John Carver – It Will Be Great!

Newcastle got only 3 points from the three games that manager Alan Pardew missed because of his stadium ban, and now in the next four games, Alan will at least be in the stadium and be able to talk to the team before the game, at half time and after the game – so it shouldn’t be too bad.

alan pardew and jogn carver

John Carver and Alan Pardew – back together in the stadium on Saturday

Of course we do have another tough game at Southampton on Saturday, and for the last three games we could have expected wins against Fulham and Crystal Palace, but we got just the one win with a very late Papiss Cisse goal against Palace last Saturday at home.

It seems that assistant manager John Carver is pleased to have Alan back on Saturday:

“It will be great having Alan back because he is the manager,”   “He knows his role, and I know mine. It’ll be better for him just being in and around the dressing room.

“He has different ideas at times from me and we bounce ideas off each other. I’ve done that with Steve Stone, but in all honesty, the manager has a lot more experience than Steve.”

“Steve hasn’t been coaching that long. It will be nice to have him back.”

Last night’s game was a close one, but Everton took the chances they created quite brilliantly, and we didn’t, and that was really the only difference last night.

But if we are to get anything out of the game against the Saints, we need to defend well, and not get caught short at the back, which happened twice last night, and of course we’ll have to score a goal from somewhere.

That’s the biggest worry – our inability to score goals these days with the impressive Loic Remy out injured.

But maybe Papiss Cisse can get among the goals and Ben Arfa is playing very well at the moment,  and could stick one in the net at any time.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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Note: Sean Borland is a student in Newcastle and will not be at either the Man United (5 April) or Swansea (19 April) games – and he has tickets – £30 for the ManU game and £20 for the Swansea game – you can contact him at or sean4eva09 on twitter.

10 comments so far

  • Taking the Papiss

    Mar 26, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #1

    hi all

    havent been on here for a while so havent seen what people are saying. i saw some of the game yesterday and honestly the performance didnt seem as bad as the result. they simply took all of their chances. we severely lack creativity and i hope that we will invest in the summer.

    will be good to have pards back. i think it is worth remembering that we are currently missing both of our fullbacks. i am certain that deulofeu would have had less joy against santon and debuchy. we are also missing our best goalscorer, although there have been some encouraging signs from cisse. i am really hoping that he manages to get his game back together again because i genuinely believe that unlike torres, he is capable of reaching a high level again…

  • Ciaran

    Mar 26, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #2

    So what you’re saying John is that you’re completely out of your depth.

    Funny that, the last coach we had doing your job seemed to manage the pressure and expectation.

  • Kamikaze Koala

    Mar 26, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Different ideas!!! seems to me its the same tacts/subs/random bs that are manager does!!! Was hoping he’d use what he learnt when he was the great Sir bobby robson number 2, but like everyone else he’s been pardewed!!!

  • Ciaran

    Mar 26, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Taking the Papiss

    Deloufeu would have tore Santon a new one, he’s even worse defensively than Dummett.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 26, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #5

    At the end of the day Ciaran I’ve been insulted a hell of lot worse than I’ve insulted them.

    So to be honest I couldn’t give a rats ass

    End of conversation

  • Taking the Papiss

    Mar 26, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #6


    disagree on santon. he may not have great positioning but he doesnt just constantly back off and invite pressure, he also gives a danger going forward so the winger cant just stand on the halfway line. also he is far quicker than dummet and therefore could have got back for the tackle.

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #7

    We can all breathe a sigh of relief anyway, Pards will be back in the ground on Sat. We will still have to endure that ‘Carver on the telephone’ bollocks for another few games though eh.

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #8

    ps. it goes from bad to worse for real eh

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 26, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #9

    You have got a very short memory regarding why I called him a little prick but if you alright with that then you are just as bad as Belfast

    I shagged your mother yeah you right that not insulting thats why I get pissed off

  • Sav

    Mar 27, 2014 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Dummet is better defensively than Santon but looks like he’s running through clarts. I don’t think he’ll ever be Prem quality fb because of this. The fact that he’s become our specialist free-taker shows the dearth of dead ball skills at the club.
    Pick Haidara next time After last night, our last hope of Europa went down the pan, so may as well experiment with the side now and send them out like there’s nothing to lose. Fact is, there isn’t.
    Hope Bigi can get a run out, too. He can also take our frees and hopefully pick a pass. Sissoko’s best place is definitely on the right wing in our set-up. Still don’t know Hatem’s best place – maybe he hasn’t got one here.


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