I Haven’t Seen Any Team That Really Frightens Me – John Carver

The most experienced coach Newcastle have on board at the moment is Assistant Manager John Carver, at least in Europe, because he was the right hand man when Bobby Robson was at the club and had Newcastle playing in the European Champions league for two seasons back ten years ago.

alan pardew and jogn carver

Alan Pardew and John Carver – the Brains Trust at Newcastle

And of course in 2004, Newcastle were in the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup – now restructured as the Europa League – and Newcastle drew the first leg at St. James’ Park with Marseilles 0-0, but lost 2-0 in France,  to two good goals from a young striker called Didier Drogba.

So we were very close to reaching only our second European final – with the first being back in 1969 –  when if was called the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – and we hammered Hungarian side Újpesti Dózsa 3-0 at home, with captain Bobby Moncur scoring two and Jim Scott getting the other goal.

And then we took them apart 3-2 in Hungary, with Bobby Moncur getting another goal and Preben Arentoft and substitute Alan Foggon getting the other two goals.

This was the Newcastle side that won that final:

Willie McFaul; David Craig Ollie Burton Bobby Moncur (c) Frank Clark; Tommy Gibb Jim Scott Preben Arentoft Jackie Sinclair; Wyn Davies Pop Robson
Substitute: Alan Foggon

And of course the great Joe Harvey was manager.

But now back to the future,  and John Carver has talked to the local press about Newcastle’s tough game tonight against Anzhi Makhachkala:

“We will only know in May which direction we are going in – regardless of what has happened this season.” “Hopefully it will be a huge positive to finish in the top 10. And everybody asks: ‘Can we win the Europa League?’”

“Well I haven’t seen anything out there that really frightens me yet.” “You just need that stroke of luck, a bit of fortune and, of course, belief.” “It is a huge game coming up in Moscow. We can’t hide the fact it was a disappointing start to the season.”

“We had injuries of course. We’re still disappointed but we’ll only be able to judge it on where we finish in the Premier League and how well we do in the Europa League.

“Only time will tell – but we’re still in there.”

We suppose what John is saying is code for “we can win the thin g if only we have some luck” – which let’s face it – all teams need if they are to win things.

Just look at the Manchester United – Real Madrid game on Tuesday night at Old Trafford – and it could be in the hands of the Gods that Real Madrid will win the Champions League this year under manager Jose Mourinho – with that kind of luck when they were down and out and then the referee sent off Nani after 58 minutes for a minor foul.

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5 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d like to see Carver take a back seat role, maybe in the academy and allow a new assistant to come in with more experience of the ‘modern’ game.

    The best teams keep fresh by rotating their assistant managers, look at fergie at Man Utd. He can’t travel to different teams to learn different styles of play so he has his assistant move on every few years to bring new ideas.

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2


    I’m surprised Terry Mac was never appointed! 😀

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3


    We can count ourselves unlucky haha.

    I am sure we can attract an up and coming continental styled manager. It would not only help with training and giving us more options in our set up but if they are a decent profile could also help attract players who are familiar with them and want to work with them.

    The way laudrupp has gotten a few more into swansea that rodgers would have.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s high footballing standards, self belief and ruthless professionalism we need. Once those commodities are in place you can make your own luck..

  • Bambams

    Mar 7, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #5

    We need a more attack minded coach , some fresh ideas…..


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