In his press conference today John Carver paid compliment after compliment to Alan Pardew, although the Londoner’s record at Newcastle wasn’t all that good, and in 185 games he managed Newcastle, he won only 71 games which is a win rate of only 38.4%.
John Carver and Alan Pardew at Newcastle
And in fact Alan lost 73 games, two games more than he won, in his four years at the club – so it’s difficult to call his record stellar at the Tyneside club.
And we wont even mention that he lost the last four games against Sunderland and that was the first time in Newcastle’s long history.
That’s some legacy alright.
But nobody has told John Carver that, and this is what our caretaker manager said about Pardew today and why he left the club:
“It was only because of the circumstances and the club that became available that he changed. He had wanted to stay here.”
“I thought some of the treatment he received was harsh. I don’t have a problem with people protesting – as long as it’s done the right way. If it affects the team, then that’s the only thing I object to.”
“But I know for a fact if I was sitting in the stand paying good money and I wasn’t very happy, then I’d be saying something.”
“Every manager is going to take some criticism. Alan was no different, but he was honorable and he stood up to it.”
“His legacy here is a fantastic one. We talk sometimes about the conditions you have to work under. We all know we don’t spend millions . We don’t spend what Chelsea and Manchester City do.”
“He had a side he inherited and he worked with them and got the best out of them and in the season we finished fifth was incredible.”
“There was the extra burden of European football the following year which caused a dip in our results.” “I’ve spoken to him a few times since he got the job, we exchange texts.”
“Obviously, there’s a game to be played on Wednesday night, so all that goes out of the window. We’ll compete against each other because he wants to win the game, and I certainly want to win it.”
As a comparison, Sir Bobby Robson’s record in 255 games he managed Newcastle is won 119 games and he had a win record of 46.7% and Bobby lost only 72 games at Newcastle.
John Carver is going way over the top about Alan’s time at Newcastle, and if he was so great as the Newcastle manager, how come the vast majority of Newcastle fans were pleased to see him go?
And in fact a Sack Pardew campaign was put into motion after a poor start to the season, which came after a terrible second half to last season.
He did have some great wins against top sides, there’s no doubt about that, but he also had terrible spells like the second half of last season when we lost six Premier League games in a row for the first time ever.
We don’t know why John is saying these things about Alan Pardew – but they are way off the mark – and it may be simply John’s opinion of Alan while manager of Newcastle.
But the facts are not on John’s s side.
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