Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has been talking about Newcastle’s situation after a simply horrendous season, when we almost found ourselves relegated after a terrible eight game losing streak under interim head coach John Carver, and after that record the fact John is still on the short list tells you something about the current Newcastle Board of Football (Mike Ashley’s words).
A great shot of John and Jonas on Sunday – we were safe!!
In a proper football club, John’s record would have had him sacked before the end of the season – but in the end the lads pulled out a famous win and good display to beat West Ham 2-0 and that was thanks to two great performances from Jonas Gutierrez – he’s that new Newcastle legend, and an unlikely hero in Vurnon Anita who played his best game ever for Newcastle in their most important game in six years.
Alan Shearer doubts that John can get the head coach job full time this summer:
“Ashley is staying but clearly a lot needs to be sorted out to make sure they are never in the same situation on the last day again.” The first thing that needs clearing up is the managerial situation.”
“John Carver was appointed until the end of the season and wants to keep the job but I would be surprised if he stayed on.” I know how much he loves the club, how hard he has worked and how much he has been hurting during their recent run.”
“I see him staying on in some capacity but it will be very difficult for him to stay on as manager.” Whoever is in charge, the playing squad needs a massive overhaul. As we have seen, the team is lacking a lot at the moment.”
“Goals, creativity, defensive leadership, a bit of everything really.” Funds need to be made available and, if they are, then the right players have to be brought in who care about the club.”
John may well be kept at the club in some capacity, and let’s be clear – you can never question John’s love of the club.
There were some fantastic scenes on Sunday when each time we scored, with John rushing over to Daryl Janmaat and hugging him, and then assaulting Jonas Gutierrez after he had scored that sensational second goal.
On NBC over here they pointed out just what it meant to John, the coaches and of course the great Newcastle fans – who were simply monumental on Sunday and definitely helped the lads get a famous win.
The next step is for Lee Charnley to appoint a new head coach – and we hope we get a very good one.
That’s going to be crucial to Newcastle’s short term future, and we have to hope it’s not Carver or Steve McClaren – which would be another easy and comfortable choice for Lee Charnley to make – but the wrong one.
What do you think?