Newcastle United have clearly been looking for a permanent manager since the departure of Alan Pardew but have been unable to thrash out a satisfactory deal so they have decided to appoint current caretaker manager John Carver until the end of the current season.
Given their inability to appoint a high-profile manager Carver was the obvious choice given his current role at the club and the need for stability at St James’ Park.
Newcastle United are no strangers to upheaval so a period of continuity is paramount.
Carver has huge knowledge of the club and clearly has the respect of his players. They are not in any immediate danger of being dragged into a relegation battle, nor are they one of the favourites to claim a European place at the end of the season.
However, Carver has lost three of the four games he has took charge of since Pardew left earlier in January but the has been tasked with guiding Newcastle to a top ten finish.
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Are there also a lack of top managers, who fit the profile of Newcastle United, available at the moment? So far the managers most heavily linked with the available post are Remi Garde, Christophe Galtier, Thomas Tuchel and Derby County boss Steve McClaren. Will any of these names give Newcastle supporters the belief that capturing some elusive silverware in the not too distant future is a distinct possibility.
Trying to rush through a new managerial appointment before the end of January could do the club more harm than good. A new manager would have funds available to strengthen the squad but any signings before the close of the January transfer window will be viewed as panic buys before a new boss can assess his squad properly.
If Carver is to depart at the end of the season then at least the new appointment will have a full summer in order to stamp his own authority on the team, make the signings he wants to make and prepare as well as possible for the new 2015-16 season.
However, if Carver strings together an impressive run of results for the Magpies could he be in with a serious chance of taking on the job full-time. He may have a case to answer by the end of the season.
Are Newcastle supporters disappointed that the club have not concluded a deal with a new manager in January?
Newcastle’s next game is a Premier League clash with Hull City at the KC Stadium.