Why latest favourite for the Newcastle job is completely the wrong choice

According to reports, bookmakers have named a new underwhelming favourite for the Newcastle United manager's post.

According to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, John Carver is now the favourite to become the Magpies' new permanent head coach.


Because the Newcastle board are unwilling to appoint a high-profile manager? Or because they are unwilling to pay the compensation fee required if they were to replace their backroom staff?

Whichever it is, let's hope it is not because Carver is genuinely being considered as a long-term boss at St James' Park.

Granted, the 50-year-old could become a superb manager with time after a slow start at Newcastle. But there is no evidence to actually suggest that, despite Carver's claims that he is ready for the job - which seem to be increasing in frequency.

If he really was ready for the Newcastle job, he would have shown it by now.

Performances may have been encouraging on occasion but, in four games, the Magpies have lost three times and drawn once. Twice, Carver has failed to win in front of a vibrant home crowd. Once, the 50-year-old completely wasted the opportunity to progress in the FA Cup - when Newcastle's display was not encouraging in any shape or form.

What's intriguing is that caretaker managers often gather an instant surge of momentum that doesn't last. Carver, though, doesn't even seem to have done that. His tenure so far has been dull and unimaginative. Micky Quinn agrees.

So how exactly has that made him favourite for the Newcastle job? Unless, of course, as legions of frustrated supporters will tell you, the club is simply looking to save some more money. Or - perhaps - if Carver is given the job until the end of the campaign before another manager comes in.

But even that could end in disaster.

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