Newcastle United manager John Carver has made a frank admission over the state of his side, as reported by the Chronicle.
Carver has sent out a defiant message ahead of the team’s massive game against Arsenal this weekend despite admitting that he doesn’t have much to work with in terms of fit players.
“We are down to the bare bones. I will work with what I’ve got because that’s my job, and that’s what I get paid for,” said the boss.
“There’s not much skin left on the bone to be honest.”
Fortunately for the Magpies, the club is in a position where they can afford to take the negative impact of lost points as a result of difficult squad issues.
Players need to perform in areas they are less familiar with, while the boss needs to be confident that none of his players coming back from injury will suffer further problems.
Newcastle haven’t been in brilliant form in recent weeks as the injury problems have taken hold over the side, but Carver needs to find a way of preventing the situation from spiralling even further out of control.
The leaders in the side have to step up, players need to be responsible in difficult roles throughout the side and the boss has to make the right calls.
European football for next season is an unrealistic aim, but there’s no reason the team can’t consolidate in the top half if things improve.