It’s not difficult to see why John Carver has never been a head coach before, but he has been assistant manager at Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield United and Plymouth Argyle and for a short 14 months he was the head coach at MLS side Toronto FC – but that didn’t work out.
John Carver – poor man-management skills
It’s much easier being an assistant coach than it is a head coach, and what seems to lack is real leadership and man-management skills – and we’ve talked enough about how he has really put a bridge between himself and his players – maybe so he can avoid the criticism his players are currently taking in full force.
But some of his comments after yesterday’s disaster suggest that Carver may have upset his players at half time with (yet) another rant, and the players didn’t think too much of it.
There are ways to talk to your players at the break that gets them going out in the second half and playing their hearts, and there are other ways that just cheese (there are other words I could use) them off completely.
And the fact we conceded after two minutes into the second half suggests John was not able to inspire his players one little bit.
Whatever Alan Pardew said to his players at half time when we were 4-0 down at half time to Arsenal in February 2011, is the classic case, and whatever Alan said helped in the greatest come-back in Premier League history – that’s the benchmark right there – and one of Alan’s real memories after his four years at the club.
Newcastle’s interim head coach even suggested after the game, his half time chart may have been why Williamson and Janmaat got themselves sent off – and will now miss the West Brom game.
This is what Carver said:
“We prepare them all week on how they are going to play – it’s all about the fast start, all about the crowd and the atmosphere, we have the kick-off and it ends up in the back of our net from a set-play again”
“We come in at two nil down and it is a very animated dressing room, certainly from my point of view.” “There’ are a few home truths spoken and maybe I wound a few players up too much, hence losing Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat.”
“But the third goal comes as a result of me talking about not getting close enough to players, letting players run. The guy runs off Manu Riviere)and he nudges him in the back, but I have no complaints about the penalty.”
Yes John – if only the players weren’t so hopeless you could have 17 wins in a row right now – damn it! – and instead you have twelve defeats and only two wins.
Blaming your players all the time shows no leadership.
Newcastle now look to be in real danger of being relegated after our 8th defeat in a row, that’s the real bottom line today, and who will play in the back four and especially in central defense on Saturday is a very good question.
We don’t think Jamaal Lascelles will be eligible, but if he is we could do a lot worse than play the 21 year-old there, as long as he gets a full week’s training in.
We are waiting to hear what Mike Ashley will do about this dire situation, and we are assuming he’s making some phone calls, having meetings and formulating what will happen this week and who will be in charge of the side against West Brom.
But we fear it’s just too late now.
However, if Ashley does nothing, we will quickly become the bookies’ favorite to be relegated – because it’s difficult to see how we can get another point this season.
This is a real tragedy for Newcastle United and their fans – who are really hurting right now.