John Carver has the job of making sure the Newcastle squad next season is integrated, and that the great team spirit of the last two seasons is continued.
John Carver – new players already integrating well
The Newcastle Assistant manager is not new to that kind of job, and had a similar role under the great Bobby Robson and also with the not so successful Ruud Gullit, while he was on Tyneside just one year.
And it seems the new quartet of Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid have all fitted in very well and very quickly in training last week – and that’s very good to hear.
Carver talked about the new players recently to the Newcastle press corps:
“The new guys have integrated remarkably well this week and quickly settled in. There will be no cliques here this season.”
“Alan Pardew has given me the responsibility to make sure they all settle in well, and this is something we have done before at the club.”
“The French guys have already begun to mix and that is a good sign.” “We split the lads up into three different groups.”
“And already the new boys have been spending time with players who have been at the club a while.”
“This means they get to know people – but more importantly get to know the club quicker and what things are all about.””
It also seems like the first week back for the lads went extremely well, and Carver has said the coaches got an excellent response from the returning players.
It was a little unusual last week because the players returned in stages over the first three days, and they all trained together for the first time only on Thursday.
John, who worked so well with Bobby Robson in those five magical years, said the coaches are building up to the game next Friday night at Darlington.
“There has been an excellent response from the lads.” “We are building up to the first friendly at Darlington next Friday, which everybody is looking forward to.”
“I think the fans can expect to see most of the squad on duty that night and we will be giving as many as we can a taste of things.”
“Then we will be off to the States and we should be fit and raring to go for the new season.”
Newcastle fans should be able to see both Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling return to the first team picture after long term injuries, not to mention the four new boys who will also be on show.
Carver said there’s no reason at all why the mercurial French International, who has now recovered fully from the double fracture of the left leg, shouldn’t play in that game, and Ben Arfa is expected to get a full 45 minutes.
“There is no reason why Hatem cannot play at Darlington.” He has looked good in training and has joined in all of the sessions.”
Things have gone quiet on the transfer front this last week, and Newcastle still need at least a couple of top players coming in this summer.
We would hope at least one new player can be brought in over the next week, and be available for the American tour, which kicks off on July 20th with three games Stateside.