Martin Keown slams John Carver's management of Newcastle

Newcastle United have lost their last eight league matches in a row.

Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he is 'appalled' by John Carver's management of Newcastle United.

Carver, who stated today that he was the best coach in the Premier League, has guided the Magpies to just two wins in the 16 games he has been in charge of and Keown feels that his leadership has been shocking.

The former Arsenal defender was pulling no punches in his weekly TackleKeown session, stating that Carver's comments following Newcastle's latest defeat to Leicester City were completely misguided.

"I’m still appalled by what happened last week. To accuse your own players of being sent of deliberately shows you what a state that dressing room is in," he said. "I would not be happy if somebody had said that to me. I wouldn’t want to have my integrity questioned and for people to think of me as that type of person.

"Clearly that is not the kind of message you want to be sending out when you are all supposed to be pulling them all together. Carver needs better support from those around him but the best thing he can do right now is to work with his players on the pitch. They need to be looking at how to win games rather than getting caught up in emotional rows."

Carver has taken a defiant stance in the face of widespread criticism, but he will have done little for team morale after accusing Mike Williamson of being sent off deliberately against Leicester.

The Magpies ended up losing that match 3-0, with the contest helping to further highlight the deficiencies which exist within the St James’ Park squad at this moment in time.

Newcastle are sure to be low on confidence, after losing eight matches in a row, but they simply cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves.

The Tynesiders are only just outside the Premier League relegation zone and could fall into the bottom three were they lose to West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

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