Despite claiming that he was taking over a good squad from boss Alan Pardew back in January, John Carver is now keen to stress the weaknesses of what he inherited.

The Newcastle Head Coach believes that he has done as well as anybody else could have done, despite losing the last 7 matches.

Carver says any other manager would have struggled to improve on his 9 points from 45, plus a cup exit at the hands of today’s opponents Leicester.

John Carver:

“I genuinely feel that any manager would have struggled to get a better points tally in the circumstances.

“Let’s be honest, we did not get off to a great start at the start of the season and that was with the better players in the team.”

Now we’ve had a dip…:

“Then we had the great run and now we have had this dip.

“As far as I’m concerned, I want the opportunity to be able to bring in players I will have an influence on and be part of the process. If I did not think that way, I would be wasting my time.”


“As it stands at the moment I am giving it everything and working within the constraints that I have got, that is the most frustration I have got within myself.

“If I’m not successful after having my opportunity to have an influence on who comes in and do it my way, then I’ll say ‘You know what, this isn’t for me, I’m not up to it, I am not good enough to do the job’.”

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