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The fall and fall of Newcastle under the top flight’s ‘best coach’

| 20.05.2015

A second Newcastle relegation from the Premier League in seven seasons is still very much on the cards following the Geordies’ 12th loss in 18 top-flight games under John Carver, the self-proclaimed ‘best coach in the Premier League’.

It’s a long shot at 6/1 with Ladbrokes, after Hull failed to take anything from their past three games against Arsenal, Burnley and Tottenham, but a Tigers win at home to Manchester United on the last day of the season, coupled with Carver’s crowd losing for the 11th time in 12 games at home to West Ham, would send Newcastle down.

Considering Mike Ashley’s playthings were 10th when Carver took over, this would be an unprecedented fall, with no side in Premier League history relegated having been nine points clear of the drop zone with six games remaining, as Newcastle were a month ago.

Carver has come out with one nonsensical comment after another during this dreadful run, ranging from his assertion of coaching supremacy to blaming the ‘hot, warm climate’ in west London after the 2-1 loss to QPR over the weekend (it may have hit a ‘whopping’ 20 degrees Centigrade).

Here are a few of the moments that made Newcastle’s second half of the season so terrible, along with the best of Carver’s car-crash post-match analysis.

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Iain Houten

Iain has been contributing pieces to various websites on an array of subjects, including sports, politics and art, for over four years. Despite blue being his favourite colour, the teams he supports all wear red.