John Carver has held his news conference for the Leicester City game on Saturday and he has praised Nigel Pearson, the former Newcastle coach, for picking up four successive wins until they lost 3-1 to Premier League Champions in waiting – Chelsea – but the Foxes played well last night and we’re not sure that 3-1 was representative of the game, with Chelsea having only like three shots on target all night.
John Carver – must stop the rot
We’ve been wondering what John Carver would say in his press conference today and he was at the game last night at the King Power Stadium.
This is some of what he has said:
“Saturday is a tough game. Leicester are very well-organised, very strong and are a big, physical team.” “It’s the biggest game of the weekend, and huge for both sides. We need to stop this rot and get a result.”
“Siem de Jong is ready for this weekend, having played 90 minutes for the U-21s. He is not ready to start, however.” “Paul Dummett and Moussa Sissoko coming back into the group this week has given us a lift.”
“Four weeks ago Leicester were dead and buried, but Nigel Pearson has turned them around and they are in with a chance of staying up.”
And after exchanging words with a number of fans last Saturday because they were upset at our seventh defeat in a row on Saturday and another pathetic second half performance, Carver says he has invited the two in to have a chat with him:
“I’ve invited the two lads in.” “Thomas and Allen will come to my office for a cup of tea.” ”It’s important to speak to them.”
“I am one of them and should relate to them.” “It’s important to get behind the team and not distract me from my job.” “It’s about getting them in and answering some questions.”
That’s simply a political and PR move – probably for the benefit of Mr. Ashley and Mr. Charnley.
What John still doesn’t seem to get is that the Newcastle manager (head coach) will always significant criticism – call it abuse if you like – when results are not going our way.
It’s part of the manager’s job – especially at a passionate place like Newcastle – and it will never ever go sway.
And we suggest John meets with Thomas and Allen before Saturday, because if we lose again – and our readers think we will and they’ve been accurate in all of the last seven games – he may get even more abuse from them.
It’s going to be extremely difficult for John Carver to turn this thing around given his lack of experience.