Siem de Jong believes there is something more important than Newcastle getting a new head coach.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Siem De Jong admitted that it doesn’t matter who gets named Newcastle head coach, as he is more focused upon recovering from his injury.
He said: “Next season it could be another manager or the manager we have now, you just don’t know. It doesn’t really matter too much who is coach – I just have to get fit. I just want to be able to play and get the buzz of playing again.”
De Jong has yet to play under John Carver, who took charge of the Magpies after Alan Pardew left to join Crystal Palace, but there is no guaranteeing that the Dutch international would have even made it into the starting XI under the current boss.
Carver has favoured a classic 4-4-2 system at St James’ Park, utilising two forwards with wide-men supporting them. This means that Newcastle benefit from an area of strength in their team - the wings - whilst also supplying enough men in the attacking third, rather than relying on one striker.
This is different from Pardew, whose 4-2-3-1 system utilised a classic number 10, the position that De Jong explains is his best in the same Chronicle interview. If he had not suffered such a long-term injury at the beginning of the campaign, De Jong would have been afforded time under Pardew playing in his position just behind the striker, giving enough chances to impress.
This is the problem with not caring who is appointed manager before the start of next season.
Under Pardew, De Jong would have been a success, but with Carver in charge it is unlikely that he will make a noticeable impact - even if he does return to match action before the end of the season.
If Carver is appointed on a full-time basis for next season, the Dutch international will be forced to play out of position, or even not play at all in a system not suited to him. He should be hoping that a manager is appointed who favours the use of a number 10, for the benefit of both his career, and Newcastle’s fortunes.
He may be focusing all his efforts on getting back to full fitness, but he should also be worried about who Mike Ashley is looking to appoint at St James’ Park.