John Carver has claimed that he is committed to attacking football and believes in the spirit of the ‘Entertainers’ tag that was placed on Kevin Keegan’s team, as well as Sir Bobby Robson’s side a few years later.
The Newcastle Head Coach claims he sets his team out to attack, something which goes against all known evidence of these 13 matches.
“I do not put shackles on these players and I do want them to express themselves.
“I was around with the Entertainers side and with Sir Bobby’s team, two sides that played on the front foot.”
“I don’t want to see us get into the final third, then end up with the ball back at our goalkeeper, I have never stopped them being progressive but at Sunderland we weren’t.
“(Responding to whether the season was over) I have got a job to do, you try telling our thousands of supporters the season is dead, we can’t do that.”
In those 13 games under Carver, United have only scored more than one goal on two occasions and six times they have failed to score at all.
No wonder the travelling fans were chanting ‘attack, attack, attack’ at the Stadium of Light.
Interesting that John Carver doesn’t name check how the team was set out under Alan Pardew, surely over those four years as Pardew’s right hand man, he had a major input in how the team played and tactics used.
For most supporters the team is now set up in the same negative way it was under Pardew, defending from deep and hoping to sneak a goal.
Before and after matches John Carver talks a good game, it is the bit in between that he has problems with.