John Carver full of excuses for Steve McClaren's poor Newcastle start

Steve McClaren

The former Newcastle United head coach has been discussing his successor.

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has received the backing of the man who preceded him at St James' Park John Carver, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, Carver feels McClaren should be given time considering the amount of new players that have been signed at Newcastle following a summer recruitment drive.

The fact the failed manager isn't qualified to pass comment doesn't seem to have bothered him and he thinks things can still click on Tyneside as time passes.

Carver told Sky Sports News: "You have to spend the money wisely and it might take time for these guys to bed in. Steve is coming into a football club and he needs to get to know his players. It does take time to get to know everyone's personality, how they play and what their best position is.

"So it will take time and people will have to be patient with the guys. Give them the opportunity and see what happens."

A sense of guilt?

Could Carver's sympathy, though, be drawn from knowing just how badly the former Newcastle head coach himself had done?

Many are blaming McClaren - or had been until the Magpies showed some encouraging signs against Chelsea - for his side's struggles and are fully entitled to considering his poor form towards the end of his Derby County career.

But is Carver due as much blame for completely destroying the Newcastle squad in terms of training, form, fitness and morale - thereby making McClaren's job a lot tougher than it should ever have been?

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