News has broken that Patrick Vieira is no longer being considered for the Newcastle United job, with the club now set to talk to John Carver within the next 48 hours.

Sky have broken the news and other media reports claim that the sticking point on Patrick Vieira was that he wanted to have too much of a (any?!!!)  say on which players were bought and sold.

The broadcaster says that according to their sources, the former Arsenal midfielder isn’t a candidate ‘if they (NUFC) decide to change head coach’.

They went on to release a further message via their Twitter feed, saying that Newcastle United officials will meet John Carver in the next two days to ‘clarify his position’.

“BREAKING: Sky sources: Patrick Vieira no longer under consideration by NUFC if they decide to change head coach.”

“BREAKING: Sky sources: Newcastle to hold talks with John Carver in next 48 hours to clarify his position.”

The sceptics (majority?) amongst us have long feared that Mike Ashley’s intention was always to give the job to John Carver, even though a run of only 3 wins in 20 games almost brought disaster to the club.

With Newcastle making clear in January just how little say any future Head Coach/Manager would have in the running of the team/club, it was always hard to see how any credible coach/manager would take the job.

Steve McClaren is still being talked about as a live contender but having being sacked by Championship club Derby County, would even he choose the Newcastle United circus.

Those who took Mike Ashley’s staged pre-West Ham TV interview as signs of better times ahead, must feel that that speech was a lot longer than 9 days ago.

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