John Carver and Steve Stone have been sacked by Newcastle United.

The story was broken by The Telegraph on Tuesday afternoon and then confirmed by Sky Sports.

Never nice to see anybody lose their job but for the club to have any chance of moving forward, it had reached a point where it was impossible for the pair to continue.

With no improvement in the performance of the team in recent years, the clueless nature of attacking and defending set-pieces summing up the underlying problems.

Things came to a head when Alan Pardew left and Mike Ashley made the ridiculous decision to try and coast through to the end of the season with John Carver and Steve Stone in charge.

A near relegation followed and a record of only 3 wins in 20 matches speaks for itself.

Only on the final day of the season did victory over West Ham confirm safety for Newcastle United.

A record breaking eight defeats in a row left the fans stunned, as Carver and Stone appeared powerless to stop the rot.

Sadly things were further compounded with John Carver managing to wind up supporters even further with press conferences that were even worse than those conducted by Alan Pardew in many people’s eyes.

John Carver’s ability to tow the Mike Ashley line and see a completely different view of events than any rational person, meant that it became ever harder to see Pardew’s former assistant remain at the club, despite his repeated claims that he would remain as number two if he didn’t get the Head Coach job on a permanent basis.

Both Carver and Stone are local lads and no doubt did their best but this was patently not good enough if Newcastle United are going to move forward.

Let’s hope the new manager and coaching team are installed as soon as possible, with some common sense and realism of what is needed breaking out within St James’ Park and inside Mike Ashley’s head.