Jermaine Jenas comments on John Carver’s suitability for the Newcastle United job

Jermaine Jenas

Jermaine Jenas underlines a potential problem John Carver may face if he is to become the new full-time Newcastle United manager.

Jermaine Jenas has told BBC Sport that John Carver would make a good manager for Newcastle United.

Carver is currently in temporary charge of Premier League outfit Newcastle until a full-time manager can be found.

The 50-year-old has yet to lead the Magpies to a competitive win, but Jenas, a former Newcastle midfielder, has backed him to be a good appointment.

However, former Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur star Jenas has highlighted a problem that Carver could face.

"I played under John Carver as a coach for years and he has served his time,” the 31-year-old told BBC Sport. "He has the qualities to become a good manager at Newcastle.

“The players are really backing him which is a good thing. But there does need to a distance between a manager and the players and that might be difficult for him to make the step up.”

Carver is not a high-profile manager, and some will doubt whether he is the right man to take a massive club like Newcastle forward.

Results so far under the Englishman have not been good, although it is clear to everyone that the Newcastle players have taken to him.

Newcastle are pretty much assured of a mid-table finish in the Premier League this season, and perhaps it would not be a bad idea to stick to Carver until the end of the season and gauge what he can do.

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