Newcastle United head coach John Carver has hit out at Michael Owen for his criticisms, according to The Sun.
"If there were eight or 10 games left, I’d be thinking, 'Newcastle could be going down here’,” the 35-year-old said on BT Sport’s Football Tonight show on Monday.
"I can't see how they are going to get a point at the moment. They are playing so badly at the moment, they have got such a small squad and so many injuries, and there’s such a bad feeling about the place at the moment.”
Carver has now hit back at the former Manchester United and Liverpool striker, claiming that he does not realise the pressure of managing a football club.
“I could be nasty about Michael, because let’s not forget what happened when he was here,” the Englishman told The Sun.
“Where I have a problem is when there are people that have an opinion who have never been in this situation — and never been in my situation.”
“It’s easy talking with a tactics board,” added Carver. “But all of a sudden, in this position, you have to make a decision because your back four is not high enough and someone is causing you problems.”
Carver may not be a popular figure among the Newcastle fans and his record as a head coach is not particularly good, but he does have a point.
Managing a football club as big as Newcastle is not an easy task, and given that Carver was handed the job in the middle of the season, it is even more difficult for him.