Last week was a good time for John Carver to work closely with the Newcastle squad, and with Alan Pardew too, and he seems to have learned quite a lot about things, and positive things too.
Assistant Manager and Manager at Newcastle
Since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside, under just terrible circumstances, with the very well liked Chris Hughton having been surprisingly and rather ruthlessly sacked in one swift movement, Alan has handled himself extremely well in very difficult circumstances.
And it must have been like going into a Lion’s den when he first arrived on Tyneside, with a poll of our readers showing Alan Pardew near the bottom, with a meager 2% of the vote, of managers the readers wanted in at Newcastle.
But at least we knew then that Alan had courage when he arrived, and now John Carver has said there’s no doubt who the gaffer is on Tyneside, and all the players know who is in charge, as John talked this morning about the players:
“They are great characters. You hear a lot of stories about them from the outside but then you come into the club and you realize how important they are to the team,”
“They are big characters and, of course, they are great for the club. They want to be here and they are a big positive influence on and off the field for this football club.”
“Obviously Alan came into a difficult situation but he dealt with those problems very well,” “One thing is for sure from what I have seen – the players know who is the boss.”
“At some clubs or in some circumstances that authority isn’t necessarily there, but in this instance everyone knows who the gaffer is.”
We’ve been impressed with Alan so far, and in his 7 league games in charge, the team has 3 wins and two draws and 11 points.
We’re not even going to mention the FA Cup tie at Stevenage.
If Newcastle can maintain that points average from their remaining games, the side will finish on around 53 points, which should see the team positioned somewhere near the middle of the league table.
But since we should have had done better in those previous 7 games, there is a chance the team can do even better than that.
We hope so.