It has now been revealed that Steve McClaren WAS definitely approached and offered the Newcastle job with immediate effect.

The BBC have confirmed that the Derby boss knocked back the chance at the weekend of taking over immediately and managing the Newcastle team for these final three matches of the season.

The broadcaster has also said that contrary to speculation/reporting elsewhere, John Carver subsequently didn’t offer, or was asked, to resign.

Newcastle United stated in their short official statement that a series of meetings had taken place including the much publicised one between Lee Charnley and John Carver.

Amongst these meetings, the BBC say that Charnley met senior players to discuss the problems at the club, plus John Carver spoke with Mike Williamson after the amazing accusations he laid at the player’s door of getting sent off on purpose, which had led to the player releasing his own personal statement denying this was the case.

Newcastle United’s season has been chaotic from the opening run of seven Premier League matches without a win.

It is always a bad sign when so much focus, from both media and supporters, is on the action off the pitch.

This weekend was when things really came to a head and only time will tell if anything positive comes out of the collision course between John Carver and his players, then everything that followed.

You’ll struggle to find a single fan who doesn’t see both Lee Charnley and John Carver as part of the problem, rather than the solution, at St. James’ Park but only the eleven players that cross the line on Saturday against West Brom can in reality change the course Newcastle United are currently on.

Whether Steve McClaren could have inspired in these final three matches is open to question and even more so whether John Carver can, considering how public he’s helped make the problems within the United dressing room.

Just as on the pitch with the players, no doubt a mixture of lack of experience and ability has made clear John Carver isn’t the person to lead the team long-term.

So let’s hope despite this United crawl over the survival finishing line, preferably sooner rather than later.

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