In ten games played this year under John Carver Newcastle have two wins and five defeats and that is not the kind of record that should get John the job full time in the summer.
John Carver – could still get the job with mediocre record
Glenn Roeder took over Newcastle in similar circumstances nine years ago in 2006 after Graeme Souness had been fired and he eventually got the job full time – for a year before he was fired.
But in Glenn’s case after 10 games played in all competitions he had five wins, one draw and four defeats, and in fact the last four games were all defeats to Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Charlton.
But then in the next seven games, which were the final seven games of the season, he had six wins and one draw to take Newcastle up to 7th place in the league table with 56 points.
We have only exceeded 50 points once in Mike Ashley reign of nearly eight years as the Newcastle owner. 🙁
So even though John has not done well so far this year he can always look to Glenn’s record and start putting together some wins.
There are a number of things that are in his favor with Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley, that could still get him the job with a mediocre record:
- He is easy to get on with and doesn’t question or criticize what Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley are doing at the club – much like Alan Pardew was, before he sickened of having his hands tied behind his back by Ashley not strengthening the squad and selling his best players and not replacing them
- John is the easy and cheap choice as head coach, and wouldn’t command the wages of say a Remi Garde or Frank de Boer
- He is a Geordie and Newcastle may want to appoint a Geordie manager for the first time in a long time (Shearer was the last Geordie to manager the club but only for 8 games in 2009)
- The squad has been decimated with injuries and suspensions and loaning out players, and that is to John’s advantage – because he can always bring this up in discussions – and say he would have done so much better if players like Siem de Jong, Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote had been available and he had more than five fit defenders available
- John has even talked about possibly getting a three and a half year deal – so where did he get that idea from – unless Lee Charnley has discussed it with him
So because Carver would be such an easy choice for Charnley and Ashley, and would be very willing to fit into the system already in place at Newcastle, Carver could still get the job – even with a mediocre record.
It’s almost like they could be looking for the reasons to appoint him in the summer, rather than the reasons (like his record for example) not to appoint him.
And that’s the scenario that really scares us.
What do you think?
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