Solano analyses the positives of keeping Carver until season's end

Newcastle United have been urged by their former midfielder not to rush any potential appointment.

Former Newcastle midfielder Nolberto Solano believes there are a lot of positives in keeping John Carver in charge at St James' Park until the end of the season.

In his regular column for the Chronicle, Solano outlined why Carver could succeed at Newcastle this season - as Glenn Roeder did in caretaker charge of the club - while he has urged that there is no rush to make an external appointment.

Remi Garde is currently favourite with bookmakers to take over on Tyneside, according to sports betting website Oddschecker, but there remains a possibility that Carver will be kept on until the end of the season.

And the ex-Newcastle midfielder feels the current caretaker boss is more than capable of reaching Mike Ashley's target for the campaign.

"There are positives in keeping on John Carver in position until the end of the season. The players already know him and trust him, so they will play for him accordingly," Solano said.

"From the club’s point of view they don’t have to go crazy and get the wrong man for the job by rushing the decision.

"There are worse teams in poorer positions and while Europe might not be on the cards, JC could lead the team to a steady finish in the top 10 or top eight.

"And that’s what Mike Ashley asked for at the start of the season. I’d hate to see Newcastle get such a big decision wrong at this stage."

Newcastle host Southampton in this Saturday's late Premier League kick off, when the Magpies will try to stop the side that last week won their first game at Old Trafford for 27 years. Heading into that clash, Carver's side currently sit 10th in the table.

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