Former Newcastle United attacker Peter Lovenkrands has suggested in the Chronicle that it doesn’t matter who the club appoint as manager looking ahead to next summer.
The Dane feels the main challenge facing the Magpies will be the same regardless of whoever is in charge and has called for the club’s owner Mike Ashley to start putting his money where his mouth is.
“If John Carver - or anybody else - gets the Newcastle United job this summer then they are going to need the investment that the club talked about last week,” said Lovenkrands.
“It’s time for Mike Ashley to step up and put some money behind it.”
“Instead of selling the big players, keep hold of them and just build around them and add to it.”
Newcastle look as though they are going to finish this season lingering in mid-table and they need to consolidate before pushing on for next season.
Whether Carver is still in charge or someone else comes in, there are areas of the squad which need to be improved to give the club more options.
The best example is the defence, where resources have been extremely stretched over the last few weeks as well as some extra firepower in attack.
The Magpies have the infrastructure of a side that should be in and around the top six, competing for European places on a season by season basis.
Their chances of reaching and performing at that level are going to be better if the owner backs the manager financially and also prevents more of the club’s best players from leaving.