When John Carver got the job as caretaker manager for the rest of the season – a full 19 league games so that’s exactly half a season – it was seen as an opportunity for Newcastle-born John Carver to make the job his own.
John Carver – poor record at Newcastle
Opinion was that if he did well – like Glenn Roeder did when he took over from the sacked Graeme Souness in February none years ago – the job could be his.
But he would have to do well to get the job, and now more than half way through the league games this is his record.
We don’t want to be alarmist (well not too much), but that record could get even worse before the end of the season, when without two experienced central defenders available we have to go up against in-form Arsenal and Liverpool sides in tow of our next three games.
It’s now difficult to see how John Carver’s record can be a good one before the end of the season, and as we pointed out yesterday even if we win five of our last nine game his win average will only be 35% from the 18% it is at the moment.
The points gained under John Carver is relegation stuff, and over a 38 game season we’d get 34 points with his record – which is what we got in 2009 when we were relegated.
So if John still gets the job in the summer it’s not because he has shown in any way that he can be a good head coach for Newcastle.
If he’s appointed it is because he fits in well and gets on well with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr, and is willing to abide by the restrictions placed on the head coach at Newcastle.
That includes selling our best players when the right bid comes in – whenever that happens.
So a Carver appointment would show that Newcastle are more willing to keep their current system going along merrily and getting Newcastle nowhere, rather than getting in a top coach who could even make a difference at Newcastle.
With the current system in place, we have made top six only once in eight seasons under Mike Ashley and top ten twice so it hasn’t exactly been wildly successful.
If John gets the job it’s because he will not upset the apple cart and that would show how misplaced Newcastle’s priorities are under Mike Ashley.
If that happens things may be even worse at Newcastle than we thought – and that’s saying something.
However, we don’t think John Carver will get the job permanently – so there may still be hope.
What do you think?
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