Depending on Which Way You Look at It, This Is Either Release from the Uncertainty or Delay, Deferral and Limbo at the Club Now; What Next for Newcastle United? We Look at the Big Questions at St James' Park Who Makes the Big Decisions Now That John Carver Has Been Given the Caretaker Role - and What Happened to the Other Candidates? MARK DOUGLAS Addresses the Key Questions Surrounding Newcastle United This Week

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Depending on Which Way You Look at It, This Is Either Release from the Uncertainty or Delay, Deferral and Limbo at the Club Now; What Next for Newcastle United? We Look at the Big Questions at St James' Park Who Makes the Big Decisions Now That John Carver Has Been Given the Caretaker Role - and What Happened to the Other Candidates? MARK DOUGLAS Addresses the Key Questions Surrounding Newcastle United This Week


So what next? Depending on which way you look at it, either a release from the uncertainty or delay, deferral and limbo.

As ever, the devil is in the detail. United said they have "deferred" the decision on a head coach, but the reality is they still intend to bring someone in at the end of the season. Carver remains a very long shot, even if that wasn't the message given to him over the weekend.

On Saturday, John Carver got the nod from managing director Lee Charnley that the job was going to be his and the remit was absolutely clear. His work is cut out for him: get into the top ten, make sure you don't veer off message and, essentially, 'give us a headache.'.

The club were deliberate about the statement, which was with the lawyers all morning before release. A decision was taken not to say much about the ongoing process of trying to recruit someone else because they wanted to send a message to the dressing room that Carver is the man in the chair. They do not want collective eyes to be taken off the ball.

Are they fearful of relegation? Not particularly. Complacency is never a good look at a football club, but the belief in the corridors of power is that the squad is good enough with the players coming back to at least achieve the top 10 target.

Moreover, there was a sneaking suspicion that they were beginning to underperform in the later days of the Alan Pardew. With Gabriel Obertan, Rolando Aarons, Papiss Cisse, Mehdi Abeid and - crucially - Siem de Jong all back there is a feeling that the poor run-in that the club suffered last time shouldn't be repeated.

For Carver, it's about credibility. If he does very well he might yet replicate Glenn Roeder's rise from nowhere to become manager, but realistically, he will want to correct the perception - suggested by Mick Quinn today - that he isn't good enough for a role he has always coveted.

What happened to Remi Garde? The trail went very, very cold in the last seven days.

Before then, French sources were adamant that he had got the job.

He was talking freely - although off-the-record - back home and it appeared as if he was a shoo-in for a role he certainly wanted. He even commentated on the Manchester City-Arsenal game for French TV and dropped a huge hint that he was coming to Tyneside.

He went quiet a week ago and mystery surrounds just what happened.

There was talk of him wanting to bring his coaching staff over, but I understand he would have worked with Steve Stone, Carver and Andy Woodman. He wanted another coach but that could have waited until the end of the season.

He remains open to an approach, but it seems like his time has come and gone.

What about Christophe Galtier? French reports on Tuesday morning claimed Galtier was never approached for the Newcastle job, which is true. But whether more discrete contact was made with his agent, who is wellknown to Newcastle and has dealings with them in the past, is not clear.

Either way they were given a firm but polite 'no thanks at the moment.'.

He believes he has business to finish at St Etienne but in France, they think he would be open to an approach in the summer. Is he the one they're waiting for? Is Frank de Boer a realistic target? Realistic enough for people connected with him to say he would be interested in talking about it in the summer. Whether that is just a mirage - and de Boer is using Newcastle, or even vice versa - is all part of the smoke and mirrors operation.

But Holland is a country where Newcastle know the right agents and intermediaries. Graham Carr is wellconnected at Ajax and has watched the club twice recently. It's not completely incredible.

How about Steve McClaren? McClaren is seen at Newcastle as a potentially safe pair of hands who ticks a lot of boxes.

They were surprised by the vehement way he distanced himself from the role in the week after Pardew's exit was confirmed. …

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