John Carver has talked about himself again in an interview today, and he says one of the most difficult things in the job he has at the moment as the interim head coach, is all the criticism he gets – some warranted and some unfair.
John Carver – I’m straight and honest
When you are head coach or the manager at Newcastle one of the things you are going to get as part of the job is criticism and it;s going to be a lot because of the passionate nature of the fans,.
Newcastle fans are the best to play in front of when things are going well, but the opposite is also true.
When the team is going through a bad spell and especially if the players seem not to care, then the players and the coach will get some heavy criticism – it’s always going to be like that at Newcastle.
And the players have seemed not to care too much in far too many games this year since Carver took over.
And generally the higher you go up the ladder the more criticism you will get – that’s just how things seem to be, and you have to be prepared for that if you want to be successful.
This is what John has said today:
“I think it is the hardest job in football. Definitely it is. I don’t manufacture anything – I don’t do that. Straight and honest, that’s me.”
“It’s the dream job, right. This is the dream job, but the hardest thing is taking the criticism off your own people.” “That’s the bit I find really, really difficult.”
“And some of it is deserved and some of it is not. Sometimes you’re dealt the hand and you’ve got to get on with it, and this is the hand I’ve been dealt.”
“When I took it on, if I hadn’t accepted or if I didn’t want it, then I would have been kicking myself. I wasn’t going to not accept it, not have a go at it, all right.”
“I’ve said this to you, I genuinely believe that if I’ve got the right tools I can do the job.” “And I think I’m getting the best out of the players I’m putting out on the pitch at the moment.”
“But it is bitter-sweet. It’s bitter sweet and it’s definitely a roller coaster.” “Let me tell you something, I am feeling it as well. My family are feeling it, we are all feeling it, but nobody more than me, because it is my job as well and I cannot run away from it.”
“I can be disappointed like I was on Tuesday morning, but then I have to pick myself up and go again and be ready for the next game. And I can assure people out there, I am giving it every single minute of my time, every inch.”
One mistake John may be making in the job, is that he’s making it far too much about himself.
The reality is it isn’t about him – it’s about the players and the team, and the fact is we’ve been hopeless far too often this year.
9 points out of 39 points played for is not good, and we have to start picking up some points from somewhere, otherwise we could still be caught by the bottom sides.
Maybe we wont be caught, but it could still turn out be very uncomfortable in the final two to three games of the season, if we keep losing like we have done in the last five games.
And other sides will know we’ve been struggling, and they will be gunning for us in the last six games.
Newcastle still have to play at both Leicester City and QPR, which are the only road games left this season.
John needs to take the attention off himself and start to get the best out of the players available, and many would argue he hasn’t done that this year – not yet anyway – in spite of what he says.
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