Caretaker manager John Carver has claimed that his hopes of getting the permanent Newcastle Head Coach job, could have been fatally damaged by a wrong offside call last Saturday.
Carver was referring to the ‘goal’ Remy Cabella scored when the match was still goalless, the linesman wrongly flagging for offside.
John Carver speaking to the Shields Gazette;
“If it does hinge on something like that (Leicester offside decision), jobs are won and lost on things like that.
“I won’t make any bones about it, I want to be the head coach of this football club but you have got to get the right results.”
“We had spoken about catching them on the counter-attack and we opened them up really well. It was Nigel Pearson who came up to me and said, ‘John, it was onside’.”
Could have had players back…;
“We’ve had a draw and a defeat, but it could have been a draw and another draw, then take them back to St James’s for a replay.
“One or two of those guys who weren’t available(v Leicester) might have been available for the replay.”
A bit worrying though anyway when Newcastle United have to base their game plan around ‘counter-attacking’, when you are playing the bottom of the table team who are also playing a weakened side.
Carver once again asserting that it was injuries and not his choice that led to the weakened team being put out on Saturday.
Sadly we’ll never find out if a stronger Newcastle team would have been selected in the replay, if the ‘injuries’ had cleared up.