John Carver has not been involved in any transfer meetings at Newcastle this year or last year, and it’s not surprising that he doesn’t know if any players will be signed by the club by next Monday – because that’s not his job – his job is to coach the players on the training field and prepare them for the upcoming games.
John Carver wants the job – happy to work under these conditions
So John doesn’t seem to know if Lee Charnley and Graham Carr plus Mike Ashley (of course) are planning to bring in Cristiano Ronaldo and/or Lionel Messi in the summer – and it seems the caretaker manager doesn’t care either.
Newcastle have been linked with MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli since the beginning of the season, and reports are that we have just agreed a £5M fee for him.
John was asked during his press conference today, if he thought that Newcastle would be bringing in players before Monday ( I had Money in place of Monday initially – a Freudian slip):
“I wouldn’t have thought so, no. I don’t get involved in it. I haven’t had any conversations about it.” “I haven’t got involved, and I won’t get involved in it. We’ve got people behind the scenes to deal with that.”
“I’m happy to work under these conditions.” “My job is to work with the guys on the pitch and deal with what’s put in front of me.”
“I’m so proud and honoured to be the head coach of a club like this. You can see the smile on my face – and I don’t smile too often, trust me.”
“In fact, the lads call me the miserable one, not the chosen one, but even I’ve got a smile on my face now!” “It was definitely a relief to get it sorted out.
Some people will point to John’s first sentence and say that Dele Alli cannot therefore be coming to Newcastle – but John has never ever been involved in transfers at Newcastle, and it looks like that will not change while he’s caretaker manager.
Alan Pardew was the only one involved with Lee Charnley, Graham Carr and Mike Ashley over the last few years.
One thought we have had is that if top choice Steve McClaren doesn’t want the Newcastle job in the summer, because for example he gets Derby County promoted, John may be handed the job.
That’s always assuming the caretaker manager doesn’t do too bad in the final 16 games of the season – he has two defeats and one draw so far in the three league games he’s managed – but it really wouldn’t surprise us if they give him the job full time.
I had a dream about that last night – or was it a nightmare? 😀
And as John hints in his comments above, he would be no bother to Lee or Mike – he’s just not concerned about the transfers into and out of the club.
One top requirement for the new head coach, whoever he turns out to be, is to accept the way the club conducts their transfers, with the head coach only one of four people on the transfer committee, and the coach does not have the final say.
And if an offer comes in for any player that meets Mike Ashley’s valuation they will be sold – immediately – whether or not they can be replaced in the transfer window that is active at the time.
John Carver meets all hose requirements – by his own admission.
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