John Carver has been told he is staying at Newcastle United according to an ‘exclusive’ in the Express this morning.

The newspaper claim that Mike Ashley has been impressed by Carver’s ‘leadership qualities’.

However, just how much of an ‘exclusive’ it actually is, is open to question.

The newspaper are simply claiming that they have been told he will be staying in ‘some capacity’.

Their piece reads:

‘NEWCASTLE UNITED have told interim head coach John Carver that he is staying at St James’ Park.

Although the Toon hierarchy are still looking for a successor to Alan Pardew, Carver will be offered a new contract in some capacity.

Owner Mike Ashley and chief executive Lee Charnley have been impressed with Carver’s leadership qualities and loyalty to the club.

The 50 year old Geordie would love the head coach’s job on a permanent basis and although that hasn’t been ruled out, it’s still likely that he will be offered a support role at the club.’

However, exactly why they would need to offer the current/temporary Newcastle Head Coach a new contract is a bit of a puzzle, considering what John Carver himself said earlier this week about his situation at St. James’ Park.

“I have got a contract until the end of the season and then my assistant manager contract kicks in, if they don’t want me to take over for next season, or the following season.”

No doubt many Newcastle fans will be gnashing their teeth at the reference to loyalty to the club, with John Carver’s actions and words since he was promoted suggesting it is more like blind loyalty to Mike Ashley in desperation for the top job longer term.

The whole direction and health of the club in the years to come could massively rest on who starts the season in charge of team affairs at Newcastle United.