Newcastle United again find themselves looking for a new permanent manager. After the departure of Alan Pardew last month, John Carver is in charge till the end of the season. Few believe he’ll be appointed full-time boss, but at Newcastle you never know what’s going to happen next.
Whoever gets the job has a task few would relish as they have to work with a chairman who isn’t going to be spending millions on players and seems rather too interested in the goings on at Rangers. So who could Mike Ashley be looking at to appoint in the summer in his side project to get the Magpies up the Premier League rankings?
The current favourite to get the job, but a lot depends on how Derby fare this season. After a shaky period in his management career, the former England manager has rebuilt his reputation at the Championship side. Having just missed out on promotion last season, Derby have a good chance of getting into the Premier League this year. If he wins promotion, would McCLaren leave them for Newcastle? Probably not, but if the Rams miss out again then he could well be on his way to St James’s park this summer.
Every time the Newcastle job becomes vacant, Steve Bruce’s name always seems to come up. He seems to be settled at Hull City at present, but just what can he achieve there? Perhaps a good cup run every now and then, but probably not much more than just Premier League survival. Even that looks in jeopardy this season. His appointment at Newcastle would be a popular one, and keeping the fans happy at St James’ Park is always a good idea.
Was it just a dodgy knee that caused ‘Arry to hobble away from QPR? We’ll probably never know, but Redknapp does want another job once his surgery is sorted out. A battle between him and Ashley would have the tabloids purring and it might be a bit too far north for him. But if he truly wants to be in charge of one more big club before retirement, then Newcastle could be just right.
Howe is building a really good reputation for himself at Bournemouth and sooner or later he’ll move to a big club. It didn’t work last time and his spell at Burnley was a short one, so could he handle the pressure of managing Newcastle? His sides play attacking football and that would keep the Newcastle fans happy, but many will have memories of Kevin Keegan’s time at the club. They might love it, just love it, at times, but all the flair in the world doesn’t win trophies.
How would fans react to the appointment of Carver as full-time boss in the summer? Would they just see it as the chairman looking for the easiest and cheapest option? Granted, Carver knows the club well and was caretaker manager way back in 2004, but his only full-time job as a boss was for Toronto… and that wasn’t a great success. He hasn’t set the world alight since Alan Pardew left and with a tough fixture list coming up; his popularity with the fans might not last too long.
After his disastrous experience at Manchester United, Moyes now finds himself in Spain with Real Sociedad. He’s not doing too bad a job over there, but Spanish sides do have a reputation for getting rid of managers once form begins to dip. It may have gone wrong at Old Trafford, but he did a great job at Everton without having a massive transfer budget and that could be a talent that Ashley might want to exploit.