In an astonishing claim by John Carver he has come out after the 3-0 defeat at Leicester City and accused center-back Mike Williamson of deliberately getting himself sent off – so he is not available for Newcastle next game two games at West Brom next Saturday and then QPR the week after that.
Daryl Janmaat was also sent off so Newcastle ended the game playing with 9 men.
Steve Stone and John Carver today
It’s far too big a job for them
This is what John Carver said after the game talking about big Mike Williamson:
“I thought he’d done that on purpose – it looks like he did,” “The ball was off the pitch – he had no need to make the challenge. He will miss two games. Is it an easy way out?”
“On a scale of one to 10, it the performance is a minus 10,” “I can’t accept it. I wish the players had as much determination and fight as I had.”
“We can talk about systems and players but if we’re not willing to compete, get your head onto the ball and risk getting an injury, you won’t get anywhere.”
John has to take responsibility for this terrible performance – he’s the one who prepared them so he cannot just criticize the players and say it’s all their fault – that’s also the easy way out as a coach.
And it seems to us the players have given up playing for him – and he hasn’t got the necessary leadership to turn this disaster around.
The very fact that a player may have got himself sent off doesn’t reflect well on the coach, and it’s abundantly clear John Carver is out of his depth – and his record shows that.
In the 17 games he’s managed this year he’s lost 12 of them and eight in a row.
Just like it wasn’t Jak Alnwick’s fault when he was thrown in at the deep end last year, and it’s not John’s fault that he cannot deliver, and the decision to make him the stand-in coach has been a complete and utter disaster for Newcastle United, and will likely cost us our place in the Premier League.
The real responsibility for this catastrophe lies at the feet of Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley, and we are hoping the two of them will come in and do something to save the club – like bringing in a new coach now.
But we’re not holding our breath.
It was simply a stunning embarrassment Newcastle United today at the King Power Stadium.