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.
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?