Newcastle United manager John Carver has been quoted by the Northern Echo detailing the message he gave to his players on the first day he was given control over the first team.
Carver has explained that his heart has always been fully in his job at the club and that he’s never seen himself as a caretaker for the next long term manager to come in at St James’ Park.
It remains unclear who will be Newcastle’s manager next season, but Carver has dismissed the idea that he is simply keeping the hot seat warm for the next man coming in.
“I have never ever thought of myself as a caretaker. When I signed that deal it had nothing in it about caretaker. I am not a caretaker. I told the players that from day one,” he said.
“They understood that from day one. Whether that has affected them I cannot say. It has not affected my performance.”
Newcastle are under real pressure and need two wins from their last two games if they are going to stay in the Premier League.
If Carver has aspirations to stay in the job long term and earn himself a new deal, his chances of that will be better if the side stays up.
It will be much more difficult for him to build a legacy at the club if they are relegated into the Championship, because there will be severe unrest amongst the club’s fans if he’s handed a new contract off the back of a relegation.
Rather than talk about the way he perceives the job, Carver needs to focus on the team getting points on the board and then the issue of his future can be addressed towards the end of the month heading into June.