5 Potential Candidates to Replace John Carver at Newcastle United
Since Alan Pardew's mid-season departure, John Carver has struggled to prove why he should be the one to replace the Englishman, with Newcastle going from mid-table to being dragged into a relegation fight. So, with it looking unlikely that the Geordie will take over permanently in the summer, we consider 5 potential candidates.
5) Eddie Howe
The massive outsider. Howe is on betting websites at a massive 66/1 to be Newcastle's manager, but his accomplishments are undeniable. This is one of the best, if not the best, English manager we have at the moment and most top-flight clubs will be wanting to hold talks with him. Saying that, Howe made it clear that his sole focus is on Bournemouth, who all but achieved promotion to the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Bolton on Monday. Howe's success story with Bournemouth is nationally renowned as being one of the greatest journeys in football, but that might not all be down to Howe. I really doubt that Howe will be at the helm of Newcastle come August but he would definitely suit them.
4) Harry Redknapp
Big 'Arry. Football fans across England have been doubting Redknapp's excuse for leaving QPR earlier this season since day one, and suspicions only grew further when the manager, who was once tipped to be the next manager for the national team, announced that his managerial career wasn't over and he was looking for a new club to manage. As soon as Redknapp quit QPR, I tipped him to become next Aston Villa or Hull manager, but now I believe his attributes would be most valuable to Newcastle. Redknapp brings flare and passion to a team - the exact thing that Newcastle are missing under John Carver.
3) Michael Laudrup
Every single job that has become available in England, I have named Laudrup as of the possible candidates, and this job is no exception. Laudrup proved his managerial skill when replacing Liverpool-bound Brendan Rodgers at Swansea and immediately securing a Europa League spot with a Capital One Cup win against minnows Bradford City. No-one, especially me, is certain why Laudrup was sacked at Swansea, with the Welsh side sitting solidly in mid-table but it was obviously something behind-the-scenes. Laudrup will give the Newcastle fans what they have been searching for for the past few years - stability. Build-up play is a big part of Laudrup game and it is an attractive style of football to watch. I'm certain that Newcastle fans would have no arguments if Laudrup were to be appointed.
2) Steve McClaren
The Derby boss has certainly reclaimed the dignity that he lost when managing England. His tenture at Pride Park/iPro Stadium has been full of excitement, drama and goals. When taking over at Derby, the club were in the bottom half of the league and McClaren guided them to a third-place finish in the Championship. However, a play-off final last-minute loss to ten-man QPR has dented their confidence and although they look set for a play-off position this year, it's not been as successful as they hoped. But you can hardly blame McClaren for their motivation - this is the man who (when he wasn't quite Derby manager) went down into their changing rooms at half-time, losing 4-0 to Ipswich, and motivated them to grab a thrilling 4-4 draw. That's what you call immediate impact.
1) David Moyes
Newcastle would be an Everton-like challenge for Moyes - turning a mid-table side into one that can contend for European places. After one poor season with Manchester United, all of Moyes work at Everton was effectively wiped from people's memories. And, although Moyes has underachieved since joining Spanish side Real Sociedad, the progress he made with Everton must not be forgotten. I'm quite sure that the Scotsman would listen to any approachs from English teams and a club like Newcastle would be perfect for Moyes to put to bed any doubts about his managerial potential amongst the English media. Newcastle supporters are desparate for the club to win their first major trophy since 1955, and I think that Moyes is the best manager they could appoint in an attempt to claim silverware.