Last Saturday morning my son Neil told me that he thought that John Carver would be given the job as caretaker manager through the end of the season and then Newcastle would appoint his as the new head coach in the summer.
John Carver – now odds-on favorite
I hope that’s not true but it does look like John Carver will get the opportunity to coach the side for the remaining 16 games of the season and then if he does as well as Glenn Roeder did when he was caretaker manager back in 2006 – he would be appointed as the new head coach.
Glenn did great when he took over form the fired Graeme Souness and we finished in 7th place and qualified for Europe when over the lats 15 games of the season he won nine, and drew two for 29 points out of the last 15 games.
Glenn started by winning the first five of six games in all competitions and finished by winning six of the last seven league games and drawing the other one.
Newcastle were in 15th place with 26 points from 23 games played (that’s very similar to our record today of 27 points from 22 games and a goal difference of -9), when Graeme was fired after losing 3-0 at Manchester City and at that time we had a goal difference of -8.
At the end of the season we were in 7th place with 58 points and a goal difference of +5.
It was impossible for Chairman Freddy Shepherd to do anything other than give Glenn the job permanently, because the players also wanted him as the manager.
But Glenn was fired a year later when we finished in a disappointing 13th position in the Premier League with 43 points and a goal difference of -9.
And then Mike Ashley bought the club.
So it’s an opportunity for John Carver to make a claim to the head coach position at Newcastle – but he hasn’t made as good a start as Glenn did – that’s for sure.
But John is now odds-on favorite to get the head coach position at Newcastle – here’s the latest betting on SkyBet.
John Carver 4/6
Remi Garde 5/2
STeve McClaren 7/2
Michael Laudrup 5/1
Tim Sherwood 16/1
John Carver is odds-on favorite for the first time, and it’s interesting to us that Lee Charnley last night in the Chronicle said that it was important that the three in charge at Newcastle – Lee, Graham Carr and the head coach got on with each other, and communicated well.
It would be a major underwhelming appointment, if indeed John Carver gets the head coach position at Newcastle in the summer.
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