John Carver’s best chance to get the Newcastle job is to point out to Lee Charnley that he was given a threadbare squad in early January, and then lost some players before even February rolled around – Davide Santon was allowed to leave for Inter-Milan, and young players like Haris Vuckic and Remie Streete were even sent on loan to Rangers, and nobody was brought into the club to reinforce an already weak squad.
John Carver – will the best coach in PL get the job?
In addition to that we then lost players with injury such as Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara and others.
And to make things even worse top players like Colback, Cisse, Coloccini, Sissoko, Janmaat and Williamson got themselves suspended – Cisse for a massive seven matches.
This is what John has said after the win on Sunday against West Ham that saved our bacon:
“I think there have been an awful lot of things gone against me and the fact that there would be a big summer ahead of us.”
“I would be given the opportunity to bring players in, and liaise with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr to bring players into this football club to make it better.
“And I wanted to have the chance of doing that.” “This is a big summer now and I have had assurances that we are going to spend money.”
“So the fans can now go away, have their summer holidays, look forward to players coming through the door.”
“But also look forward to that fixture list coming through.”
John’s case is that yes his record is bad – but in five months he had to put up with so many problems and setbacks like no other manager has had to handle in the history of the game – and he dealt well with every single one of them.
And he can point out that managers like Jose Mourinho, Steve McClaren, Alan Pardew and even Freddy Shepherd have said he should get the job.
But when all is said and done with John Carver more is said than done – as we have found out many times this year.
And the very last thing Carver will want to point out to Lee is his terrible record of results.
It’s a difficult case to make, but we know John’s a good talker who talks a very good game to offset his results which are simply not there – these are sometimes referred to as excuses.
But Lee Charnley should be able to see straight through the smokescreen John puts up to defend his poor record which almost got Newcastle relegated.
And remember Lee Charnley doesn’t come out of this looking golden either, and Mike Ashley was obviously shocked that Newcastle were so near relegation at the end of the season.
Lee’s decision-making has to improve at the club, and he must not let sentiment enter into the decision he makes – always a cardinal error in management.
John will also indicate how well he has worked with Lee and Chief Scout Graham Carr – and how well they get on – but an experienced executive would see right through John’s weak case.
But Lee is not experienced and at a normal business, John would have no chance of getting the job.
Newcastle are far from being a normal business, and while it would seem almost a suicidal decision if Charnley did appoint John Carver to the job – the fact that he’s in with a chance shows you how Newcastle are being run these days.
Bottom line – Carver shouldn’t get anywhere near the job – but he could still end up as the head coach.