Newcastle United are set to announce the appointment of John Carver as head coach on a deal until the end of the season.

The move comes as all of Newcastle’s main managerial targets are unavailable to take over until the summer, so Carver is set to get the reigns for another 16 games.

Thomas Tuchel, Remi Garde, Steve McLaren and Christophe Galtier are all seemingly interested in the post but won’t start at a new club until the new season.

Remi Garde has been in talks with the club for the past fortnight but wants to start in the summer, meaning Lee Charnley had to make a decision between waiting for the right man or going with another candidate.

Charnley said in his interview with the Chronicle last week that he is prepared to wait until the summer if it means getting the right man, rather than going for someone that was available but less suitable.

The situation has worked out favourably for Carver, who has always been interested in taking charge of the team on permanent basis but is yet to win a game since becoming caretaker.

Carver’s first match as head coach on a full-time basis is away at Hull City on Saturday, the place where Alan Pardew headbutted David Meyler last season.

Carver would be well advised to avoid that kind of drama if he is to throw his name into the mix for the job on a long-term deal.