Reports Carver To Be Appointed Head Coach In Summer

50 year-old Steve Howey, the former Newcastle center-back thinks that the club will stay with John Carver in the summer as the new head coach, and that’s in spite of not only John’s very poor record on Tyneside, which has caused Newcastle to now be dragged into  a relegation fight, but he also seems to have trouble managing the players – let alone inspiring them.

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Steve Howey – when playing at Newcastle

Now it’s not clear if there’s any inside information about why Steve thinks that’s going to happen, but Carver has made some worrying statements recently, such as who he is going to make the captain for next season, and he often talks as though he’s going to be the head coach next season.

But it seems as though Steve thinks the decision has already been made – but if that’s true it makes no sense at all, other than the Board know that John Carver will not complain whatever happens.

And even if his top players are all sold in the summer – he would likely support that decision too – as he supported everything that was done in January – and the decisions made then are one reason we are in the desperate position we now find ourselves in.

This is what Steve told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT:

“The fans, and myself included, don’t think Newcastle are going to get a big name manager in,”
“For a big name manager to come in he’s going to make demands and want money. He’s going to want money for himself and for players.”

“I think owner Mike Ashley will stick with John Carver. I feel really sorry for him because he’s had injuries and suspensions, along with players not being on form.”

“It’s been a really difficult time for him and I just hope he can turn it around.”

The appointment of John Carver – if it happens – could well be the final straw for Mike Ashley, but on the ohter it must be very difficult for Newcastle to appoint a top coach, given the frugal and totalitarian way Mike Ashley runs the club.

We have looked like a joke club this year under John Carver.

The overwhelming favorite for the job is still Derby County’s Steve McClaren, and if Steve gets the job that would indicate Ashley has no plans to change the way he runs the club. and that in itself would be (very) bad news.

But to appoint John Carver, who not only cannot inspire the players but he looks to be completely over his head as the head coach – would be a disastrous appointment for the club.

No wonder there are pundits saying if we can survive in the Premier League this season we will be relegated next season.

What more does a coach have to do to prove h’s not up to the job?

If Mike Ashley appoints John Carver as the head coach, after he’s basically got us into a relegation battle, it would seem to be almost a suicidal appointment.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #1

    If this happens I’m giving up

  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #2

    RUNAWAY777 // Apr 21, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    charlie, how many times this season have the fans been behind the team

  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #3

    if this happens then f–k the lot i will never set foot in sjp again shame to say but true, so it will be hasta la vista lads

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #4

    rarely the place is like a morgue ‘a gloomy dispirited place’

  • Blofal

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley would be a laughing stock if he did that.

    We need a decent manager for the simple reason of attracting new players. If we had (in my dreams) Klopp for instance then we would be able to attract far better players than Carver or McClaren.

    If the board had any footballing knowledge (which they don’t appear to) they would go out and get the best manager that’s available in order to strengthen their negotiating position with better quality players.

  • Klam3r

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #6

    If Carver is appointed head coach this summer.. then I’m done with the club. At least until Ashley is gone.

    It won’t even be that difficult. There is surprisingly little to like about Newcastle United these days.

    A joke of a club!

  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #7

    charlie you really going to go and watch them next season mate if caver gets the job ?

  • goody158

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #8

    I won’t set foot inside SJP until the fat parasite is gone, reguardless of who the manager is…

  • BandB

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Repost due to Ed’s morning auto scheduler

    Lil..@28 previous

    You ask the question…..

    “Is this really a good financial model?

    It is always assumed and stated that it is, because, it is said, “we are the balance book champions.”

    The question is one I hope to see taken up by others now. Who is it a good financial model for? Mash Holdings? Sports Direct? The football club known as Newcastle United?

    The latter appears further than ever from “wiping its own nose.”

    The quality of the product has been reduced to a bargain bin standard, and revenue streams have been lost or structured to benefit SD.

