After the home win against Everton in late December that was Newcastle’s 19th league game of the season and we had 26 points when Alan Pardew decided to walk out on the club and join one of his former clubs – Crystal Palace.
John Carver – 9 points from 9 games
John Carver has been put in charge of the side and he would have 20 games to show he is good enough for the vacant head coach position at Newcastle.
One more game was the FA Cup and we again went out at the first hurdle when John made seven changes to the side and we were beaten 1-0 at Leicester City.
Carver has now been in charge of nine league games and so 10 game sin all – and he;s half way though the 20 games he will manage.
This is his overall record.
So we have 9 points from the 9 games played with a goal difference of -5, so that’s a worse record than Pardew had in the first 19 games when we had 26 points and a goal difference of -6.
When Pardew left the club, Newcastle were in 9th place in the league and we have now slipped a couple of places to 11th place, and we are four behind 10th placed West Ham.
John has tried to steady the defense and to a large extent has been fairly successful in doing that, apart from that 5-0 hammering at the Etihad Stadium, and he is starting to use two strikers up front.
But Carver has also lost Steven Taylor, Siem de Jong, Cheick Tiote and Paul Dummett for the rest of the season through injury.
And Papiss Cisse will likely be suspended for the next 7 games – so our squad has been decimated.
In a strange way that will help Carver in his quest for the permanent job at Newcastle, especially if he just gets on with the job and doesn’t complain.
That’s because the responsibility for Newcastle’s squad demise lies with his two bosses – Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley.
And because they know it’s their mistake for not reinforcing the squad in January – it could put John in a much better light in the summer when they consider who to appoint as the new head coach.
John has been no trouble to them, and even complimented them on a few occasions.
But in the last 10 games of the season Carver still has to get more than just a couple of wins – although that would see us safe.
After all what Ashley is looking for isn’t a top four place in the Premier League, and top ten is all that is required – and not having long cup runs which would only impact the Premier League performances.
That’s the Newcastle strategy today – like it or not.
What do you think?
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