John Carver went into a rant about his players after what turned out to be a disastrous day for Newcastle United yesterday, as we crept ever so closer to the relegation zone, and the coach after the game simply ranted that his players couldn’t care less and that they were hopeless.
Which was all very true but ……
Mike Williamson – sent off
John Carver’s job is to get the very best out of them, and he hasn’t done that in the four months he’s been the head coach and simply blaming the players all the time will not do anything to help the situation – if just helps John – or so it may appear.
Two wins and twelve defeats in 17 games in charge is not good – that’s his record.
So it’s a little bit rich for him and also irresponsible of him to throw all the blame onto the players.
The truth is he’s completely out of his depth, and it was a disastrous appointment by Mike Ashley, and the players seem to have found that out very quickly.
These are the same players who won six games in a row earlier this season, and even broke Chelsea’s 24 game unbeaten streak.
They are not as bad as they’ve looked over the last four months under John Carver when we’ve gained 9 points of the 48 available.
Here’s some of John’s rant from yesterday starting with stupidly accusing Mike Williamson of getting himself sent off on purpose::
“I thought he meant it,” “When I was standing in technical area, and the ball went onto that left hand side, after already having a caution, my first reaction, five yards before he made tackle was: “Don’t do it”. He did it.”
“Vardy was off the pitch, Williamson was off pitch, the ball was off pitch. There is no need to do it. I’m not accepting that, especially the situation we’re in.”
“I don’t know why he would do it. It was just my thought, “He’s meant that”. I’ve told him that. I’ve said it to his face. I don’t want to go into what he said.”
“At half-time I was the most animated I’ve been in my football career,’ said Carver. ‘I wasn’t accepting what happened in the first half.”
“I was here on Wednesday and saw a fantastic atmosphere. I saw how they took it to the champions Chelsea for the first 25 minutes. All our work this week has been about what to expect. Expect them to come at you. Deal with that.”
“We had kick off and within 30 seconds it goes for a corner and is in the back of the net. 1-0.” “I can’t give players desire to go and get a broken nose or get a cut on their eye by trying to head the ball.”
“I wish I’d been on there because I’d do that. I can’t impact set pieces if they are not prepared to commit.” “That’s why I was animated at half-time, we’re a soft touch. When the ball comes in the box we’re not prepared to put our heads on it.”
“I know some players went over to the fans at full-time, and they had a go and said more or less, “We don’t want to see you”. If I was sitting in the stand with them, I would do the same thing.”
(notice how he separates himself from his players)
“Grow up and take it on the chin,’ he said. ‘If they don’t grow up, go and hide behind a post. That’s how serious I feel about it.”
“We can talk and talk. I’m telling you what I think and feel. I’m an honest guy. A straight bat. I’ve said this to them. The ones who don’t want to be there and accept it, they can stay at home.”
“If somebody was having a go at me I would prove a point. I’ve had a lot of that over the last few weeks but I haven’t disappeared or crumbled. I’m still here.”
“We have to stand up and be counted. I face it head on. The day I don’t do that, I may as well forget about it. The players have to do the same.’
Here’s another case of John Carver talking about himself and how brave he is and all that self complimentary nonsense after yet another disastrous defeat – and those words above show John Carver is no leader.
No wonder the players are sick of him, if he says this to them in the dressing room all the time.
Rants like this are immature and will only make it harder for Newcastle to get any points from their last remaining games, which will probably mean we will be relegated.
But Carver wants everybody to know where the blame for this catastrophe lies, and it’s not at his door.
In the position he is in he’s the one responsible for getting the very best out of the players he has available – that’s the definition of coaching.
John Carver is part of the problem.
Where Newcastle go from here we have no idea – maybe we’ll hear from Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley soon.
Maybe we wont.
But the longer they let this thing fester without showing any leadership, the more likely it will be that Newcastle will take the drop.