Get your daily update and weekly newsletter by signing up today!


Former Newcastle star gets it wrong on John Carver

7 years ago

Former Newcastle star Steve Harper has got it wrong on John Carver.

Current players are only ever going to say one thing when asked whether John Carver should get the Newcastle Head coach job long-term, the same going for former players who have any kind of attachment to Carver.

(To feature like Jane, send in your articles for our website to [email protected] – all views are the author’s own etc etc)

Having known John Carver for the last couple of decades, Steve Harper undoubtedly falls into this second category.

Harper cites the case of Glenn Roeder as a reason for Carver getting the role long-term, the former Newcastle keeper wrong for all kinds of reasons.

Steve Harper:

“It is up to John and the club between now and the end of the season.

“Their safety is well assured in the Premier League and so there is no pressure on them now, they have got the freedom to go out and play.”

Less experience than John Carver?:

“It will be tough but certainly when Glenn Roeder stepped up, he would earn the right, and he had a lot less experience than John had.

“John has been in and around the first team not just under Sir Bobby but recently as well, it is in his hands and I wish him well.”

Sorry Steve, but to talk of John Carver having more experience than Glenn Roeder had, is pure nonsense.

When Roeder got the Newcastle job he was also promoted from within at St. James’ Park, but on his CV he’d already managed throughout the divisions with both Gillingham and Watford, before also adding a Premier League job to his list, when he was taken on by West Ham.

Sad to say he didn’t do a great job at any of them and was sacked by all three, which was the reason he ended up working with the kids at Newcastle.

However, before he came back to United, Glenn Roeder also had experience as a coach with England when Glenn Hoddle gave him a role.

To talk of John Carver having anything like the background Roeder had is ludicrous, apart from the jobs he’s landed at Newcastle United, Carver doesn’t have anything else that really comes close to that – a short spell managing in Canada is a million miles away from what is needed at Newcastle.

It isn’t a character assassination of John Carver, just pointing out that nothing in his past suggests he is capable of managing (head coaching) Newcastle United.

Roeder got the United job in February 2006 after Graeme Souness was (thankfully) finally sacked and the team actually went on an inspiring run and finished seventh. Alan Shearer had been temporarily given a job as assistant to Roeder as well as his playing duties, undoubtedly helping the team move up to 7th and get Roeder the job on a permanent contract.

Of course Shearer retired at the end of that season, Kevin Bond was brought in as assistant to Roeder, and Newcastle bombed – Glenn Roeder sacked/resigning before the end of the season.

Promoting from within has never worked in the modern day era at St. James’ Park, with the case of Richard Dinnis particularly painful in the 1970s.

Newcastle were relegated in Dinnis’ first season, whilst the drop also awaited United within two years of Roeder leaving.

Giving John Carver the job will leave many of us worrying if it will be third time unlucky…


If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]

Have your say

© 2022 The Mag. All Rights Reserved. Design & Build by Mediaworks