Some Stability Finally Returning To Newcastle


Just got back from the urologist, and I see that about an hour ago there were reports that John Carver will be the caretaker manager through the end of the season – and Newcastle have just confirmed the news.

john carver smiling

John Carver – in charge for the rest of the season

It looks like Newcastle will make their decision at the end of the season on who will be the new head coach at the club – so it’s very good that Lee Charnley has brought some stability to the club by putting John in charge.

As we reported earlier today it will help the players that they now know who’s in charge for the remainder of this season, and we need to see some leadership and form from senior players like Fab Coloccini so we can start to win some games – starting at Hull City on Saturday afternoon.

If we cannot get the right man in immediately, it’s sensible to wait until the summer to do that – but now John Carver’s job is to put as many points on the board as possible from now until 24th May, when we will probably hammer West Ham at St. James’ Park in the final game of the season. 😀

This is what Managing Director Lee Charnley has said today:

“At the beginning of this process it was my desire and intention to appoint an individual to the position of head coach who would be available to start immediately.”

“Having now explored at some length the options available to us at this time, the decision has been taken to defer the appointment of a permanent head coach until the end of the season.”

“The head coach will be a long-term appointment that will play a major role in shaping the future on-field progression of Newcastle United and it is vitally important that we get the right individual.”

“John has a long history with the Club and has the full support of the board. Our goal for the season of a minimum top ten finish remains unchanged,  and we are confident that John, supported by the backroom staff, will be able to deliver this.”

Note that the minimum goal in a top ten finish.

And this is what John Carver added:

“This is a proud day for me.” “I have worked with, and learnt from, the best manager that this football club has had in Sir Bobby Robson. I know what this Club means to this city and its people.”

“I believe in my players and the staff I have around me.” “I am confident that we can deliver exciting successful football and look forward with relish to my role as head coach of this great football club.”

Now John and the players need to start winning some games.

If he can start getting some very good results – it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that John could even get the job permanently, but he would need to win a lot of games of the remaining sixteen, for that to happen.

That’s exactly what happened when Glenn Roeder was made caretaker manager back in February of 2006, when Graeme Souness was fired just over half way through the season.

However Graeme made a much better start than John Carver has, and the Geordie coach has one draw and three defeats in his first four games in charge as caretaker manager.

Glenn on the other hand won five of the first six games in charge and drew the other one before being beaten 2-0 at Old Trafford, and Roeder then won six of the last seven league games and drew the other one to finish in 7th place on a creditable 58 points.

Newcastle have only succeeded in getting 50 points or more once in the seven years that Mike Ashley has owned the club – maybe the second time is this season?.

This is good news on John Carver – and now the players can concentrate on playing well and winning some games.

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69 comments so far

  • martoon

    Jan 26, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #1

    No big surprise there then 🙂

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 26, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #2

    The stability of sh!te.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 26, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #3

    ed which side of the fence are you on

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  • grem1983

    Jan 26, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #4

    I hope the club have made him sign a new contract for his new role, ending in the summer

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jan 26, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #5

    So will Carver be supported by 2 new members of staff that we lost in Pardew and Stevens?

    You can bet your house he won’t be. So we now have the rest of the season with the smallest back room team in the top 2 divisions as well as a man in charge with an abysmal record.

    Yep, lots of stability.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 26, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #6

    There was a horrible inevitability about this.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 26, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #7

    We’ve got the most stable centre backs in the league, completley useless mind.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d feel alot safer with Pardew until the end of the season and finish midtable.

    Just goes to show we couldn’t get a respected football man through the door under the current structures? Or Ashley wouldn’t be ambitious enough and pay the necessary compensation. Either way it isn’t good if this is the best they can come up with.

    The season has been completely derailed once again.

    Any manager is going to struggle under this regime I cannot see anything else.

    Best of luck John.

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #9

    don’t understand what all the moaning is about if it means getting FDB/garde/tuchel/laudrup in the summer then I’m all for it

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  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed, A lot of pi$$ taking going on on both sides of the pond?

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  • TheToonKing

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #11

    bullsh1t. This club couldn’t be pushing fans away faster if they wanted too.

    Why should I tune in for the rest of the season ? Carver is not good enough.

    I’m literally down to my last few minutes with this club. If they f3ck the summer appointment and window up, i’m done.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #12

    James
    You’re assuming we stay up.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ll not judge carver until we see how he does, early signs say he wants to play a good way but doesn’t seem to be able to get the players delivering.

    I don’t get why we can’t get a good coach now, or at least signed up to join in the summer. FDB may well be a good manager but if a better prospect for him comes up he won’t be coming here.

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  • roblee7

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #14

    James – If Carver does even a half decent job, he will get the job permanently, no doubt about it. We are officially doomed. His wages will probably be even cheaper than Pardews too, Ashley will be happy

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #15

    JamesToon – sorry but you must be deluded if the likes of FDB will come here in the summer when there will be other more ambitious teams out there – Everton, QPR etc etc.
    JC lost it with a supporter when they got on Pardums back – lets see how he reacts when it is directed at him. Club is going nowhere and those that still turn up are even giving optimists a bad name

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  • Belfast

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Depressing

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #17

    but this is no less than I expected from Ashley…thank goodness he took a month to reach this decision.

    The sooner he is gone the better for us, if this doesn’t get some unity from fans I’m not sure what will.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Expected it tbh still depressing though.

