Alan Shearer’s feeling is that John Carver knows he won’t be manager next season.
The United legend (Shearer not Carver…) saying that he thinks Pardew’s former assistant has realised he is getting nowhere being ‘nicey nicey’ to the players and so he has gone on the offensive. With Carver getting tough on the players and making sure that if they are going down, they at least do it with some fighting spirit.
Speaking on Match of The Day 3, Shearer says that the players have had it too easy for too long and that if they do go and knock on John Carver’s door, they won’t have a leg to stand on if they try to defend their performances.
“I’m pretty sure that John Carver will be expecting a knock on his door on Monday morning, from the players that he has accused of lacking the bottle to be in a relegation fight.
“Having said that, there isn’t really a lot the players can say. Having lost that number of games on the spin, the players aren’t performing.”
Carver knows he won’t be manager:
“So they can’t go to the manager and say ‘You’re wrong there’. What they will say is that you’re out of order putting it in the public domain.
“My feeling, my guess, and I don’t know this…is he (Carver) probably understands he won’t be there as manager next season.”
“He’s tried to be all nicey nicey and protect the players, now he’s thought he has got to change something, ‘If I’m going to go down, I’m going to go down fighting, do it my way and not the players’ way.
“They’ve had it too easy for too long.”