As a Newcastle fan that has suffered the last four years of Alan Pardew’s painful, weak post-match press conferences where praise would be given to Mike Ashley for every big victory over a top club and a patronising smirk would be immovable whenever the Magpies lost, it was refreshing to see John Carver’s interview after the Southampton game last weekend.

The born-and-bred Geordie was in no mood to sugar coat the managerial situation at the club and urged the powers that be – Mike Ashley and club secretary Lee Charnley – to give the fans what they want; a new manager and a fresh start.

Carver also replied with “I’d have to think about it” when asked if he would lead the club until the end of the season, with a permanent boss lined up to start in the summer. If you asked the 50-year-old the same question a month ago, he would have snapped your hand off.

The interview was certainly a sign that the unrest among fans as to who their new manager is going to be is getting to those inside the club. The squad have today flown to Dubai for some warm weather training but will undoubtedly spend plenty of time mulling over who their next boss is going to be when they return.

Despite his honesty and passion for the club, Carver is not the man to lead Newcastle to a strong second half of the season.

In fairness, Carver has done well to get some good form out of Remy Cabella – a player that was in danger of going stale under Pardew.

However, tactically, Carver leaves a lot to be desired. In the same interview, the caretaker mentioned how the whole week had been spent learning to deal with the power of Graziano Pelle and nullifying the Italian’s threat, yet both of Southampton’s goals stemmed from the giant striker linking with teammates.

His decision to start two central defenders who are both 6’0” tall against a 6’4” Pelle was baffling, especially with Mike Williamson sitting on the bench exactly the same height as the Saints’ striker.

Vurnon Anita also leaves a lot to be desired in midfield but Carver is still struggling for fit midfielders to call upon. Mehdi Abeid is closing in on a comeback and will give the back four a stronger shield.

Carver also managed the team when Pardew served a nine-match suspension for headbutting David Meyler last year and won only two games – against Cardiff City and Crystal Palace. He also spent a season managing Toronto FC in MLS in 2008/09 and had a less than exemplary record, winning just 12 games out of 40.

These factors certainly point to Carver not being given the chance to manage Newcastle on a permanent basis but as yet, there is no news on the board offering the job to anyone.

Frenchman Remi Garde remains the clear favourite and rightly so, as he boasts a 50% win record over his three years in charge of Lyon. He is out of work and was commentating on Newcastle’s defeat to Southampton for French sports channel Canal+ but wouldn’t comment on reports of talks being held between him and the club.

The situation is now at the point where many fans are questioning why they actually support a club that has no ambitions to win cup competitions and an owner that is determined to make money rather than appease fans.

Attendances will not suffer though. 52,000 fans will still walk through the gates at St James’ Park every Saturday in the hope that someone can inspire them to believing they can achieve success in the future.

They may be waiting a while.