John Carver hints at worrying Newcastle tactical change

John Carver has suggested he will change tactics to guarantee Newcastle’s survival.

Speaking to the Shields Gazette, Carver has admitted that he may revert to a route one style to ensure the Magpies retain their Premier League status.

“We need to come up with a solution, a formula, to win the game,” the temporary head coach said. “If it means being a little bit more direct, then that’s what we’re going to have to do.

“I have to find a method of trying to play now that might not be pretty on the eye, but I need to find a way of getting some results, getting some points.”

Carver is correct to highlight the need to pick up points to ensure Newcastle’s Premier League place is secure for another season, but he would do well to not give in to route one football.

Not only will results likely stay poor, as it is the lack of quality in the playing squad costing the side, not poor tactics, but he will send the Magpies down to the Championship playing a style of football that will bring few plaudits.

St James’ Park is the ground renowned for the attractive, attacking football played their, with Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson the two men who led the ‘Great Entertainers’ to almost claiming the Premier League title.

This has died off in recent years, although even Alan Pardew brought the occasional display of attractiveness to the playing field, and Carver’s reign has yet to show anything to suggest he is preaching to his side to play good football.

The staid and defensive play is doing little to win him round in the eyes of the Newcastle faithful, and results are becoming even worse than they were before he took charge of the club.

If he goes one step further and starts playing route one, direct football, Carver would probably have dug his own grave concerning any chance of him staying in charge on Tyneside for next season.

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