John Carver is still upset that he got no money to spend at Newcastle and says it was hard that he was “the only spokesman” at the club.
Carver, appointed Newcastle head coach in January following the departure of Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace, oversaw a club-record sequence of eight successive Premier League defeats while in charge at St James’ Park. In total the Magpies lost 13 and won only three of 20 games under the 50-year-old as they narrowly avoided relegation.
Despite the disastrous run of form, Carver at one point described himself as the “best coach in the Premier League”, a comment he has hinted he now regrets.
However, Carver has suggested he could have been given more support by the club, both financially and in dealing with the media.
He told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle: “My biggest disappointment was that I never had a penny (to spend). I lost two players – (Davide) Santon and (Mapou) Yanga-Mbiwa, which I agreed with – but I would have loved to have had £50million to spend.
“Perhaps then people could have judged me.
“If you look at last season, I was the only spokesman in the football club.
“That in itself is a difficult situation. I got rolled out in front of the press and I had to answer all the questions. I answered them with all honesty.
“It was a learning curve, of course it was. I picked up a few scars during that five months, but I learnt so much. I’m not that narrow-minded to think I was above everyone.
“It’s important you remember the good things but also the bad things, and make sure you don’t make those mistakes again. I admit that I made a few mistakes and some of my comments were wrong.
“It takes a big man to say that and I’ve done that.
“I will sit on the fence a little bit more in the future and not be so honest. I will be a spin doctor if I have to be, because I think you have to.
“But I’m not bitter, not at all. I understood the situation and I know what this game is about. You have to move on.”
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