Why Carver has missed a big opportunity at Newcastle already

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Newcastle United's defensive mentality has frustrated the side's supporters.

Newcastle United interim manager John Carver is ruining any chance he had of landing the permanent managers job at St. James' Park by failing to integrate an attacking plan at the club.

Carver was always going to be fighting against the tide on Tyneside, with most Newcastle supporters feeling his appointment showed a lack of ambition, but he is doing nothing to endear himself to the fans.

The 50-year-old had a great opportunity after taking over from Alan Pardew, but he has failed to increase excitement levels at the club.

Pardew had frustrated supporters with his lack of attacking instincts while in charge, but Carver has made the team even more defensive since he left.

On Wednesday night, Carver was happy to settle for 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, as he brought on two defensive substitutes to protect a point, and his system seems to be one which demands that the players are rigid in their set-up.

At Selhurst Park, Newcastle had just one shot on target and it seems that he has missed a big opportunity to impress by putting the shackles on his side.

Carver was fortunate to take over at a time when there was little pressure on Newcastle. The Magpies were never likely to go down, but they also have no chance of making it into the European spots and it means that they are in a position where points are not entirely paramount.

Of course, football is a results business, but had Carver implemented a system which encouraged his players to get forward at every opportunity, he would likely have been given more time to impress by Newcastle supporters.

Instead, his back-foot mentality has led to criticism of his stewardship and his cautious approach has seemingly ruled out any chance of him getting the Newcastle job on a permanent basis in the summer.

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