A resilient John Carver, buoyed by Newcastle United avoiding the drop, has reiterated his desire to lead the club.
On the heels of a single win since February, Carver was under immense pressure from fans even before sinking into the relegation picture.
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Having guaranteed safety with goals from Moussa Sissoko and Jonas Gutierrez in a 2-0 win over West Ham, the former Toronto FC boss says he can do a far better job if he’s given the keys to the car (which is quite unlikely, you’d have to say).
Carver pointed to the deaths of two fans, which Premier League crowds at Newcastle and on the road have saluted in the 17th minute nearly each week, and a winter of on-field misery as parts of a poor plot.
From the BBC:
“The whole season has been difficult, when we went to New Zealand we lost the two lads (in the Malaysia Air crash in Ukraine), and that was a tragedy. I think they were looking down on us today. There have been some tough times but I’m stronger for it. I knew when I looked in the players’ eyes they were ready for this. Every player deserves credit. We have not had a good season but I am going to enjoy this moment.
“I still want this job, I love this club but I know this is a big summer. We have to invest , Mike has said that and that is encouraging. I want a summer where I can bring in the players I want. Today has given me more enthusiasm to do what I want to do.”
Carver could stay on staff, but his words — let alone his management — have shown he’s out of his element when it comes to managing a club of this size. If owner Mike Ashley really does want to win trophies, he won’t do it with Carver in the No. 1 chair.