Under the rule of Mike Ashley we have become accustomed to the cheapening of our club, but arguably John Carver has helped take it to a new low.

His aggressive posturing is simply embarrassing, time after time he has came out after the latest feeble performance and bragged about what he has said to the players in the dressing room.

Seemingly believing in his own mind that he has gone in there and sorted them out, his words making sure that this kind of performance won’t be repeated…

Ahead of the all or nothing game with West Ham he is at it again.

Instead of giving us insight into how he is going to motivate the players or do something different, or just keep his mouth shut…

John Carver felt it necessary to tell us all that he got players and coaching staff in a room and said this:

“I told them I was ready for a fight and a challenge, not one person got up and left.

“I said straight out; ‘if anybody doesn’t fancy it, if anybody wants to back-bite, if anybody wants to be negative, then there is the door.”

What is the point of telling us all this? If this did happen then so what, it tells me simply that his only purpose is making out that he is playing the tough guy and if only the players could tap-in to his talent and self-belief.

What he says of course is just nonsense. So many of the Newcastle players clearly don’t have what it takes to play for the club and partly that is because they aren’t big enough characters and personalities. Those players in that category, if they are too scared to perfrom on the pitch, are hardly going to stand up in front of the whole squad and staff and say ‘Yes boss, that’s me, I’m too scared to do anything on the pitch but I’m standing up now in front of everybody to say I’m going ot of the door because I don’t have the fight or challenge’.

Here are a few more selected recent highlights of John Carver, man motivator and Rocky aficionado.

Williamson sending off at Leicester:

“I thought to myself, he (Williamson) has done that on purpose. I don’t know…is it an easy way out?

“There was no need to make the tackle, he has now got a two match ban with three games left.”

I’m too strong:

“Maybe one or two of the players are not having me for whatever reason, because I am too strong and I am quite aggressive with them and I do care. Maybe people don’t like that.”

Inspiring words gets two sent off at Leicester:

“We come in at two nil down and it is a very animated dressing room, certainly from my point of view.”

“There’s a few home truths spoken and maybe I wound a few players up too much, hence losing Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat.

Stay at home:

“What I have said to the players is what I have said to them, I will keep some of that stuff to myself, but I will also tell you some things.

“We need to grow up and accept it, the ones who don’t want to be there and accept can stay at home.”