Newcastle United fires John Carver, self-glossed “best coach in the Premier League”

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The best coach in the Premier League is unemployed.

With Newcastle United expected to hire former England boss Steve McClaren, the club has reportedly decided to cut ties with native son John Carver, who led the club to the brink of relegation after taking over for Alan Pardew midway through the season.

Carver, who called himself the best coach in the Premier League — a bit tongue-in-cheek, we hope, in saying “Who doesn’t think he’s the best?” — and accused his players of quitting, is out the door, as is assistant Steve Stone, according to the BBC.

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And while it’s hard to feel sorry for Carver given some of his verbal stunts late in the season — and quitting Toronto FC in 2009 — knowing the club allowed him to fire fan favorites Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez over the phone does give you a bit of sympathy, doesn’t it?

Carver won just three games during his 20 in charge of the Magpies, and his numbers at TFC were better but still poor (12W-12D-16L).

McClaren, should he be the man, is inheriting a mess of a club, though owner Mike Ashley claims he’s learned from his errors and that “from this day forward we will be making our own luck”.

Cutting ties with Carver is a good sign, not because the 50-year-old was that bad. Rather, Ashley has shown a penchant for keeping the same names around regardless of success.