Experience in any job is always very important, and that’s why it was always asking a lot of John Carver when he was given the job as the head coach for the rest of the season back in January.
John was completely untested, so it was yet another risk taken by Newcastle this season – but it was the easy and cheap option in keeping John in the job – and in his 17 league games in charge this year, we have only 10 points with a goal difference of -15.
Dick Advocaat – 10 points from six games
Compare that with Sunderland’s interim manager Dick Advocaat, who has been in the management game since 1980 and has been through it all before.
In the six games in charge of the Black Cats the Dutchman has 10 points with three wins and a draw, and a goal difference of -1 and they’ve won their last two games.
John Carver’s record.
Dick Advocaat’s record.
Notice that Dick Advocaat has more wins in 6 games than John Carver has in 18.
So really the results speak for themselves, and in retrospect Newcastle let John Carver continue in the job far too long, since we last won on February 28th.
Newcastle are now firmly in relegation trouble and in 17th place after yesterday’s games – 4th bottom and 2 points above Hull.
Who would have thought that would happen at the end of February, when we had 35 points from 27 games?
If Hull can gain 2 points on us in the final two games of the season, they will also finish above us and of course Steve Bruce has been in the job as a manager since 1998.
Hull’s Geordie manager can still produce a shock win in his last two games – at Tottenham and at home to Manchester United.
John Carver’s record is simply terrible and we’ve gone from 9th place to 17th place this year since Alan Pardew left us.
It was a huge mistake to put Carver in charge – however with two games to go and the lads playing with some heart yesterday, let’s hope we can survive what has been an absolutely disastrous season.
We hope we can still be in the Premier League next season.
If we do survive there needs to be massive changes made at the club by Mike Ashley, if he is to continue his ownership of Newcastle United.
A vast majority of fans will want an ownership change this summer and with good reason.