John Carver must not become the next full time manager of Newcastle United. There, I’ve said it.

I don’t really feel any better for saying it, but any decision to go with JC on a full time basis from the summer would be complete and utter folly, which could lead to relegation and years of unending misery.

Much has been said on social media sites lately that local journalists are deliberately giving Carver a good press so that he gets the job. I’m not sure if this is true. It’s one for the fans to judge for themselves.

It’s probably the case that Carver is a popular figure with the local hacks. He gives them an ‘in’, maybe more so than Pardew ever did, and off the record briefings are gold dust in the Mike Ashley information vacuum.

Then we have Lee Charnley. All of a sudden the club’s MD is falling over himself to speak to the press. He wants everyone to support Carver, prompting fears he’s getting us all ready for the tragically inevitable announcement in the summer.

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Carver ticks every box for the regime. Press statements about ‘not getting involved in transfers’ was a big give away. With JC at the helm they’ll be able to sell Sissoko and a few others, not strengthen sufficiently and still have a manager – one that won’t take them to a tribunal. I hope I’m wrong.

The problem with Carver staying in the long-term is that he’s never been at a major football club as the manager and had to build a long-term project. Sure, he worked under Sir Bobby Robson during a wonderful era for the club, but let’s not kid ourselves here, it was Mr Robson who wove the magic.

What Newcastle need is a very skilled motivator and an experienced tactician who can develop a team. Fresh ideas and fresh impetus are needed. I’m not sure Carver brings that in enough quantity or quality. If he stays, I see him going the way of Glenn Roeder, completely losing the dressing room and a grasp on the challenges of Premier League management.

Carver is also very much tainted by what happened at Southampton when he confronted Newcastle fans in the away end. Yes, he apologised, but that was a huge moment. He lost major ground that day. There just isn’t enough goodwill towards him. Put him there for a whole season and frustration will creep in and he’ll be under huge pressure. He’s not up to it.

The club have a huge chance this summer to get a good manager in who can take it forwards.

I know many of the players back Carver as well, and have done publicly, but they are there to do the business on the pitch. What else can they say?

If that day arrives in late June, when the Sky Sports’ yellow ticker flashes up with ‘Carver signs improved deal’, it could well seal the fate of NUFC in the 15/16 season.

A shambles? You’re dead right it is.

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  • toon tony

    He’s exactly the right man for the FCB. A yes man, someone who will sit, beg and roll over when he’s told to. “There’s a good boy John “.

  • Roppa

    A good, well balanced article. I think you speak for the vast majority of true supporters.
    The Clubs intentions are quite obvious to all of us – they want Carver as the new Head Coach, and they will leave no stone unturned in their pursuit to do so. However, the fans have 13 opportunities to help influence the decision. At each game, the fans must unite together and vociferously remonstrate against the regime and make it quite clear the JC will not be a welcome appointment. We have 13 games left to make our feelings known – the remonstrations as shown at the Cardiff game, must be repeated by every true fan for each of the remain 13 games – It’s our only hope!!

  • Philippines

    ZZZZZ yawn…… Bob Paisley came from the ‘boot room’ at Liverpool after Shankley retired. Nobody had heard of him. He became the most successful UK manager prior to Ferguson.

    All this ‘yes man’ stuff…. its not new. Bobby Robson was told ‘don’t put Gary Speed down for next week’s team, we’ve sold him”. 

    Milner was sold behind Kevin Keegan’s back.

    The days of full manager/coach control appear to be over.

    Stop giving JC a hard time. Could you do better? Send in your CV and see if you get an interview.

  • Morpeth mag

    But bob paisley had the best board in English football backing him,,, not a money grabber who is only interested in advertising his brand and creaming off profits,,,,,

  • Maximus Moose

    Philippines
    Carvers no |Bob Paisley pal & its an insult to say so !!

  • Roppa

    Philippines 
    Pepe Guardiola could send in his CV and even he wouldn’t get an interview! 
    They’ve got the man they want and he ticks all of the boxes: a yes man, subservient, glad to have a job, has no ambition, doesn’t give a damn what the fans think, thinks Charnley is doing a great job, still has 5 years of an 8 year contract, will cost nothing to employ, will keep his inept minions – saving more in compensation payouts, and so it goes on………..
    This is not about JC, or about a head coach / manager, it’s more about a complete absence of any ambition from Ashley! This is a great opportunity to take the Club forward & to repay 52,000 fans for their devoted support, all we want is for the Club to show us some respect by getting the best man possible, and in the view of the entire Geordie nation, JC is not that man!

