Newcastle legend Alan Shearer gives his verdict on John Carver

The Newcastle United legend says it would take something special for him to be given the job permanently.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has said that caretaker manager John Carver will need a ‘tremendous run’ in order to get the job on a permanent basis, according to Sky Sports.

Carver was appointed until the end of the season earlier this month following Alan Pardew’s departure for Crystal Palace. However, it is unlikely that he will remain manager on a permanent basis beyond that point, with Newcastle looking at a number of options.

The Magpies were in talks with former Stuttgart manager Bruno Labbadia while they were also linked with Remi Garde, according to the Mirror. However, Carver has since been given the reins until the summer at least, and will be keen to take the opportunity with both hands.

He started his reign in good fashion with an emphatic 3-0 win over Hull City on Saturday afternoon, but former forward Shearer says it would take something special for him to be given the job full-time.

“I think if he was going to be given the job, then he would have been given it permanently now,” Shearer told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday.

“I think unless he has a tremendous run between now and the end of the season, then they might just give it to someone else.”

Despite his belief that the job will ultimately go elsewhere, Shearer was full of praise for Carver and was enthused by the start he has made to his reign.

“It’s been a good start for him,” he added.

“For him to have a chance, for him to be in charge of Newcastle is great. He’s a very good lad, a very good coach and, as I said, knows the club inside out so I hope he does really well.”

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