In his column in the Chronicle today, former Newcastle great Bob Moncur has backed John Carver for the job at Newcastle, if he can get Newcastle into the top ten, after all the injuries and suspensions Newcastle have had this season, and the squad is now down to the bare bones.
John Carver – can still get top job at Newcastle
And it hasn’t helped that top scorer Papiss Cisse got himself banned for 7 games last week, and will now miss 10 games this season because of suspension.
This is some of what Bob Moncur has said today about John’s situation:
“I have seen John Carver at close hand working with the players at Newcastle United and I have to say it’s impressive to see.” “The players are 100% behind him and you won’t meet a man with more passion for the club than John.”
“That’s why I don’t understand why some people are giving him a hard time at the moment.” “John has taken over at the club during a difficult time because of injuries, and the Papiss Cisse incident has ended up being a disaster.”
“None of those factors are down to John Carver, who is working with an injury-hit squad.”
“I see where people are coming from in that perhaps John does not have the worldwide fame to attract players.”
“But he is so passionate about the cub he can still sell the club to them and that makes up for it.” One thing is for sure he fits in with what the club are looking for.”
“He would work well with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr and I think three heads are better than one with transfers. Anybody who has managed knows how much pressure is on the shoulders of one man making the decisions.”
“JC already understands the rules, and if he did get that top-10 place he would deserve a crack at the job on a full-time basis.”
We’ve seen some headlines that say all the injuries and suspensions Newcastle have picked up this year will cost John the head coach job in the summer.
And while that may be true if we finish in 13th pace or something like that, the ridiculous situation Newcastle find themselves in could actually help John get the job – and Bob as much as says that.
But John has to have a decent record over the full 20 games he will manage Newcastle this season.
So far that record is not good enough with only two wins in ten games.
But if he can win say five game in the last ten – – that would give us 50 points – only the second time we would have done that since Mike Ashley took over in 2007 – the job could be his, even though 90% of readers in our poll don’t want him as the new head coach.
He would be a very convenient choice for Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley – maybe too convenient.
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