JOHN Carver says he’s facing the most public job interview in football at Newcastle United.
Carver hopes to succeed Pardew at the club and take over as head coach on a full-time basis.
Lee Charnley, United’s managing director, is compiling a shortlist of candidates for the role of head coach with chief scout Graham Carr.
Carver – who has served United in a number of roles – doesn’t expect to get a formal interview for the job.
Instead, the 49-year-old Geordie, in temporary charge of the team, knows that his every move is being scrutinised by Charnley, the club’s fans and the media.
Asked if he expected to sit down for a formal job interview, Carver said: “I think I’m doing that now.
“That’s the thing about the caretaker manager position – you’re always in that situation.
“You are on interview all the time.
“It’s a bit unfortunate, because normally a new manager is given time to put his ways across.
“But in this instance, I’m the caretaker and having a working interview.”
Carver – who has served under the likes of Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan at St James’s Park – feels his CV stands up to scrutiny.
He went into coaching early after his playing career was cut short by injury.
Carver said: “People ask me what are my qualifications? Well I’ve got the Uefa Pro Licence, and that’s a starting point.
“I’ve worked with some of the best people in the game – Keegan, (Kenny) Dalglish, (Ruud) Gullit, Sir Bob (Robson). Good, top people.
“That experience is another part of my qualification. I’ve been fortunate to work with these top people, working with different styles of management.”