John Carver predicted the return of Alan Pardew would improve Newcastle United after their season took another turn for the worse against an Everton side brimming with creativity.
With Mike Ashley watching on from the stands, the size of United’s rebuilding job was made to clear as an Everton side that Newcastle had ambitions of matching this season took them apart for the second time this term.
Newcastle had patches of possession in the game and wasted a few chances, but in truth Everton were ruthless, running in goals from Ross Barkley, Leon Osman and Romelu Lukaku.
Barkley’s, in particular, was a brilliant solo effort.
It renders United’s slim hopes of qualifying for Europe effectively over, but Carver has predicted an upturn in fortunes when Pardew comes back.
“I’ve got to be honest, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it,” the assistant manager said of his spell on the sidelines.
“It’s been quite emotional. I thought 3-0 was a flattering scoreline tonight if I’m being honest. The difference has been the fact they’ve been clinical.
“It will be great having Alan back here because he is the manager.
“He knows his role, and I know my role. It’ll be better for him just being in and around the dressing room.
“He has different ideas at times from me and we bounce ideas off each other. I’ve done that with Steve Stone, but in all honesty, the manager has a lot more experience than Steve, who hasn’t been coaching that long. It will be nice to have him back.
Carver felt that the size of the scoreline flattered Everton, but paid tribute to their “attractive” football.
He said: “I think the quality of the finishing was the difference. They were clinical.
“We started the game and had two or three good early chances, and it was probably the best start to a game we’ve had for a long time.
“But they were so clinical in their finishing, and we weren’t again.
“They have to take a lot of credit for that, and we came up against a really good side tonight, with some good players.
“They had three good loan players, and I think they’ve worked that market very well.
“The way the manager has them playing – attractive football with pace, power and strength – is a credit to him.”
Newcastle defended poorly on a night when United’s limitations were exposed.
Carver admitted: “First of all, I’m annoyed with their goal because I’m looking after the team and we’ve conceded from our own corner.
“We have to do better in that situation. But sometimes when you get into a position like he did and drive into our back four, no matter what you try to do, when you’ve got ability like that and finish the way hefinished, you can’t do anything about that.”