Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has suggested in The Independent a key reason why John Carver is struggling at Newcastle United.
The 50-year-old has struggled in his role at St. James’ Park so far, as Newcastle stare at relegation from the Premier League.
The Magpies have lost their last eight league matches and find themselves just two points above the bottom three at the moment.
Former United midfielder Scholes has offered a reason why Carver has failed to stop the rot, claiming that his English compatriot is struggling to step up from being the assistant to the main man.
“It is hard for assistants to step up,” the 40-year-old wrote in The Independent. “I worked with many great assistants to Sir Alex Ferguson over the years.
“Yet sometimes a manager’s second-in-command is more suited to that role than any other. You confide in them, you tell them things that you would not tell the manager and they are that bridge between the boss and the players.
“When the transition to manager occurs, I can see how it is hard for people to adjust their relationships.”
Scholes does make a valid point. Carver has been in charge of Newcastle in a caretaking capacity before, but this is the first that he has been the head coach proper.
While the 50-year-old is a very good coach, as a ‘manager’ his shortcomings have been evident.
However, when Carver was handed the role in January, it appeared to be a straightforward job.
Newcastle’s aim was to finish in mid-table, but eight successive defeats have pushed them closer to relegation.