John Carver did meet with a couple of young Newcastle fans this morning, who had hurled some negative criticism (he called it abuse) at the interim head coach at the game last Saturday against Swansea when we were losing 3-1, and the two young men have spoken to the Chronicle about what they told Carver today, and what his reaction was.
John Carver – nowhere near good enough
The two fans were Allen O’Connell and Thomas Concannon, and Carver said he was anxious to explain to them what he was trying to do.
We are interested too in what he is trying to do, because the performances on the pitch are simply awful so out players may be great in training as John has said, but they have been hopeless when it really matters in games.
This is what 22 year-old O’Connell said after the meeting:
“We told him he wasn’t good enough as a manager, we didn’t say the actual words because that would be disrespectful, but we said the club wasn’t doing well and that’s down to the manager.” (well that’s close enough)
“He took everything we said on the chin and was good about it but we told him how unhappy we are with the club, so he knows.” “We didn’t hold anything back, we told him what we thought.”
“He admitted his team aren’t good enough because of injuries. He said he had money to spend next season but would walk if they couldn’t buy any new players. He said he sympathized with us.”
“He didn’t actually say that he wanted to be manager next season, but you could just tell that he wants it.” “But he did say he would still be at the club in some capacity – no matter what.”
John Carver is nowhere near good enough to be the next Newcastle head coach, and let’s hope we can avoid relegation this season and then Mike Ashley has a change of heart.
Rather than going with the safe choice like a Steve McClaren or even sticking with John Carver (why would he ever do that?), maybe we can be given a shot of enthusiasm and some ambition and the club can bring in a top coach from the continent like Spanish coach Paco Jemez – as one example.
Fans are not happy because for one thing we are in poor form in losing seven games on the trot – the worst run in the league since back in 1978.
When will it ever end?