  • Laughlaugh

    There is nothing wrong with giving a rookie manager a job like this but he must be given a tonne of support regarding playing staff which ain’t gonna happen with this shambles. We need an experienced manager as far as I am concerned but I reckon they will stick with Carver.

  • Philippines

    Maximus Moose Philippines

    Pal… I am comparing JC with the Bob Paisley at the time he came out of the boot room. I am unclear as to where an ‘insult’ is perceived. I stated that he was the most successful UK manager prior to Ferguson.

  • Philippines

    Roppa In your previous reply to me you used the term ‘the entire Geordie nation’. Now you say ‘the vast majority’, not quite the same. You sound like my late mother ‘all the neighbours are saying……”. Smile.

  • Roppa

    Philippines Roppa 
    Apologies for my fraudulent slip – I meant the entire Geordie nation except for you – that could be construed as the vast majority. I’m sure you’re late mother (God bless her soul) would approve!

    I will smile, broadly – in fact I’ll get well & truly pxssed (as will the entire Geordie nation lol) – the day when Ashley shows some ambition for the Club

  • MidlandsMag

    Philippines 
    It’s not about any of us doing better is it?  It’s about getting in a coach who does know how to do better?

  • MidlandsMag

    Philippines
    My late mother (and a lot of other people) used to say “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”.  If John Carver had what it took to be a head coach, he would not have had to wait to get the position by default.

  • Porciestreet

    Philippines 
    Just licked the stamp…….!

  • No Brainer

    If John carver ends up an absolute joke then barrack him.
    I think he is trying to hard with his public appearances and probably needs to spend some time before to just relax a bit, he could also present himself a bit better sure his lass will help with that over time.

    Having said that if he ends up doing a corker job and we finish where we should top eight, then I may be him backing for the full time job in 3 months time, however that is of course all speculation as a different guy may already be waiting in the wings.

    Whatever, we really should be supporting the team and the coach at every match, who ever they are.

  • No Brainer

    Roppa Philippines Who would you like?

  • No Brainer

    MidlandsMag Philippines and nor would Bob Paisley?

  • No Brainer

    toon tony Football Club Barcelona?

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Philippines Maximus Moose Comparing Apples with withered prunes in that regard. Paisley had players  of quality – we have a Board and regime intent on bargain basement shopping. Heaven knows where Carr will be scouting when the next Sky deal kicks in and prices rise throughout the domestic and European market..

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer But yesterday you said we should all walk and not come back.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer Roppa Philippines You, No Brainer, you! It must be one of the few jobs you havent done yet???

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Philippines Maximus Moose Come on, dear. Shankley, Fagan and Bennet were part of that management/coaching set-up. 
    Paisley was an integral part of Liverpool for 28 years before he got the top spot. JC is hardly in the same bracket by anyone’s stretch of the imagination.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer MidlandsMag Philippines 28 years with LFC before his ‘default’ position. Reserve coach and Physio before assistant (15 years) to the great Shankly.

  • magpie9

    There must be at least one good manager in the 80 applicants that want the job, notice no person except Carver has stated they want the job, they are just shy?

  • Greggy164

    Its not a manager you will be hiring. Its a head coach.
    Managers have a say in transfers. Head coaches do as they are told. Look at Rangers

  • Greggy164

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer Roppa Philippines  I would vote for him aswell.

    No Brains for President

  • Laughlaugh

    You would have to be desperate as hell to want to manage Newcastle. Other than a great support and stadium we have not a thing going for us unless there is a manger/coach out there that gets turned on by profit making!!

  • Toon Magpie

    Ashley isn’t looking for a manager or head coach, all he wants is a buffer zone or shield to protect himself from the fans.

  • Toon Magpie

    No Brainer Mugpie.

  • Toon Magpie

    Philippines Carver should walk and stop protecting the big man otherwise fans will be  giving Carver a hard time. It is not a case of could we do better, we are Newcastle United not a sunday league team.

