There is news in the Mirror on Saturday night that Mike Ashley will be offered the Newcastle head coach job within the next 24 hours, after Newcastle lost 3-0 at Leicester City, and Sunderland and Aston Villa both won their games to leave Newcastle just 2 points above the drop zone, but now short of players.
Steve McClaren – could get the job on Sunday
Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson were sent off in the second half at Leicester and they will not be available for the home game against West Brom on Saturday.
Derby were beaten 3-1 at home earlier in the day by lowly Reading, and they missed out on the top six and the playoffs and finished in 8th place.
Newcastle have famously lost eight games in a row and nine of the last ten and we are now are deep in relegation trouble.
We assume Steve will be given a bonus (a big one) if he can save Newcastle from relegation and keep us in the Premier League, but it could be all too late.
A meeting is planned today with Ashley, and we would expect Steve to take the job, but that also means he could be managing in the Championship again next season, and he has had a poor two months with Derby as they have badly slumped in the league.
John Carver will likely stay on as assistant manager, but that could be a problem over the last three games, because he seems to have created friction between himself and a number of the Newcastle players and shockingly accused Mike Williamson today of getting himself deliberately sent off.
That was a ridiculous comment to make, and he will need to apologize to Williamson for showing such a lack of class after the game.
And this stuff about if only his players had the passion that he has – doesn’t exactly go down well with his players, and it’s no wonder they will simply not play for him.
And in any case he borrowed that statement from Alan Shearer from last weekend – when the Newcastle legend also said John Carver was never going to get the job permanently.
John Carver has been a complete and utter disaster for Newcastle United since he was appointed, and we could still be relegated.
Mike Ashley should have moved earlier than now – when it was obvious to all that Carver was completely over his head.
In some of his news conferences Carver has embarrassed both himself and the club, and it remains to be seen what his new position will be – but let’s just say he hasn’t covered himself in glory this year.
Carver has shown poor leadership and only limited coaching ability, and with him still on the coaching team we think the players will find him still to be a problem.
Steve McClaren has only a long shot of saving Newcastle now, but he’s a good man, and if this news is true we’ll be right behind him.
But to be honest, Newcastle could be on their way down, because other clubs facing relegation are fighting like their lives depended on it .
That’s not the case at Newcastle – which is a club at war with itself.