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.
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.
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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