I really have to hand it to Mike Ashley, I didn’t think it would be possible for him to find somebody who could wind you up as much as Alan Pardew but he has succeeded.
Watching Pardew’s football was bad enough at times but his post-match press stuff was at times on a whole different level.
In John Carver, I think Ashley has managed to find somebody who doesn’t just match Pardew but actually surpasses him with his patter.
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Now he is thrust into the spotlight on a permanent basis, we are learning what John Carver is all about and I don’t like it.
He may be a Geordie like many of us but that doesn’t excuse the rubbish he is coming out with.
Last night with the scores level at Palace he took off Newcastle’s two most attacking players and replaced them with a defensive midfielder and a full-back, then afterwards said;
“That is one win, three draws and two defeats now, which is not bad in this league.”
Conveniently forgetting the defeat in the Cup at rock bottom Leicester which makes his record actually one win in seven.
However, then in a separate interview after last night’s final whistle, John Carver used some slightly different statistics…;
“I have now had three games since getting the head coach job and it’s three unbeaten. We could be sitting here with nine points but it is five and I will take it.”
Then when he came to his team selection and formation Carver came out with;
“I was brave from the start by sticking two strikers in the team but it wasn’t working for us and I needed to change the shape of the team and I did.
“Then he (Pardew) changed it and put (Jason) Puncheon into the middle of midfield and brought on an extra striker. He had quite a few strikers on at the end (unlike Newcastle…) and so we knew he was going to put us under pressure.”
Nothing like patting yourself on the back!
‘Brave from the start’…yes he played Cisse and Perez but to call that playing two strikers is very misleading. Perez is a striker but Carver didn’t play him as one, he was more like (yet) another defensive midfielder while he was on the pitch.
It is a bit like when Alan Pardew used to play Papiss Cisse on the right of midfield with the hopeless Shola up front instead, basically using our number nine as cover for the full-back, Pardew wouldn’t have been lying to say that he was playing an extra striker in Cisse but it would hardly have been true in reality.