Hopes were briefly raised for Newcastle fans this morning that something dynamic was imminent to help firefight the relegation situation they have managed to get involved in.
News broke that Managing Director Lee Charnley was meeting John Carver at the training ground for talks.
There was even journalists announcing that Carver had been sacked as a result of the meeting, only to it then become apparent that this came about due to said journalists being duped by a fake Sky Sports Twitter account.
‘The true ooutcome of this meeting was the following statement being released by the club:
Following the result at Leicester City on Saturday, there has been two days of frank dialogue with John Carver and senior players.
The outcome of those discussions is that the board, John Carver, his staff and players are absolutely focused on our current situation and the three hugely-important fixtures that remain this season, two of which are at St. James’ Park.
All parties accept responsibility for the current situation but are determined, together, to ensure this Club – your Club – retains its Premier League status.’
That is the only focus at this time.
Phew, that’s a relief, for a second there I thought they were just going to let things float along with the status quo….
So no doubt after a good chat that nobody could be doing a better job (as Carver has previosuly said about himself) than the two of them, Charnley and Carver shook hands and looked forward to setting yet another record of this time nine defeats in a row on Saturday when West Brom visit.
Another plus is that they are now absolutely focused on the sutuation, I was wondering after six and then seven defeats in a row, just how many it would take for them to realise that there might be something to worry about.
With reports of Steve McClaren allegedly turning down the chance to come in at this point, some people have wondered whether an internal change could have been tried.
The sad fact is that just like with Lee Charnley, on the coaching side Newcastle have people who are totally out of their depth in what they are being asked to do.
John Carver is clearly not up to the job but his number two Steve Stone has only the last couple of years at Newcastle as the sum total of his coaching experience. Dave Watson has done some youth coaching and Peter Beardsley has never worked anywhere else but Newcastle United, doing everything from being a brilliant footballer, coaching the kids and handing out certificates at school presentations.
It is also comical that the statement talks of taking responsibility in the statement.
We have an Owner, a Managing Director and a Club Captain who all refuse to come out and speak on camera to give some leadership. Amongst all the other problems at the club of course.
Which leaves us with poor old John Carver answering all the questions….very badly.