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 – 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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