John Carver has warned off other potential candidates for the Newcastle Head Coach job, claiming that the role entails more than being able to get the team winning on the pitch.
The caretaker head coach has talked of previous ‘big personalities’ who he says haven’t been able to handle the top job at St. James’ Park, presumably meaning the likes of Ruud Gullit, Sam Allardyce and Graeme Souness.
The fact that Souness and the others mentioned above didn’t last, wasn’t so much to do with handling stuff off the pitch, it was because they were useless at organising the team on it!
What happens on the pitch dictates what fans think of the person in charge at Newcastle and once again, this is the same wherever you are a manager.
Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson aren’t revered because they had thick skins and how they dealt with fans, though it doesn’t do any harm, it is because they were brilliant at the job of putting players on the pitch who won matches and entertained.
It is really that simple.
“First of all you have to get the team right on the pitch but then you have to deal with everything else that goes on here, you need to have thick skin to deal with it as I have.
“We all know how much it means to people around here, it is their lives and you have to be able to deal with that.”
Survival of the fittest;
“We have talked about players in the past and if they can’t handle this environment, or the fans, then they will never survive here.
“We have had some big personalities who have not been able to deal with it and I have to say, what Alan had to deal with shows his personality.”