John Carver has hinted that he is set to stay at Newcastle into next season.
He said: “I am involved in players we are looking at and involved in pre-season, what games we are going to play and where we are going to go. How many will we play.”
This is certainly a worrying thought for Newcastle’s fans, as it suggests that Carver is set to remain at St James’ Park into next season.
He is being involved in all the tasks that a new manager would be organising, and whilst the club would likely play the same pre-season friendless regardless of the man in charge, Carver being involved in the scouting of players hints at him keeping some role at the club.
Whether that is as manager remains to be seen, although his dreadful record of six losses in 10 games - and just an average of 0.8 points per match - certainly makes many hope otherwise.
He could revert to his previous role as assistant manager, yet any new head coach is surely going to want to bring in their own backroom staff.
If Carver does retain his role it would suggest interference on the part of Mike Ashley, to ensure that he has someone close to him in the footballing part of the club.
Carver leaving the club in the summer would represent something of a fresh start for Newcastle, as it would allow a new manager to start on a clean slate without the constraints of the previous regime.
However, Carver’s admission hints that he is at the club for the long haul - and that is a truly worrying prospect.