Alan Shearer comments on John Carver’s chances of being named permanent Newcastle manager

Alan Shearer

Shearer believes that John Carver will remain at Newcastle, but not as permanent manager.

Speaking to the BBC, Newcastle legend Shearer discussed the possibility of John Carver remaining at St James’ Park in a managerial capacity ahead of next season.

Shearer said: “John Carver was appointed until the end of the season and wants to keep the job but I would be surprised if he stayed on. I know how much he loves the club, how hard he has worked and how much he has been hurting during their recent run. I see him staying on in some capacity but it will be very difficult for him to stay on as manager.”

These are certainly promising words, as it would be almost impossible to find a reason to back-up the full-time appointment of Carver.

He completed his main job this season, which was to keep the Magpies in the Premier League, but it took him until the last game of the campaign to complete this task.

Whilst in charge, he led the team on a run of 10 games without victory, including eight consecutive losses, and the former assistant manager dropped the club from the upper-mid-table places to the relegation places in the space of a few months.

He may have kept the Tyneside outfit in the top flight, but that is surely not enough to warrant a full-time appointment.

Shearer has admitted that he would not be surprised if Carver remained at the club in a backroom role, such as returning to the assistant managerial job he has held for a number of years.

There is a clear love for the club, and that kind of approach can work wonders in motivating a team as an assistant - especially if a foreign manager is brought in.

However, Carver should not even be considered as a full-time manager due to his failure in his temporary role, and Mike Ashley will have a lot to answer for should Carver be named in the permanent job this summer.

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