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #19

    If FDB, Garde, Tuchel etc are not available now then it makes sense to wait til the summer.

    The reason everyone is pissed off is the general state of things. If ashley fecked off with Charnley and a new owner said he wanted to wait til summer to get the right man then everyone would be happy with it.

    Ashley out

    Protest

    Fanpower can force the fatman out, but there needs to be a leader in the whole thing, be it the NUST or whoever. Until someone takes the lead for others to follow then it will continue.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #20

    jame’s toon it’s a little word with a big meaning IF

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Sll we need now is Tiote, Sissoko, Perez and Krul to be sold and it will be the perfect season for the FatMan – even if relegated he will pocket the parachute money

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  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Okay this is stability?
    Thanks for that Ed, here’s me thinking it was the cheapest option or that no decent manager worth his salt was willing to eat Ashley’s $hite.

    No doubt some unemployed failure with his coaching badge will sell his soul in the summer.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Ed the title is s joke, right?

    You might have been to the urologist Ed, meanwhile nufc fans en masse have been sent to the proctologist.

    You’d think they would have warmed their hands first. Ok. Looking on the bright side, they didn’t want to just get any quick fix coach, prefer to tread water and get a top line coach in the summer. Pfffft.. who am I kidding?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Cheer up Belfast, we haven’t been spanked by Hull yet

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  • p

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #25

    To be fair, the statement does say that the decision has been deferred.

    IF you take that at face value then fair enough.

    I do think there is a chance that he get the job if he did well enough but I doubt he will do well enough to warrant the job permanently.

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #26

    BWB 15

    not being deluded just saying actions speak louder than words no point writing it off if we don’t know whats gonna happen. We know that Carr is more involved with the pick so thats a good sign IMO.

    Ron Knee

    Yes i am, and i do think we’ve seen a lot better football being played plus he seems to be able to get the best out of cabella. And we do need a quality defender

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Right decision to wait as the people available right now are crap. As long as we get a FDb, Tuchel, Garde etc in the summer, not a foregone conclusion.

    Think people are still pissed off due to the ongoing issues with fatty and penfold. If we had another owner saying wait til summer to get the right man then all would agree and have faith that it was being done for the right reasons.

    Ashley out

    Protests needed.

    A leader needs to step forward to organise the fans though, without someone to take the lead then it will amount to nothing more than people whinging on the net. NUST may need to organise efforts but enough is enough, kick fatty out, new owner and new manager in the summer and onwards we go.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Is David Meyler available for Hull? I think JC could show Pards how it’s really done. Headbutting, not winning that is.

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  • GeordieInSunderland

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Decision time for me as I need to stop season ticket by end of the month. I said if Carver was appointed I may quit. I appreciate it is only until the end of the season but it did say he would be considered at the end of the season.If we did get De Boer or Garde I can live with Carver until the end of the season. The thought of him getting the job on a permanent basis fills me with dread. I feel going to the games for the rest of the season will be a chore. I didn’t go to the Southampton game because I couldn’t be bothered. What is happening to our club. Maybe we should be nice to Ashley in the hope he then starts spending some money. I watched the 4-1 defeat of Spurs when Keegan was the manager last time and Ashley was thoroughly enjoying himself. It all went wrong when Keegan walked out and has been downhill ever since. We need to get it back somehow he is going nowhere.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #30

    …. and we will all go through this again in summer when he is appointed full time. Hooray.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #31

    My respect levels would have risen for carver if he had told Ashley to jam it.
    However I say lets get behind him until the end of the season. I will pi@@ myself if he got us into the Europa because he didn’t bother to read the brief .
    At least we might see a better cabella . Hull
    next game and one things for sure meyler wont wander into the technical area if he is playing 🙂

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  • GeordieInSunderland

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #32

    If he finishes 10th he will be appointed

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Any news on who they will appoint in the summer or are they just stringing us along for another 5 month?

    …the outcome will probably be “we tried to bring in a new head coach long term, but we couldn’t get him over the line”, therefore Carver will stay in charge!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #34

    To have him for the rest of the season isn’t so bad if Charnley does get in one of the technical foreign managers, if he doesn’t, then Ashley has drawn another line under what we know already about his death grip on the club. It is an empty corporate PR shell.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Off you go people – go buy your season tickets!

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  • one fine day

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Tsunki @ 27 great minds.. only saw yours when I refreshed the page:)

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  • Belfast

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #37

    I’ll cheer up when we hit the 40 point mark Skunki

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  • stephen1971

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #38

    a good reason for the board not to sign anyone , they,ll say that they,ll want to wait until a permanent manger (coach) is appointed, same old sh1t, the slug just loves kicking the fans in the teeth this time of year, in a way i would,nt be upset if we went down again, it would serve them right for abusing the club

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Lets see how he copes once injuries occur throughout the squad. Like they have did since the start of the season.

    The football and poor runs will continue just like under Pardew.

    The only good thing is that we have a few players returning which I hope do OK but they will need time also and we are already on the back of a draw and three losses.

    It’s another huge gamble by Ashley to save money and show us his cost cutting expertise once again that is a detriment to the club with competing.

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  • GeordieInSunderland

    Jan 26, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #40

    He’s not getting the best out of Cabella he is just starting him when Pardew didn’t.
    De Jong could be Carver’s saviour when he is back.
    He is the only thing that will get me looking forward to going to a game.

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