Former Newcastle Assistant manager to the great Bobby Robson, John Carver, is now Assistant manager at Plymouth and has talked today about Monday night’s game against his former club.
John Carver - Plymouth Assistant manager
45 year-old John Carver was born and bred in Newcastle and knows quite a few of the players currently in the Newcastle team.
Carver told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I’m coming up against two players that I’ve had a big involvement with from my time at Newcastle.”“And I know what they’re capable of.”
“It was more so at first-team level with Shola and we handed him his Premier League debut against Chelsea.”
“As far as Andy was concerned, when I arrived at the Academy in 2005 he was about to leave and I prevented it, handing him a scholarship.”
“It’ll be great to see them both and a few other familiar faces, but I’m hoping, with Plymouth in mind, that they are not firing on all cylinders.”
Newcastle will be looking at the WBA vs Middlesbrough game today, which kicks off at 5:15 pm this afternoon, because if WBA don’t win that game, Newcastle will be Champions.
Plymouth are currently second bottom of the Championship on 41 points, 5 points from 4th bottom Crystal Palace, with just 3 games to play so wins is what the team needs to survive in the Championship this season.
Carver, who also managed at Leeds United as Assistant manager and Toronto as manager in the MLS, continued:
“It’s about focusing on nothing but Plymouth for me.”“It’s great to see Newcastle back up as champions.”“But we have to concentrate on ourselves.”
“Even if Newcastle do win the title they won’t be letting up, they will just set a fresh target, probably of 100 points.”
“So we’re preparing to take on a very good team in form.” “Our players have had a good little break and are recharged.”
In fact this is the 4th time Newcastle will play Plymouth this season, since we were drawn against them in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, and drew 0-0 at Home Park, but won the replay 3-0 fairly easily.
And in the Championship on 19th September, Newcastle had a fairly easy win 3-1 at St. James’ Park.
“We know all about them – in some of those games we really didn’t get the rub of the green.”“Some results have been unfortunate since we got here in December.”
“If we’d have got here earlier in the season we could be safe by now.” “But we’re not giving up on anything yet and still believe we can stay up.”
The game on Monday night will be a good test for Newcastle, because it will show if we have improved away from home this season. Newcastle could only draw at Home Park in January, and we were not too convincing in that game.
We have to be looking for all 3 points, even if just to keep the current 6 game winning streak going.
We want to finish the season with a 9 game winning streak and then continue that, when we start next season.