Is This Man Credible To Critique Newcastle And McClaren?

We have a lot of respect for football coaches in the modern game, especially for those who manage teams in the Premier League, and that´s because there is so much pressure on the coaches – and millions watch the games around the world every week.

And we have seen this season so far, even Jose Mourinho gets into some bad spells with Chelsea, who have taken only 4 points from their first 5 games, and are just two points ahead of Newcastle and in 4th bottom place.

john carver scumpled face

John Carver – now a pundit 

So we´ll put that out first,  before we say that John Carver was a disaster as Newcastle´s interim head coach earlier this year. when he almost got us relegated after he took over with the side in 9th place and already having 26 points on the board.

But it took a first win in 11 games to see us safe on the very last day against West Ham, and before that game John and Newcastle had managed to get just 10 points from the previous 18 league games with eight defeats on the trot – our worst ever run in the Premier League.

Here´s John´s record at Newcastle.

CompetitionPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
League1934121835-1713
FA Cup100101-1
Overall2034131836-1813

So when we suddenly see that John now seems to be a pundit for biIN Sports and has commented on what Newcastle and Steve McClaren did wrong in Monday night´s game – we were totally surprised, if not shocked.

That seems a bit rich and does John Carver have the credibility to critique Newcastle after his record at the club?

He has said that at least he kept Newcastle up, whereas Alan Shearer got us relegated.

But that´s a bit unfair – Alan managed just eight games ( he got one win and two draws) and the former world-class striker came in when we were already in deep trouble.

John Carver took over when we were 9th top and put us in severe relegation trouble and now seems to be at least suggesting he saved Newcastle by getting 4 points out of the last three games.

One of those games was a 2-1 defeat at QPR – who were relegated in bottom place.

It wasn’t particularly John´s poor record that annoyed us about him, but some of the egotistical and stupid statements he kept making in front of the TV cameras.

And Carver made the second half of last season  all about himself, and whether he was going to get the job full time.

John and Steve Stone were fired in June, and the vast majority of fans thought he deserved to be fired.

This is the poll we put out – when we were extremely relieved – following our 2-0 win over the Hammers on May 24th – the final game of the season – and we were safe

Should John Carver Now Get Head Coach Position?

  • No (97%, 9,064 Votes)
  • Yes (3%, 233 Votes)

Total Voters: 9,297

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It looks like we may have to put up with John Carver critiquing Newcastle this season – it just seems so ironic and inappropriate.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.