There are talks that John Carver will be kept on as an assistant manager, regardless of who Newcastle’s next manager is.
Carver is one of three candidates considered likely to take the reigns at St James’ Park next term, with Steve McClaren and Rayo Vallecano head coach Paco Jemez the other contenders, as per the Mirror and the Chronicle.
However, there are also reports in the same media outlet that claim Carver will be kept on at the club even if not offered the main role, with a likely relegation to his previous job of assistant manager.
Carver has been at the club as an assistant since 2011, but his recent promotion to manager - rather than just caretaker manager - has seen a shift in responsibilities in him. As per a story today in the Chronicle, Carver is planning the pre-season as if he is set to be in charge, whilst he has also admitted that he wants power over signings - even if not making the key decision.
He said: “I want the opportunity to bring players in, not who I have the say on, but have an influence on and be part of the process.”
If appointed head coach, Carver has all the right to fulfil such a role. But if sounds as if he is keen on seeing through these tasks regardless of his position next term, meaning there will be a conflict of power if he is not named the key man.
McClaren and Paco, the two likely contenders, could be undermined by Carver’s want for power, and when Newcastle need a stable dressing room - something that has been missing for a number of months - that is not how a club should be run.
The Magpies need a manager who has full control of the football side of things, as it appears that will be the only way the club manage to properly recover from their seemingly endless period of poor form.
Paco or McClaren could be that man, but to guarantee full control and a stabilised team, Carver should be asked to leave St James’ Park as soon as one of that duo are appointed.