He did say he was definitely going back so maybe he promised Ole he would do a year/18 months and no more. And he was good to his word.Its hard to say with any certainty what ability any coach has, given they ultimately are not the top dog, but you can say we have been awful for several years now and Carrick is one of the only constants during that time. The club seem happy with him though and they see more than we do.
As for Phelan, didnt he take a fair bit of persuading to come back to us in the first place? Maybe he knows the writing is on the wall, maybe he just wants to go back to what he was doing before?