Three reasons why John Carver was sacked by Newcastle United

John Carver
John Carver

John Carver was today let go by Newcastle United after paying the price for their flirt with relegation.

We look at three key areas that played a part in his downfall.

Fabricio Coloccini is understood to have been unhappy with Carver’s comments on taking the captaincy off him.

Player fallout

When Carver stepped up to the head coach role, Newcastle’s players were quick to back him for the top job.

That was in public, however. In private, as the Magpies’ season unravelled, the players grew tired of the boss’ methods.

Fallouts became commonplace. Most famously was the incident with Mike Williamson after the Leicester debacle, when Carver accused him of deliberately getting himself sent off.

There was also a training ground bust-up with Jonas Gutierrez which saw the Argentine dropped for the Spurs game despite being of the few players to emerge with credit from the Sunderland derby defeat.

Fabricio Coloccini is understood to have been unhappy with Carver’s comments on taking the captaincy off him also, while the ill-discipline which was a feature of the last few months was often attributed to Carver’s man-management style.

With all that going on, it was felt Carver would struggle to step back into a first-team coaching role.

Coaching and tactics

For all his faults in the top job, Carver believed he would still have a role to play at Newcastle given his long coaching record at the club.

But it was his input on the training pitch which was his undoing.

Players are believed to have stagnated at Newcastle, with Mehdi Abeid and Sammy Ameobi prime examples, while the set-piece success has been abysmal for years.

All that could not just be attributed to him and Steve Stone - previous boss Alan Pardew must take responsibility too.

Carver is a decent first-team coach with a steady track record but a fresh outlook was certainly needed.

Steve McClaren

The incoming boss wants his own backroom team in place. Simple as that.

McClaren has a reputation as one of the best coaches in the business and is expected to do the majority of work on the training pitch himself.

However, he wants his own men alongside him and the make-up of his staff was always going to be one of the key areas that needed ironing out before he took the job.

Paul Simpson, Steve Round and Eric Steele have all been mentioned with roles alongside McClaren when he is finally unveiled as the new head coach.