Newcastle’s Two Remaining Candidates Will Shock Fans

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, you should have put a health warning on the article above.

  • nut meg

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #2

    That deserves a protest all on it’s own.If we end up with the numpty known as John Carver I am done with this club after 59 years. Charnley and Ashley should both be used as human cannonballs and fired directly into the freezing waters of the great north sea.

  • jimnufc

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Can we blame JC for the last 4 months results ummm
    players injured suspensions not supporting his claim for the job but the squad is to small which i think everybody knows

  • cyprus

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Count how many times you wrote the word ‘seems’. Would IBM accept such a report? 🙂 Just saying man. Anyway, this should stir the masses.

  • cyprus

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #5

    It does seem that we are fxxxxd, granted 😉

  • Klam3r

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Newcastle United has become a disgusting club.

  • andrewsneill

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #7

    The thing i do not understand is that NUFC had the option to sign Frank de Boer and turned him down. Yet he is, as far as i’m aware, the only manager in Europe to qualify for the Champions League for the last 5 seasons while at the same time making a profit on transfers every season. Surely this is everything Mike would want in a coach and more?

    On the continent the concept of a Head Coach as opposed to manager is quite common. If anything hiring an English ‘manager’ is more likely to cause problems surely?

  • reilly

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #8

    so if sm pulls out,does that mean our only option is carver,i find that hard to believe.if true its just another case of whats best for the bank balance not the club.

  • Chris

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #9

    And how exactly has the Chronicle obtained this “information”?

    Their article simply says “the Chronicle understands that” without naming a source. They haven’t even come out with the usual “a source close to the club has stated that…..” so I think everybody should take this “story” with a large pinch of salt.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed…I am through reading anymore of your articles about us signing SM until you post something with a dash of empiric evidence;

    …if we all keep guessing eventually someone will be right! Just really a pointless exercise.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #11

    ‘Carry on Ashley’

    A hilarious comedy where the French and other foreign nationals have the wool pulled over their eyes whilst working on a ruinous treadmill. The self proclaimed Lord Ashley laughs in the face of their travails and makes great humour of counting the seemingly endless supply of money. A series of Arabs, Russians and American potential buyers are shown around the club but are put off by the rotting sewage and misery that they have never before witnessed. Ashley and his minions continue to believe their own self made mirage until tragedy strikes.

  • stan anderson

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #12

    You know the annoying thing is Ashley would’nt need to do to much to get most fans behind the club again.
    Appoint someone who has an inkling about football would be a good move and replace these 3rd class coaches.
    A few players in the right positions bought and he would win over a lot of fans.
    Not me though.Ashley OOT.

  • one fine day

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Suddenly become a massive derby fan neither is what I’d see as positive
    The only coach from championship I’d be happy with is Karanka

  • stan anderson

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #14

    I cant believe he is going to keep Super J.C. in the job because of his long contract.
    I dont think he is being payed much more than the so called living wage.I would not pay him that myself like.
    Asley OOT.

  • stan anderson

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Sorry Arseley OOT

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #16


    yes we can because his tactics are rubbish

  • jimnufc

    Apr 22, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Did SM not do a good job at Middlesbrough and get them to the league cup final and win it 2003-4 would he be a better choice than than JC

  • andrewsneill

    Apr 22, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #18


    yes he did but his league results for his time in middlesborough (12th, 11th, 11th, 7th, 14th) are less inspiring.

    Will he be the disaster a number of fans think? Probably not but there are/have been much better options out there and nufc should have at least tried to sign them

  • count

    Apr 22, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Could do a lot worse than mcclaren ed! Carver for instance.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 22, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Es you seem to go to extremes in your articles..sometimes you are the biggest optimist and other times all negative and accepting the harsh reality that we are nothing of a club any more. Ee will forever be hopeless under Fat Ashley’s shadow. He is a minsher that’s ripped the soul out of this club. Days ate dsrk now and seem to get darker.

    I’m going to start watching Barcelona and watch anything Newcastlerelated from a distance. Although that’s harder said than done. At least it would be enjoyable to see a properly run team play attractive football with the bedt player in its ranks.

    Newcastle is just depressing and boring in all aspects these days.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 22, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #21


  • Moonraker15

    Apr 22, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Carver won’t get the job because he was appointed till the end of the season as a caretaker and why would Ashley tell him NOW that he hasn’t got the job? He would only be more demotivated. Also what player would sign for him in the summer.

    The only way he would stay is if we get relegated so, assuming we stay up (just), I would be reasonably happy with McClaren cos he would have to be given certain guarantees, eg competing for the cups and a best possible league position. After all he’s not out of work like previous managers. I actually think he would see Newcastle as a great challenge and he has the required self confidence but is a very good coach.

    Now we need a point against Swansea to ensure we stay up.

    I’m feeling cautiously optimistic as I feel the boycott has shaken Ashley and the media support is really hurting him !

  • mkhalaf

    Apr 23, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #23

    To be fair,, i dont really mind Mcclaren! he isnt that bad,, as good a manager as newcastle can get right now if im honest (cant see any other “top” manager wanting to come here under the ashley regime).

    However Carver is a disgrace of a manager (i dont mind him being an assistant), hiring him as the manager would def mean suicide and a championship caliber side at best


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