So there we have it. A four week “search” for a new head coach, where apparently the club had to field eighty applications for the role, has ended with John Carver being handed the reigns until the end of the season for the very least.
An uninspiring and yet completely predictable decision once again sees Newcastle United write off a season for the second year running in January. The pressure is now on Lee Charnley and head scout Graham Carr to deliver a credible head coach before the summer transfer window opens at the beginning of July but it would not surprise me if Carver remained in charge beyond the end of the 14/15.
Carver and the rest of the previous manager’s coaching staff, Andy Woodman and Steve Stone are all contracted to the club until 2020. This could be a sticking point for any external appointment should the club not be prepared to pay off the contracts of these three and they will no doubt dig in their heels to remain employed by NUFC, as seen with Woodman turning down the chance to return to London with Crystal Palace.
If a head coach does not want to work with the current coaches left behind by Alan Pardew then it could cause a problem with any future appointment.
It would be the cheap option to continue with Carver for the start of the 2015/16 season but he has the chance to earn it over the remaining 16 games. The fear is that the club could be sleepwalking towards a relegation battle especially with the future of Moussa Sissoko’s time on Tyneside in doubt.
Carver’s record certainly does not fill me with any confidence but you would like to think that with eight of the nine clubs below us still to play we should get the points needed to remain in the Premier League especially with the added bonus of players returning from injury. Should Carver achieve the required top ten finish for the bonuses to be paid out it would not be a shock if he was in charge next season.
If the club are waiting for the right man to become available in the summer then it is important that this is sorted now, even if there is no official announcement until the end of the season, as there will probably better jobs available than trying to achieve a top ten finish with Newcastle United. Should we arrive at the opening of the next transfer window still in limbo then the fans have once again be let down by the club.