John Carver is a local man born and bred in Newcastle, and he knows the fans as well as anybody and of course – like most people born in Newcastle and its surrounding areas he’s also a huge fan of Newcastle United.
John Carver and Alan Pardew in the dugout
And John will be getting increased responsibilities, during Alan Pardew’s seven game ban, and indeed after the ban is over John may remain as a higher profile coach at Newcastle – perhaps the main one in the dugout – with Alan in the stands.
It’s obvious that Pardew has great faith in the Geordie coach:
“He’s been caretaker-manager of this club before, and he’s got vast experience,” “He knows our fans inside and out, and he knows what they expect, and I expect him to deliver that from the sideline even though I’m not there.”
“The game-plan is in place. We all know what it is. John Carver knows that game-plan inside out, and I have absolute 100% trust in him to deliver that game-plan onto the pitch.”
“I’m going to have to trust John’s gut feeling on how the game’s evolving. He’s worked with me long enough to know what I expect, what the players expect, the work rate we expect from the players and also the very nature of the way we play.
“At this time, where I’m sitting here now, I have more faith in John perhaps carrying the flag for three games.” “Colo is going to be important. He’ll come back into the team,”
“His captaincy needs to step up a level for the next three games, and I spoke to the group about that this morning.” “I hope that the game-plan will work, and that John’s job is not as difficult as perhaps it could be.”
It’s good that Fab Coloccini will be back in the side, but we also had some shock news today that Mathieu Debuchy will be out for four games and Loic Remy could be out for up to three games.
That’s certainly not good news, but how Newcastle do on Saturday at Craven Cottage, will give us some idea of what the rest of the season may look like.
Newcastle will be without the manager at the next three games, and after that he’s in the stands for four games.
It’s certainly not the best scenario to pick up a lot of points through the end of the season – that’s for sure.