John Carver has given his first interview since being relieved of the Head Coach job at Newcastle United.
Spotted in the crowd at the Chris Morgan testimonial yesterday, the one time Sir Bobby Robson assistant claims he still believes it’s possible he could come back as Newcastle Manager one day in the future.
Carver talks about what he thinks he did right and wrong at St James Park in his time in charge.
However, he still bizarrely believes that it was a minority of Newcastle fans who were critical of his disastrous time in charge, which included the longest run of consecutive league matches in United’s history.
John Carver is somebody who obviously loves the football club but who was ill-equipped to do the job.
I think whilst the vast majority of fans were less than impressed with what happened on the pitch, it was his repeated interviews in the style of Alan Pardew that really wound supporters up.
Frequently stating things that nobody agreed with and/or believed.
The full interview with The Telegraph is well worth reading but here are a few highlights:
“The best coach in the Premier League comment is something that has stuck. When I went on holiday and somebody shouted ‘Best coach in the Premier League’ I had just lost my job, but I waved and laughed. I know I’m going to get that from now on for a while and if that’s the worst stick I get, then I’ll accept it.”
“I only said I was the best coach in the Premier League to find a way for the players and myself to believe we could get over the line. If I’m asking the players to believe in themselves, then I had to show I believed in myself. If we hadn’t been in the situation we were in, I would have never said it. It helped me achieve what I wanted to do, which was to get the team over the line.”
Mike Williamson at Leicester:
“I embarrassed Mike Williamson and I embarrassed myself, but I still believe I did it for the right reasons and I embarrassed him into performing the next time he played.
To spin or not to spin:
“As a manager, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. If you give a load of spin then people don’t believe you and if you’re honest, you get battered for it.
Fans demand honesty:
“I’ve seen a lot of things at Newcastle and one of the biggest things is the fans have always demanded honesty from the manager. If the manager doesn’t speak in an honest and open way, they slaughter him and that was in my head.
“Next time it happens it will hurt me but I will keep quiet with a heavy heart. When you’ve had a battering like I’ve had and if I’m going to be successful, then I have to adapt.”
Amazing how quickly your reputation goes…:
“It’s amazing how quickly your reputation can be tarnished.
“I’ve got a point to prove, to myself and to the fans of Newcastle. Not all of them because the majority have been very, very good, but to the people who were critical. I’m a winner, I’m not a quitter.
Return as Newcastle Manager one day:
“Why can’t I, in the future, go away, be successful and return to Newcastle as manager under different circumstances? I’ve been back to the football club a few times and it would be a great story to do so again.”