Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has thrown his support behind Newcastle's John Carver ahead of the two team's Premier League clash this weekend.
The Frenchman believes there is no such thing in modern day football as an interim manager, telling Arsenal's official website that Carver deserves to be held in the same regard as his peers.
He also said that he believes Carver has the potential to be successful as Newcastle boss, despite a start to his tenure which has left him under pressure from fans.
Wenger said: "John Carver is a permanent manager. The length of our permanence today is very difficult to define.
"The average life expectancy of a manager in England is 12 months, so it is very difficult to predict how long any of us will be in charge. He has the qualities to do the job."
Newcastle are at home for the fixture between the two teams, having been defeated comfortably by Arsenal in mid-December.
Arsenal have won five games in a row, while Newcastle have earned victory in only two of their last 10 matches.
They are 10 points clear of the relegation zone, but also four behind finishing in the top 10, and so are caught with little to play for at the end of the season, with the players knowing that despite Wenger's comments about Carver's permanency, he is likely to be replaced in the summer.