Newcastle have shortlisted two men as the new head coach at St James’ Park.
Carver is currently the interim boss for the Magpies, and McClaren is in charge of Championship side Derby County, with Premier League experience to his name during a management spell at Middlesbrough.
With the managerial seat vacant on Tyneside, club chiefs could have made a statement over the progressive future of Newcastle United Football Club if they had drawn up a shortlist with some left-field targets on it, and there is one boss who they could have approached that is already on the market.
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed he is set to depart Borussia Dortmund this season, and he would have been the man for Newcastle to approach to suggest that the club had a future with promise.
However, the Magpies have drawn up a shortlist of two uninspiring candidates - with Carver being a shocking name to even consider as full-time manager - and this refusal to move forward is a damning indictment of how the club is run.
Carver may come good if given the job, and McClaren is guaranteed to bring stability, but neither are going to push Newcastle to the upper heights of English football any time soon.
Newcastle could have approached Klopp and given their fans dreams that a forward thinking manager was going to take the reigns at St James’ Park, even if the German boss rejected the offer.
But the Magpies, as has been their modus operandi for all too long, have chosen to go with the safe option, and take them even further away from the ever-changing nature of modern football.