John Carver has been given the local interviews today, and it’s probably fitting that he does that, following the announcement that a bronze statue of Sir Bobby Robson will be unveiled before the game at home to Manchester City on May 6th.
John Carver – everybody deserves credit at Newcastle
John was the Assistant Manager when Bobby had his magical five year reign as Newcastle manager from 1999-2004, and it’s good that Alan Pardew brought John back 15 months ago, to be his Assistant Manager, and it was a great appointment by Alan.
We are hoping that by May 6th, which is the final home game of the season, that Newcastle will have extended their winning streak to eight games, with wins at Wigan on Saturday and at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday night, although that will be very difficult, we know.
John Carver has gone out of his way today to give everybody at the club credit, for what has been a surprisingly stand-out season for Newcastle, and the lads are getting headlines around the world, for winning six games on the trot , and being so high up in the Premier League table.
John wants to ensure everybody gets the credit at the club, and quite rightly so:
“Bob will be up there watching us and be so proud of what’s going on at the club.” “It’s pretty fitting that we’ve qualified for Europe again.”
“And we’ll be unveiling a statue of him next Saturday against Manchester City.” “The timing could not have been better if I’m being perfectly honest.”
“It’s quite an incredible achievement when you think we were playing Championship football two years ago.” “I was working at Plymouth the night when the Championship was won.”
“Cast your mind back three years ago when we got relegated at Aston Villa, if you’d said that within three years we’d be playing European football somebody would have come and put a straight-jacket on you and took you away.”
“So now to be in Europe is quite an achievement from the football club’s point of view.” “Some of the players and backroom staff who were there then are still here now.” “It is an incredible achievement and it’s been achieved by everybody here.”
“The manager and his staff and the players get the credit.” “But it has been a massive effort by everybody – people like the masseur Micky Holland the masseur and backroom guys like George Ramshaw and Ray Thompson.”
European football in the Europa League is already guaranteed for Newcastle United for next season, and now the challenge is to see if the lads can somehow scrape into the Champions League for next season.
Given the official goal for the season was to finish in the top ten, Newcastle have already blown through that target, because the worst Newcastle can now finish is in 6th place – which is a full six places higher than we finished last season.
And that will give Newcastle an additional £4.8M this season in placement money – since it’s around £800K for every place in the Premier League.
That’s some going for Newcastle this season – amazing really.