Following Newcastle United's weekend defeat to Leicester, their eighth in succession, it was reported Mike Ashley was seriously considering appointing Steve McClaren to take over for the final three games of their season, in the hope that he can save the club from relegation.
John Carver's frankly pathetic spell in charge looks destined for relegation and, while the owner certainly doesn't have the club's best interests at heart, he, like the fans, will be absolute terrified of the prospect of dropping from the top-flight as it would ruin his cash cow's profitability.
Despite the links to McClaren and the frankly awful performances of late - none worse than at the King Power on Saturday - Carver has been informed he will continue in his position until the end of the campaign.
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But had Newcastle decided to cut their caretaker for these three matches, would it have been too little too late? McClaren is undoubtedly a decent manager, with a generally good record despite his woeful spell in charge of England and Derby's drastic decline at the end of this season.
But regardless of this, it would have he have been able to stop the downward spiral in such a short space of time? The answer is probably yes.
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Carver after his comments about Mike Williamson will certainly have lost the support of the playing staff, and the only option after this should have been to appoint a new manager who could instil a new belief and togetherness in the club for these vital final matches.
The playing staff at the club certainly have the quality to perform far better than they are, and simply need capable management to bring the best out in them. What's more, Newcastle' final three games, with capable management, are all very much win-able.
If appointed, McClaren's first game would have been at home to West Brom, currently in mid-table with little to play for, before Newcastle go away to QPR, who by that stage could already be relegated, before a final game at home against West Ham, another team sitting happily in mid-table with little to play for.
This fixture list can give Newcastle United fans cause for optimism, or perhaps it would have done if Carver was chopped. However with Carver allowed to continue, it seems almost certain the club will continue their woeful form (Newcastle have won 2/17 games since Carver took charge) and be relegated.
It was Mike Ashley's fault in the first place that he appointed a man who clearly isn't up to the task, and he should have remedied the situation long ago. But now all hope could be gone, and Newcastle are off to the Championship.
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