Newcastle United manager John Carver has been quoted by the Shields Gazette suggesting his players are giving everything they have at the moment.
Carver was responding in relation to comments made by Newcastle legend Alan Shearer, also covered by the paper, where he suggested that the Magpies’ main players looked like they simply don’t care.
Newcastle have lost seven games on the bounce, but the interim boss feels they are giving everything they can to try and turn things around.
“The one thing I will say about this group of people in there is that they’re giving everything - I don’t think they can give any more. Sometimes it isn’t good enough – we all know that – but at least they’re having a go and they never give in,” said Carver.
Carver’s comments suggest that if the problem isn’t the commitment and belief of his players, the problem is elsewhere.
He should be looking at his own tactics to try and decide if he should be doing something differently with the way he sets up the side and urges the team to play.
Either way, there is massive pressure on the Magpies to turn things around and put more distance between themselves and the bottom three.
Carver’s statement is confusing because there is enough quality in Newcastle’s players for the side to gain an edge if they are playing to their maximum.
Hopefully, everything can be married together this weekend against Leicester to secure a good result and to get the club moving in the right direction.