Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has suggested to Sky Sports that John Carver may not get the Newcastle United managerial job on a full-time basis.
Carver has been in charge of the first team since the departure of manager Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace, but he has not done much to merit a full-time position.
Newcastle have not won a competitive game under the 50-year-old, drawing one and losing the other three. In fact, the Magpies are on a three-match losing run at the moment.
The latest defeat for Newcastle came on Saturday when they went down 2-1 at home to Southampton in the Premier League.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher was not impressed with what he saw of Carver’s team and told Sky Sports: “He knows that you need to get results.
“Any new manager that comes in needs to hit the ground running, get a few results and get the crowd behind them, so people are willing for you to get the job. Unfortunately the results haven’t done that for him.
“Watching that game, I never felt they (Southampton) were in trouble. The goal was very unfortunate, there was a (Yoan) Gouffran header in the second-half and a bit of pressure late on, but I never felt Newcastle did enough to get three points.”
While Carragher is right in his assertion that prospects for Carver do not look good at the moment, the Englishman could well find himself in charge of Newcastle until the end of the season.
Carver is arguably a cheaper option for Newcastle than a full-time manager would be. Moreover, the Magpies are not in danger of suffering relegation and are pretty much assured of a mid-table finish in the Premier League this season.
A new manager would be able to do little in terms of leading Newcastle into a European place, which means that owner Mike Ashley could well wait until the end of the season to appoint a full-time manager.