Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey told talkSPORT he feels the incident which saw John Carver release more than one player in the same phone call sums up the club’s season.
The BBC was among the sources to carry details of an incident where Carver called Ryan Taylor to tell him he was released and then gave Jonas Gutierrez the same message, because he was standing next to the defender at the time.
Howey seemed as dismayed as anyone else over the incident and suggested that Carver should have gone about his handling of the incident differently.
“To be honest with you, that pretty much sums up Newcastle’s season – There’s never a good way to tell a player he’s not wanted,” he said.
“They could have spoken to their agents or got them in at the end of the season because they must have known then that they weren’t going to change their minds.”
Newcastle have had a very difficult last few months, which have left Carver and the club under immense pressure.
Fortunately, the club managed to stay in the Premier League with a win against West Ham on the final day of last season but it’s important they now focus on improving the relationship between key officials and supporters.
Carver should have gone about releasing players in a different way, but the club need to move on and move forward.
A decision needs to be made over the man who will be leading the team next season and that individual needs to be backed to make key changes, which help the team improve their consistency in results.