John Carver has given a number of excuses for his failure as head coach at Newcastle United.

Pardew’s former assistant says that injuries, suspensions and the failure to buy any players in January were to blame.

Obviously these factors play a part for any manager but I don’t think many/any Newcastle fans believe that comes close to explaining only three wins in 20 matches whilst John Carver was in charge.

John Carver speaking to ITV:

“We managed to stay in the Premier League which was very important. It wasn’t a successful time for me because a successful time would have been to finish in the top 10.

“But because of the circumstances…I’ll think about the injuries, I’ll think about suspensions, I’ll talk about nobody coming in during that (January) window.”

I had a conversation:

“I learnt so much in those five months, probably more than any other manager would learn in a lifetime.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it, I wouldn’t have swapped it for anything in the world. I understood the situation at the end of the season, I had a conversation with the football club – it was best that I moved on, for both the football club and myself and I’m ready for the next challenge.”

Climb up the table:

“There is a lot of pressure on but I think we will be ok, we have seen enough signs, in the first half against Chelsea in particular. That if they can perform and set that standard, then why can’t we climb up the table.

“The longer it goes without getting those three points, the bigger the gap is and it becomes harder.

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