The team we had out today at QPR is very much like the one Alan Pardew played when we had six wins on the trot after a poor start to the season – so how come these players have become such bad players under John Carver this year?
John Carver – it’s the players – they aren’t good enough
Inference – I am good enough if I had the tools
The job of a coach is to get the very best out of players available, and good coaches transform sides and players too – and get them winning – and bad coaches start to lose games.
Tony Pulis took over a West Brom squad from Alan Irvine and suddenly made them into a much better side with the players looking a lot better than when Irvine was in charge.
Alan Pardew took over a poor side Crystal Palace from Neil Warnock, and quickly got them playing well together, and they are now 9 points above Newcastle after their 3-1 win at Anfield today – and they were 10 points behind us when Alan left the club.
This is what John Carver has said about our last game against West Ham – which if our memory is correct – is much the same as he said about the games at Leicester and QPR – both of which we lost to teams below us in the league:
“This is the biggest game this football club has faced in a long, long time.” “I want the same atmosphere we had against West Brom last weekend because it could be the fans who actually get us across the line and keep our Premier League status.”
“The most important thing is that it is in our hands. I said to the guys in the dressing room, if you want it enough you can do something about it.”
“I’m really disappointed because I thought we were in control in the first half… then we shot ourselves in the foot in a mad spell in the second half.” “The players have given everything.” “They’ve had a go but sometimes the quality isn’t there, you’re just not good enough.”
“It’s a huge football club and you’ve got to have that personality to deal with wearing the shirt. We will find out next weekend.”
Even if the players are poor and not good enough, a good coach will very rarely criticize his players in public, as John Carver has done on too many occasions this year.
He’s also accused one of his players of deliberately getting himself sent off – what nonsense.
And when Lee Charnley said they would keep John in place after eight defeats in a row a couple of weeks ago, 93% of the fans in our poll wanted him fired.
Most fans thought that was a huge mistake and we would get relegated – certainly we expected to get relegated.
However, we may be lucky and Hull City may not be able to catch us – but one point in our last two games is hardly an improvement.
Maybe Carver would be well advised to look at some of the stupid things he says in his press conferences, and maybe the reason his players are not playing for him is right there.
And maybe John should look at his own league record before being quick to criticize his players.
Two wins and four draws for 10 points in 18 games is what he’s done this year in the league – and over a season that would give us 21 points and certain relegation.
After being in 9th place with 26 points exactly half way through the season, we could still be relegated if Hull can beat Manchester United next Sunday.
We’ve had one draw and nine defeats in our last 10 games, and it’s the players’ fault – that’s what John Carver seems to think – because this is not the first time he has said that.
And that’s one of the reasons John is a very poor coach, and way out of his depth in managing Newcastle.
It’s been a huge mistake by Lee Charnley to have given him the interim job, and he’s added to that mistake by keeping him in the job two weeks ago – and we could pay for that mistake by being a second division club next season.
You cannot keep blaming your players and expect them to play for you – that’s man-management rule number one.
John Carver doesn’t seem to understand that.