John Carver has had a very bad time of it this year as the Newcastle head coach, and that appointment through the end of the season has not been a good one in retrospect, and if we lose at home to Swansea on Saturday, Michael Owen could be right and we could lose all our remaining games this season – there will be just four left after Saturday.
Three or four games ago that would have been a preposterous thing to say – but no more.
John Carver – hasn’t got the leadership skills necessary
If that complete disaster does happen, it will mean 11 games lost on the trot – but surely we can win at least one game.
When we look at the way the players have performed this year – there’s not much optimism on Tyneside – and our players don’t seem to care too much either – with some players – both good and bad – knowing they will leave the club this summer.
If we are relegated this season it will be a classic study of how not to run a football club, and maybe Mike Ashley will sell up – but he’d have to take a huge loss because a Championship club is maybe worth £70M.
That would mean Ashley would lose around £200M on Newcastle, which tells us he wouldn’t sell even then.
John Carver doesn’t seem to have the leadership skills to be able to inspire his players, although he does talk a good game – but surely our players are not as bad as they have looked this year, and a lot of our problems could be down to just inexperienced coaching.
This is what Carver has said today:
“We all have to have the fight. It’s no good three or four or five having it.” “I will certainly be banging the drum and that we don’t let this fizz away.”
“It shouldn’t do. When you are a professional once you cross that line all you are focused on is getting good results and playing well, so what goes on around you shouldn’t really matter that much.”
“We know that when the crowd get behind the side here it is a fantastic place to be. The players have to be big enough to deal with it.”
Does anybody really think that if a coach of the caliber of a Sir Bobby Robson came in, he couldn’t get Newcastle playing so much better than we are at the moment – and with the same players we have now – Alan Pardew had us on a six game winning streak last October.
Ashley and Charnley took the cheap and easy option of John Carver, but it was always a risk to give the job to somebody with so limited coaching experience as the lead man, and the whole thing is backfiring in a disastrous way.
And this utter collapse this season should tell Mike Ashley that a good coach is even more important than good players, if he wants Newcastle to survive in the Premier League.
We’d love to see a whole new coaching team brought in at the end of the season, but that will not happen as Ashley is more interested in people who will play by his own strict rules and not complain.
John Carver meets those requirements.
This all means Newcastle United will never be successful under this owner.
But the vast majority of fans already know that only too well – that’s what’s so depressing for a club who were once so great.