Allardyce: Why John Carver was always going to struggle at Newcastle

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

The West Ham manager believes Carver was always going to struggle when appointed interim manager.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Allardyce believes that Carver’s title of ‘caretaker’ manager has made his job much harder than it ought to have been at Newcastle.

Allardyce: “John has never sat in the position that he is sat in, and as a caretaker as well. That is a hugely difficult job, as you cannot give your players the discipline they need. They might look at you and say: ‘Well you are probably not going to be here next season’. That is a dangerous thing for a football club.”

Allardyce is suggesting that Carver’s role of caretaker head coach, being in charge until the end of the season, means that he has never won the respect of his players - leading to their big downturn in form.

It is the same issue that shrouded Rafa Benitez’s time at Chelsea, and there is a feeling that the short-term nature of the job means that the players possess all the power.

They are never worried about their futures, as they know that a new manager will be in charge in just a few months, meaning that they can play however they want without fears of losing their future at the club.

This is certainly a worrying fact, and Allardyce’s quotes should really scare Newcastle fans. The Ex-Magpies boss cannot see a way for Newcastle out of their rut whilst Carver retains his title as caretaker manager, and the only way to overcome their current issues is to get rid of him.

However, with only three games left of the campaign there is surely not enough time for the club to find a new manager to lead them out their rut, and it could be Allardyce himself who rues Newcastle to a year in the Championship - with West Ham travelling to St James; Park on the last day of the season.

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