John Carver remains one of the candidates on the alleged short list for the managerial vacancy. If he does get the job, it will tell us a lot about the hierarchy at the club. 

Brought up in the shadows of St James’ Park, Carver is a local lad who had the chance of living a dream, in fact he has had a few shots at it. Mist of us would love to see a local lad do well at the club. We gave adulation to Shearer, before him players such as Gazza and Peter B. Other generations have done the same for Milburn and many before. 

Carver’s personal history has strong local roots, educated at St Cuthert’s, a school with a fantastic and varied tradition with a strong influence of the catholic faith. Many of us will have friends or work associates who were there. The vast majority are people to be proud of. 

Carver’s own football career was cut shirt, at Newcastle United he was released aged 18. After 13 games at Cardiff he sustained an injury which prevented his progress before signing for Gateshead. Simultaneously, he took his coaching courses which led him to a role at St James’ Park. 

St Cuthbert’s has produced other famous names. As well as one of driving forces of the Lindisfarne band, Sting of the Police and Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, other football characters were there too. FA Cup winning manager, who also managed Kevin Keegan at Southampton, Lawrie McMenemy was one, Ryan Donaldson, former Newcastle player and hero for Cambridge in this year’s FA Cup were also pupils. 

Having been a coach under Sir Bobby, as he reminded us frequently, with another shining example of personal values, we would all have been delighted to see him do well in the hot seat. He also worked with a man who made himself a Newcastle legend and successful manager for Wales, Gary Speed. 

Sadly, the experience of working under high achievers did not rub off. When accepting the hot seat until at least the end of last season, he professed himself happy with the set up, the players he had inherited and his pride in the job. It would be hard not to be moved by the thoughts he expressed with regard to family. 

Unfortunately, his record did not live up to the billing that he offered. 3 wins in 20 games gives him the worst percentage win rate of any manager who has had more than 10 games in charge. Unlike Sir Bobby and McMenemy, he abjectly surrendered any chance of FA Cup progress. 

Contrary to his opening statements, Carver went on to blame the tools he had for the job. Under his command, the team seemed devoid of confidence, discipline and morale. He blamed players and shocked us all when accusing one of his defenders of deliberately being sent off to miss the relegation run in. 

He was also involved in controversy during the last week of the season, choosing to play golf on the Monday before the final game. As it turned out, extra training was not needed to avoid the drop. Other golfers included Dec, of Ant and Dec, as well as Newcastle player and friend, Ryan Taylor. 

Just as Ryan Taylor was the hero of John Carver’s only win over Sunderland when working with Alan Pardew, Jonas was the hero who ensured that Carver’s managerial record did not include a relegation. 

Both of those players will be fondly remembered for years to come. For every season for decades, we can expect to hear “over the wall” sung at least twice a year when our neighbours are in the same division as us. Jonas too will always be welcome to his second home. 

It comes as no surprise that players of a similar age who have been together for 7 years should enjoy doing things together, in the case of Taylor and Jonas, attending a training course. It may come as a surprise what happened on that training course and how. 

It turns out, as related by Ryan Taylor, that Carver phoned his golf buddy whilst he was on his course, advising him that he was not going to receive another contract offer. To cap it all, unbelievably, Carver asked Taylor to pass the phone to Jonas to deliver the same message. This comes after Adam Campbell learned his fate via Twitter.

Taylor is generous towards his golf partner. He tells us that Carver was working under instructions. He refers to their friendship. 

Ryan Taylor is clearly a far more generous man than most of us. Congratulations to him on his dignity, humanity and magnanimity. Carver, on the other hand, has shown a side that Newcastle supporters will not see as respecting our traditions. How ironic it would be if he were to learn of his own replacement via a text from our own silent man, Lee Charnley. Carver has shown the same disregard to human values as his employer who strips people of self esteem though his working practices. 

Good luck in the future to both Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez. Their efforts have been recognised by the vast majority of supporters. They have conducted themselves with dignity in adversity. Both have shown a huge affinity to those supporters, with stories to make us smile behind the scenes. 

We can only hope that at some stage soon, the club reverts to ownership and values that respect the true Geordie spirit.