Interim Newcastle United manager John Carver has made the audacious claim that he is the best coach in the Premier League – despite winning just nine points out of a possible 48 since taking temporary charge in January.
The Toon’s dire form following the departure of Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace has seen the club drift devastatingly down the table. They are in with a serious chance of being relegated, sitting just two points above third-from-bottom Sunderland.
The Geordies face West Bromwich Albion, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United in their remaining three fixtures – and defeat in all three would almost certainly result in the Magpie’s return to the Championship.
Nonetheless, Carver isn’t to be put down by the dire situation on Tyneside, and has backed himself as the best coach there is in England’s top flight.
In quotes by BBC Sport, he said, “I still think I’m the best coach in the Premier League,” the 50-year-old confidently insisted.
“If I have the right tools I can do the job. I’m doing the job to the best of my ability.”
Carver was set to face the sack before the end of the season after a run of eight straight defeats, and following the recent loss to Leicester City, the Independent reported that two days of crisis talks were held, but Carver managed to cling onto his position.
Newcastle released an official statement via their website stating the sole focus is on Premier League survival.