    We stay afloat on a whopping subsidy from TV rights, while looking less and less like the sort of team that deserves it, and the assumption, yet to be proved, that our ultimate survival would be under-written from Ashley’s pocket.

    The debt, as you say, has grown, despite the austerity measures.

    What are these record profits for? They don’t appear to serve the playing side. So what and who does the model serve?

  • Blofal

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #10

    The boycott in my view regardless of the amount of people that participated had the desired effect because now every single pundit and commentator is talking about Mike Ashley in a negative light.

    It was only a few months ago commentators were chastising Newcastle fans for wanting too much when the Pardew Out protests were happening. Now if you read the footballing media whenever Newcastle is mentioned a comment is made about the damage being done to Newcastle by Ashley.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Why do I even see Klopp’s name being discussed on an NUFC blog? If the man has sense(and he does) he will stay as far away as he can get. As for Swansea, well plain and simple, win and great I think that’s us safe, draw and were treading thin ice, lose and I’ll genuinely worry that we won’t win again this season and could easily go down.

    Praying for De Jong to make a difference in the final few games along with Cisse but realistically there is too much sh*t in that team right now for them to carry. Big changes needed(again). Do away with English managers they’re a dying breed for a reason, surely Karanka is even worth a bet if Middlesbrough don’t come up? Galtier would be my choice but unfortunately with Ashley, Alls I am is some fickle little tart that really doesn’t matter in the slightest so…yeah probably Carver, McLaren etc ????

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #12


  • Moonraker15

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Howdy is taking rubbish. I thought that was an old interview as I’ve heard him say that previously before we were in this situation.

    No way will Ashley appoint Carver ; even he must realise when someone is out of his depth. Problem is, I think Charnley is as well and that’s a worry if he’s Ashley’s chief advisor !!!!

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #14

    * Howey

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Good morning all,

    How are we this fine morning?

  • Blofal

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #16

    If Leicester win 3 of their last six (a possiblilty given they play Burnley, Newcastle, Sunderland and QPR) then they would finish above us if we don’t win another game.

    Hull and QPR will go down for sure given their fixtures but that third relegation spot is up for grabs.

    I actually think we are going to finish 16th or 17th this season.

    But even Burnley have winnable games coming up.

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Agree the boycott has them all talking and Carraghers comments were right to the point !

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #18

    BandB…Coffee is on, article being opened, brain a little more receptive this morning (Thanks Lindisfarne – I had dreams about accounts…or was it a nightmare).

    Some good questions raised there. Hopefully some good discussion to be had.

    Moonraker…Can I ask how you know there is no way that Ashley will keep Carver on? Poor results etc could easily be arrtibritued to that naughty Pardew dropping us in it for the riches of Palace, poor old Carver giving a go at seeing the season out with a horrendous injury list. Would you really be surprised to hear words saying Carver should be given a fair chance?

    I’m not saying he’s staying. With fan pressure, he is the most likely of sacrifices to try and appease people. Just curious as to how you’re so sure?

  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #19

    charlie well dont go crying when you watch shit trying to play football

  • lochinvar

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Todays news:
    Short-term lender Wonga made a pre-tax loss of £37.3m in 2014 amid a major overhaul of the controversial company and writes off £220million in bad debts. Class act then.

    Sports Direct increase revenue (or profits ? ) by 15% selling utter garbage made in sweat shops serviced by zero hours staff.

    Does that make Ashley a ” loss leader ” and Carver a ” lost leader”

    Pity this wasn’t “etch a sketch” world and we could wipe the slate and start again.

    Everything Ashley touches at the Club is destructive – he’s a weapon of mass destruction in his own right as far as NUFC is concerned.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #21

    lochivar…For all wronga have given us, the fans, like the name of the stadium as one fine example, should we not give them our profits?

    I’d hate to see them struggle. We have that sort of money kicking about.

  • Harley

    Apr 21, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #22

    There’s no chance Carver will get the job. He was Ashley’s first choice for sure but the results and fan reaction have been far too abysmal even for Ashley.

