Rating John Carver: How does he compare to Newcastle's former managers?

Few expect John Carver to still be Newcastle manager next season.

After the international break, Newcastle manager John Carver will have one last chance to prove that he can manage the team beyond the end of the season.

Carver is currently in charge until the summer after the departure of Alan Pardew in January, but currently looks unlikely to remain at the club long-term.

The match against Sunderland this weekend will be a huge test for Carver, and if he leaves then Newcastle need to make a big appointment - so how does Carver compare to his predecessors?

John Carver: 5

Carver was pressed into a difficult situation after Pardew's exit,but that doesn't really excuse just two wins from his 12 games in charge so far.

Newcastle look devoid of ideas under Carver and have now slipped below Pardew's Crystal Palace, who appointed the ex-Magpies boss in order to try and beat relegation.

The circumstances have been a big factor in Carver's poor performance, but he really doesn't look like the man to lead Newcastle going forward.

Alan Pardew: 6

Pardew is arguably the most unpopular Newcastle manager in recent memory, but it's easy to forget that Newcastle did finish fifth under Pardew in the 2011-12 season.

Pardew couldn't follow that up with another similar league finish before his departure earlier this year, but he did leave with a 38% win percentage, which is far from disastrous.

His rapport with the fans may have been one of his biggest downfalls, but Pardew probably wasn't as bad as supporters made out - but also wasn't as good as he thought he was.

Chris Hughton: 7

Hughton took over Newcastle at a difficult time, assuming the role as manager shortly after the club's relegation to the Championship in 2009.

Hughton not only guided Newcastle to the title and therefore promotion back to the Premier League, but also had them in 11th place in the top flight before being harshly sacked in December 2010.

A popular, likeable figure at St. James' Park, Hughton did a great job in difficult circumstances, and didn't really deserve to lose his job.

Alan Shearer: 3

The natural reaction to Newcastle's appointment of Alan Shearer in 2009 was one of derision. Newcastle brought back the legendary striker on April Fool's Day, and many believed it was a joke.

Yet, it was real. Shearer took charge of Newcastle's final eight games of the 2008/09 season after Joe Kinnear's reign on Tyneside, but won just one, losing five.

Newcastle suffered relegation and Shearer hasn't returned to management since. It was an ill-advised idea, and unsurprisingly failed miserably.

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