When it was confirmed that John Carver would stay on as Newcastle United head coach until at least the end of the season it was greeted with surprise by many.
The former assistant manager had failed to win a game in his first four matches in charge, including being knocked out of the FA Cup by Leicester City. He had also taken just one league point from an unconvincing 3-3 draw with Burnley. To the Toon Army it looked as though Mike Ashley was willing to settle for another mediocre season culminating in a lower mid-table finish.
Instead of stifling the Magpies, however, the confirmation of Carver’s job security seems to have encouraged them to perform and for the players to prove their worth to the main man.
If the 3-0 win at Hull City is anything to go by, Carver and his team should be far from happy to settle for mid-table and will be pushing to turn Newcastle’s decent start to the season into European qualification. Having seen the win secured with goals by Remy Cabella, Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran, users of BETFAIR’s expert betting app might consider Newcastle to offer decent value in the Europa League qualification market.
A significant proportion of the Toon Army were glad to see the back of Alan Pardew but many would have expected him to be replaced by a big name immediately.
By keeping Carver in post Ashley has brought some stability to the club, allowing the players to deal with a familiar face and to continue the positive parts of what Pardew was responsible for.
Ashley put the local man in charge and his passion seems to have been reflected in the Hull performance. Carver might not be Ashley’s first choice to continue in the post next season but he will be doing everything in his power to force the owner’s hand and make it impossible not to offer him the job full-time.