John Carver – Newcastle A Great Place To Be At The Moment

Newcastle are having the success this season that we last saw when the great Bobby Robson was managing the club.

John Carver and Alan Pardew

And that’s one reason it’s very fitting to have a bronze statue, over nine foot tall,  unveiled of Bobby, before our last home game of the season – against Manchester City on My 6th.

That unveiling could be an emotional moment for John Carver, born and bred in Newcastle, who was such a great Assistant Manager for Bobby during his five year reign at Newcastle.

When Bobby was first appointed in early September of 1999, I remember it well because I was on my way back from a business trip in Shanghai.

And when I  arrived in London,  Bobby had just been appointed the Newcastle manager, and I bought as many papers as possible for the flight up to Newcastle, where I was on vacation.

Bobby then tried to get his former Assistant at Barcelona – Jose Mourinho – to be his  Assistant Manager on Tyneside, but Jose was looking for a full manager position at that time,  and took over at Benfica one year later, and his career took off.

This is what John Carver told the local press today:

“He’s got a good understanding for the area – he loves it up here.” “But that has also come from the fact he’s got a lot of people from the area working alongside him.”

“You look at Andy Woodman the goalkeeping coach, he’s now living up here and has a place in the north of the city.” “He loves it here too.”

“It makes a difference when you have those close to you from the area,  as well as people you knew already,  who’ve also settled here in Newcastle.”

“This has been a massive effort from everybody.” “A lot of people have been here since we got relegated and they are all local lads. They know what it was like. But it’s a different story now.”

“The players and the rest of the staff are going to enjoy this time.” “It’s a great place to be at the moment.” “Everybody is enjoying what they are doing.”

“It’s dead easy getting up and going into work.” “Especially when you’re doing so well.”

We’re at Wigan  tomorrow, and it will be some result if the lads can get another 3 points,  to make it 7 wins on the trot.

If that happens then expect Newcastle to again be making headlines around the world, whatever the other Premier League teams  do.

Howay The Lads!!

6 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Apr 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1


  • Tsunki

    Apr 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    He he he Indian I read articles faster than you 🙂

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    great 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Apr 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #4

    ..but I soon forget them…. 🙁


    Apr 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #5

    1 Tsunki // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM


    2 Tsunki // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    He he he Indian I read articles faster than you

    3 Indian Magpie // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM


    4 Tsunki // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    ..but I soon forget them

  • joppadoni

    Apr 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #6

    i love john carver hes a class bloke, cruddas park boy if i remember rightly but to mention its good for pardew to be working with people from the area in one breath and then andy woodman in the next is hilarious.. 😀

    he obviously means stoney and himself.

    id like to see a goal keeping coach live downsouth and commute everyday..

    what a dafty. love him 🙂


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