John Carver has been having his say on the current state of things at Newcastle, and some of his comments (not all mind you) are as clueless and deluded as his spell in charge – with him telling fans “be careful what you wish for” on the takeover front..
Carver, of course famously nearly snatched relegation from the jaws of safety when he took over a team in 10th place, lost 13 out of 17 and then had to rely on a last day win to stay up. Easily the worst manager we’ve ever had in the Premier League era.
Here’s what he had to say about the takeover talk, current negativity and our aspirations for the rest of the season:
“I think a change of owner is the main situation which would have to change.
“The squad of players is getting better, we need a couple of strikers, but in general the atmosphere is not as bad or toxic as when I was there.
“It is changing.
“There is a new generation of fans out there, a younger version – they have the same expectations but how many times are we going to hear about the owner changing?
“People are getting a little bit fed up of it.
“Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.
“We’re PL football club in a half-decent positions, with a good run of games coming up – who is to say that we cant get into that top half.
“If Steve Bruce gets us into that top half – he’s performed miracles.”
He’s certainly right about us getting fed up with constant takeover rumours, but to suggest we should ‘be careful what we wish for’ when our current owner is Mike Ashley is laughable – especially from ‘one of our own’.
That last line is the one that bothered me most, though. It would certainly be performing a miracle for Steve Bruce, but getting this squad of players into the top 10 would probably be a distinct possibility for most other current Premier League managers, with this season’s league bordering on the side of utterly insane.
And the new generation of fans?!? Has he not been paying attention to the attendance situation this season? One of the biggest and genuine dangers of Ashley’s reign continuing for too much longer is that the sense of apathy is threatening the next generation of fans.
Now when he talks about the atmosphere not being as toxic as when he was in charge, it’s true Bruce isn’t enduring anything like what Pardew, or indeed Carver himself did.
That said, the last 3 Premier League performances have been pathetic. Another similar showing and poor result against Burnley on Saturday and it just might start to really turn nasty for Steve Bruce.