Freddy Shepherd: “Before Graeme Souness came to the club John come in and looked after the team.
“He’s been in that position before so he’s very experienced.
“I hope he gets it until the end of the season.
“You’ve got Lee Charnley there as well who was there when I was there and he’s a very experienced guy as well.
“So I hope they can persuade Mike Ashley to keep him there until the end of the season and then review it.
“I hope John gets the job. It’s worth giving him the chance.
“With him and Lee Charnley there, they know what they are doing so they should get a chance.”