John Carver Bemoans Lack of Respect For Newcastle


John Carver has rather surprisingly spoken out today about those who are saying the Manchester City game is the first real test of the season for Newcastle.

John Carver – bemoans lack of respect

Newcastle are 3rd top of the Premier League with 25 points from their first 11 games, and have so far played only one top six side in the league this season – Tottenham.

But in the next three league games Newcastle will play three of them, the two top clubs Manchester City and Manchester United, and Chelsea who are one place behind Newcastle in 4th position.

Those three clubs have spent big big money in building up their sides, with Chelsea and Man City being the biggest football club spenders ever, and that is different from the way Newcastle have built up their side, where no huge transfer fees have been paid out for their players.

Newcastle have not only won seven of their eleven games and drawn the other four,  but have also played very well this season, and have the best defensive record of any club in the football league,  with only 8 goals conceded in their 11 games.

But John Carver, Newcastle’s Assistant manager,  does not agree that this will be Newcastle’s first test this season, and says the team should be gaining more respect:

“People are talking about these being our ‘real tests’ coming up but every game in the Premier League is a ‘real test.'”

“A lot of people are being disrespectful by saying we have not played anyone yet.” “For me that is disrespectful to our players, our staff and the other teams that we have faced as well.”

“It gets my goat when people say we have been lucky or the decisions have gone for us.”  “When you actually analyse our results, we have picked up wins from games where we did not pick up wins or points from last year.”

“We went to Wolves and won – Newcastle United never seem to get anything there.”  “We played QPR just after they had made new signings and you see from Chelsea and Manchester City going there how difficult they are to play at home.”

“I don’t care if people think this is our big test or not, we can go to Manchester City and enjoy ourselves. We have earned the right to go there unbeaten and that means we can go there and play our own game.”

“So far we have done OK. We are not getting carried away and we are not going over the top.”  “We just have to keep working at the same rate we have been so far this season.”

“If we allow ourselves to relax or we take our foot off the pedal we will be punished.”  “The secret has been hard work – we have to keep that going.”

A lot of these statements are being made about Newcastle to pump up the game, which is between two of the three unbeaten sides in the football league, with Lee Clark’s ‘ Huddersfield Town being the only other unbeaten side.

There’s one way for Newcastle to gain the respect of the football world a week on Saturday, and that is to go to the Etihad Stadium and beat Manchester City.

That would do it – we’re sick of all this talking – actions speak louder than words. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.


7 comments so far

  • niffnoff

    Nov 10, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Spurs are a “decent” team no?
    Arsenal beginning of the season were “decent”no?
    Stoke at home are decent? no?

    O we had it easy….

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  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 10, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Arsenal / Scum / Villa / Spurs / Stoke / Everton …….. these are ALL games that people/press/cockneys probably expected us to lose, so are these not tests???

    What happens if we beat Man City, would we get respect then = NO – They would all say Man City had a bad day!!!!

    Doesnt bother me anymore……. All us Toon Fans know 😉

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  • rab

    Nov 10, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    I am chuffed to bits about the start to our season, I dont read the cockney press what so ever. 11 games 25 points the stats show we are doing well and its upsetting them.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 10, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    After playing half of the teams in the “best league” in the world and remain unbeaten is massive!!!

    Look at Man City’s run of games, not that different to be honest but they are now classed as world beaters, spoken in the same breath as Barca!!!! We are apparently just lucky!!!

    Nobody (even us) would have predicted we would have been unbeaten at this point of the season, and it isnt down to luck, it is down to team spirit, pace, skill, resilience and we have the best defense in the english leagues! FACT

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 10, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Personally seeing as we haven’t won anything of note at ‘St James park ‘ since 1955, I’ve always felt the name cursed us !!
    Maybe a name change will finally improve our fortunes.

    The Ethihad, Emirates, Chelsea etc , everyone’s doing it. Ashley is one hell of a shrewd businessman who doesn’t get overly sentimental and is ruthless when it comes to maximising business opportunities . I would rather have him with us than against us.

    We’ll always be NUFC, nothing changes that, but we need to
    get with the programme and stop looking for any excuse to keep knocking Ashley, when his nous has us heading in the right direction.

    Great season ticket deals, great youth set up, 3rd in the league etc, etc etc. Nostalgia has it’s place for sure, but life goes on.

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  • StaffsToon

    Nov 10, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Just imagine if we pick up some points in the next three games? Not that I need their backing to be proud of what we have done so far this season but the players and coaches deserve more respect than they are getting – but what’s new there??

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  • sephir0

    Nov 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    heard the news last night and although quite shocked, i see the logic behind it. if this is guna help us push forward as a football club, then im all for it.

    Mike Ashley may not have a clue about football, but he is a shrewd business man… he’s learning, he’s made good calls and bad calls. if u asked me would i like to keep our stars or would i like to keep the name of our stadium?…. as much as i love the name and will always refer 2 it as…. im sorry but i love my team 2 much! onwards and upwards!

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