Newcastle are just 7 points above the drop zone, but Leicester City, Sunderland and Hull City now have a game in hand on us, and if all three win that game in hand then Newcastle would be only 4 points above the drop zone, and we have only five games to play, and our goal difference is not exactly great.
It’s gone from -6 to -20 this year.
John Carver – out of his depth
So every game we lose, we are getting ourselves into more trouble, and let’s face it, over the last six games we have looked the worst team in the Premier League, and our players have looked poor and without spirit or fight – for most of the time.
But we also think that’s because of poor coaching from John Carver and his coaching team, who simply look out of their depth and keep proving it with every successive defeat.
Newcastle are playing today like teams like Crystal Palace and West Brom were playing like before they got new experienced coaches come in, and suddenly their players and the team magically look a lot better, more organized and can suddenly score goals.
So while it’s true that John has had a threadbare squad to choose from, he’s done nothing to suggest he’s a good coach, and some of the interviews he gives are simply weird at best.
That statement about having six Cup Finals to play was ludicrous, but he seems to now realize how ironic that that was for a club who don’t prioritize the cup games in any way.
If we really did have six cup finals to play we’d lose the lot.
John talks a good game and this is what he said when asked if he thought the game against Swansea on Saturday at home was a winnable one:
“I think every game is winnable.” “We need to come up with a solution, a formula, to win the game.” “If it means being a little bit more direct, then that’s what we’re going to have to do.”
“I have to find a method of trying to play now that might not be pretty on the eye, but I need to find a way of getting some results, getting some points.”
“People might not like what they see, but I’m going to have to do it.” “It’s probably the most difficult situation I have ever been in,”
“But I’m a fighter, and I’m not going to shirk anything. I’ll take the stick, and I’ll take the responsibility, because that’s the type of person I am.”
“But I have just got to get on with it, because nobody else is going to do it.”
Again he puts in little compliments about himself in that second last paragraph, and that’s down to lack of experience in the job.
An option Mike Ashley has if we lose on Saturday is to bring in an experienced coach, but it’s probably too late for that now, and the hierarchy seem to have put their faith in Carver.
But the threat of relegation is starting to look more than just a very small possibility, which it was six games ago.
This may seem like a negative way of looking at where we are today with just five games to play – but it’s also a realistic one.
And that’s what worries us the most.