After a disastrous 18 games in charge of Newcastle this year, John Carver has only two wins and a win average of 11%, and with a huge 12 games lost John’s loss rate is 66.7% – so there’s just no chance that John Carver will get the job permanently in the summer, after Steve McClaren wisely turned the job down last weekend.
John Carver – completely out of his depth
Here’s John Carver’s record just in case you didn’t know the full extent of it.
But West Brom manager Tony Pulis thinks John Carver has a good chance of still getting the job from Mike Ashley in the summer:
“I don’t think there’ll be any change at this football club,” “I think Mike Ashley is very loyal to the people he appoints, and although I don’t know the politics around the place, the one thing he has done is to stick with his managers.”
“Ask John, he’d have a better idea than me, because he’ll have spoken to Mike Ashley.” “The great thing about this league, and most of the teams that are down there, (is that) there’s a lot of British managers fighting down there, and those managers have got great spirit,”
“You look at what Nigel Pearson is doing, what Steve Bruce is still doing, Chris Ramsey at QPR.” “They’re strong characters. John’s the same. He’s got good character, and he knows that sometimes you’ve got to roll your sleeves up.”
“Yes, Newcastle are up for the fight and the crowd were up for them – they kept with them, and I’m just delighted my players turned up and put a lot of effort into the game.”
It’s OK about being strong characters – but what about being good coaches?
One problem with what Tony says is that the British managers he talks about – Nigel Pearson, Steve Bruce, Chris Ramsey and John Carver are managers of the 6th bottom (Leicester), 3rd bottom (Hull), bottom (Ramsey) and 4th bottom (Newcastle) clubs.
So those four British managers are managing clubs who are all in the bottom six of the league – so what does that tell you?
Surely Mike Ashley would not appoint John Carver on a permanent basis, after John has almost taken the club into the second division.
And we could still go down and are only 2 points above Hull City with an inferior goal difference – a goal difference which is 18 goals worse than when John took over from Alan Pardew at the beginning of the year.
If Mike Ashley did appoint John Carver as Newcastle’s head coach, then let’s just say that would not be good – and yes – that’s a huge understatement.
There’s a clique in the club right now, and Ashley and Charnley seem more intent on appointing somebody who will fit into their failed system of running the club, and not complain about anything – and certainly John meets those requirements.
And that’s rather than appoint a top coach on Tyneside who has a chance of making Newcastle great again – and there are a number of those available in the summer.
That also tells you something about Mike Ashley’s ambitions for the club.
But after all it’s just one man’s opinion – Tony Pulis’ opinion – of what may happen in the summer.
And first things first and in two weeks time – on 24th May – we still want Newcastle to be in the Premier League – that’s the only thing that really matters right now – and certainly the fans on Saturday at St. James’ Park were simply fantastic and certainly helped our players – who showed lots of fight.
We need to support the team through the end of the season – these next two games are simply critical – and it could be that we have to win one of them to survive.