TeamTalk have claimed that Newcastle United are considering a move to bring Michael Carrick to St. James’ Park as a replacement for Rafa Benitez this summer.
Carrick, 37, has been Manchester United’s first-team coach since retiring at the end of the 2017-18 campaign. He was made a part of Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff following his retirement.
Now, the former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United player is a key part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching team, but now he could return to where it all started.
Growing up in Newcastle, Carrick played for Wallsend Boys Club and supported The Toon as a boy. It has perhaps seen the Manchester United assistant enter the consideration as a surprise alternative to replace Benitez.
TBR’s view – Carrick is a bold, but strong Newcastle appointment
Steven Gerrard’s tenure at Rangers, and indeed Frank Lampard’s spell at Derby County last season are living proof that having prior experience is not the be all and end all.
Rangers closed the gap on Celtic, while Derby reached the play-off final. So, putting Carrick into the hotseat after 12 months with Manchester United would surely not be such a risk after all?
Carrick has something that both Gerrard and Lampard do not, though. That is that he is a Newcastle fan, and his desire to see the club he supported as a boy do well, will give him all the determination required.