Last week I had a look at the club’s performance under John Carver – it wasn’t pleasant reading.
As well as at the top level I had a look to see what was happening beneath the senior team, I was wishing I hadn’t.
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Never did we think that Mike Ashley and his minions would decide that after (allegedly) scouring the world, we would see John Carver promoted. Despite understandable reservations, fans hoped for the best that things would be different.
At the weekend the first team went down 3-0 at Everton, the Under 18s were beaten at home by Blackburn 1-0 and Peter Beardley’s Under 21s were hammered 3-0 by Brighton. Having made it no wins out of nine, no wonder Beardsley was keen to say that results were immaterial at that level.
So three more Newcastle matches at the various levels under John Carver, three matches and three defeats, seven goals conceded and none scored.
So after going through the matches since Pardew departed we now have the following results:
First Team: Played 11 Won 2
Under 21s: Played 9 Won 0
Under 18s: Played 8 Won 1
Total of Played 28 Won 3
Out of interest I also looked at what happened in the period before Alan Pardew left and it gave the following results:
First Team: Played 11 Won 5
Under 21s: Played 9 Won 7
Under 18s: Played 8 Won 4
Total of Played 28 Won 16
(*** There is also the FA Youth Cup which has slightly different age criteria I understand and the results in that competition this season have been 1 win in 1 game under Pardew. Then 1 win, 1 draw and 1 defeat under Carver in normal time, though the draw was converted into a win against Sunderland in a penalty shoot-out)
Never would I wish for the return of Alan Pardew as he was a massive part of the problem but Newcastle are in chaos now and need major work to avoid disaster.
Having a yes man like John Carver overseeing things and allowing Mike Ashley to decimate the club without a murmur is not going to halt the slide.
Only a strong managerial appointment who will only accept the job with proper backing and finance can turn things around.
The rot is clearly set in at Newcastle United and it needs addressing from top to bottom.