First there was the matter of Andy Carroll having to face court in the morning, then there was the revelation of his strange bail conditions whereby he must live with club captain, Kevin Nolan.
The final piece of action on Tyneside came yesterday when Colin Calderwood called time on his Newcastle career as assistant manager in favour of a move north of the border to manage Hibernian. Personally, I’m not so sure just what Calderwood used to do at Newcastle though. By that I mean I am unsure just how important he has been. It has been Hughton has taken the plaudits whilst Calderwood just got on with things quietly in the background. Nonetheless, Newcastle must act quickly to find a replacement, but just who is that going to be?
The first name that is worrying people is Joe Kinnear. Perhaps it is even more worrying when you consider that just a few days ago he was banging on about how he would have liked a second go at the Newcastle job. He wouldn’t get that by being number two, but he would be too bloody close for comfort.
Another name that has been thrown around by fans is Peter Beardlsey. Currently our reserve-team coach, Beardsley is the natural successor to the role and it would be the natural progression to make. A lack of coaching experience could hinder any prospects of that however, despite how much attacking nouse he used to possess as a player.
For me there is only one man for the job – John Carver. He is currently working as a coach at Sheffield United so compensation would be due, which probably rules him out straight away, but the benefit would far outweigh any upfront fee we would have to pay for his services in my opinion.
Carver is Newcastle through and through, but most importantly he has a wealth of experience in playing the number two role, in fact he was number two to Bobby Robson whilst we were touring around Europe a few years back.
The main thing I want from our next number two is experience. Hughton is still a novice in terms of management, and he is learning all the time, but he could still do with the safety net of having an experienced number two to tap in to.
And who is there with more experience than Carver?