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Copy from Football Unlimited of 16/10/2006.
The caretaker-manager position at Elland Road had offered John Carver the opportunity to pitch an irresistible case to be offered the post long-term. Instead, with Leeds United completely outplayed by Stoke City, his prospects look bleak. He has surely failed his practical assessment.
Carver admitted as much when asked whether Saturday's result had ended his chances of landing the job. "If I'm being quite honest, possibly yes, because I know what the standards are at this football club," he said. "I'm very disappointed and I have to take whatever comes. I know where I want to go, but the result certainly doesn't help my case."
The understatement of that last sentence was a theme of his post-match analysis. "We didn't do the basics well," he said. But in truth Leeds did nothing well, basic or otherwise. "The second half disappointed me, and I'm sure it disappointed everybody watching" was offered, but the rousing chorus of "You're not fit to wear the shirt" that rang out after Stoke's third - Danny Higginbotham heading past Neil Sullivan - smacked of more than just disappointment. City's fourth, by Ricardo Fuller, brought only stunned silence.