Newcastle United manager John Carver has confirmed in the Chronicle that he will still be at the club next season and has also confirmed that meetings are planned this week to discuss summer transfer targets.
It’s unclear whether Carver will be the man Newcastle appoint as their permanent manager this summer, but even if the club opt against that possibility, he has confirmed that he will still be at the club with plans already underway for next season.
“I’ve got a contract until the end of the season, then my assistant manager contract kicks in if they don’t want me to take over for the rest of next season or the following season,” said Carver.
“We’ve got meetings coming up in the next few days to talk about recruitment for the club. It is encouraging.”
Regardless of whether Carver is kept in place beyond this season, it is a good idea for club officials to keep him in and around the club.
He’s a very positive coach and someone who knows all about the importance of the relationship between the players, the club and the supporters.
If he doesn’t get the job, he can help the new man settle in and it’s also encouraging that plans are already underway for the summer.
It prevents the possibility that Newcastle could miss out on some key players this summer, with a new boss going through the normal things any new coach experiences such as reviewing his squad, trimming the fat and then bringing in new targets.