John Carver has had a terrible time of it this year as Newcastle’s head coach and his record should put to an end any question of him becoming the head coach in the summer – but it hasn’t.
John Carver – has shown poor man-management
Here’s John’s record – but he’s also been severely hampered by injuries and suspensions and the Newcastle Board doing stupid things again in a January transfer window – in the name of money.
John was seething like the rest of us after the Sunderland defeat, and he basically said all but five players didn’t perform at Sunderland.
Here’s what John said after the game:
“Jonas Gutierrez gave me everything and he is void of any criticism along with Ryan Taylor, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson and Jack Colback…those five are void of any criticism.”
But then on Thursday at his press conference for the upcoming game at Anfield on Monday night (we are hoping we will not take another hammering), he retracted some of that:
“I think now I have had time to think about it, it is a bit unfair to come out and talk about the ones who did well and the ones who didn’t do well.”
“I have already said it, we take responsibility.” “Some weeks for example Jack Colback might be outstanding, the following week he might not be, but he is part of the team and it team spirit that is going to get you through it.”
“I’m not going to go into individuals because it is unfair.”
It’s another example of how John Carver is inexperienced and not ready to be a head coach – and certainly not at Newcastle.
And it was another (big) risk taken by the Newcastle Board to get by on the simplest and cheapest option to replace Alan Pardew this season.
Sunderland were much wiser after they sacked Gus Poyet and they brought in experienced Dick Advocaat.
The 67 year-old coach is already turning the club around, and there’s a good chance the Black Cats will finish above Newcastle in the league table – never mind just avoiding relegation.
But Sunderland are not besotted about money either – like Newcastle are under Mike Ashley.
And we’re a little surprised that John didn’t learn better man-management from the great Sir Bobby Robson, who was a master at getting the very best out of every player – whatever their personality was.
Just think of how he turned around Alan Shearer, when Bobby first came in as the Newcastle manager in late August 1999.
Alan hadn’t been playing well early in the season, and had been dropped for the game against Sunderland in our previous home game – and Ruud Gullit was fired by Freddy Shepherd that night after we lost 2-1.
What did Newcastle do in their next home game, and Bobby’s first ever game at the Cathedral on the Hill as the Newcastle manager?
We beat bottom of the table Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 and were 5-0 up at the beak, and Alan Shearer scored five goals – still a record goal-scoring achievement for one game in the Premier League.
So Bobby could inspire players, and he did – and that’s something John cannot seem to do at Newcastle.
But there again John hasn’t the innate ability in coaching and handling men that Sir Bobby Robson had.
We just hope we can win one or two more games this season and be safe, and that the Board will learn from their incompetence in January.
But we have our doubts about the latter.
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