Over the years I have met John Carver a few times, I don’t know him but I do know that he is a Newcastle fan and passionate about our City.
Of course he isn’t unique in that respect, there are hundreds of thousands of us with those credentials but it doesn’t necessarily make us the right person to manage or head coach Newcastle United.
What those attributes do give John Carver, or at least should do, is the advantage of understanding the position the football club holds for the people. As well as having an appreciation of the politics surrounding NUFC’s working with fans, the media and so on.
Whether he can then show he has what it takes to actually do the job is then down to him.
He’s in a strange position because it is hardly a neutral situation, he had a good few brownie points from his association with Sir Bobby but then the scales are balanced by fans marking him down due to his closeness to Alan Pardew.
Carver started off regularly namechecking Sir Bobby but then he has drifted more towards speaking of Pardew, especially with the hype surrounding the game at Palace.
I think he has to use this breathing space of a week and a half before the next match to carefully think about how he approaches the remaining thirteen matches.
I think it is pretty clear, at least in my opinion, that John Carver has been told the job is his longer term if things don’t go badly wrong this season. Looking back on January and it looks like the press were being fed more than their fair share of red herrings when it came to potential candidates for the permanent post of head coach.
The only show in town for me is Carver doing the job, it is very difficult to see how they could bring in an outsider who would fit how they intend to keep on doing things at Newcastle United.
The big difference though between Alan Pardew and John Carver is for me the fact that John is a Newcastle boy who is from here, lives here and will do so in the future.
Like any other manager Alan Pardew was only going to be here for a certain period before moving elsewhere, this is home for Carver.
In that respect, for all I believe John Carver has the backing of Mike Ashley and his minions, I also think he needs a certain support of the fans to continue to do the job.
I don’t believe he can be so detached and aloof as Pardew managed to be during some seriously long bad runs of form.
John Carver talked of the point being a good one at Palace and a record or one win, three draws and two defeats in his six league matches not being a bad one. He might be stretching a point about the six points from six games but a draw wasn’t bad at Palace, it was just the way it was achieved that doesn’t sit well with many people.
One shot on target in the entire match, a negative formation and very defensive substitutions.
I bit like a bird that hasn’t flown yet, Carver needs to take a deep breath and step out bravely from his comfort zone, flapping his wings as hard as possible.
Only by showing that he can produce some decent football will John Carver carry the fans with him. Fans can take up and down results up to a point but I think they have to be convinced that change on the pitch is possible from what they see up to the end of the season.
Performances can change people’s opinions and I do think he has to see that being brave is a move where he has absolutely nothing to lose.