John Carver was Bobby Robson’s assistant at a time when Newcastle were in the top four in the Premier League – and in the European Champions League.
John Carver- – worried about Newcastle longer term
John, who was widely expected to be an assistant to Alan Shearer if Alan was appointed as permanent Newcastle manager in the summer, will be at City Ground tonight as a BBC radio commentator, and he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I think about the long-term future.” “For me they have been living off the seat of their pants for too long.”
“When you plan, you don’t do it for the next week or next month – you do it for years ahead.” “It would have been sensible to plan for the future.”
“It would have made great sense to have Alan and his staff continue on a monthly rolling contract to see them through the summer.”
“Then it wouldn’t have made any difference who was buying it because effectively that’s what they have now.” “We’re in the Championship now so you need to cut your cloth accordingly, and Alan understands that.”
“I’m just a bit surprised that they didn’t think that way.” “You can only go so long with a caretaker manager. I know, because I had it at Leeds.”
“If a couple of results don’t go your way, you are looking over your shoulder.” “At any football club you need stability.” “You can talk about the foundations being built from the bottom. But you also need a manager in charge.”
“When I was at Leeds, I went to see the chairman and he didn’t give me the job on a permanent basis.” “When I came back I saw a huge reaction from the lads – they expected me to be given the job and I wasn’t.”
“They needed somebody to look up to and it wasn’t there.”
But Carver, like the rest of us, is still impressed by the application of the Newcastle players still at the club after last season’s disaster, and we couldn’t really ask for Nerwcastle to be in much of a better position than they are right now.
“There’s an awful long way to go, but it’s a great position to be in.” “It’s where everybody wants to be.”
“The lads have done a great job and the players have really stuck in and focused on the job in hand.”
“The job was to get them back in the Premier League and it’s pleasing to see.” “It’s going to be a really tough game at Notts Forest, especially with the two defenders being doubts.”
“They’ll need Coloccini and Steven Taylor because the two guys up against them, Blackstock and Tyson, are two big strong guys and are a handful who also have a bit of pace.”
But Newcastle at the upper levels of management are still in a complete shambles with Ashley and LLambias still refusing to bring people into the club who actually have experience and know how to run a football club, and instead they are bumbling there way through – with emphasis on the word “bumbling”.
Every fan is hoping the incompetent Ashley will sell up – but there now seems less chance of that, and we may have to put up with Ashley and his cohorts for a while longer.
“When I speak to the fans they’ve almost given up on the situation.” “There are rumours the takeover is on/off or the deadline is here or there – it has got out of hand.”
“Every time nothing materialises, it makes me wonder what is going on.”
“If people have put bids in, why haven’t they been accepted?”
It’s a complete shambles that Ashley has created at the club and the question remains – how long will the mess last?