John Carver has revealed that the answer to the problems of the Newcastle United defence has been hidden away at the club for over three years.
A bit like John Carver is the brilliant manager/head coach who has been held back for far too long…
With Mike Ashley refusing to invest in a quality replacement for Alan Pardew and a new look coaching team with fresh ideas, instead we are told that by promoting from within, Newcastle’s consistently terrible defence will suddenly improve.
The same Dave Watson who has been at the club since November 2011 coaching the kids and nobody managed to notice how brilliant he was and promote him to the first team.
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With Mike Ashley refusing to spend any money, John Carver has now brought Watson up to coach the first team and has spoken about what the ‘new’ man can bring to the party. Yet again Ashley’s refusal to invest the tens of millions of profits that are now being made, instead presented as some kind of positive move.
John Carver speaking to the official club website;
“He (Dave Watson) brings the experience of having played 800+ games in the top flight and England caps (12).
“He is a hugely-respected centre-half who was hard, strong, physical and a decent footballer, too.”
He’s worked at Wigan..;
“He’s worked at Wigan and our Academy, great coaching experience and brings extra defensive coaching qualities to us.
“On the first day I put on a presentation to the players about Dave and I think one or two of them were quite shocked, when they realised how much football he had played and saw him lifting a trophy.”
Could even help Taylor and Williamson…;
“Dave’s experiences will be so valuable, even to guys like Fabricio (Coloccini), Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor.”
I think we would all hope that by some miracle Watson’s influence will ESPECIALLY help Taylor, Willimson and Coloccini!
I had an article published on here at the weekend detailing just how shocking the Newcastle defence has been ever since promotion in 2010.
The very fact that the only three centre-backs United have to rely on now, were the ones we relied on in that promotion season, tells you everything you need to know.
Next to no money has been spent on the defence by Mike Ashley despite shocking statistics year after year.
This season Newcastle have the third worst defence so far, only QPR and Burnley have conceded more.
Last season (2013/14) only five clubs conceded more than United.
In 2012/13 only three Premier League clubs conceded more than our lot.
If Dave Watson proves to be the answer to turning the likes of Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson into decent Premier League defenders then he deserves a medal, never mind a promotion.