The Problem With John Carver And Shola Ameobi’s Sky Sports Comments

Sky Sports’ Pete Graves has launched a defense of John Carver and Shola Ameobi after their comments yesterday on the pending appointment of Steve Bruce.

This is what John Carver said to Sky Sports that led to a backlash from the fanbase:

If he does get appointed then he has got my support

“He has got a lot of people’s support in the North East.

“He is a Geordie guy.

“He is from just down the road in Corbridge.

“Loves the football club…but not just that, he has got a good record in the Premier League.

“I think he is just short of 1,000 games as a coach and as a manager.

“So he is a stable appointment and let’s get behind him.”

Shola Ameobi then followed Carver’s comments with the following:

“If it is Steve, he has been a manager for a long time obviously he has got a good pedigree.

“You know being a geordie y’know is just the cherry on top.

“Ultimately whoever is hopefully coming in will do the best job, Rafa left on the back of two good results in the league and hopefully the new manager can take us forward.”

While Ameobi is employed by the club, we can understand that he is not going to be negative. However, a “no comment” would have be the best course for him.

How in the world, can Steve Bruce take the club forward from where Rafa Benitez had toiled under Mike Ashley to get us?

This was just a ridiculous statement and sometimes “no comment” is actually a preferable response.

As for John Carver, well the self-described “best manager in the world” (currently unemployed) says two things that are absolutely ludicrous.

First of all, he does not have a lot of support of people in the North East. Secondly, his pedigree is certainly not good.

Unless, of course, your definition of “a lot of people” and “good” is similar to your definition of “best manager” – which would both be the polar opposite of reality.

Pete Graves came out this morning to defend the pair after their interview caused a stir among the fans.


The issue is not really the comments supporting Steve Bruce or the backlash they have faced for them. The problem is that the media don’t give an accurate representation of what is going on with the club.

Sky Sports is quick to trot out Dennis Wise to act like Mike Ashley is some normal guy who is being maligned by the Newcastle fanbase.

So when an ex-player and ex-coach who are both from the area are on the television acting like everything is normal, fans are going to react accordingly.

Everything is not normal. The owner of the club just got rid of a world class manager and is now trying to replace him with someone with one of the worst records in the Premier League.

This is what Sky Sports should be reporting. Not running with positive statements about a club that is in complete shambles and getting worse by the minute.

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