It has now been revealed that Steve McClaren WAS definitely approached and offered the Newcastle job with immediate effect.

The BBC have confirmed that the Derby boss knocked back the chance at the weekend of taking over immediately and managing the Newcastle team for these final three matches of the season.

The broadcaster has also said that contrary to speculation/reporting elsewhere, John Carver subsequently didn’t offer, or was asked, to resign.

Newcastle United stated in their short official statement that a series of meetings had taken place including the much publicised one between Lee Charnley and John Carver.

Amongst these meetings, the BBC say that Charnley met senior players to discuss the problems at the club, plus John Carver spoke with Mike Williamson after the amazing accusations he laid at the player’s door of getting sent off on purpose, which had led to the player releasing his own personal statement denying this was the case.

Newcastle United’s season has been chaotic from the opening run of seven Premier League matches without a win.

It is always a bad sign when so much focus, from both media and supporters, is on the action off the pitch.

This weekend was when things really came to a head and only time will tell if anything positive comes out of the collision course between John Carver and his players, then everything that followed.

You’ll struggle to find a single fan who doesn’t see both Lee Charnley and John Carver as part of the problem, rather than the solution, at St. James’ Park but only the eleven players that cross the line on Saturday against West Brom can in reality change the course Newcastle United are currently on.

Whether Steve McClaren could have inspired in these final three matches is open to question and even more so whether John Carver can, considering how public he’s helped make the problems within the United dressing room.

Just as on the pitch with the players, no doubt a mixture of lack of experience and ability has made clear John Carver isn’t the person to lead the team long-term.

So let’s hope despite this United crawl over the survival finishing line, preferably sooner rather than later.


  • Polarboy

    I’m just hoping that if we do survive the upshot of McClaren turning them down twice will be that they won’t ask again.

  • A lex

    The levels of incompetence are truly staggering.
    So, with Carver and McLaren now surely out of the mix, any of the remaining 78 interested?

  • dude 1

    not that daft then is he seen the light and said [email protected]@k off Fat lad I don’t need that hassell  i’ll stay with what I’ve got

  • tino o

    We’ve dodged a bullet . only slightly better than carver. We now need some luck and 100 percent effort from our players fingers crossed!

  • Bornunderabigbluestar

    Interesting, my take on all this is that in January it was a done deal Mclaren was to be manager and Carver coach and all to happen in the summer. But we’ve had a car crash in between with JC not yet able to secure the points for survival (that and he has a long term contract at the club)
    Doesn’t mean Mclaren won’t be here in the summer though as planned IF we survive.
    They didn’t see this coming and have no plan B as there is no one at the club with the football experience to do anything about it, running a club with bare bones (and no spine) is one gamble too many.

  • foggonridiculous

    So we seem to have a Manager who doesn’t have belief in what his players can do for him….
    and an owner who doesn’t have belief in what his Coach can do for him…..

    Newcastle need a Leader  to get us out of the mess we are in and it is difficult to see where that leadership is going to come from at the minute.

    If it is true that McLaren was asked to come in now, then any authority Carver may have had left has been further undermined by Mr. Ashley. So it’s  therefore down to Ashley to see that process through and get someone in now who can do the job that Carver – despite his loyalty and passion – is clearly not able to do.

  • Brownale69

    Do we need another loser?

  • jarra lad

    So let’s get this straight. The hierarchy obviously don’t think Carver is up to the job of keeping us up, so they ask McClaren to come in immediately to rescue us. He, not surprisingly, tells them to sod off so they say: “Alright then, we’ll just stick with Carver” (who they have already admitted is not up to the job, otherwise they wouldn’t have offered it to McClaren!)
    The sheer incompetence of the idiots who run our club is staggering! After 5/6/7 consecutive defeats, no fight in the players and morale at rock-bottom they should already have been working on Plan B (get McClaren in), PLUS Plan C (if he turns us down – have somebody else lined up). But no, these pillocks don’t even have a Plan A!
    It’s now left up to US to come to the rescue by getting right behind the players for the remaining three games and hoping we can somehow “inspire” them enough to get their fingers out and fight for the club. Otherwise we have just got to rely on the clubs below us failing to get the points needed to overtake us.

  • Andgeo

    Humiliating!!! Is this the best mike ashley can do??

  • Jamiekgordon

    Steve mcClaren doesn’t even want to manage Newcastle United!
    We are a disgrace, I will not give the club a penny or second of my time.
    If I saw Mike Ashley in a casino, on fire I would order a sambuca and pour it on him and warm my little hands up on his bubbling body fat and light a cigar off his burning forehead…..

  • mentalman

    I must have missed the part in the article where it was confirmed by someone other than a media source

  • shadsdad

    Pity really, after all we’ve not had any trouble signing Wallys before!!

  • BillytheFish

    I might get shot for this, but give John Carver some credit for refusing to accept the situation, and bringing it all to a boil… can be the best manager in the world, but if the workforce are rubbish you have no chance.

    looks toxic to us looking in………Lets hope these players grow some, and earn their weekly wage that most of us work a year to achieve.