Steve McClaren is arriving back from Crete today from his summer vacation, and is set to be unveiled as the new Newcastle head coach probably tomorrow, and it seems that John Carver’s role at Newcastle is one of the things Steve still needs to sort out, along with who else will be in his backroom staff.
John Carver – disastrous spell
Carver had the chance of managing Newcastle for 20 games this year when he took over from the departed Alan Pardew, and he took the opportunity whenever he could of rather blatantly touting himself for the job.
But his results on the field and his own performance in press briefings off the field did nothing to convince anybody that he was the right man for the job,
In fact John had a disastrous spell as the Newcastle head coach this year, going ten games and getting only one point that put Newcastle in real danger of being relegated, and in the 20 matches he managed Newcastle for, we won only three and lost 13.
The Chronicle is reporting today that McClaren could bring in the well respected Steve Black, who is from Newcastle, as a sports psychologist, and the two of them worked together at QPR for three months from July 2013.
Certainly the Newcastle players performed very poorly this year for Carver, and it was all in their head as they showed in the final game of the season when they played very well to beat West Ham 2-0.
That saved us from relegation so a well respected sports psychologist, who has an excellent reputation for motivating players (and coaches) would be a good appointment at Newcastle.
He could even convince our players they are the best in the business.
We always remember that quote from manager Ian Holloway when he was told one of his players was suffering from a little concussion and didn’t know who he was – and Ian said:
“Tell him he’s Pele and get him back on.”
Also somebody who can prevent all the injuries we pick up every single season, and nothing seems to be done about it.
The main thing for Steve McClaren to work out is who will be his assistant manager – but we expect it will be John Carver because it seems Lee Charnley wanted the minimum of changes made at Newcastle once Alan Pardew left.
You usually do that when you are doing well – not when your are in a crisis.