John Carver is determined to make a go of management despite a nightmare stint at Newcastle United.
John Carver’s managerial reputation is far from stellar. It takes something special to be less popular on Tyneside than Alan Pardew but the Geordie-born Magpie fanatic managed to alienate even his own brethren during a nightmare stint in the St James’ dugout.
Newcastle fans were concerned that skin-flint owner Mike Ashley only handed Carver the reigns following Pardew’s defection to Crystal Palace in the winter of 2015 in order to save money on hiring an actual, experienced football manager.
Let’s face it, Ashley has embarked on similarly see-through money-making schemes on Tyneside.
Newcastle were comfortably mired in mid-table when Carver took charge in late-January. 17 games and 13 defeats later, however, The Magpies were forced to rely on a late Jonas Gutierrez goal on the final day of the season against West Ham to secure their survival.
Nonetheless, Carver’s win record of just 15 per cent at Newcastle has not put the 52-year-old off this management lark. According to the Daily Record, Carver has thrown his hat into the ring to take over at Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock, who sacked Lee McCulloch on Saturday with the club bottom of the table and winless in seven games.
If appointed at Rugby Park, Carver will hope his latest venture will go a little better than his spell in charge of Cypriot Club Omonia Nicosia.
After falling 12 points behind title rivals APOEL, a quarter-final defeat in the Cyprus Cup proved to be the straw that put this particular camel out of its misery back in February. Fans tossed flares onto the turf and demanding the heard of their Geordie gaffer.
Perhaps Kilmarnock should keep that in mind, then, when considering the identity of their new manager.