Harper suggests Carver is the only one who can control his own future

Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper says John Carver has the long term manager's job in his own hands.

Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper has told the Chronicle he feels the only person who will have a definitive say over John Carver’s future is the man himself.

Carver is an obvious candidate to be named Newcastle’s long term manager as he currently holds the role and can send out a message to the officials who will make the decision.

“Their safety is well assured in the Premier League so there’s no pressure on them now and they’ve got the freedom to go out and play,” said Harper.

“It’s in his hands and I wish him well.”

Newcastle stand a great chance of finishing the season in positive fashion and could realistically secure a place in the top eight before the end of the campaign.

If Carver feels the pressure is off, he could translate that across to his players and one of the benefits could be the Magpies playing a more attacking and entertaining brand of football.

Carver can give key players in key positions a greater feeling of freedom and he can try to reduce their fear in terms of the consequences if they make a mistake.

A very good example already in the first team squad is Remy Cabella, who has been one of the club’s best players, excelling under Carver since Alan Pardew left the club for Crystal Palace.

If the boss can get similar players having a similar impact, then fans should be excited about the sort of performances they can look to over the rest of the season.

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