It depends on who Newcastle appoint as the head coach in the summer as to whether John Carver will still be at Newcastle next season, always assuming he isn’t given the head coach position.
John Carver – could be staying – could be going
Some coaches want to bring in their own people and Remi Garde seems to be an example of that, but we assume the Newcastle Board want to keep the current coaching staff in place if at all possible, so maybe that’s a problem with appointing Remi Garde?
Somebody like Stave McClaren would keep John Carver and Steve Stone at the club, but we hope Newcastle pick the best coach available for the job, whether or not it means John Carver stays on at Newcastle.
But John has hinted today in the Chronicle that he expects to be at Newcastle next season in some capacity:
“I have got a contract until the end of the season and then my assistant manager contract kicks in, if they don’t want me to take over for next season, or the following season.”
“I will just do this job as long as I need to. The one thing that I can assure people out there, is that I am giving it everything, as you have seen.”
“The players are giving everything and that is important to me.”
We wouldn’t assume John’s assistant manager contract is necessarily valid if the new head coach brings his own people in – so we’re not sure if John has been given an assurance from somebody like Lee Charnley that he will be at the club next season in some role.
It’s an odd thing for John to say in public.
John has a long term contract at Newcastle but most contracts in football have a one year pay-off clause, in case somebody is fired – and we’re sure that’s the most Mike Ashley would pay in the case of John and Steve leaving this summer.
John is giving it everything he has – no doubt about that – but he also has to show he has the talent to be the head coach at Newcastle – up until now he has not shown that.
It’s not just a case of working hard, but it’s also having the innate talent as well to be successful.
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