John Carver gave many interviews after the defeat yesterday, and we suppose he tried to be honest enough.
Roberto Martinez and John Carver before the game yesterday
There was a warm meeting between Roberto Martinez and John Carver before the game started, and Roberto is a good man – and seems to gain respect from his players even when he’s going through a bad patch as he has been this season.
He’s also got good leadership qualities which you need to inspire your players.
Roberto reminds us of Sir Bobby Robson, he’s such a good guy he just gets the respect from people and players alike, because he’s so honest with people.
This is some of what John said after the game:
“Everton have been patient.” “They’ve stuck with Roberto and rightly so.” “They got a good result in midweek and they followed it up.”
“He made five changes and look at the strength of his bench.” “He’s got a good group of players here.” “They have a fantastic old-fashioned ground.”
“But they have been patient with him and shown understanding.” “Now all of these players are coming back.” “They will get out of trouble – there is no danger of that.”
“They have too much quality. But sensible people understand the situation.”
“This group of supporters will back this team.” “People in the north understand the game.” “They understand football and the situation.” “They understand where we are and what we are.”
“The majority of people think that way and I know for a fact that the majority of our fans think that way.” “There’s always going to be people who want to be critical of that – and I understand.”
“That’s fair enough. I’ll take it on the chin.”
The fans are going through a terrible run of results again, much like we did last year at this time – so fans may understand it, but it doesn’t say we like it.
Carver had talked about maybe looking at the free agent market if things got any worse – which they have done – but that may be more trouble than it’s worth, so why not play some of our youngsters?
Maybe recall Remie Streete from Rangers and he may be able to do a job at center-back – it gives the youngsters a big chance to show what they are made of.
Adam Armstrong also deserves some playing time up front and maybe he can get us a few goals – Newcastle keep saying they will give the youngsters a chance – so let’s see it.
And John’s record is unlikely to improve anytime soon with so many good players now unavailable and some top teams like Arsenal and Liverpool coming up.
At the moment John has an 18% win rate and a 54% loss rate.
At the end of the season after 9 more games John Carver’s record will be such that even Mike Ashley will not offer him the job permanently.
Let’s hope 35 points is enough or we can beat Sunderland, and that surely will make us safe.
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