NEWCASTLE United need a manager who will ‘grab the club by the throat’ and stand up to Mike Ashley.
That’s the view of former Magpie hero Micky Quinn, who doesn’t think John Carver is the right man to turn the club around.
For me, what it requires is manager to come in who is strong, who is a character and who will grab the club by the throat and get the fans back onside.Micky Quinn
Instead, outspoken Quinn wants to see a head coach come in who will demand investment in the squad and help inspire disillusioned fans to get behind the club again.
Carver has been in charge – first in caretaker capacity and then on a permanent basis until the end of the season – for 12 games since Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace.
In that time, Newcastle have won just twice, against Hull City and Aston Villa, as their season disintegrates.
Quinn recognises the lack of resources at Carver’s disposal due to lack of investment in the squad, but insists the former assistant manager hasn’t done enough to show he’s the man to lead United forward next season.
“I’ve met John Carver but I don’t know him well,” he said.
“From the outside, I was pleased he got his opportunity to manage the club but he has to show he’s more than just a cheap option for Mike Ashley.
“Has John Carver done enough in the games to say he should be in charge? I’d say no.
“Some of the players look like they want to get away. The attitude against Everton was embarrassing.
“That’s where man management comes in, to make sure you motivate players.
“For me, what it requires is manager to come in who is strong, who is a character and who will grab the club by the throat and get the fans back onside.
“At the minute, the fans are absolutely numb.
“It’s a huge frustration to watch a club that is lacking investment and which won’t strengthen.
“But I don’t think Mike Ashley wants a manager who is a character.”
Quinn was speaking ahead of the Newcastle regional heat to find the ‘People’s Pundit’ championed by Carlsberg, the official beer of the Premier League.
He’s back on Tyneside tomorrow for the competition, and admits: “It feels like I’m coming home when I come back to Newcastle.
“It’s just a shame that there’s so much negativity around the football club.”
“The positive is that there’s still 52,000 people turning up.”
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