Newcastle United interim head-coach John Carver has admitted today that Newcastle are now in a relegation fight, but as usually John’s after match interviews are full of bravado, and he even suggested the players he has are not good enough.
He may be right about that, but that doesn’t seem a good man-management move to say that to the press.
Carver and Pochettino yesterday
Newcastle again looked less than ordinary yesterday, and Tottenham were the better side and deserved to win and our record under Carver in 14 league games of 9 points – if extended over a 38 game season would be 24 points and certain relegation.
In the last ten league games we have one win and two draws.
And even taking over when we were in 9th place on 26 points after 19 games, we could still take the drop down to the Championship, and if we cannot win another game this season we may deserve it.
This is some of what Carver said after the game yesterday:
“People are sitting in their seats and they want something to spark a reaction and don’t get it. This is the most difficult situation I’ve ever been in, but I’m a fighter and I’m not going to shirk anything.”
“We will take the stick and the responsibility because that’s the type of person I am. I’m not going to give up on it and I have enough experience to deal with the situation.”
“It’s not getting any easier but this job is never easy.” “There was a subdued atmosphere which I’ve experienced before and it’s not easy to deal with.”
“I have to come up with the solution and try to find a method to play that gets results and points. People might not like what they see but I have to do it.”
This is the worst situation John has been in because he’s never been at this level before in coaching, and that’s part of the problem – he has very little experience as a head coach.
But the players aren’t exactly working their socks off for the side either, and in our two relegation struggles coming up at Leicester and QPR we could be outfought in those games.
That’s what’s so worrying about those games, they want it a lot more than our players seem to want it at the moment.
But it could also be a reflection of the utter chaos at the club this year – not unlike our relegation season in 2009 – and the powers that be have really messed things up this year in different ways.
And what do we hear from Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley in this time of mounting crisis at the club – absolutely nothing.
It’s just a terrible way to run a football club.