Despite Newcastle’s exit from the FA Cup at Leicester on Saturday caretaker boss John Carver said he wants to be considered for the manager’s position on a full-time basis.
The Magpies gave an insipid performance at the Kingpower Stadium as Leonardo Ulloa’s first half header knocked them out.
The travelling supporters were not slow to let Carver and his players know their feelings at the full time whistle but the 49-year-old believes he can be the man to replace Alan Pardew.
“I’m going to throw my hat into the ring. I told the players but I couldn’t make it public – now I am,” he said.
“Alan has gone now, it’s been announced. At the time when all that was going on it’s difficult to say how you feel. But obviously deep down inside I want to be head coach of this football club.”
Carver was assistant to Pardew before the latter made the switch to Crystal Palace this week. He also had a spell at St James’ Park as assistant to Sir Bobby Robson.
It is unclear who owner Mike Ashley will turn to now Pardew has moved on but already Steve Bruce and Steve McClaren have distanced themselves from speculation linking them to Newcastle.
Carver is likely to be in the dugout once more when Newcastle take to the field against Chelsea next Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho’s Blues were stunned on Tyneside as they suffered their first domestic defeat of the season in December and Newcastle are 12.11 to complete an unlikely league double.
Chelsea are 1.19 with the draw 6.80.