Newcastle United caretaker manager John Carver has told the Northern Echo what he expects from the club before the end of January.
Some of the Newcastle squad are about to jet off to Dubai for a break (they’re no longer in the FA Cup) ahead of their next Premier League game on January 31 and Carver wants a decision to be close over the next permanent manager upon their return.
“It will be three weeks on Monday since Alan Pardew was allowed to go - That’s a long time. I think that’s enough time to do what you need to do. The club have to do that (be ready to make an appointment). It’s in the best interests of the club, me, the fans, the players, the staff, everybody,” said Carver.
The obvious downside to Newcastle not having a permanent manager in charge is that the players can never be allowed to mentally settle.
While there is always that uncertainty over when the next permanent boss is going to come into the club, there will be players questioning themselves and worried about their long term futures at St James’ Park.
Carver is also in a difficult position because while he’d more than likely love the role on a permanent basis, he can’t plan for it and can’t make decisions in the same way that a permanent boss would be able to.
His comments also come at a crucial time during the transfer window, with time running out for any new manager (unless it’s Carver) to come in and state where he wants new players and for the club to go out and sign them.
Newcastle’s focus is now all on the Premier League and a firm decision over the club’s next boss when the team gets back to England, will allow the side to move forward and focus on climbing the table.