Speaking to the Chronicle, current Magpies boss John Carver said that his squad do not need extra motivation to take on Arsenal this weekend.
“You know what our group of players are like,” the coach said. “They don’t need to be motivated for Arsenal at home.”
A strong sentiment for a game at St James’ Park, a ground notoriously hard to win at - regardless of your ability. Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have all been downed on Tyneside, and that is supposedly enough to give the Toon victory on Saturday.
However, this is also the squad that has dropped points to Burnley, Sunderland and Stoke at home, and Carver should not be leaving his squad to their own devices in the run up to such an important game.
Carver has yet to oversee any of those impressive victories, having won just two games since being appointed as Alan Pardew’s replacement in January. The now Crystal Palace boss oversaw the victories over City, Liverpool and Chelsea, and it was clear that he was heavily involved in the results.
The current Toon boss has not had the impact of Pardew, and his record in charge is remarkably poor. He could not get his team inspired to play against Stoke, Southampton or Crystal Palace, and the supposed stance that the team will motivate themselves hardly worked wonders as the club fell to a home defeat to Manchester United.
Carver has shown himself to be far from a top-class manager since taking permanent charge on Tyneside, and his recent quotes go further to back up that claim. He should be looking to give his squad extra motivation every game they prepare for, and, without it, the St James’ Park side could drop down the table at an alarming rate.