John Carver has told The Telegraph he wants the Newcastle United job back in the future.
Carver took the reigns as manager last season after Alan Pardew quit to join Crystal Palace, an appointment seen by most fans as underwhelming.
The players responded accordingly too, as if they knew the club were not taking the rest of the season seriously, and it nearly disastrously backfired.
Carver failed to string back to back wins together, and a losing streak meant they faced an anxious final day fixture against West Ham in which they needed to win to ensure they avoided relegation.
His contract was terminated despite them staying up, with Steve McClaren appointed in his place.
Carver wants to continue in management, and earn himself the right to manage the club he loves in the future.
He told The Telegraph: "I've got a point to prove, to myself and to the fans of Newcastle. Not all of them because the majority have been very, very good, but to the people who were critical. I’m a winner, I’m not a quitter. Why can’t, in the future, I go away, be successful and return to Newcastle as manager under different circumstances? I’ve been back to the football club a few times and it would be a great story to do so again."
Carver's comments are likely to attract derision due to his woeful record in charge, but his refusal to shy away from his struggles should at least be admired.
If he can establish himself as a successful manager away from Newcastle, then in the future as he says, who knows - but that is likely to be years away once the stench from his original spell has worn off.
At least however he is determined to continue, unlike Alan Shearer who quickly realised management was not for him after a brief spell in charge of Newcastle, and has not attempted to improve on his track record with another club.