I felt the need to come to the defence of John Carver this morning.

He might be the least capable person (against some pretty formidable competition) ever to be put in charge of Newcastle United’s first team but you have to keep a sense of perspective.

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The Newcastle Head Coach attended a charity golf event on Monday and it got a lot of people a bit hot under the collar.

As in…what was our leader doing batting golf balls around when he and the players have a date with relegation only six days later?

As I say, I know he is hopeless and his press conferences are simply an extra embarrassment to what he has overseen on the pitch, BUT what was he supposed to do?

If John Carver had cancelled then I have little doubt that sacking off charities would have been added to his list of ‘crimes’.

It emerged that the players were also having another ‘day off’ on Monday, having also been off work on the Sunday after the latest capitulation on Saturday in West London.

That fact was also met with derision by fans, why weren’t they out there on the training pitch sorting themselves out for West Ham on Sunday etc etc?

Well working on the training pitch hasn’t done them much good for most of the last three years and certainly not the last five months under Carver, so missing a day or two of it is surely neither here nor there.

In fact, why don’t they try something different altogether this week?

Rather than John Carver and his players coming out with the usual ‘we are going to work extra hard on the training pitch this week to put things right…’, which clearly has been a waste of time every time they’ve said it in the past, what about this?

Why not tell the whole squad not to bother coming in all week?

It surely must be worth a try as nothing else has any affect.

Tell them to get their feet up on the sofa and watch Jeremy Kyle, or whatever the French equivalent is.

Have a lie in every morning and then watch crap daytime telly all day before later getting a takeaway and watching some late night Channel 5 film that they know is total rubbish but it is easier to stay slouched on the sofa than be bothered to climb the stairs to go to bed.

Or maybe this is what they have been doing all along…

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