Newcastle United supporters were once again left disappointed on Monday when the club announced that interim head-coach John Carver would stay on as the club's first team manager for the remainder of the 2014/15 Premier League season.
After Alan Pardew's departure to Crystal Palace in late December, managing director Lee Charnley confirmed that he was whittling his way through 80 applications for the vacant position at St. James' Park with the help of head of recruitment, Graham Carr.
It hardly came as a surprise, however, when word came from Tyneside that Carver would see out the rest of the season but nevertheless, the majority of the Geordie nation were disheartened - yet again.
Dispelling the Geordie Myth
You see, unlike the perception of the mass media (London, I'm looking at you) that Toon fans only want a local lad in charge, supporters dispelled that myth as soon as the announcement was made. Through social networks and fanzines, countless Toon fans expressed their anger.
Carver isn't the man to lead Newcastle United forward long-term. It doesn't matter that he is a Geordie born and bred. It doesn't make a difference that he was second in command to the late, great Sir Bobby Robson.
The truth is, the club needs a fresh face to progress as a football club. Carver is not the answer.
What do supporters want?
I know I speak for 90+% of Newcastle fans when I say that the desire is to have a new head-coach with fresh ideas, and a tactical approach that doesn't mean long ball after long ball.
Rumours persist, fuelled by the man himself no less, that Frank de Boer is the man the club want to lead a new era at St. James' Park.
The Dutchman has confirmed that he will assess his options and consider an approach from Tyneside at the end of the season. However, I think we could be left disappointed with that one. De Boer has attracted admiring glances from across Europe, from the Emirates, all the way to the Camp Nou -- he is hot property as far as head-coaches go.
Realistically, De Boer aside, ex-Mainz manager Thomas Tuchel, and indeed former Lyon head-coach Remi Garde are the leading contenders for the position with Newcastle supporters.
Both coaches have proven their merit in their domestic leagues and are credited with trying to play football the right way. Tuchel, in particular, has won plaudits for the style of high-pressing, attacking football, indeed a style that St. James' Park would at least like to see given a chance with the right manager in charge.
The current squad certainly have the attributes to play a much more effective type of football than what was witnessed under Pardew and Carver of late.
Countdown till the summer
When Leicester City knocked Newcastle out of the FA Cup a month ago, it effectively ended the Magpies' season. No cup fixture to look forward to, no chance of cracking on and trying for a European spot in the league - Newcastle are 24.023/1 for a Top 6 Finish.
It appears that the Newcastle board are happy not to have any interest in pursuing a decent cup run, or indeed fighting for European football, but to instead just 'tick over' until the end of the campaign.
So this is where we find ourselves - looking forward to the summer, at the end of January. Unlike previous years where the club and its supporters occupied a similar position, at least there can be some shred of optimism heading into the summer of 2015 with the hope that the board do the right thing and appoint a manager with guile, fresh ideas, and an ability to bring the best out of the current set of players.
For what it's worth, I can't see Carver being given the permanent role and I do believe that De Boer/Tuchel/Garde and perhaps even Steve McClaren will be contacted.
This club need change and while Mike Ashley is owner the best we can hope for is a competent manager that doesn't bury this brilliant club in shame on a regular basis.
Not too much to ask for, is it?
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