Danny Guthrie Could Keep His Place At The Etihad Stadium


It may not be a coincidence that the last time Newcastle were riding high under the great Bobby Robson,  John Carver was also Assistant Manager.

Alan Pardew didn’t waste much time in appointing John Carver last January

When Bobby Robson took over from the hopeless Ruud Gullit in 1999, he was impressed with Carver and made him Assistant Manager, and that was John’s position for the next five years under Robson, until Freddy Shepherd decided to sack Bobby in August of 2004.

Alan Pardew is getting a lot of kudos at the moment for the great start to the season made by Newcastle, but he’ll be the very first to admit that his coaching staff are excellent, and that includes John Carver, who was an excellent appointment by Alan last January.

Newcastle have lots of youngsters coming through the club, and they get games in the Newcastle Reserves side, but Newcastle also use the second string to keep the fringe players of the first team on their toes, and ensure they remain match fit.

This is what John said today to the local press:

“You want competition for places,” “I’ve played in and been involved in reserve games when senior players haven’t been at it, but that’s not been the case with us.”

“We’ve involved senior players in some reserve games and made sure they’re in the right position to take advantage of any opportunities.”

“We’ve done things properly, and that’s given the players the best chance to take those opportunities.”

We’re not too sure just how strong the Newcastle squad is at the moment, and what would happen if we lost some crucial players through injury.

But that’s exactly what happened recently to Cheick Tiote,  and young Danny Guthrie came in and did a great job for the side,  over the last three games.

Danny Guthrie – in outstanding form over last three games

And Danny has done so well that we expect him to get an extension to his four year contract, which runs out next June.

John Carver thinks Guthrie has given Alan Pardew a selection problem for the upcoming game at Manchester City on Saturday:

“He did a great job, and he’s given the manager a little bit of a headache because of how well he played,” 

“That’s all you can ask from a player, and that’s what he’s done.”

“He’s taken that opportunity, and given the manager a decision to make, but it’s the type of decision he’ll enjoy.”

We wouldn’t be too surprised if Danny retains his position in central midfield for Saturday’s game at the Etihad Stadium, and certainly if there are any doubts at all about either Cabaye or Tiote, then Danny will get the start.

That’s a thing Alan has been very good at – picking the team based purely on merit and not on reputation –  and it’s different from the way the team was picked by previous managers.

Maybe that’s another reason Newcastle are doing so very well this season?

Comments welcome.



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50 comments so far

  • t00ntime

    Nov 14, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Guthrie over tiote?? Thats a joke lol tiote needs to be there to kill de jong if het gets near ben arfa haha

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 14, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Guthrie and Tiote are completely different players.
    Tiote is a specialist DM, Guthrie is a box to box midfielder.
    More of the Cabaye type than Tiote.
    We need Tiote to win the battles to come.

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  • WWJBD

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Guthrie doesnt play the ballerina nearly as well as Tiote 😉

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  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Guthrie has been immense last couple of games, his passing and ball retention in the middle with Yohan has been magnificent…starting to show some of the early promise.

    Id go for all 3 to be honest, City do and can’t be outnumbered against City. Pardew made alot of brave calls being outnumbered 3v2 in midfield but cant see him doing it vs City.

    Get Guthrie in there, make it his sole job without the ball of stopping Silva.

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #5

    5 days to go… why do these bloody int breaks go on for so bloody long :S

    sammys doin a jonas up front and nothing at the back lol :S

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #6

    robby prolly need more than one on silva :S

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  • NUFCkris

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #7

    My team for city would b

    ———————————-Krul————————————

    –Simpson———-Saylor———-(c)Collocini——-Raylor—

    ———————————-Tiote———————————–
    –Santon———Guthrie————-Cabaye——–Gutierezz–

    ————————————Ba————————————

    should get us a point 😉

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  • Scottishmag1

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #8

    If jail for Ashley is still there…….

    See you at the game m8 except I will be in one of the exec boxes!! Someone has to do it, and it was an invite after all

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #9

    bah scotmag ya posh bassa 😀 hopefully ill see your comments on sat night aboot how mint the win was and aal that 😀 hope you have a good day

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  • Scottishmag1

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Cheers Joppa

    Got the invite through work and couldn’t turn it down however, I have paid for my Manu tickets for me and the misses , try not to miss any games!!
    As for reporting back on Saturday I’m staying in Manchester for a night out so it will be sundo before I get back to you mate!

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #12

    decent night out in mancland, hope its a one of celebration then bud. guess will have to wait for the first hand descriptions 😀

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  • Scottishmag1

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Mings / anyone else

    Does anyone what know what this lad is like?

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  • Scottishmag1

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Joppa

    Will let you know once I have celebrated our win!!!!

    We can hope can’t we……

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Well impressed from wor Sammi like.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Mings…

    was gonna say replacement for Tiote for ACON…but hes going as well!

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  • Scottishmag1

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #17

    How many players have we been linked with and it’s not even January…
    And more importantly, how much will we spend?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Mings, can’t be. “The 22-year-old is now set to move to St James’ Park, with Newcastle and Auxerre close to agreeing terms.”

    They’re still calling us SJP.

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #19

    hes a bit nippy but tbh he seems more like a winger to from the little evidence ive seen and hes also an african and his country i believe have qualified for the acon so would seem odd if true. plus its only being reported by talkshite so i suspect we arent in for him but he is a bairn and looks powerful

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Its talksport so probz rubbish talk

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #21

    i should have put that in to quotes as graham carr told it… ( this post is all lies )

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  • Scottishmag1

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Lads off to the pub

    Will report back sundo after the match……….enjoy!

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #23

    like the look of this ziguy badibanga and more so i love the name awesomeness !

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  • Demba_Ba

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #25

    sammy england u21 link

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #26

    why do they spell sammy with an i? his names samuel.. O_o

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  • Demba_Ba

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #27

    they have took sammy off so im turning it off

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  • Mings

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Well, every player in france is coming to NUFC heh

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #29

    mings wish we could have done that 15 years ago… zidane would have been lovely to watch at SJP

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #30

    joppadoni

    You know we turned him down… Crazy I know lol

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  • Toon Tang

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #31

    someone dropped a bloody big bollock not putting our game on telly. The last unbeaten teams go head to head in a no holds barred royal rumble death match extravaganza and it aint on the box…

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #32

    @TDS… wtf did u just type?? O_o

    it rings a bell but i dissmissed it as BS. you think its true?? if it is i might see how a fu cking lobster feels by sticking me heed in a chip deep fat frier… QQ

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #33

    exactly tang… i have no idea why this is not on telly

    2 – 1 bel… should never have took sammy off 😛

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  • davybtoon

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #34

    We turned down the chance to sign zidane u kno when he was 19 or sumthing

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #35

    joppadoni – it was true mate that we rejected Zidane im sure it was either him or his agent said before on TV that we rejected him..

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #36

    same as the mackems rejected Van Nistelrooy a while before he went to Man Utd saying he wouldnt make it haha

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #37

    this Traore thing cant be true surely he’s an attacking midfielder so would put down the likes of Abeid and Vuckic.. also would be challenging Ben Arfa so a just dont see this as a starter imo

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #38

    Sammy (i) is taken off Belgian score 2. That tells me something. Sammy is our Jonas II.

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #39

    abso gt89, we aint going for more attacking mids as we have so many in that area who require dev so i believe this is BS. maybe car et al have seen something else but i doubt it.. not one on my radar anyways. if i hear oot ill let ya knaa tho

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #40

    imagine him in the entertainers team… we may not have know rob lee as well as we do tho.. >.<

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