Les Ferdinand: Why Carver's situation is similar to Tim Sherwood's last season

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Les Ferdinand says he feels sorry for Newcastle manager John Carver.

Newcastle legend Les Ferdinand has told the BBC that the current Magpies squad have 'downed tools' this season, whilst comparing manager John Carver's struggles to Tim Sherwood at Tottenham last season.

Ferdinand, who is currently working as Director of Football at Queens Park Rangers, had a fruitful playing career, which included a spell with Newcastle, where he scored 50 goals in 84 games before leaving for Tottenham Hotspur in 1997.

After a superb partnership with Alan Shearer, Ferdinand became a hugely popular figure at Newcastle, and still is to this day despite his departure.

Ferdinand featured in the Newcastle side alongside the likes of Peter Beardsley, Faustino Asprilla and David Ginola, as Kevin Keegan's men challenged Manchester United for the Premier League title.

However, the current Newcastle side couldn't be further away from those heady days. Sunday's 3-1 home defeat to Spurs means the Magpies have now lost their last six games in a row, with interim manager John Carver only able to muster two wins in his 15 games in charge.

The natives are restless on Tyneside, and are demanding that owner Mike Ashley either leaves the club or splashes the cash on new talent after another dismal season.

Now, former Magpies great Ferdinand has spoken to the BBC about the situation - and believes Carver's struggles are comparable to Tim Sherwood's at Tottenham last season.

"I feel for John because I was thrust into that situation with Tottenham Hotspur and Tim Sherwood last season," said Ferdinand. "When you come in as a caretaker manager until the end of the season and players know you are only there until the end of the season, you get some players that down tools unfortunately."

"Sometimes they down tools knowing this guy isn't going to be the manager next season. It's horrible to say that perhaps they are not trying as hard as they should be trying," he added.

Sherwood famously replaced Andre Villas-Boas midway through last season, but was let go in the summer as Spurs appointed Mauricio Pochettino instead.

Whilst he won 50% of his games as Tottenham boss, Sherwood encountered his fair share of resistance from Spurs players, who were regularly criticised by Sherwood in the press for their lack of effort - and that appears to be something that Carver is facing right now.

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