The Chronicle are reporting today that Newcastle have only two candidates remaining for the head coach position at the once famous club, and fans should forget about bringing in a top coach, because apparently the only two remaining candidates for the job are John Carver and Steve McClaren.
Steve McClaren – odds on favorite
Newcastle seem to have decided to go with a coach who will fit in with the way Mike Ashley runs the club, and these two candidates will seem to be completely under-whelming to Newcastle fan, but they will certainly not rock the boat.
So it seems the rumors of a few days ago are true, and indeed John Carver could still get the job even though the head coach job just seems to be far too much for him.
Rather then John Carver getting the job – his record of last year at this time (six defeats in seven games), when he was on the touchline with Pardew banned, and this year when we have plummeted down the league table, seem to point to his credentials as even an assistant manager not being too good.
And if Carver does get the job then some pundits may be right, and have argued Newcastle could well be relegation candidates for next season.
That’s always assuming we don’t go down this season.
The coach will be unveiled after the last game of the season, which is home game against West Ham on 24th May, and it seems that Newcastle have done basically nothing to bring in a top coach from abroad, who may be able to make Newcastle successful again.
Maybe the club always knew that a previously successful coach would not put up with the nonsense the head coach will have to go through at Newcastle.
Our best players are sold when the right offer comes in, and the club is run completely as a business by Mike Ashley where revenues and profits are all that count.
But the fact that John Carver is still a candidate and could still get the job tells you lots about Mike Ashley and his ambitions for the club.
And while Steve McClaren has been the top choice for a while now, presumably because he knows Chief Scout Graham Carr well and would be able to work with Graham and Managing Director Lee Charnley, the fact that Carver is still in with a good chance is alarming at best.
Two wins in 14 games and six defeats in a row, seems to be good enough for Newcastle these days it would appear.
If the fans thought this was an excellent time for Newcastle to change things and become successful as a team once again – then think again.
Nothing will change at all from what we can tell – in fact things could get worse – always assuming we are a Premier League club at the end of May.
Newcastle will have to decide at the end of May which players stay, with various players’ contracts ending at the end of June.
It seems if for any reason McClaren is not available – for instance if Derby County are promoted via the playoffs – John Carver will get the job.
If that doesn’t scare the life out of Newcastle fans nothing will, given the way John has handled the job this year.