Newcastle United have appointed current caretaker boss John Carver as the cub’s new head coach until the end of the 2014-15 season.
Carver, 50, has been an assistant coach at Newcastle for nearly 10 years in two separate spells and has taken charge of the first team after Alan Pardew left Newcastle for Crystal Palace in early January.
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The “local lad” spent his youth team career at Newcastle but never made a first team appearance for the Magpies, however his passion and commitment to the club remains. That said, Carver has won just one game from the four he has taken charge as Newcastle’s caretaker boss, that came when he took charge following Sir Bobby Robson’s dismissal back in 2004.
Managing director Lee Charnley told the club’s website why Carver had been put in charge until the end of the season.
“At the beginning of this process it was my desire and intention to appoint an individual to the position of head coach who would be available to start immediately,” Charnley said. “Having now explored at some length the options available to us at this time, the decision has been taken to defer the appointment of a permanent head coach until the end of the season.
“The head coach will be a long-term appointment that will play a major role in shaping the future on-field progression of Newcastle United and it is vitally important that we get the right individual. John has a long history with the Club and has the full support of the board. Our goal for the season of a minimum top ten finish remains unchanged and we are confident that John, supported by the backroom staff, will be able to deliver this.”
So, hardly a vote of confidence from Charnley is it? As for Carver, he added that it was “a proud day” for him and that he can help “deliver exciting successful football” to Newcastle’s fans.
Although this move has momentarily cleared up any lingering doubt surrounding the managerial situation at St James’ Park, it also clearly states that Newcastle do not believe Carver is the long-term successor to Pardew but he will have to do for now. Not exactly awe inspiring, is it?
Current Ajax boss Frank de Boer has been quoted as saying he would fancy a move to the PL, with Newcastle a serious candidate, but he will not move on from the Dutch champions until this summer at the earliest. Given a dearth of top quality managerial candidates, perhaps this is a smart move by the Magpies to not rush things so they find the right man.
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However, Newcastle’s players will now play out the remaining 16 games of the season for a manager who, more then likely, will not be in charge next season. Not ideal for the Magpies as they sit just seven points off the relegation zone and have only won one of their last seven PL matches.
There’s always one team who slides from mid-table and into the relegation battle. Given Newcastle’s recent poor form, even more uncertainty as to their long-term direction and continued fan unrest, are the Magpies doomed to finish up 2014-15 as a rudderless ship or can Carver reignite his under-performing stars?