John Carver will very likely be given the caretaker job through the rest of the season after Lee Charnley made it clear last night that Newcastle were unwilling to make an appointment now, when good candidates were available in the summer.
John Carver with the great one – circa 2003
We hope John does well enough in his role that he continues in the job through the end of the season, but we think a couple more early defeats and Newcastle may have to think about bringing in a more experienced coach to guide Newcastle through the rest of the season.
And if Newcastle have their wits about them – they will already have identified that coach – good planning is about planning for different situations that can arise.
Something we didn’t think about when we lost both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot due to injury this season – which of course happened – and untested Jak Alnwick had to start seven games – and we lost five of those and won only one – and conceded 18 goals.
How many points did that cost us because we didn’t have a third experienced goalkeeper on the books?
Former Newcastle striker Micky Quinn doesn’t seem to rate John Carver as the head man:
“He’s hardly got a whole lot to work with but I’m not sure Carver is up to the job.” “He looks to have fallen short of what it would take. It’s a shame because this would be his dream job.”
“The only thing that matters is what’s good for the football club. With no sign of a head coach or any new players it’s difficult to see where Newcastle go from here.”
“If Carver is in charge for Hull he needs a win or surely that would be it for him.”
It’s very difficult to criticize John – because he’s been assistant manager for Newcastle for nine years in two different stints, and he was very good when he was Sir Bobby Robson’s right hand man from 1999-2004.
But we don’t think he has what it takes to be the lead man – not at Newcastle anyway.
Most fans seem to agree with that.
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