This time last year, John Carver was in the process of attempting to get Newcastle United relegated from what had appeared an impossible position.

The 19 April 2015 had seem Pardew’s former assistant rack up a sixth Premier League defeat in a row against Tottenham at home, with a boycott protest against Mike Ashley leading to a crowd in attendance of only around forty thousand.

Next up were defeats against Swansea and Leicester as United moved into May.

In terms of management changes in the past 12 months, Newcastle have gone from the ridiculous (Carver) to the (turned out to be equally) ridiculous (Steve McClaren), before ending belatedly at the sublime (Rafa Benitez).

Still not snapped up since leaving St James Park, John Carver has once again made a media appearance talking about his old club and its latest manager – offering advice as to how they could approach the tricky problem of keeping him.

I’m a bit worried as I find myself agreeing with Sir Bobby Robson’s former number two!

John Carver talking to Talksport:

“I can’t think of a better place to be than Newcastle United.

“Rafa has been at Liverpool and he understands what passionate football is all about, it would be a great opportunity for him (to stay long-term at Newcastle).

“They (NUFC) might even say (to Rafa Benitez) ‘if you stay, you can still do the national job part-time’.

“That might be something they put in his head and if I was the football club – I would do everything to keep him here….get him to build something.

“We are crying out for structure right throughout the club – from the bottom all the way to the top.

“You could do it (managing Spain and Newcastle) if you have good staff around you.

“Usually if you go away on international duty you have hardly got any players left at the training ground anyway.

“It could be the best option for Newcastle (Rafa doing both jobs) because they can’t afford to lose him, he is ideal (for Newcastle United).”