John Carver is a good man, there’s no doubt about that, but as far as persuading his fellow Geordies that he is the right man to take the head coach position of Newcastle United in the summer, he’s a long shot at best – well at least as far as the fans are concerned.
John Carver – Newcastle’s interim head coach
John is seen as being too close to Alan Pardew the former manager, who wasn’t exactly loved by Newcastle fans, and the lead in to the game at Crystal Palace earlier this month, we had what seemed to be a love fest going on between Alan Pardew and John Carver.
And as far as the Newcastle fans were concerned that didn’t do John Carver any good.
Lee Charnley has urged the fans to get behind John and the players through the end of the season, and there’s nothing wrong with doing that for the sake of the team.
But it doesn’t say the fans think John Carver is the right man for the job long term – basically John was the only one available once Newcastle decided to let Alan pardew go for around £4M after the Everton game, and nobody was immediately available to come in until the summer.
John has talked about this issue before the game at Manchester City tomorrow:
“Let’s not think this is a massive issue, because it’s not,” “The reaction of the majority of people I’ve met on the street has been really positive towards me, but it’s a different vibe on social media.”
“If I was in the stands I’d be having a go about the same issues at times,” “Our fans are very knowledgeable people. I genuinely mean that. I think we are fortunate in the north-east to have very knowledgeable fans here and at Sunderland.”
“They love the game. So when people start having a go I can half understand that. Let’s not make them out to be bad fans because they’re not – but criticism takes away from the importance of supporting the team.”
“There’s always going to be people out there who’ll have a go at you and you’ve got to deal with it,” “But the important thing is making sure there’s a relationship between me and the fans.”
“I think’s it’s important and I’m trying to create that. It’s important people understand I only want the best for this club.” “I got that minority reaction at Crystal Palace because I took off a forward for a defender.”
“But I had to do it.” “If I explain that to people they might start to understand it. I was trying to get a point from the game rather than lose all three. Every point we get is crucial.“
“It was quite funny. I asked one kid to write his side down in formation on a piece of paper. He had two defenders in a 2-6-2. I told him we would do that against Manchester City.”
“It gives someone a voice,” “You might have a 15-year-old kid who has an opinion, puts it out on social media, it starts a discussion and, all of a sudden this lad, this Joe Bloggs, gets a bit of an ego.”
John’s job is also a lot harder now because of all the injures Newcastle have picked up over the last two weeks, and we think the fans will support John through the end of the season.
But it’s a completely different thing when the permanent Newcastle head coach is named in the summer, and we hope that will be an experienced and good coach, who can get the very best out of a decent Newcastle squad.
Of course if John Carver wins 11 of the last 13 games then he could get the job – much like Glenn Roeder’s tremendous record as caretaker manager back in 2006 got him the job permanently.
But Newcastle should hire their new head coach based principally on the coach’s record.
John Carver needs to let the results he gets at Newcastle from now until May do the talking, and so far that hasn’t happened.
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