Steven Taylor: John Carver looked like he'd aged after Sunderland game

The Newcastle United defender says it was 'horrible' seeing him after the Sunderland defeat.

Injured Newcastle defender Steven Taylor says a 'devastated' John Carver looked like he'd aged after his side's 1-0 defeat to Sunderland, according to the Daily Mail.

The Black Cats won their fifth Tyne-Wear derby in a row against the Magpies thanks to an acrobatic Jermain Defoe volley.

And Taylor - who has had to sit and watch Newcastle's torrid form while out injured - says Carver looked like he'd aged or hadn't slept for days after the Sunderland defeat.

Indeed, the defender said it was 'horrible' to see his manager in such a state.

Taylor explained: "After the Sunderland game, I saw him on the Monday and it looked like he’d aged. He was devastated. It was like he hadn’t slept for a few days. It’s horrible seeing someone like that because he’s one of the fans."

The Sunderland loss was just one of many that Newcastle fans have had to endure under Carver - but Taylor has leaped to the coach's defence, suggesting not even Jose Mourinho nor Sir Alex Ferguson could do a better job at St James' Park under the current circumstances. 

He added: "He hasn’t had the players to play a full-strength team. What can he do this weekend? [Jose] Mourinho or [Sir Alex] Ferguson couldn’t do anything different."

Of course, there might be more sympathy for Carver were Taylor defending a man who genuinely looked as though he was devastated.

Instead, the Newcastle boss may look like he has aged or not slept - but it isn't stopping him from joyfully declaring he still believes he is the best coach in the Premier League... after eight consecutive defeats...

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