John Carver is inexperienced as the head man, but he has also shown himself to be very cautious and unwilling to take chances, and we’ve seen that a number of times this year, and it was noticeable against Manchester United at home where he set up the side to defend – and then attack on the break – something we only normally see in away games, and it was certainly not what we should be doing at St. James’ Park in front of 52,0000 fans.
Dick Advocaat – a godsend for Sunderland?
And a similar thing happened yesterday when in the first half there was a very good side attacking all the time, and they were up against a hesitant set of players who were overwhelmed by the speed and tenacity of the opposition.
And that speed and tenacity was shown by Sunderland who had not won in the previous seven games and has scored only two goals in the previous six games – but they looked a couple of classes better than Newcastle yesterday.
John talked before the game about how it was unacceptable for the Newcastle players not to give 100% and he virtually guaranteed that would not happen yesterday – in the interviews before the game – which were as usual gung-ho.
But we were a disgrace again – especially in that first half.
John cannot seem to motivate his players but the Sunderland players and new Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat – a very experienced man – looked golden after this game and this is what he had to say about the performance yesterday:
“Before the game, I said something to our Scottish friend Fletcher: ‘It’s time to do something now. You can do it for Scotland, but you have to do it here as well.”
“And then Defoe came in and I said, ‘Do I have to say something to you or not?’, and he said, ‘No, I know what I have to do.”
‘”t’s a great boost for everybody. If you see them in the dressing room, they can’t walk any more, they are so tired. If you see our three front players, the way they worked, it was something special.”
To a very large extent you are born as a leader, and it’s very difficult to make yourself into a leader if it’s not in-born – and Carver doesn’t seem to be a very good leader, from what we can tell.
And Carver said after the game he was shocked and even ashamed that the performance was so insipid – especially after the second half performance against Arsenal.
Again – John talks a good game both before the matches and after the matches – but saying that was almost an admission from the Geordie, that he cannot motivate the players – or the players aren’t too interested in playing for you – take your pick.
John Carver is inexperienced, and far too cautious to be the head coach at Newcastle, but that’s what Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley have him doing.
You may ask why we didn’t get an experienced manager like Dick in, like Sunderland did for the rest of the season, and only make it more permanent if he produces.
Well the simple answer to that it costs more money – and John is the much cheaper option and Mike Ashley likes cheap.
But it’s also the worst option, but since the owner only thinks about money – that’s why we have John in as head coach – even though the job is too much for the 50 year-old.
But think of the money we are saving!
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