John Carver is making some strange claims about his recent record at Newcastle, after the boring 1-1 draw last night, and he says that since taking over as the head coach at Newcastle he is unbeaten in three games.
John Carver last night in the dugout
This is some of what John Carver said after the game at Palace last night:
“Again it is not a classic but every single point in the Premier League is crucial.” “As we saw at the weekend there are a lot of draws because there are fine lines and thin margins. I think tonight I’ll take a point.”
“There was a lot of hype about Alan and myself. We’re good friends – that’s where it ended.” “I was in control of Newcastle United and that’s all I was focused on.”
“I didn’t even know he was in the other dugout. I was focused on the game.” “It was a good night. ”
“I’ve now had three games since getting the head coach job and it’s three unbeaten. We could be sitting here with nine points but it’s five and I’ll take it.”
But John has had a full seven games in charge since he was appointed the caretaker manager after the Everton home game, and you cannot ignore the results of those first four games.
They were three defeats and one draw – and the draw was against Burnley when we went ahead three times and couldn’t hold out for the win.
And that’s basically what’s happened in the last two games, and certainly if we could have had two wins against Stoke and Crystal Palace that would have been so much better.
And if we had just one of the last two games we would have been in 9th place in the league – but it wasn’t to be.
We suppose it’s OK that we haven’t been beaten in three games, but these game have not been against the top teams – and those games are still to come.
That starts at Manchester City a week on Saturday, and they hammered Stoke 4-1 at the Britannia Stadium last night.
Unbeaten runs don’t mean much these days since the rules were changed eons ago to give three points for a win and not two, and wins are what count.
You can also technically go through a season unbeaten and end up with just 38 points.
John Carver has been coach in seven Newcastle games, and he has won one, drawn three and lost three.
And in the six games played in the league we have one win and three draws and 6 points – equivalent to a 38 points season.
That’s not a good record for somebody who is trying to impress and get the head coach job permanently.
And for the record Alan Pardew left exactly half way through the season with 26 points from 19 games, and that’s equivalent to a 52 points full season.
And Pardew also won two games in the Capital One Cup before we were knocked out at Tottenham.
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