John Carver continues to look for a new job and also continues to talk about the job that he made such a mess of.
Pardew’s former assistant almost achieved the impossible, very nearly relegating Newcastle after taking over in mid-season with seemingly no possibility of any chance of dabbling with relegation.
John Carver took over with Newcastle on 26 points after 19 games but then with only two wins in the next 18 games, it took a last day win over West Ham to ensure survival.
The team picking up a dismal 13 points from the final 57 under him.
John Carver also made history, he oversaw the worst losing run in the league (8 games on the bounce), the worst in all 123 years of NUFC existence.
So who does he blame for the total mess he, the players and Mike Ashley made of things…that’s right, he blames the fans for playing a big part in the problems.
John Carver claims that the Newcastle supporters were ‘against the team’, as well as against himself and Mike Ashley.
The United fans showed incredible restraint, at any other club the supporters would have slaughtered (figuratively) the players but only at very rare times did some fans actually snap back at the lack of effort they were watching from certain individuals.
When Carver talks about the fans being against both him and Mike Ashley, the fans didn’t want John Carver because he wasn’t up to the job and he went on to prove that with the shocking job he did.
As for Mike Ashley, most supporters are rightly sick because of the ridciulous running of the football club.
This is the ninth season under Ashley and already Newcastle have been relegated once (2008/09), spent one year in the Championship (2009/10), stayed up thanks to winning the last away match of the season (2012/13), stayed up on the final day of the season (2014/15) and this season (2015/16) we are in yet another relegation battle.
All of this despite Newcastle regularly being one of the 10 best supported clubs in Europe, in the top 20 biggest revenues in world football and one of the 20 20 most valuable clubs.
John Carver says that last summer Mike Ashley ‘put his hand in his pocket’, complete nonsense as he simply allowed money to be spent that had been earned by the club, including that not spent previously, such as not a single senior player bought in the two transfer windows of 2013/14. He only spent in the last transfer window because even he could see it was certain relegation if he didn’t allow spending on a squad that had become so weakened because of lack of investment.
John Carver says that Ashley will continue to spend, well as we reported yesterday, from next season the latest forecasts are that the new TV deals will give every club roughly £50m extra each per year from next season.
The current TV deals saw clubs receive roughly an extra £30m each per season, so in 2016/17 Newcastle (if still in the Premier League….) and the rest of the clubs stand to receive up to £80m more than they did in the 2012/13 season.
It is obvious to any idiot, and John Carver, that every club will be spending big money to try and make sure of staying on the gravy train, so Mike Ashley HAS to spend, he isn’t choosing to do it!
John Carver speaking on Radio Yorkshire:
“If you look back at the managers of Newcastle United, you have had two (in modern history) who have been successful: Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson.
“They didn’t win anything, but they bought some good times to the football club.
“We’ve had some massive personalities and characters in charge…Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Sam Allardyce but they have found it difficult to cope with what goes on. Newcastle United’s a goldfish bowl, you have to deal with that and everything that goes on, Steve McClaren’s finding this out.
“At least now the club seems to be united. When I was doing it the fans were against the owner, they were against the team, they were against me. They were against everyone but now they seem to be right behind the football club.
“Which is good because the owner has put his money into the football club, he has done his talking with putting his hand in his pocket. Now the team needs to deliver.
“Spending £50million is the start of it and that will continue, he will spend his money. He is a good guy and will spend his money, as long as the fans are behind the team they will be successful. They’ll get out of the situation they’re in.
“They need to get into the top ten and top eight was the target, I think that is beyond them but as long as they get top 10 they will be happy.”