    He wants to protect his investment and he’ll know it will be almost certain relegation with Carver.

    Anyway the report was only Steve Howey giving his opinion, not any inside knowledge.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 21, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Those who are still not convinced that not going to the match is the way forward, for the club, the City and the area need to make sure they watch an exposé of the way Mr Tubbs operates SD – and by association NUFC. It is on the telly this Monday night at 8pm on Channel 4 and is titled “The Secrets of Sports Direct”.
    The Dispatches team go undercover to reveal how the company operates.
    After the programme get a mirror and look in it and explain to yourself why you support a scumbag like this – if the AO group cannot convince you to stop going maybe the Dispatches team can.

  • one fine day

    Apr 21, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #24

    Cunning plan 101
    Lets give wonga 37 mill to clear their loss.
    bless them.
    Then in 21 days inform them they owe us 231mil
    simples .
    We might even get Messi and bale for that … no?
    I’ll get me coat…

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 21, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Only at NUFC would we wait to see if someone failed again at another club to offer him the job.

    So the thrilling choice of Carver or McLaren ( admittedly 100 times better than Carver.)

    God forbid we went for a name manager or even an up and coming one.

    We are the club who have employed JFK twice, Wise, llambias, pardew and now carver.

    Oh well at least it isn’t looking too clever for our classy sponsor either!!

  • lochinvar

    Apr 21, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #26

    If the true Geordie that is Carver resigns then he earns belated respect and dignity for that.
    More importantly then he can’t be Head Coach next season and Ashley has to fix the problem.
    Clearly to resign like most of us that would be imprudent as it’s his job and salary to feed his family, so he stays until Ashley pays him off.

  • one fine day

    Apr 21, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #27

    Mr Tuff,
    Hopefully it make it to youtube .
    So I can get it here .
    Sounds like an Interesting show.
    The tide is turning
    Think Thaksin Shinawatra at Man and proper person ?

  • bassongs_of_praise

    Apr 21, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #28

    How does one ex players random opinion count as “reports”??

    Please stop the sensationalist and wholly inaccurate headlines…

  • nufc 11

    Apr 21, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #29

    Whats Carvers win ratio? Last season when he fell in for AP during his ban the team fell apart he has been lingering on like a bad smell how in the name of good god could you give JC the job on what grounds? that he is cheap? Sherwood was cheap, look at the difference he made to Villa already a poor squad of players at Villa now look a whole lot better that a proper manager is leading them. Its like a clown show at NUFC to the outsider it must be the best comedy of the year topped off with relegation and an 8 year deals for JC and Steve Stone oh what a brilliant businessman you are Mike Ashley may your walls crumble around you and your empire turn to dirt….

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Apr 21, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #30

    I’ve said Carver would get the job ever since Pardew left. He’ll do it to spite the fans, if nothing else.

  • nufcrich21

    Apr 21, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #31

    if this happens me and 8 of my mates are chucking are season tickets have not been to the last 2 homes matches and won’t go to another one this season. Get more enjoyment from going to a morgue its that pitiful at the moment!

  • joppadoni

    Apr 21, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #32

    This isn’t a report.. We as a club are in enough trouble without these ridiculous ‘headlines’..

  • joppad

    Apr 21, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #33

    Our club is really in enough trouble without article titles such as this, there is no report here at all, just howeys and most fans low expectations verbalised..


  • RyanMagpie

    Apr 21, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #34

    please don’t anyhow post headlines. Almost gave me a heart attack.

  • bobby mango

    Apr 21, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #35

    If he gets the job it will be the final straw for me and many other fans. I’ll walk away, wash my hands of the club.

  • cwood30

    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Why is it that when klopp says he’s Leaving the club get tuchel on a pre contract so that he takes over on the 1st of July. At least everyone knows where they stand
    not at Newcastle tho, no clue as to what they are thinking
    I would like to see someone else take over for the last 6 games, what we are doing just ain working


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