Almost as though it is intended solely to wind Newcastle fans up even further, John Carver announced at today’s Southampton pre-match press conference that the search for a new manager/head coach is ‘well under way’ and the appointment could be made by time the Hull match comes around.

To save you having to check, the away match at Hull is on January 31, with the transfer window shutting at 11pm on the Monday (February 2).

john-carver-chelsea-newcastle-united-nufc-2016-03-600x410I can’t believe that there is any way that John Carver would have made that kind of comment off the top of his head.

He might be allowed to waffle about tactics and formations but something like this will undoubtedly have been ordered from above.

When asked the question he could easily have said either it wasn’t his place to answer that, or the stock reply of working hard behind the scenes etc etc

The fact that the Hull match weekend coincides with the transfer window easing/slamming shut, can only make me believe that Mike Ashley is really really taking the mick and taking a great deal of pleasure in it.

The day of the Humberside fixture will be 34 days since Pardew left and with John Carver and the unemployed seemingly the only realistic candidates, I await with interest and fading hope.

Ironically, Carver’s comment come just the day after Gary Lineker stated that it was brilliant tactics by Mike Ashley to delay appointing a Pardew replacement, so the club wouldn’t have to buy players in the transfer window.