  • Greggy164

    Toon Magpie  Theres 1 here in Glasgow

  • MilitantGeordie

    I called it as soon as Pardew walked. Ashley chose to let him go before the January window opened so the club could pretend they were looking for a coach ( no time for transfers other than going out ).Carver was the only candidate for head puppet. In the summer the club will pull the same trick… Pretend to look for a coach, net spending will be profit to Ashley, TV money disappears and Carver is announced as permanent head puppet. I can almost write Charnley’s script for him… ” We spent a long time searching for a head coach this summer but felt John is the man to take us forward after keeping us in the league. We didn’t have time to re-invest the funds from the Sissoko transfer but there will be money available should we need it in January.Besides the squad has never been stronger with De Jong and Taylor coming back “. This profit driven regime is a disgrace to football.

  • Porciestreet

    Toon Magpie Philippines 
    Then it’s time we stopped playing like a sunday league team. There are teams in “d” division that are better organised thin what we have at the moment.

  • Porciestreet

    No Brainer MidlandsMag Philippines 
    are you seriously comparing Bob Paisley with JC, your off your trolley.

  • Stonesy

    I totally disagree. Very sorry but as far as I’m concerned anyone who still persists in financing this appalling regime is not a supporter of what used to be our club or team. You are supporters of Ashley and everything he is trying to achieve for his own ends. And nothing more. Don’t kid yourselves. Like a lot of people here I’ve carried on supporting through times of bad football, relegations (3 for me so far) and incompetent ownership. But this man has stolen the club and everything it means from us. As it stands it is nothing much more than a postcode. I will give my money to a non league team of my choice and return to my beloved club when it relaunches after this vile creature Ashley finally slings his hook.

  • Greggy164

    MilitantGeordie  Do you think Ashley has the brassneck to give Carver the job? He must know the fans want better

  • Greggy164

    Toon Magpie  Im always a legend when Im playing FM

  • GToon

    Greggy164 MilitantGeordie Like the fans influence what Ashley thinks!!!!

  • Greggy164

    GToon Greggy164 MilitantGeordie He employed Shearer and Keegan. He went for what the fans wanted then. No?

  • Roppa

    Stonesy 
    Very eloquently put Stonesy, I agree with every word you wrote. The fans that continue to attend the home games are their own worst enemies. As long as SJP is full every week the TV cameras will be attracted to the games & thus Sports Direct will continue their parasitic ways of getting free exposure. If SJP was barely half full, the TV cameras would be less inclined to come & consequently SD’s exposure would be greatly reduced. The answer is simple – as you suggest – don’t attend the home games until he & his despot regime have gone.

  • Greggy164

    Stonesy  Achieve gives the impression of ambition.

  • Greggy164

    Philippines  Im gonnae send mine in. Bit of a God at FM me

  • Stonesy

    Correct, his ambition, not ours. The scumbag.

  • Greggy164

    Stonesy  He doesnt have ambition. He only wants Newcastle running at a profit. Ambition is what the fans have.

  • Toon Magpie

    Porciestreet obviously but how? The team is abysmal, the head coach is clueless and tactically inept and he FCB is tight fisted and tight lipped.

  • toontom68

    No Brainer should your nickname on here not have a comma in there……no brain,er.

  • Greggy164

    magpie9  Im a shy guy. I would to you a turn. FM Legend

  • MilitantGeordie

    Greggy164 MilitantGeordie Well.. He changed the name of the stadium, took the piss out of two of our heroes Keegan and Shearer, inflicted Wise and Kinnear on us, repeatedly sells players without adequate replacement, defaced the iconic East Stand lettering and plastered SD shite all over the place without paying and diverted the merchandise profits from the club to SD. So yes.. i think he would give Carver the job full time.. especially since he knows most don’t want him. He seems to get a kick out of making us angry/ depressed.

  • Greggy164

    MilitantGeordie  Maybe no him but his cohorts. You know what I mean

  • Greggy164

    MilitantGeordie  Ye know what I mean. Maybe no him personally but his 2 bawbags

  • Chemical Dave

    Philippines

  • partworntyres

    carver’s got it dead right – 11 geordies eat nothing but stotties with a burger from the van at half time – champion – league next season!

  • Greggy164

    partworntyres  I won the big cup 3 times in a row with Rangers on FM. Give me a try

  • Toonie1949

    Feel exactly the same way never been to St James for 4 years and will not return till that parasite Ashley is gone.

  • Toonbadger

    Great article