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John Carver says not his or Mike Ashley’s fault and only bad luck has caused relegation battle

6 years ago

John Carver has claimed that it isn’t his fault that Newcastle are fighting relegation, nor is it mismanagement of the club by Mike Ashley.

The Newcastle Head Coach says only bad luck with injuries has been at fault for United only having Hull standing between themselves and relegation.

Carver says the squad is big enough and by implication he clearly is saying that the quality is also there.

John Carver:

“I will say this again – because of the circumstances I would love to see how anyone else would have reacted.

“I spoke to Tony Pulis after the (West Brom) game and he said it was quite incredible what I’d had to put up with regarding injuries and suspensions.”

Squad is big enough:

“That is bad luck and it is not mismanagement by the club, at one stage I had a full team missing.

“Our squad of 26 is not a bad size, not many people have 11 players missing at one time.”

Injuries are obviously a problem, nobody denies that.

However, the vast majority of supporters don’t accept that this totally answers why Newcastle find themselves yet again in danger of the drop, just as was the case two years ago and four years before that when it actually happened.

Firstly, the squad is not big enough in terms of quantity or quality.

Results and form have been consistently shocking even when the team has only been missing one or two first teamers.

At the end of January Newcastle could only name 23 players when it came to naming their 25 man senior squad for the second half of the season. The five players went on loan to Rangers, Santon was loaned to Inter and Mapou’s transfer to Roma went through, yet Ashley allowed nobody to be brought in, even on loan.

That 23 man squad included Steven Taylor who we already knew was ruled out for the season and Facundo Ferreyra who clearly they have no intention of ever playing.

Carver’s words are simply covering up the shocking risk Mike Ashley took because he thought United were already safe, penny pinching in the extreme.

The other big problem fans have with the situation, is that yes injuries make it more difficult but not that difficult that it makes John Carver’s 2 wins in 18 matches acceptable.


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