John Carver has said he intends to stay at Newcastle even if the club don’t give him the Head Coach job next season.

Pardew’s former assistant says that while his Head Coach contract runs out in the summer, if it is not renewed then he envisages staying on as assistant to any new appointment.

Talking to the Chronicle, John Carver:

“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.”

Giving it everything:

“I will just do this job as long as I need to. The one thing that I can assure people out there, is that I am giving it everything, as you have seen.

“The players are giving everything and that is important to me.”

Exactly for whose ears John Carver is sending out this message, at this stage of the season, we can only guess.

Is it telling the Newcastle hierarchy that he won’t go quietly or is it for somebody else’s attention?

Pretty much any credible new manager/head coach usually wants to bring in their own people to help them do the job.

If things don’t change substantially in the next eight matches, having John Carver stay at the club under a new person in charge would be an ‘interesting’ situation.

For many supporters, Carver has painted himself into a corner with his wholehearted endorsement of what is happening at the club under Mike Ashley.

For those fans it would look a big negative for any new manager/head coach if they came in and had John Carver as their assistant.

Rightly or wrongly, supporters would assume that this would have been imposed as a penny pinching exercise and also suggest weakness in the new bloke for not demanding he gets the right tools for the job.