first_imgNewcastle’s shocking start to the new Premier League season proves that the widespread criticism of axed boss John Carver last year was unfair, claims former midfielder Lee Bowyer.New Magpies manager Steve McClaren has endured a torrid start in the St James’ Park hotseat, with his side currently tied at the bottom of the Premier League after their winless run continued with a 2-1 home defeat to top flight new boys Watford on Saturday.Stand-in boss Carver was slammed by fans and pundits alike as a Newcastle team severely lacking in confidence barely escaped the clutches of relegation last year.Toon chiefs duly allowed new man McClaren to strengthen the squad with just under £50m on new arrivals in the transfer window, but the summer signings have done little to raise to mood on Tyneside.“It just shows you that the criticism John Carver was getting last year was unjustified,” former Magpies star Bowyer told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“You can only work with the squad you’ve got. Steve McClaren has bought in some of his own players and one or two of them look ok, but to bring in foreign players again when you already had loads there – it’s a tough league to hit running and not a lot of players get it.“It’s just a tough time for Newcastle at the moment, but I think Mclaren will get it right in the end.“Hopefully the crowd will stay behind them because they’ll play a big part of their success this season.“If the players work hard and graft, and you walk off the pitch having given 100 per cent, that’s all they ask for.“I was there when they played Arsenal – every player gave 100 per cent and they crowd applauded them off. They don’t mind so much if they lose, obviously they’d rather win, but it’s the effort they want from their players.“This weekend, that didn’t happen though.” 1 Former Newcastle manager John Carver last_img read more

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