Newcastle’s assistant manager John Carver had to go through all the stress with Alan Pardew and the other coaches, as we lost seven of our last eight league games, and literally looked completely hopeless much of the time.
John Carver – under pressure in second half of season
But Alan Pardew got his second reprieve in as many years, and with him Geordies John Carver and Steve Stone stay on at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew is a workaholic, and when asked towards the end of the season, what he would be doing in the summer, while some reporters probably wanted him to say – looking for a job – he didn’t – and he said one word – “working”.
And we expect Alan is already talking to the potential recruits, as Lee Charnley moves in to try to sign the players.
Newcastle probably made a mistake in saying recently that they wanted to complete all their recruitment before the World Cup starts – because if they don’t that will foster even more criticism.
And it’s usually even more difficult in a World Cup year, but what is clear is that the Newcastle officials are working their tails off to get good new player to Tyneside – as they should be.
This is what John Carver has said to Sky Sports today, about Mike Ashley’s reprieve of Pardew and the coaching staff:
“We were actually in a difficult situation, but the fact that they have come out and announced their decision is great.”
“There was a lot of speculation towards the end of the season.” “We can enjoy our summer holidays and look forward to the new season and hope to build on what we achieved this year.”
“The board accepted that the second half of the season had been disappointing, but underlined its aim of improving on a 16th place finish in 2012/13 with a top 10 finish had been realized.”
“First it’s important Pardew has a good break because there has been a lot of pressure on us and he has had to deal with it.” “All of us have had to deal with it, and it’s good it’s been put to bed.”
“Pardew will be working tirelessly as the club have already.” “Just because the season is over doesn’t mean that we start working now.”
“We started working one or two years ago on players. All the work will have been done behind the scenes and hopefully when we start the new season we’ll have a number of new faces.”
After the enormous mental pressure Alan Pardew was put under this year, some of it his own making, it’s very important he gets away from it all – and comes back refreshed with his (energizer bunny?) batteries completely recharged.
The manager, although he’s lost the fans’ support at least at the moment, is very well aware that he has to get some (very) good players into the club this summer if there is to be the massive revival, that’s really needed at Newcastle next season.
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