The Chronicle is reporting today on some of the specifics of the meetings in the two days following the calamitous 3-0 defeat at Leicester City, and in particular what Lee Charnley asked John Carver in the meetings.
John Carver – yes, yes and yes
These are the three questions Lee Charnley is reported to have asked John Carver:
- Can he handle the criticism of Newcastle fans and pundits
- Can he keep the team up in the Premier League
- Can he win back the dressing room.
So it will come as no shock at all that John said yes to all three questions.
Without meaning to be disrespectful to John, what we’ve seen from him this year is that he likes to please people and finds it very difficult to say no to anything – that just seems to be his personality and he likes to be very positive about things.
So it’s hardly surprising he said yes to all three questions – and after all a no answer to any one of the three questions would probably have meant Lee would bring in another coach.
But Lee Charnley’s responsibilities shouldn’t have ended with those answers from John , and he cannot just take those three yes answers from John and say – OK so we are going to be safe then.
And then tell Mike Ashley that is all is well after all, and we’ll not be relegated
It’s Lee’s job as an executive to way up how John feels about things with his record of this year, and then decide if he is the right man for the job over the last three games.
If Lee gave too much emphasis to John’s answers to reach his decision, then we are in trouble.
If we lose on Saturday and there’s not much improvement from the side, then Mike Ashley could still bring in another coach to take over the side for the last two games at QPR and at home to West Ham.
That would help to give the players and the fans a big lift – if we are hopeless again on Saturday and lose – but it would also be a desperate move for survival.
And finally, the very fact that John Carver did not offer his resignation on Sunday, as had been reported, suggests he still thinks he’s the right man for the job after eight successive defeats, the worst run in Premier League history by Newcastle.
The very fact that Lee asked him if he could regain the dressing room says that Charnley thinks he has lost it.
That alone is usually a good sign the manager needs replacing.