John Carver were special guests on Sky’s ‘Goals on Sunday’ programme this morning.
Discussing the various matches so far this weekend but especially Newcastle United, as well as what happened in their time at St James Park.
John Carver says that ‘obviously’ he wasn’t the best coach in the Premier League, whilst he thinks Mitrovic is the closest thing to Alan Shearer in today’s game, though he believes a red card is imminent.
As for Steve Stone, he says that the team have been hopeless at dealing with set-plays and crosses for ages….which begs the question of why nothing was ever done about it.
Whilst Carver’s sidekick also says that Alan Pardew and his staff knew only too well United didn’t have enough good players and the squad was weak.
Goals on SUnday highlights from John Carver and Steve Stone this morning:
“Obviously I was not the best coach in the Premier League and that was pretty obvious.”
(Mike Ashley TV interview before West Ham kick-off)
“I didn’t know he (Mike Ashley) was going to do it and I think it could have been done a little earlier though.
“My relationship with him (club owner) was great and he never interfered with team affairs.”
“When you are selling the likes of Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye and not replacing them, then the writing is on the wall.
“We used to look at the players and say ‘This squad isn’t good enough’.
“Not enough numbers, not enough quality and where are the goals going to come from?”
(After watching Ayew score – Steve Stone on United’s defending crosses/set-plays)
“We have had that problem for years and not just crosses, set-plays as well – it is a real problem.”
Steve Stone looks at Newcastle’s games coming up (Man Utd(A), Arsenal (H), West Ham(A), Watford(H), Chelsea(H), Man City(A) ) and reckons United normally better against better teams….
“There is an opportunity to get some points there.”
John Carver (analysing Gomis’ opening goal):
“Daryl Janmaat needs to be a yard further forward than the centre-backs so they can play the offside trap when they step out – frustrating because we spent hours and hours working on this.”
(Janmaat sending off)
“He (Janmaat) likes to get tight because he is not quick off the mark and he will have watched Montero through the week and want to be tight on him. He’s sincere though and he cares – got a bright future, a great player.
“Just as eggs are eggs, Mitrovic is definitely going to get sent off soon but that’s the sort of thing that the Newcastle fans like, it gets them going.
“He has got to control himself but he is a good player, Mitrovic is one we were looking at when we were there, a good old-fashioned centre forward.
“He is the nearest we have had to Alan Shearer with his hold up play, good in the air and strong as well, though think Alan was a little bit more disciplined…”