Is This Man Really 2/7 Odds On For The Newcastle Job?

Just looking at the Skybet odds on who could be the new head coach at Newcastle, and we see that caretaker manager John Carver,  who is yet to win a game in the four games he’s been in charge of the team since Alan Pardew bolted just before the end of last year, has had his odds shortened a lot in the last few days and he’s now 2/7 odds-on for the job.

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John Carver – in line for Newcastle job?

Next in line in the betting is Michael Laudrup at 6/1 and then Steve McClaren at 7/1 – so it appears that John is the clear favorite for the job – at least at the moment.

The caretaker manager also said a couple of weeks ago that we should know more before the Hull City game game on Saturday, so maybe Lee Charnley is going to shock us all by appointing John Carver as the new head coach?

In our poll a massive 88% don’t want to see John  in the head coach position, with over 9,000 readers having already voted.

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It’s more likely that John will be given the caretaker job through the end of the season, and then appoint a head coach in the summer.

Hopefully we’ll get an update this week from MD Lee Charnley on the head coach search status.

Former Newcastle player Steve Watson has said in the Chronicle how the club’s new head coach will have to embrace the City and the fans:

“If you are going to be successful at Newcastle, you have to embrace the city and the fans.” “You can’t come in and say you are going to sell everybody and do your own thing.” “You just can’t do that in Newcastle.”

John would certainly be able to do what Steve says – but Carver has no real experience as the top man in coaching and he was manager at Toronto in the MLS for 15 months from February, 2008 before resigning.

And at least over here in the US, it wasn’t felt to be a particularly successful spell at Toronto,  with John  having  a 30% win rate over 40 games.

North Shields born Steve Watson is now 40 and played 262 times for Newcastle from 1990 through 1999 and scored  14 goals for us.

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16 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Deli alli would be a great signing, loan him back then let him compete for a spot next season. Think tiote will be off soon.

    Sissoko, abeid, colback, Anita and alli would give us nice options and with colback improving of day aside from Anita that’s four good box to box players.


    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #2

    who cares, i give up on this season

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #3

    of course it is, its been nailed on since AP packed his little David Beckham ‘Instinct’ toiletry bag and chuffed off down the M1.
    Look, like a regular poster on here hinted at a few weeks ago…lets just get past 41 points or similar if we can muster it, then royally kick off. Clamp leg irons on anyone who suggests they are thinking of renewing their season disappointment vouchers or sneaking into a Sports Direct work house

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #4

    I am still hoping if Penfold offers Carver the job temporary that he simply walks away!..

    …another thing this oligarchy wouldn’t have planned for!

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Aha, Watto, go and grab your pal Clarkey from his Blackpool nightmare, ride through the city gates and storm SJP. Don’t care that Clarkey couldn’t run a game of tiddleywinks, just want something to happen, Bring Kilcline if you think it;ll get tasty with the fat man

  • Mr Magpie

    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Jesper your spot on about style being important too, it goes back to the club having no identity. Hopefully when the new head coach comes in they will be able to give us a definite style of play & be able to play to the players strengths.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Mr Magpie…it would great to see some sort of plan evolving from Newcastle where there is a style / philosophy and a scouting system to match .

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #8

    I am just not sure a club which is run like “corporate communism” can muster that?

  • Tsunki

    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Stevie Watson. One of the most underrated players we’ve had for many years. Another one sold too soon.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #10


    Agree there, although surely under communism there would be one voice at the top so we should be consistency, unless Mashers has a split personality 😉

    They talk of a philosophy then buy certain players yet hire a manager who opposes that very style. It’s such a basic failing it would be laughable if it wasn’t happening to us.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #11

    What is Steve Watson talking about, the new coach will say what he’s told to !

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #12

    I always imagine Mashers as being like General Melchett from Black Adder Goes Forth.

    here’s an extract from the show

    General Melchett: You look surprised, Blackadder.

    Captain Blackadder: I certainly am, sir. I didn’t realise we had any battle plans.

    General Melchett: Well, of course we have! How else do you think the battles are directed?

    Captain Blackadder: Our battles are directed, sir?

    General Melchett: Well, of course they are, Blackadder, directed according to the Grand Plan.

    Captain Blackadder: Would that be the plan to continue with total slaughter until everyone’s dead except Field Marshal Haig, Lady Haig and their tortoise, Alan?

    General Melchett: Great Scott! Even you know it!

  • Mr Magpie

    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Jesper, yeah it’s unlikely with the current regime but they obviously firstly need a head coach.

    Then there needs to be some sort of director of football(similar to Les Reed at Southampton) who can oversee football matters & link with the head coach & Carr leaving Charnley to negotiate purchasing players. Somebody with a background in football but obviously on the European scene as this appears to be what the blueprint is developed on.

    If they have a project that has ambition which is being run properly throughout the club then better coaches & players will want to get involved….but that is a very unlikely outcome considering the way it is currently run.

  • Lynny

    Jan 26, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Get the Boro Manager. he’s got them organised for next to nowt and they’re playing some of the best football out of all North East teams (For a long time too!)

  • magicbus

    Jan 26, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #15

    So being an understudy to Mo Johnson in the Canadian league is enough to warrent him getting the job I hope not.

  • Toonmania

    Jan 26, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Don’t worry those odds will increase the more games we lose and we will lose a few (quite a few) with him in charge, just look at his record at Toronto FC tactics are worse than Pardews (if that’s possible )


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