Newcastle’s John Carver outlines his ideal playing philosophy

Newcastle United

John Carver has outlined how he wants his Newcastle team to play.

Since his temporary appointment as Newcastle’s head coach, Carver has brought little success to St James’ Park, and he has told the Chronicle how he wants his team to play.

The former assistant to Alan Pardew said: “I don’t put shackles on these players – I want them to express themselves.

“I was around with the Entertainers side and I was around with Sir Bobby’s team. That was two sides that played on the front foot. I want us to be progressive.”

This is a strong attitude to take for Carver, whose main task when he was appointed to ensure that the Magpies kept their top flight status without risking their survival. Many would have willingly played for draws rather than go all out for three points, especially in the injury-hit situation Newcastle are currently in, and it could be suggested that that would have been a better idea for Carver himself.

Since being appointed, the Magpies have won just two of five games, with a further two draws and five losses - including four in the last four games. They have netted just seven goals in those games - conceding 14 - and are slowly dropping back towards the relegation places.

Considering Carver is attempting to play progressive attacking football, the number of goals scored is not a positive. When looked at even further, it becomes even more clear just how far away from his idealised philosophy Newcastle are playing.

  Goals per GameShots per GameAverage Possession
Newcastle 0.8 10.6 44%

The Magpies have managed just 0.8 goals per game, registering only 10.6 shots per game - lower than the league average of 13.

They are also ceding possession to their opponents, despite attacking football generally relying on the ball being held by your own team.

Maybe if Carver remains in charge to next season he will have a positive impact upon the playing style seen on Tyneside. But if Newcastle’s poor form continues for the rest of the campaign, there is almost no chance that the former assistant boss will be in charge at the start of next season.

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