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Is This Man Credible To Critique Newcastle And McClaren?

10:32 pm, Thursday, September 17th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

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.

CompetitionPlayedWonDrawn LostGFGAGDPoints
FA Cup100101-1

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.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonking // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    blatter out

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    So Johnny C. wants back in? I thought he was enjoying operating the spa. Giving Mike back massages etc…Some people are never happy!

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Of course the next big question is will we pull off another reverse clean sheet against Watford? The suspense is killing me…..

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Mr. Zorg in!

  • 5 SUTTY1978 // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Carver & McClaren are both crap so let them comment on each other as much as they like.

  • 6 SUTTY1978 // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:38 PM


    Reverse clean sheet, we’ve spent years perfecting that, sometimes we have managed to hand out some hammering reverse clean sheet victories, Scousers and mackems spring to mind!

  • 7 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    I am a big big fan of Mbemba kid looks the part but captain at 20? I would worry it may cripple his progression but in the future if we keep hold of him certainly 24/25 year old Congolese Geordie captain am sold

    Colback this season hasn’t been up to much but I wonder if it’s how he has been told to play? He seems different from what he was doing last season less box to box more Anita’s twin which worries me though it could be McClarens way of sorting out our joke of a defence before giving the back 4 his full faith

  • 8 GeordieTwo // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Yes SUTTY mate but we are reaching new heights under McLaren. I think we’ll manage at least 10 reverse clean sheets this year. Our negative goal difference record is under threat as well. This could get very exciting. Can we break all the negative records in the same season? Stay tuned mates!

  • 9 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Charmley was to blame for last seasons dive Carver was merely the scapegoat

  • 10 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Ugh I never wanted to see that face on an article again.

    ‘You’re a monster, Zorg’
    ‘ ……I know’

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    If we stay in our own half and just clear the ball out we may be able to bring the reverse clean sheet to new levels. I know Steve is working on it…..

  • 12 Tsunki // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Yo – yeah but an incompetent archaic scapegoat.

  • 13 GeordieTwo // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Doesn’t Carver look like a meat popsicle? He should have that mug on a huge hoarding at the entrance to his spa Tsunki mate…..

  • 14 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    But one who should never of been considered for the job Charnley was happy to free wheel to the end of the season and the players knew it, everyone knew Carver wasn’t getting the job so why would they bother playing?

    Telling that Jonas dragged us through in the end a man with a point to prove, I dare say Shola would of been close to top performer if he was here last season

  • 15 croftus5678 // Sep 17, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    perez needs to start as main striker imo !

    he’s not a main striker but he’s the most effective person we have to play there.

    siem/rolando/wijnaldum/thauvin also need to start as we desp need goals and sissoko is the most effective player we have in midfield so he must start also imo.


  • 16 Jib // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    I think the criticism of Thauvin against West Ham shows a basic lack of what footy is all about.
    It was the first time he had played with Cissé and the strikers petulant attitude as well as being a disgrace also conspired to make the winger whose whole game depends on movement ahead look bad.

  • 17 Munster Mag // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Jib thats crap. On the night thauvin cudnt skin a banana

  • 18 lesh // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:59 AM

    But what did Carver have to say in criticizing McClaren?

  • 19 giimps // Sep 18, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    Why not try’s this
    Janmaat lascelles collo haidara
    Mbemba as sweeper
    Gini socks
    Perez thauvin
    We’d have better cover at the back, allowing siem gini and Perez and thauvin to do the magic in the opposition half.
    No cisse to laze around stopping attacks, and players like siem, thauvin, Perez and even Gina and mbemba can get up and down the pitch.
    We need to try something that don’t involve cisse as he wont work for the ball and is not intelligent enough to hold his runs

  • 20 The Vicar // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    So how does Shearer get to comment?

  • 21 The Vicar // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Why include Sissoko? Gives the ball away all the time.

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