John Carver says that motivational coach Steve Black must now earn his pay at Newcastle United.
Carver was at Saturday’s match and says it is the first time that he has seen the players not putting in the effort this season, the team showing no desire to win the game.
Many people speak highly of Steve Black but it is hard to forget that he helped motivate QPR all the way to the bottom of the Premier League last season.
Steve McClaren has always believed in the psychological side of things inside the dressing room and employed people throughout his managerial career to work with players in that area.
However, once the team crosses the white line, it is then simply down to what they can give as individuals and collectively as a team.
With each passing year under Alan Pardew, you had to increasingly question just how motivated the players were and what exactly their strength of character was.
The long long losing runs that they were incapable of pulling out of, the tendency to collapse once going a goal down and rarely if ever coming back to get anything when going behind.
With only 5 wins in the last 33 matches, which includes the longest run in Newcastle’s history of consecutive league defeats, which was under John Carver…questioning this group of players’ desire and effort is surely not a new thing.
On Saturday, of the new players Mbemba was poor but gave his usual effort. However, Thauvin was anonymous and Mitrovic atrocious on every level, including effort. As for Wijnaldum, he looked anything but happy against Leicester and said afterwards dropping back into a deeper role is not where he wants to be.
Expecting young new signings to lead the way is unrealistic, so where do you look for leadership and inspiration for others?
The obvious place is the team captain and this sadly only shows how deep Newcastle United’s problems are, as Coloccini seems to have enough trouble motivating himself, never mind anybody else.
How on earth (as well as Mbemba) a dominant centre-back and a new captain (which could have been a two for one deal..) wasn’t top of the shopping list in the summer just shows how clueless the management of the club is.
“There is something not right in their make-up but they do have a guy in Steve Black who is a psychologist and fitness coach and he is excellent.
“If you look at their track record when they go behind, they very rarely come back and win, or draw, a game.
“Steve Black is very good but now he has to earn his money.
“From what I saw at Bournemouth two weeks ago and what I saw yesterday, there’s one or two issues in there.”
Lack of effort:
“I think Newcastle fans have been extremely patient and we all know what happened last year, but I think that they have been patient.
“I saw a change for the first time yesterday (v Leicester).
“I was at the game and I felt uncomfortable with it, the one thing that the fans desire and expect at St James Park is effort.
“That was the first time I seen a lack of it this season. The one thing I will say is that we have better players than I had last season but they now have to start producing.”