'You've got no choice' - John Carver reflects on spell as Sheffield United caretaker boss after Chris Wilder exit

Former Sheffield United caretaker manager John Carver has opened up on what it means to take on the role.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 11:10 am
John Carver. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 56-year-old took over in the dugout at Bramall Lane in 2010 after Gary Speed left to accept a role with the Welsh national team.

Carver oversaw three matches in December of that year, winning one and drawing two before stepping down when Micky Adams arrived at the club.

Chris Wilder’s recent departure from the Blades has led to Paul Heckingbottom’s appointment as interim manager and has also reignited discussions surrounding caretaker managers at the highest levels of the professional game.

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Speaking to BBC Sport, Carver said: "There's a reason why you get this role. It's either because the manager has been sacked or because the manager has had a better opportunity.

"Normally it's because they've been fired because results haven't been good enough. That group of players, the manager and the coaching staff have got into a bad position.

"People think, when you get a caretaker role, you're going to do all these things differently, but you're not.

"You were there as an assistant manager. When you're training every day, when you're preparing the team, it's you and the manager with your ideas.

"There might be small little tweaks you might do, but in general, when the team is in the position they are in and people blame the manager, the staff have to take the blame as well, because we've got them into that position. You're not going to do much different.

"Sometimes you've got no choice”.