Steve McClaren is almost certain to be named the new head coach at Newcastle next week when he returns from his summer vacation, and that will signal no change to the coaching staff, with John Carver probably remaining as assistant manager, with the rest of the coaching staff of Steve Stone, Andy Woodman, Peter Beardsley and Dave Watson remaining at the club.
John Carver has done himself no favors this year
There are some rumors that Andy Woodman may john Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, and the out-of-work Lee Clark could be brought back into the coaching staff – certainly Lee’s a lot better and more experienced than John Carver.
And if Andy Woodman leaves the club, it’s expected that goalkeeping coach Eric Steel would be brought in and he’s been at Derby County with McClaren.
There will be significant money available to McClaren to strengthen the squad, but the targets are already identified, although agents are asking who will be the new manager, before they are interested in their players making any moves to Newcastle.
And John Carver, who has been working with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr this year, and who scared the living daylights out of Newcastle fan when he kept hinting he could get the head coach position job full time – will act as an initial adviser to Steve.
John will get McClaren up to speed quickly with the players in the squad, and also bring him up to date with who the transfer targets are this summer.
So while at most clubs John Carver would be under the threat of being fired for his poor performance this year, at Newcastle with the way Charnley makes his decisions (with far too much sentiment), it would not be too surprising if John gets a pay rise to stay at the club and step back down to being assistant manager.
That would be consistent with the bizarre way Lee Charnley has run the club over the last six months, when Newcastle almost got themselves relegated.
And Lee Clark could have been a decent choice as the new assistant manager at Newcastle, and Carver could have disappeared into a scouting role under Graham Carr, or something like that, after his coaching abilities have been brought into serious question this year.