Newcastle boss John Carver: Loss to Sunderland one of the hardest of my career
Newcastle head coach John Carver has admitted Sunday's derby defeat to Sunderland was one of the "darkest days" of his career.
The 50-year-old could only look on helplessly at the Stadium of Light as the Magpies' arch-rivals triumphed for a record fifth successive time in the fixture which matters more than most at the weekend, and the backlash since has been concerted and furious. Carver said: "It's been extremely difficult. Certainly Monday was one of the darkest days in my career, and I'm still hurting, to be honest.
"The one thing I have to do is not to show it in front of the players, but it was a bitter pill to take. It was the manner of the defeat.
"As a club collectively, we accept the responsibility, we accept it wasn't good enough - and I'm talking about the people at the top, from the board down - over to the tea lady, we all take responsibility, players, staff, because it just wasn't good enough at the weekend against Sunderland.
"There's something in the DNA because we have had different managers, but we have had almost the same group of players.
"There are a lot of those players who have had experience - and I did talk about it before the game - but there are not many 'W's next to their names. It's something that we need to look at."