The Chronicle has reported that Steve McClaren’s first job as the manager of Newcastle United will be to talk to John Carver, who guided the club to safety in the Premier League on the final day of last season.
It may not be a popular first task with some Newcastle fans who are keen for the club to move on from the John Carver era, but it’s a move which makes sense considering Carver was the man who dealt with some tremendous pressure last season.
Carver is someone who can offer advice and insight into the problems which have plagued Newcastle and what’s realistic for McClaren as he looks to make changes to his backroom staff and the playing squad.
The paper suggests that getting a settled team around him is important for McClaren and again, that makes perfect sense because he can’t start making personnel changes without a strong support base around him.
It’s unclear as to whether McClaren will keep Carver as part of his backroom staff or whether he’ll look to draft in the people who worked under him during his time at Derby County in the Championship.
If McClaren is named as the next Newcastle manager then urgency is the word of the day because pre-season will rapidly be upon the club as will the start of the transfer window.
Regardless of who is in charge, Newcastle need to be in a strong position by that point, which will help the club head into next season in stronger shape than when they finished the last campaign.