jan 16, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Transfer Sage

    I agree a big name would be good, but for the same reason Sanchez chose Arsenal over Liverpool, I think it would be difficult for us to lure such a name to our club.

    Poor wages and a tough regime coupled with a fan base that can become nasty at the drop of a hat are not that attractive a portfolio.

    Remi Garde is probable our best option, and one I personally think could do the job and get the fans on side.

    Most of the fans don’t want Carver, so my guess is he is already on a hiding to nothing.

    Your thoughts?

  • Markaccus

    Jan 16, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #9

    This headline made it look like a shock name had popped up. However…….Meh.

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #10


    After that abject, disgusting first half at Southampton can you blame them for directing their anger at the king? Especially after travelling that far and costing hundreds of pounds and taking into account how the season started which was basically a follow on from the previous one. Then John “one of our own” jumps in, in the defense of his inept cretin of a boss. His intentions where clear from the moment he walked over I believe. Shouting and pointing fingers calling THEM a disgrace interspersed with swear words.

    So no. He had no defence in my eyes as I’m sure in many others eyes too.

    Sorry but what he said was out of order

  • why oh why

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #11

    I personally want remi garde
    I know carver and have done for 27 yrs so it does pain me to say he is not the man we need
    We need a new direction and I think remi garde is just that
    Oh and what about David ginola trying to oust sepp blatter
    Good luck ginola we can only pray he is successful

  • firebug666

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #12


    The fact that the man was representing the club, and in a prominent position, to be using that sort of language, toward the fans in front of those children, and not just the ones in the stands, and then offering violence too destroyed all respect I had for the man.

  • hibbit

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #13

    firebug fans become nasty at the drop of a hat…… the problem is it takes our fans to long to see there being mugged just watch the the ranger fans””’ he owns us 100% and we are still thinking””” do you think the rangers fans will put up with the crap we have NO

  • lesh

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Worrying words from Carver:

    ‘….Ashley will cast some potentially envious glances at Southampton’s operational process. Having sold England players like Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana they have proved you can sell your best players and challenge.

    Carver is equally impressed, he said: “Sometimes you can do that because the recruitment is so crucial to what you are doing.’

    He’s clearly letting Ashley know that he’ll go along with whatever players are sold and that’s the last thing we need.

  • croftus5678

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #15

    @ts and firebug.

    i cant see us getting any big names for one ashley wont pay and 2 we dont offer the wages !

    we have done great at recruiting players in pards reign and alan wasnt that respected imo so i doubt any manager ashley would have in would have any influence on any players transfer to us imo.

    i just want to see attacking play and trying to win things instead of 90mins defending a 1-0 win and longballs ! and tbf carver gave me the best attacking game i’ve seen from us in years and a lot of players looked happy in that game.

    if he can do it on a regular basis then win/lose or draw i’d vote for him as manager.

  • firebug666

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #16


    Our fans do become nasty at the drop of a hat, problem for us is we are not united, we do not get organised, we (just like the team we love) have no game plan.

    If a united fan base with a game plan took on Ashley I think we would win, but we are so fragmented that it could never happen, and Ashley knows that so he just takes the pi$$.

  • DjMickyg

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Cant see us surviving relagation if we dont get in a proper manager nd some new players

  • firebug666

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #18


    I agree with you, for me Remi Garde is the best option for us and affordable.

  • lesh

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #19


    Whilst the noises coming from the Rangers fans are clearly voicing concern about Ashley’s involvement with their club, they, the majority are in the same position as our fans.

    The powerful ones that could influence Ashley’s power are the monied guys and the shareholders on the Rangers’ board.

    Unfortunately, Ashley has 100% control over NUFC with no financial clout present on the board to oppose his manipulation.

    The only way our fans can get to him is to voice and show their protest by hitting him where it hurts – failing to renew or take up season tickets and boycotting games, especially those to be shown live on TV.

  • croftus5678

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #20


    i really hope your right buddy but i dont see fans with much option just like ourselves an if anyone can stop it its the authorities on this technicality because he owns us.

    lets face it rangers wanna be top dog again and ashley will slowly buy rangers souls with promises of dreams that he can achieve giving them a shortcut at getting them to the big time in less time than if he wasnt on the scene ! the fans need to get onto sfa to put a stop to this ! not ashley or rangers as they really dont care.

  • magicbus

    Jan 16, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #21

    Leave it to the last day then announce its Carver till the end of the season and say there was no time to spend any money on strengthening the squad.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 16, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #22

    If Ashley properly upsets the billy-boys he won’t know what’s hit him. Even passionate Geordies are mostly civilised – a huge swathe of Rangers supporters are animals. I can say that because I have many relatives in that category.


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