John Carver’s record in charge of Newcastle United as caretaker manager so far is played 5, won one, lost three and drawn one – goals scored 7 and goals conceded eight – so that’s very middle of the road.
Alan Shearer – John would already have the job
Alan Shearer has been talking to Sky Sports today and the thinks that if John was going to be given the job full time – he would have been offered it by now:
This is what Alan said about John – who was Alan’s assistant manager when Bobby Robson was at the club from 1999-2004:
“I think if he was going to be given the job, then he would have been given it permanently now,” “I think unless he has a tremendous run between now and the end of the season, then they might just give it to someone else.”
“It’s been a good start for him.” “For him to have a chance, for him to be in charge of Newcastle is great. He’s a very good lad, a very good coach and, as I said, knows the club inside out so I hope he does really well.”
Alan’s probably thinking of the tremendous run Glenn Roeder had when he was appointed to a similar situation when Graeme Souness was fired.
Alan was the assistant to Glenn at that time but at the end of the season Alan refused to take any credit for the amazing run – and he said it was all Glenn’s doing.
Roeder took over in early February of 2006 and won one FA Cup tie against the Saints 1-0 and then lost in the next round at Chelsea 1-0.
Glenn was in charge of the side for the final 15 league games of that season, and he got 32 points on the board and we finished 7th top.
John Carver has four points from four league games so far – so if he was to have the same league record as Glenn had, which was 2.13 points ((32/15)) per league game played – John will need to get 40 points from the 19 games he will be in charge of since the Burnley game at home.
There’s 15 games to go and still 36 points needed to do that.
One way to look at that is that he needs 12 wins and three defeats in the last 15 games – John will get nowhere near that after a poor start with just one point from the first three league games he coached the side.
John’s still a real long shot to get the job permanently.
What do you think?
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