Ex-Arsenal and Celtic star John Hartson comments on Newcastle United’s managerial situation

Former Arsenal and Celtic striker John Hartson has his say on the current situation at Newcastle United.

Former Arsenal and Celtic striker John Hartson believes that Newcastle United need to appoint a full-time manager quickly.

The 39-year-old made the comments following the Magpies’ 1-0 defeat to Leicester City away from home in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Newcastle’s performance in the third-round tie was disappointing, leading Hartson to urge the club officials to appoint a full-time boss as soon as possible.

“Newcastle need to appoint a manager quickly,” the former Wales international told BBC Sport. “I know John Carver knows the role and has done it before, but it needs a new face.

“Names are being mentioned like Michael Laudrup. But whether they go for someone British or from overseas, they need to make their minds up quickly.”

A number of names have indeed been mentioned in the media, but there are no indications at the moment that a new full-time manager will be appointed in the coming days.

Of course, things can move very quickly at the moment, but as of yet John Carver remains in temporary charge of the first team.

Despite Newcastle’s exit from the FA Cup, they are having a decent season as they find themselves 10th in the Premier League table with 27 points from 20 matches.

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