Running against all the received wisdom, including it seems his own, John Carver has
been sacked from his position as Newcastle United coach. Also following him out of the door is Steve Stone. There is no news on the future of Andy Woodman who has been linked with reuniting with Alan Pardew, now talking himself up at Selhurst Park as manager of Crystal Palace.
The decision to remove Carver and Stone is thought to pave the way for new manager Steve McLaren to enter stage right and have a free run at establishing his own coaching team which may or may not comprise of Paul Simpson and Lee Clark with highly regarded fitness coach Steve Black making a potential return to United.
So then, what do you make of it? Is this standard practice and nothing to pass much comment upon? Is it the sign of a new era of United making half decent football decisions? Have Stone and Carver been poorly treated and would there have been merit in retaining them at the club?
Needless to say, with both Carver and Stone having five years each left on their contracts that will mean United is tipping up quite a packet in compensation – is that a sign of the folly in giving mediocre people massive contracts? Does it expose the ignorance of the people running the club that they should get those kinds of deals in the first instance? Or am I being a wise after the event fanzine smart-arse?
Let us have your opinions on this latest development?
We had a great response to the DISCUSSION DAY dealing with the McLaren appointment in principle but events have moved on and we in the TF bunker are canvassing your opinions.
Please use the comments boxes below to let us know what you all think.
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