Pavel Srnicek: Why Carver deserves sympathy for his work at Newcastle

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The former Newcastle stopper believes John Carver does not deserve all the criticism he has been receiving at St James’ Park.

Carver has been the centre of fan criticism for the last couple of months, but former Magpies goalkeeper Srnicek has told the Chronicle that he should receive some sympathy for the situation he has been thrown into.

The ex-Czech international said: “I know that John Carver is getting a lot of criticism but I do have a lot of sympathy for him. I’m not saying that everything has been perfect but he has been incredibly unlucky when it comes to injuries, suspensions and selection issues.”

It is true that Carver has been thrust into interim control of the side whilst they are enduring their worst form in recent history, and injuries and suspensions have been central to that.

The only consistent goalscorer in the team is missing - being Papiss Cisse - whilst Moussa Sissoko, generally the only player to posses a creative spark, has been suspended for the last few games.

Carver has only just been able to call upon Siem De Jong, and he proved his quality just minutes into his return to action after his long-term injury which has kept him out since the opening weeks of the campaign.

However, it is not right to leave Carver blameless for these poor performances, which have resulted in seven consecutive losses for the first time since 1977. He has still selected a team who should be able to put in competitive performances at a Premier League level, and his lack of management abilities are shining through on a frequent basis.

The fact that he is still being considered as a potential full-time manager for next season is a ridiculous indictment on the running of the club.

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