The Newcastle squad has been decimated since the start of this year, and we have lost Steven Taylor, Siem de Jong, Paul Dummett and Cheick Tiote for the season with injuries, and Newcastle made a mistake by not bringing in new players in January, but instead allowed Davide Santon to go out on loan to Inter-Milan on the last day of the transfer window.
John Carver – in the driver’s seat for top job
Newcastle will now in all probability be losing Papiss Cisse for seven games, because of his admission of guilt to the FA charge leveled against him earlier today – so he’s out for all but the last three games.
It’s a very difficult situation for head coach John Carver to be in, and remember he has only five senior defenders available at the moment.
Some of the injured players like Rolando Aarons and Rob Elliot are due back in training next week, and that’s good, and John and the players just have to get on with it.
And given the threadbare squad Carver has to work with, it seems he has only to do a reasonable job through the end of the season and he will be in a very good position to get the job full time.
We’ll never hear an admission from Lee Charnley or Mike Ashley, but the club have made a huge mistake in not strengthening the squad in January, and they know it.
We’re lucky we have enough points not to get dragged into a relegation fight.
But the absence of good will also help John Carver, because he is the one having to deal with the club’s lack of ambition and foresight in January – and he will not complain.
John is showing he is only too willing to work with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr in what would be his dream job as a Geordie, and former assistant manager at Newcastle twice.
And while the squad has been further decimated with the pending Papiss Cisse seven match suspension – it will help John Carver get the head coach job at the club on a permanent basis this summer.
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