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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