John Carver accepts he is no longer in the running to become manager of Newcastle United, due to a disappointing spell as caretaker boss.
The Magpies have been without a manager since allowing Alan Pardew to leave for Crystal Palace almost three weeks ago, and Carver was hoping to be considered as a contender for the position when he was placed in temporary charge. However, a 2-1 defeat to Southampton on Saturday evening was the third of his four-match tenure, which also includes a home draw with Burnley.
Carver, who has been on the Newcastle coaching staff for the best part of a decade during two separate stints, now accepts that he hasn’t done enough to convince Mike Ashley that he should be given the job on a permanent basis. The 50-year-old has also urged the board to make a decision on Pardew’s successor sooner rather than later, something he believes will happen.
Asked whether he is now out of the running for the job, Carver told Sky Sports: “Absolutely. You’ve got to win football matches. I think after tonight the decision will be made. I think the board need to do something about it, it’s been almost three weeks for this process now. I know for a fact they have been working hard behind the scenes and they’ve got to do something about it.”
Newcastle have now dropped into the bottom half of the table following the defeat against the Saints, although they still have an eight-point cushion over the bottom three. Remi Garde, the former Arsenal player and Lyon coach, remains the favourite to succeed Pardew, whilst there has also been a recent surge of interest in Steve McClaren, despite the former England boss stating earlier this month that he has no desire to leave Championship high-fliers Derby County.
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