John Carver’s message for Newcastle kingmaker as Steve McClaren’s back in frame

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

John Carver’s told Lee Charnley to take his time before appointing Newcastle United’s next head coach – as Steve McClaren became available after being sacked as Derby County boss.

The Magpies stayed up on the final day of the Premier League season.

And managing director Lee Charnley will this week assess the the candidates, including Carver, in the running to succeed Alan Pardew on a permanent basis.

Carver, handed the job for the second half of the season after Alan Pardew’s departure, had been keen to know his position before he went on holiday tomorrow.

But asked if he still wanted a quick decision, the 50-year-old said: “I’m not bothered about that – I’m going to go away and enjoy myself now.

“The one thing I will say is that when I took this on four or five months ago is that I wanted it permanently, and my opinion hasn’t changed.

“I still want the job. Even if we had got relegated, I would still have wanted the job.

“I would love the summer to build the team and show people I can do this job.”

McClaren turned down an approach by Newcastle at the beginning of the month after failing to lead Derby into the Championship play-offs.

He had stated his desire to stay at the Rams for another tilt at promotion, but the Derby board decided to dispense with his services yesterday.

A club statement said: “The board believes that the appointment of a new head coach is required to continue the club’s on-field progress and the search is now underway to appoint a successor.”

McClaren is believed to have been Charnley’s first choice for the head coach role since Pardew’s departure at the start of the year, and there was an initial approach in January which the former England and Middlesbrough rebuffed.

It remains to be seen whether the Newcastle chief will return a third time for McClaren, or give Carver another chance at the role, with those two men seemingly the only ones on the wanted list.

United owner Mike Ashley pledged to “invest” in the club before Sunday’s 2-0 win over West Ham United.

Carver said: “I’ve had the assurances from Mike and Lee that we’re going to invest in the summer.”