John Carver was asked about the news this week that Andre Ayew had been offered a pre-contract by Newcastle, and John was asked if he knew about that and whether he was being involved in the transfers by Lee Charnley and Graham Carr.
Andre Ayew – Newcastle offered him a pre-contract
The way things work at Newcastle on transfers is that there are three people involved and of course all transfers are overseen by owner Mike Ashley and he has the final say on all transfers.
It’s not unlike it’s done at top clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Newcastle seem to be in the process of both identifying players and starting to move for some of their transfer targets, and it seems that Carver is being involved in that process.
This is the one question and John’s answer that was interesting about the middle of the press conference yesterday.
Question from journalist:
“Andre Ayew was in the papers this week with news suggesting he was offered a pre-contract by Newcastle – is he a player you are aware of and were you consulted on him?”
“I know about him because I watch a lot of European football with your coverage and other people’s coverage, so I do watch a lot of football, but I’ve said from day one there is a process in the club and I’ll be part of that and if and when it happens you will be the first to know.”
We suppose it’s only natural that John is being brought into the discussions on the transfer targets for the summer, and some will say that’s a clue that he will get the job full time in the summer.
But John’s results as the interim head coach are not good, with only two wins in ten games, and he will have to do a lot better than that if he is to get the job full time in the summer.
Another question is whether John will be on the coaching staff if and when another head coach is brought in.
If it’s Remi Garde it looks like John will not be part of the coaching staff since Remy wants to bring in his own people.
However, John would still be the easy choice for Graham Carr and Lee Charnley – if not a good choice – and as we’ve said before maybe he’s too easy a choice.
John Carver being appointed as head coach at Newcastle would not be well received by Newcastle fans , and that’s probably a huge understatement.
What do you think?
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