John Carver will no doubt get a great welcome to St. James’ Park this afternoon, from the faithful Newcastle fans, as they greet back one of their own.
John Carver – returns to St. James’ for first time in six years
John Carver worked with Andy Carroll in 2004, when he was Director of the Newcastle Youth Academy, after Bobby Robson had been sacked, and Blackburn’s Graeme Souness had been brought in as Newcastle manager.
Carver talked about Andy to the Evening Chronicle today:
“He has gone on to bigger and greater things since I started working with him, but he is still learning the game – and he knows that.”
“He is still developing and the good thing is I like working with young players.” “He can get even better, and we will be helping him do that.”
Alan Pardew mentioned last Thursday that Carroll still faces up to three weeks out, before he will be fit to return to the side, because it’s a kicking muscle in his thigh that he’s injured, so you cannot take a chance.
“I want to be out there working with all players on the training ground.”
“Unfortunately, Andy is not fit at the moment.” “I am looking forward to working with him.”
The former Toronto FC manager talked about the gamble on Andy – which seems to have paid off handsomely:
“It was always a gamble with what happened to Andy.” “I don’t think you could definitely say ‘he is going to be a player’.”
“There are no magic wands in football. I know there are a lot of good players at that age who fall by the way side.”
“You see players who are late developers at Academy level and Andy was one of those.”
After Bobby Robson was sacked John Carver was put in charge of the home game against Blackburn Rovers, Graeme Souness’ old club, but we had an easy 3-0 win in that game.
Blackburn were not good in that game – which is just one reason the former Blackburn manager was not particularly welcomed on Tyneside, as the replacement of the beloved Bobby Robson.
The Newcastle fans will be very keen to welcome John back into the dugout, because it will remind us of the great times Newcastle United had when he was Assistant Manager to Bobby Robson.
At that time Newcastle was one of the top four clubs in England in the last three years Bobby was Newcastle manager.
We also don’t think Alan Pardew knows just how much John Carver is revered on Tyneside, but he will have been finding that out this week, and will find out more this afternoon.
“I watched Tottenham’s game against Manchester United and saw how good they were.”
“There are a very good offensive team and they have great movement up front and out wide.”
“It is a game that I cannot wait to come around, but it is not about me – it is about the players getting the right result.”
“Once we are in the stadium before the game I will be totally focused on the team.”
It will be the first time that Alan and John will be in charge of a game for Newcastle United, and wouldn’t it be good if they can celebrate with a win?
The answer is yes!