JOHN Carver has admitted that the Wear-Tyne derby could be “make or break” for him at Newcastle United.
Carver is hoping to take the Magpies’ head coach job on a permanent basis in the summer – but many fans want Newcastle to recruit an external successor to Alan Pardew, who presided over four successive derby defeats.
I’m not saying everything else is forgotten, but it certainly helps your caseMagpie boss John Carver
And Carver feels a Newcastle win against Sunderland tomorrow would help his cause as he attempts to prove he is the right man to take the club forward.
“I’d like to think some of the stuff I’ve done is already on the way to making me, but, in the eyes of the fans, if you win a derby game, it’s massive,” said Carver.
“I’m not saying everything else is forgotten, but it certainly helps your case.
“It certainly helps your case as long as you try to do it the right way.
“If I come off and it’s not been a (good) football match, but we win 1-0, I’ll be delighted with that. At the end of the day, it’s all about getting the win.”
Pardew, now manager of Crystal Palace, recently said that Newcastle fans “fell out of love” with him.
The derby defeats irrevocably damaged his standing on Tyneside, but Carver felt there were other reasons why he eventually left St James’s Park for a new challenge.
For his part, Carver felt only the two 3-0 home defeats – in April 2013 and February 2014 – were “embarrassing”.
He said: “It can make or break a manager, but, in the four games, there’s been two embarrassments, haven’t there? We lost down there 2-1 to a late goal, and there was nothing in the game. The game here, there was nothing in the game.
“So there was the two bad performances and results that went against Alan.
“I’d be surprised that was the main reason. I think Alan was being diplomatic.”