Leeds United and Celtic great Gordon Strachan’s advice for Newcastle United boss John Carver

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Leeds United and Celtic great Gordon Strachan says that Newcastle United head coach John Carver should not worry about what is being said about him in the media.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has told BT Sport that Newcastle United head coach John Carver should not read what is being said about him in the newspapers.

The former Leeds United midfielder made the comments during this morning’s Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show on BT Sport.

“The best thing is don’t read anything,” said former Celtic manager Strachan. “Don’t pick up a piece of paper, don’t read anything, don’t watch anything that you are going to be upset with. Deal with reality.

“If I were John Carver, the reality now is winning games of football. Don’t let anything upset you. If you are upset in the press conference, then you will take it to the training ground and get edgy with the players, and then you can take it on your players.

“Relax. Don’t read anything, don’t watch anything on the TV that will upset you. If it is going to upset you, then don’t watch it.”

Strachan’s advice for Carver comes in the wake of the Englishman hitting out at former footballers and current pundits Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher.

Former Liverpool duo Owen and Carragher have been critical of Newcastle’s performances of late, and Carver made it clear what he thinks of them.

“There are a lot of people out there who don’t do it because they can’t do it,” the 50-year-old told The Sun. “It’s easy talking with a tactics board.

“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.”

Newcastle are currently 14th in the Premier League table with 35 points from 33 matches, just seven points above the relegation zone.

The Magpies have lost their last six league games and are the worst team in the English top flight based on current form.

Carver’s side will take on Swansea City at St. James’ Park in the Premier League this afternoon.

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