John Carver has continually criticised the performance levels of his Newcastle players.
By all accounts, Carver has lost the dressing room at St James’ Park, and with three games left of the Premier League season, it would come as no surprise to see Newcastle relegated to the Championship.
Every week the Magpies are falling to new lows, and performance levels are, incredibly, getting worse as the need to pick up points increases.
Carver is accountable for the performances his players put in, and he laid into his team in no uncertain terms following their 3-0 loss to Leicester at the weekend, which saw Newcastle end the game with nine men.
Only Jack Colback was spared the criticism - although a few other players put in acceptable performances - and Carver’s words were probably to force a reaction from his players next week.
However, this is not a one off criticism of his squad, as after every game he has laid into his players for their performances, and now the bad performances are expected.
His criticism has turned his own squad against him, and whilst as manager he should be rallying them to perform with their Premier League status at risk, the players look to be playing for themselves, rather than Carver.
That is not how any manager should be running their club, and the recent success of Leicester should show Carver how he should be managing his players.
Nigel Pearson has not once openly criticised his players, despite their continuous placing in the relegation spots, and they are reaping the benefits now with a strong team spirit and mentality leading them up the table and to a likely survival.
Carver has gone about his job in the entirely wrong manner, and even if he does have problems with his players, vocalising them every day is hardly helping his situation.
Newcastle needed stabilising when Carver took the reigns from Alan Pardew, and, in all honestly, the interim boss has made the situation at St James’ Park much, much worse.