We don’t know what John Carver is trying to accomplish with his post-match speech, but it certainly won’t rally fans, media or his locker room around him.
The Newcastle United manager went off after the Magpies lost their eighth-straight match, this one a listless, poor, 3-0 showing at Leicester City.
“On a scale of one to 10, it is a minus 10,” Carver said.
“There might have been players who didn’t try. Maybe they don’t think they’ll get a new contract or be here next year. But they’re getting paid and should try.”
Carver not only accused his players of not trying, he accused defender Mike Williamson of purposely picking up a second yellow card with a clumsy, late tackle.
“The ball was off the pitch – he had no need to make the challenge. He will miss two games. Is it an easy way out?”
“I thought he meant it. When the ball went on to that left-hand side my first reaction was don’t do it. He did it. Vardy was off the pitch, Willo was off the pitch, the ball was off the pitch. There was no need to do it and I’m not accepting that.
“I told him that to his face. I don’t want to go into his reaction.”
Newcastle is now just a pair of points ahead of the final relegation slot after being in the top half of the table for much of the season, and Carver is pushing the wrong buttons (unless the locker room hates Williamson).
Could Carver get the boot come Monday. Moreover, should he?