The Chronicle is reporting tonight that John Carver and his coaches – Steve Stone, Andy Woodman and Dave Watson – all left on holiday this week without knowing what their status would be for next season
John has said a few weeks ago he would know his status within the 48 hours following our last game – but that hasn’t happened – although they are all have long contacts at Newcastle which still have five years to run.
John Carver on Sunday
There are understood to have been no discussions with Lee Charnley, who is charged by the owner with selecting the new head coach for Newcastle – and that will be a crucial decision for Charnley to make.
But when you consider things have changed an awful lot since the end of January – whoever thought that Newcastle would be fighting relegation this season when we were 4th top at the end of November?
Certainly not Mike Ashley – as he mentioned in his Sky Sports interview – and it wouldn’t be a shock if Ashley and Charnley have had a discussion about who the head coach should be – with Mike giving Lee some input.
So while there may be some uncertainty with the coaching staff, the Managing Director needs to take a step back and understand that this summer is going to be absolutely crucial to the club.
And there are a number of good coaches available now, who will not cost any compensation to bring them in since they are out of coaching at the moment – and three of them are Michael Laudrup, Remi Garde and Roberto di Matteo – and either one of those would seem to be a good choice.
And if they want to bring in their own coaching staff then that should be allowed, since John Carver and his coaching staff certainly have’t impressed too many people this year.
Yes, we had a lot of players out with injury and suspensions, but in the last four or five games most of them were back and essentially John had the same players that went on a six game winning streak back in October and November.
It may be a good sign that Lee Charnley is taking a step back and considering the situation, and if his plan was to appoint Steve McClaren as head coach with John Carver as his assistant manager, then the events of this year should tell him that would not be a good choice.