Newcastle are set for a rocky finish to the season as caretaker-turned-manager John Carver shows no sign of improving the Magpies’ dismal form.
The embarrassing 5-0 loss against Manchester City was the latest debacle, and it doesn’t look like the new boss has the skill to steer them away from disaster.
Carver, whose previous managerial experience includes an unsuccessful stint at Toronto FC (winning only 12 games out of a possible 40), took charge of Newcastle in January.
Since then, his side has managed to win only once in eight games, incurring four losses including the recent drumming from Pellegrini’s men.
His appointment as head coach is an indication that there’s not much to look forward to for Newcastle fans. Working alongside Alan Pardew since 2011, Carver looks set to ape the departed manager with unsuccessful tactics and questionable substitutions.
Carver even has a history of clashes with officials, much like Pardew, the most recent of which saw him fined £1,000 and sent to the stands. At Toronto FC, he was fined $750 for criticising the refereeing after his side conceded a penalty. He departed the club shortly after.
Considering Pardew was the man who got Newcastle into this sticky situation, perhaps it’s not best that the club has someone who so clearly wants to emulate him in charge.
Under Carver, Newcastle are toothless. Against Everton and Manchester United, Pardew’s team managed ten shots on target and four goals. Carver’s managed just two shots on target and one goal against Crystal Palace and Man City combined.
Newcastle face Aston Villa at St James’ Park this weekend and the Geordies are 19/20 to claim the win.
Tough games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton are coming up over the next few weeks, and Carver’s men are a meaty 66/1 to be relegated at the end of the season. They’re currently perched precariously in 11th.