According to Newcastle United head coach John Carver, he has the hardest job in football.
“I think this is the hardest job in football. Definitely, it is. It’s been difficult. It would be interesting to see if any other manager or head coach has had this situation in their career.”
It has been a tough few weeks for Carver, who is not a very a popular figure among the Newcastle fans due to the team’s poor run of results.
The 3-1 defeat to Spurs on Sunday was the Magpies’ sixth in a row in the Premier League, and the game was boycotted by many of the supporters.
While one can sympathise with Carver and understand the difficult position he is in, it is a big claim to suggest that he has the “hardest job in football”.
The hardest job in football is that of the Real Madrid coach. It is as simple as that.
Last season, Carlo Ancelotti won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey with Madrid. It was his debut campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Los Blancos’ triumph in Europe's premier club competition was their first since 2003.
This campaign, Madrid could become the first team in the Champions League era to defend their continental crown.
As for winning La Liga, the Spanish giants are just two points behind bitter rivals and league leaders Barcelona.
And there is - or was for a period of time anyway - a ‘crisis’ at the Bernabeu. Fans have booed key players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, and before last month’s El Clasico, Marca claimed that Madrid president Florentino Perez will sack the former Chelsea boss if a ‘disaster’ happened at Camp Nou.
All this, and there is still a very good chance that Ancelotti will create history this season.
What history will Carver create this season? Losing 11 Premier League games in a row?
Carver is losing games, his players are not performing well, and his team are in danger of getting relegated from the Premier League.
Ancelotti is winning games, his players have started to perform well, and his team can still clinch La Liga and the Champions League.
Who deserves criticism: Carver or Ancelotti?
Answers on a postcard, please.