Gary Lineker is never shy of taking the mick out of his working partners on TV.
Last night he delivered a classic at Alan Shearer’s expense.
When it came to analysing the Newcastle v West Ham match and the circumstances surrounding Alan Parde having to be replaced mid-season, Gary Lineker had this to say on Match of The Day to Alan Shearer:
“John Carver, it has been difficult but he has managed to keep them up.
“Tell us what that must feel like…but actually, you must have no idea!”
Shearer laughed along but you could tell it wasn’t pre-rehearsed as Gary Lineker had definitely reeled him in on this one.
Whether you can honestly call it John Carver ‘keeping’ Newcastle up, when he produced only three wins in twenty matches, is open to question.
As well as the FA Cup defeat at Leicester, Newcastle played nineteen Premier League matches under John Carver and including yesterday’s win over West Ham, 13 points from 57 was the final tally.
Alan Shearer took over at a much later stage of the season in 2008/09, April Fool’s Day to be precise!
The Geordie legend took over a rotten dressing room and in his eight matches in charge they only produced one win and two draws, ending up with 5 points out of 24.
Big difference of course is that whereas Carver took over from Pardew when Newcastle were in tenth place, Alan Shearer took over with United already in the relegation zone.