John Carver named himself top coach in the Premier League, now he has been named in the top five managers in Premier League history…
That is named in the top five Premier League managers to outstay their welcome!
Obviously with John Carver in the job for only five months, to be chosen for this illustrious billing takes some doing.
Almost every time somebody in the national press writes about Newcastle United, they just get it so wrong.
So great to read this piece by Ian Watson for football365, he obviously perfectly understands just how badly the decision making was/is inside St James Park and sums it up very well.
To read his full article and the other four to share the top five with John Carver go here.
This though is what Ian Watson had specifically to say about John Carver and Newcastle United:
‘John Carver – The appointment of Carver as Alan Pardew’s replacement between Christmas and New Year last season led to a collapse of calamitous proportions. Like a man who couldn’t believe his luck, Carver certainly clung on too long – but he should never have been given the opportunity in the first place.
Pardew must have had a sense what was coming when he chose to return to Crystal Palace, with Mike Ashley taking the cheap option in appointing Pardew’s assistant as his successor.
Carver, whose only previous permanent managerial position had come at Toronto FC, simply had to steer ninth-placed Newcastle through the second half of the season without any catastrophes. Europe wasn’t likely and relegation did not appear a danger so Ashley kept his wallet in his pocket during the January window. The owner had given up on the season, and under Carver, seemingly so did the players.
On Carver’s watch, the Magpies plummeted to one place above the drop zone with two games remaining. A 3-0 defeat to Leicester, whose season was following the opposite trajectory, left the club in turmoil. It was one of the worst performances from a Premier League team ever – the type that makes you wonder if the players were actively trying to stitch up the manager.
Carver offered to step aside after the King Power palaver but Newcastle could not find a replacement so late in the season and with things looking so dire. On the basis that no one else would do the job, Carver was given the club’s backing and perhaps it left the temp feeling indestructible, because he then went on to say that he thought he was “the best coach in the Premier League”.
Newcastle stayed up on the final day of the season by virtue of beating West Ham, who had also been on the beach for months. Carver celebrated like he had guided the Geordies to the title, saying he “would enjoy this moment”.’
Earlier this week, reports claimed that John Carver had registered an interest in both the vacancy at Fulham and landing another job in the MLS.