Souness believes that Newcastle must show long-term faith in their new manager.
The ex-Liverpool player said: “What Newcastle have to do now is pick the right man, Mike Ashley, or as he says his football board, have to pick the right man. For me, I’d like them to give someone a five-year contract and for Mike Ashley to come out and say, ‘This is the man that the football board has chosen. No matter what happens he’s here for five years.’
“Give someone a chance at this club. If you go back, since 2000 this club I think they’ve had 11 managers.”
A five-year contract would certainly be a real show of faith from Ashley, but with Newcastle needing stability right now, it is hard to argue against Souness’s wish.
Alan Pardew was on a long-term deal, but there were always issues with him at St James’ Park, and Ashley needs to guarantee that he oversees the hiring of a manager who can move the club forward.
The Magpies survived on the final day of the season by defeating West Ham, but it surely will not be enough for John Carver to be appointed on a full-time basis.
That 2-0 victory was the first in 11 games, and he has shown himself to be far out of his depth since taking charge on an interim basis following Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace.
Whoever is appointed manager needs to have the backing of the board, and the knowledge that they have time to turn things around on Tyneside. It has been proven that the job is a hard one at St James’ Park, and with the work that needs doing, the new manager will need at least a season to stabilise the club.
If Ashley and the Newcastle management do not give their new boss this time to turn things around, and sack them throughout the first season, it would come as no surprise to see the club fighting for their survival on the last day of next term as well.