West Ham’s Allardyce offers advice to John Carver concerning Newcastle outburst

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West Ham boss Allardyce believes Carver made a mistake with his public Newcastle outburst.

Allardyce has told the Standard that Carver should have criticised his players in private, rather than publicising his thoughts to a public audience.

The current Hammers boss said: “I watched John Carver’s outburst after last week’s defeat at Leicester with some dismay as he accused Mike Williamson of getting sent off on purpose. It was an over-passionate reaction from him, though, as he searched for answers — and it was totally down to pressure.

“It could destroy him for a while but if you are going to say what he said about one of his players, then do it behind closed doors.”

It is certainly advice that Carver should have seen to, as his public outburst over the sending off of Mike Williamson will do little to ease fears concerning his managment credentials.

There is a sense that his players are not playing for him, and are instead turning out for the club on their own will - and that is a dreadful thought.

The performance in last weekend’s loss to Leicester was a damning indictment of the state of the club, and rather than shielding his players from the media glare by taking the blame on to him, Carver went all out to criticise them.

In turn, this has reduced the trust between player and manager even further, and it has shown up Carver’s lack of experience as a head coach.

If he keeps his job past the end of this season, Carver would do well to heed Allardyce’s advice, as, for all the criticism the Hammers boss receives, he is well versed in management of top level football, and keeping his players on his side even in turbulent times.

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