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John Carver is well out of his depth at Newcastle

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John Carver's appointment has always appeared to be one of complacency, rather than ambition, by Mike Ashley. The owner has a history at Newcastle marked by scandal, and is held is disdain by most of the club's fans.

Alan Pardew before his departure himself was far from a popular figure at the club, and was regarded by many as simply being Ashley's yes man. Despite his comparative successes on the field in recent years, he was regarded as not being ambitious enough, and being one of Ashley's puppets to keep the money rolling in a Newcastle by maintaining a steady league position, with the sole objective of keeping the club financially profitable.

This is not simply a case of running a club sustainably to ensure it's long term survival, this has been a story of an owner sucking a famous, historic and wonderfully well supported club dry.

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Consistently in recent years the club have gladly sold their best players, replacing them with budget signings which, despite them often working out well, exemplify the primary aim of the club's owners: making money.

This has been to the detriment of the football club. With an experienced and talented manager like Pardew at the helm, the club could sustain this policy with mediocre playing staff, while also being assured of Premier League survival, and perhaps even an outside chance at challenging for Europa League football and a cup run if they were lucky.

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But without a manager of Pardew's ilk, this policy places the club's long term future at serious risk, as has been proven by John Carver's appointment, and continued spell at the helm.

Complacency

His appointment from the outset always appeared like a stop-gap from a complacent club hierarchy, thinking they could ride on Pardew's solid start to the season, which left the club in 10th in January.

They clearly believed they could save the money on appointing a proven and top quality manager, and go with the budget replacement. Though Carver has a long history with the club as a staff member, as well as being a Geordie boy himself, it was clear from the beginning he neither had the credentials, or ability, to continue the work that Pardew had done.

This was probably also obvious to the owners who, as I've said, decided to save the tricky decision of appointing another yes man, who could maintain the club's position, until the summer, when perhaps an obvious, newly unattached and therefore cheap manager became available.

But this foolish plan has clearly backfired and Carver, since taking over in January, has won just two games from 17, a truly pathetic record.

For all that certain parts of the media and managerial community wish to blame the players, surely the finger of blame must be pointed squarely at the manager. Though far from a world beating side, they were still able to easily manage a mid table finish, as proven by Pardew managing to take them as high as fifth in November.

Unacceptable

And Carver is so far out of his depth that he seems to have almost lost the plot, ludicrously claiming Mike Williamson got himself sent off on purpose so he could avoid taking part in the season's run in.

That's a frankly ridiculous claim about a player who has served the club loyally for almost half a decade now. What's more, it's an almost suicidal move by Carver, which will divide the dressing room and probably turn most of the playing staff against him.

His unwillingness to take responsibility for the club's drastic decline under his stewardship, instead choosing to try and shift responsibility to his players, will compound his evidently poor motivational skills and tactical acumen, and could cost Newcastle their Premier League position.

Though the players themselves can't be absolved of responsibility, it was a cowardly move by Carver to try and shift responsibility to Williamson, one that demonstrates he clearly hasn't got the strength of character to be a manager, and instead of the players being scapegoated, it should be the manager who remains in the firing line

Can they do it?

With three games to go, Newcastle are just two points above the drop zone with two of the teams below them, Hull (16th) and Sunderland (18th) having a game in hand. This is a truly dire situation for a side which should not be getting relegated, particularly considering their reasonably impressive start to the season.

Carver, for all his loyalty and undoubted commitment to the club, could well be on course to almost single handedly once again relegating this great club. Though the negligent ownership of Mike Ashley also is to blame, Carver's recent comments have just made the situation far worse.

The only hope for Newcastle is for the playing staff to ignore their abysmal manager, forget their greedy and selfish owner, and rally themselves and play for the fans that pay their wages.

Newcastle fans: do you think you will avoid relegation? Let us know below!

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