John Carver taking over as caretaker manager at the beginning of the year is not unlike when Glenn Roeder took over from Graeme Souness after the former Liverpool great was fired in early February of 2006.
John Carver – far too cautious and defensive
John Carver in his first seven games has done nowhere near as well as Glenn did, and in Roeder’s first seven games in charge, he had five wins and only one defeat – at Old Trafford.
In John Carver’s first seven games in charge we have one win and three defeats, and in the three draws we were ahead in each one of those games.
And in the last two games when we have gone ahead, Carver has hardly shown he is a positive manager willing to make the necessary moves to win the game.
John has simply tried to hang onto the lead, and when you try to do that you basically allow the opposition to attack you – and as we have seen they tend to equalize in those circumstances – and so we have essentially lost four points over the last two games.
John puts it in a positive light by saying we have been unbeaten in the last three games, but that means little, and points and wins are all that really matter, and in six games we have a measly six points with one solitary win against a struggling Hull City.
In the Chronicle today, former Newcastle midfield star Rob Lee has made that point:
“John Carver put on two defensive minded players for two attackers at Crystal Palace to make sure we got a point.” “That’s what everyone does.”
“We should be different. What does he have to lose? Go for the win. If it doesn’t work out then so what. We might finish eleventh and not tenth. Big deal. At least we tried.”
“Carver wants the job and I wish him luck. However, surely it would be better if the supporters can see that he is sending out his team to play in the way that crowd expect their team to be.”
John is a long shot for the head coach job to start with – so playing cautious football like he’s been doing and then complimenting himself after the games just doesn’t work.
After facing criticism for making too many defensive moves at Selhurst Park, John said he was in fact brave to start two strikers in the game.
John needs to show by his actions and not his words that he can be a brave and courageous coach who is willing to take chances when a win is possible.
Actions always speak louder than words, and self praise is no recommendation.
John talks a good game – but he doesn’t always coach a good game – at least not from what we’ve seen so far.
He’s got 13 games left to change all that.
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