John Carver has broken his silence since leaving Newcastle United in the summer.
The coach was thrown into the managerial hotseat midway through last season after Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace, and was regarded as a joke figure by a lot of the club’s fans.
He won just two games of is 17 in charge, insinuated that defender Mike Williamson had got himself sent off deliberately in a match against Leicester and claimed he considered himself the best coach in the Premier League.
Speaking to beIN Sports, Carver has opened up about the reign, and what he thinks the future holds for the club.
Kevin [Keegan] created this monster and the monster needed to be fed. Unfortunately since Kevin left and since Sir Bob was there, we’ve not been able to feed the monster.
He created something when I was a young football coach at the time and it was so enjoyable to watch. The fans think we can get back to that but I don’t think we ever will.
Carver even went as far as to hint that he’d needed psychiatric treatment after the spell as a Premier League boss.
When you’re in that position, sometimes it’s a lonely place. Yeah you’ve got your staff around you but they’ll only tell you certain things.
I actually went to somebody that had nothing to do with the football club and he gave me the confidence and the belief to go on and make sure that we got four points from the last three games to survive in the Premiership.
And on Williamson, Carver admits he may have misjudged the situation slightly, concluding:
I had to stir that hornet’s nest to try and get a reaction in the dressing room and what it actually did was, it brought everyone together.
Not that I’d lost the players, I don’t think I’d lost the players, I think the players were giving me everything.
I just think we lacked quality with the injuries and the suspensions we had, playing full backs out of position, playing midfielders in the full back position, we had all sorts of problems but it was the last resort.
Should I have done it publicly? Absolutely not. I regret that because things stay with you and that will stay with me along with the best coach quote.
It will stay with me for the rest of my life and I’ve got to deal with that. Probably to my detriment I was too honest at times because I know they want honesty.