Time’s up, John… Who can save Newcastle from obscurity?

Seven losses on the bounce paints a sorry picture for Newcastle United.

It is clear that the current man in charge John Carver is out of his depth, and it would be no surprise if he did not last past the end of the season. Then it’s just a case of who could replace him: or who would, more to the point. Who would want to manage a team with such a massive uphill battle?

Obviously they will not be looking to the likes of a Pep or even a Klopp. But there are a fair few candidates who could be up to the challenge of turning things around for the Magpies.

Brendan Rodgers may not be enjoying the same successes he had last year. He almost lead his Liverpool side to a Premier League title, falling at the final hurdle.

They may not have lifted the title they so desperately want, but it is the best attempt they have had for many years. And of course, Rodgers was appointed as Liverpool manager on the basis of the work he had done at Swansea.

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Liverpool fans seem divided over whether they still want him at Anfied, yet he thinks he’s the best man for the job. Could it be time for a new challenge, to redeem himself as a manager?

The MLS may be up and coming, but it will never be a match for the Premier League. Which is why Mike Ashley should try to lure Owen Coyle out of his managerial post at Houston Dynamo to restore the former glory of Newcastle United.

Coyle has only been in his current job for four months, but he has experience in the Premier League which could prove invaluable. He had a good run with Burnley and while things may not have been as peachy at Bolton, but he could step up to the plate.

Paul Lambert’s final few months at Aston Villa may not have been what everyone had hoped, but what better way to prove himself than by making a return to the Premier League? With the right additions to the team, and having the summer to assess his squad, Lambert could just be the man for Newcastle.

It would take a lot to lure Eddie Howe out of his job at Bournemouth, who will be playing in the Premier League next season. But Newcastle need to try. The job he has done with his side this season is nothing short of spectacular. Could he be the hero they need on the Tyne?

Regardless of Carver’s successor, he needs to be chosen fast. Things are not looking good coming up to the closing stages of the season, and realistically, a replacement needs to be lined up to take over from July. Whoever is brave enough to take it on has their work cut out for them.