John Carver has again said he wants the job as Newcastle’s head coach, and is asking the question- why not?
John Carver – could get head coach position permanently
This is what John said yesterday to the press:
“If you work hard, get the results, people get to know you – why can’t you have a long-term contract?”
“That worries people on the outside. On the inside I know what we are trying to do. (I know) what we are trying to do, what we are trying to put in place and what will come to fruition.
“Alright we haven’t had the right results but we have come up against two of the top sides in the division.”
“My biggest strengths are working with the players on the training ground. I don’t want to get involved with players coming in or going out.”
“These are the same conditions that I worked under in the MLS with Toronto.”
John keeps talking about the Toronto FC position, but when he resigned from the club six games into his second season in charge of the club, it wasn’t exactly positive.
And it wasn’t hailed over here that John had done a terrific job at the Canadian MLS club either, and maybe he is tying to rewrite history just a little bit.
John Carver while Toronto FC coach, February 2008 – April 2009
And in any case, just over a season in the MLS is not much experience when you are talking about being the head coach at the a club like Newcastle United, and John has to know that.
When he resigned from Toronto it was because he kept clashing with MLS officials and criticizing them in public.
This to the Toronto Star on April 28th, 2009 following his resignation:
“You can only put up with so much,” “I’ve had restraints on me ever since I got here,”
“If ever you do anything or say anything out-of-order, they’re straight on the phone complaining to the owners.”
“And that’s how they work because, in my opinion, it’s all about image.”
John resigned after he was given a fine by the MLS for publicly criticizing MLS officials.
What’s in his favor at Newcastle is that it would be an easy appointment for the club – because John is a Geordie and to Mike Ashley he is the (really) cheap solution, since he wouldn’t demand anywhere near the wages a Frank de Boer or Remi Garde would demand.
The other advantage he has is that he’s making it very clear that he is very happy to work within the (severe) constraints placed on him by Mike Ashley, and he continually is saying he’s not involved with transfers and doesn’t want to be.
Those types of comments are directed at Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley, but if he was really being considered wouldn’t John at least be told who Newcastle were trying to sign.
Maybe he is and he’s just keeping quiet about it.
With almost 11,000 readers having voted, he would not be a popular choice with Newcastle fans.
But he has a chance in the final 16 games if he can put a great record together as good as Glenn Roeder had in a similar situation back in February of 2006, he would be offered the job.
Bur whereas Glenn won five of his first six games in charge as caretaker manager, when we were trying to get Martin O’Neill in as the new manager, John has drawn one and lost three of his first four games in charge.
Glenn’s record in 2006 was managed 17 games in all competitions, won 11, drew 2 and lost 4 for a win percentage of 65 and a loss percentage of 24.
One defeat was in the FA Cup 5th round at Chelsea when we lost 1-0 to the club who would win the Premier League that season with 91 points, and we beat Southampton in the 4th round 1-0 when Glenn was in charge.
With those numbers on the board, and Newcastle also won six of their last seven league games and drew the other one to finish 7th top on 58 points – it was simply impossible for Chairman Freddy Shepherd not to appoint Glenn Roeder as the permanent manager.
In 15 Premier League games played under Glenn Newcastle got 10 wins, 2 draws and three defeats for 32 points – and in a 38 game season that would be 81 points.
Today John Carver is the easy and cheap solution for Mike Ashley, and therefore he will be a candidate, but it will depend almost completely on how he does in the final 16 games of the season.
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