No one is doubting that John Carver will not be the manager of Newcastle United come next season.
The only question is when the change will come, and it might be coming very soon.
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Reports out of England claim that the Magpies are trying to lure Steve McClaren to St. James’ Park before the season’s end, hoping he can help keep Newcastle afloat for the final three matches of the season.
McClaren is currently the manager of Derby County, who narrowly missed out on the Championship playoffs on the final day of the season. He has previously served as the manager of England and Nottingham Forest, as well as FC Twente in the Eredivisie and Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.
The former England boss has been on the Magpies radar for a while now, and he was a top option in January when Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace. Instead John Carver was appointed, and it has all been downhill from there.
Newcastle is in a free-fall, losers of eight straight in the league while failing to earn a point since February. If things weren’t bad enough for John Carver, he basically sealed his fate when he called out Mike Williamson, saying he thought the midfielder got sent off on purpose in Newcastle’s 3-0 loss to Leicester City.
It was bizarre to see a manager call out a player publicly like that, and it has been apparent for weeks now that the job may be too much for Carver. He has even admitted that the players simply may not be listening to him, which shows how little control he has over his squad.
Newcastle currently sit 15th on the table, just three points clear of the drop. With three remaining matches against West Bromwich, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham, points are a must at St. James’ Park.