One of John Carver’s jobs when he was assistant manager to Alan Pardew, was he was responsible for the team spirit in the squad, and over the four years Alan Pardew was manager team spirit was good in the dressing room.
John Carver – caretaker manager at Newcastle
The other thing John has always been good at is working with the layers on the training field, and he took a lot of the training sessions when Alan Pardew was here.
And since John Carver took over from Pardew after he left for his former club Crystal Palace, it’s obvious that the players are right behind him, and even want him to become the new head coach at Newcastle.
So when John says there’s nothing more he likes doing than coaching the players, we can see that.
And certainly he seems to have been able to bring the best out of some of the players already, with Remy Cabella coming through well, and we were surprised at how well Vurnon Anita played yesterday – another player who John has playing well for us of late.
So working with the players and bringing the best out of them is something John is very good at.
But whether he can start to get the results at Newcastle is still an open question, and after all it was our first win in five games since John has been in charge of the side.
Almost 90% of fans don’t want to see John as the new head coach this summer, but we do think that Charnley and Carr will want John and the rest of the coaching staff to stay on when the new coach does come in.
That can be both good and bad.
Good because it will allow for a smoother transition for the new coach, since the players know how John and Steve Stone operate.
But most top coaches want to bring in their own people – coaches they have worked with successfully in the past.
So if Newcastle do want to retain Carver and Stone and Beardsley at the club, that could limit the number of coaches who would be willing to accept the job.
We think Steve McClaren would work under those conditions and constraints, which is why we think he’s the most likely to take over – although 86% of readers in our poll don’t want the former England manager as the new head coach on Tyneside.
And apparently he’s pretty close with Chief Scout Graham Carr too.
If Derby County are promoted in May, Steve wouldn’t take the job, and then the question becomes who will come in.
It could be John Carver, but he would have to do very well in the last 15 games of the season to be offered the job.
Carver would have to get close to 30 points to be offered the job, and that would mean he got 34 points in the 19 league games he was in charge of – half a season – and that would have been 68 points over the full season.
After the Everton game Newcastle had 26 points after our first 19 games of the season, so Alan left exactly half way though the season in terms of games played.
We’d be happy enough to see Frank de Boer, Remi Garde or Christophe Galtier come in – but with Newcastle – you just never know what will happen.
What do you think?
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