JOHN Carver has admitted the Wear-Tyne derby could be “make or break” for him at Newcastle United.
Carver is hoping to take the club’s head coach job on a permanent basis in the summer – but many fans want Newcastle to recruit an external successor to Alan Pardew, who presided over four derby defeats.
I’d like to think some of the stuff I’ve done is already on the way to making me, but in the eyes of the fans, if you win a derby game, it’s massive.John Carver
And Carver feels a United win against Sunderland tomorrow would help his cause as he attempts to prove he is the right man to take the club forward.
“I’d like to think some of the stuff I’ve done is already on the way to making me, but in the eyes of the fans, if you win a derby game, it’s massive,” said Carver.
“I’m not saying everything else is forgotten, but it certainly helps your case. It certainly helps your case as long as you try to do it the right way.
“If I come off and it’s not been a (good) football match, but we win 1-0, I’ll be delighted with that. At the end of the day, it’s all about getting the win.”
Pardew, now manager of Crystal Palace, recently said United fans “fell out of love” with him.
The derby defeats irrevocably damaged his standing on Tyneside, but Carver felt there were other reasons why he eventually left the club for a new challenge.
For his part, Carver felt only the two 3-0 home defeats were “embarrassing”.
He said: “It can make or break a manager, but in the four games there’s been two embarrassments haven’t there? We lost down there 2-1 to a late goal, and there was nothing in the game. The game here, there was nothing in the game.
“So there was the two bad performances and results that went against Alan. I’d be surprised that was the main reason. I think Alan was being diplomatic.”