John Carver said on the Goals on Sunday show on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday morning (broadcast from 10:30am, March 27) that Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren should have been more direct in his approach.
McClaren was appointed the Newcastle head coach in the summer of 2015, but the Englishman failed to last the entire season.
Following a run of disappointing performances and results, the former Derby County boss was relieved of his duties at St. James’ Park earlier this month.
Former Newcastle boss Carver believes that McClaren should have been more direct in his football to have succeeded with the Magpies.
“My opinion was I thought we tried to play too much football and not effective football to try and win games and get results," said the Englishman on the Goals on Sunday show on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday morning (broadcast from 10:30am, March 27).
“The year we finished fifth, we were quite direct as a team - up to Demba Ba. We had Papiss Cisse up there and we played in that final third.
"I think what happened this year is they have tried to get it out from the back with players who are not comfortable with it and suffered because of that."
Perhaps Carver has a point, but playing direct football is not a sign of progress.
For Newcastle - or any other club to progress - the football needs to be pleasing to the eye and there has to be some entertainment value.
The Magpies do have some players who are very good on the ball, and it made sense for McClaren to try to play a passing game.
The problem is that it did not work out, and McClaren paid the price and was replaced by Rafael Benitez.