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Carver – We’re Working Tirelessly – There Will Be New Faces

8:15 pm, Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 33 Comments

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. 🙁

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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.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 19, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Yeah yeah Carver mate…at this point I don’t really care!

    …bring ’em on or them bring ’em on. We might see an effect in the beginning but we all know where it’s going 🙁

  • 2 cyprus // May 19, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    it’s one or the other. Is AP working tirelessly or is he taking a rest?

  • 3 jazzyp // May 19, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Big summer ahead for the toon. A bid in for Cabella……..Talks opened up with Gomis. Would love Caulker and Micah Richards at the heart of our defence. and we might as well chuck our usual suspect in there…Our good friend Siem de jong

  • 4 cyprus // May 19, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    stop the talking, the announcements and Sxxt.

    Just introduce the 3 new awesome players. And extend HBA’s contract and ‘lock’ Debs and Siss.

  • 5 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Apparently we’re not getting Bent though. Or Shefki Kuqi. 🙁

  • 6 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Apparently we have our sights set on re-signing Nile Ranger. He’s still young….. and cheap!

  • 7 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    I don’t know where this leaves my Faty Papy recommendation to Pards either. Faty is waiting Alan!

  • 8 beermonkey // May 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM


    we could get caulker and I would bid early before the like of west ham and stoke and the teams coming decide they will bid

    Richards would be another good signing but I think his wage demands would be to much

    do you think there is a attitude problem with him last 2 managers at city not used him and I don’t think hughs has been back for him and he took a few to qpr

  • 9 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    With Pards 37.7 % winning percentage with us it’s a bright future indeed. I could see us getting to 40 points next season in fact. Well, probably not. 😥

  • 10 Graeme // May 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    We will know for sure when the new season kicks off. Until then, its all a crock of sh1t – unless the player is standing at SJP in his new shirt!!!

    We can but hope!!!

  • 11 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Cisse’s goal scoring record with us has gone from 13 (in 14 appearances) to 8 to 2 in the league over 1 part season and 2 full seasons. Clearly Pards has been using him well then. HIs confidence is soaring. Let’s see, what is 1/4th of 2? That would be 1/2 a goal next season then. Hmmm. Use it wisely Pards.

  • 12 beermonkey // May 19, 2014 at 8:42 PM


    tim Sherwood had a win % f around 60% and wss shown the door by levy

    pardew is 37% and is still here it laughable aint it

  • 13 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Charnley, Pardew, Carver, all secure in their jobs. I feel very confident going forward. We do still need a poison dwarf however.

  • 14 adwend // May 19, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    How much crap can come from our football club ????

  • 15 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    It would be if he didn’t manager our club beermonkey mate. I can only see that percentage shrinking as next season goes forward. It would take a miracle now with this lot in charge and the state our squad is in.

  • 16 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    An infinite amount adwend mate. Stay tuned for the summer bollocks.

  • 17 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    I just looked Sherwood’s record up beermonkey mate. In all competitions 50%! 14-4-10. We would kill for a manager with a 50% winning rate.

  • 18 Big pec // May 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    We are working tirelessy?? Pay the going rate Mike like u always want!!! For our players and the work could be done. U put us through rubbish just to save extra bit, a patsy nanager and coaching staff,Ditto!!! You have the bit mister by a million miles, stoo making a rod for your own back as usual, and get some back paymwnts for that Advertising at SJP!!! NOW!

  • 19 geordie157 // May 19, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Nathan Redmond please this summer, he’s still improving but think he’d be a great addition.

  • 20 jazzyp // May 19, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    As we all know, With Newcastle everything seems to be a long drawn out affair. Caulker for me is a future England international and would be a great addition for a small fee.
    Richards on the other hand as you rightly say would be more of a problem in bringing him to the club.

  • 21 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    I think Richards might have a big ego and a big pay check so Mike wouldn’t like that. Think economy class players lads. Think Frazier Campbell.

  • 22 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Off for a bit mates.

  • 23 geordie157 // May 19, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Think caulker still has to work on his positioning, but he’d be a good signing and a nice upgrade on Taylor.

    Redmond, berahino, lingard and ince impressing for under 21’s. Could do a lot worse than sign a couple of them.

  • 24 jazzyp // May 19, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    I think like all potential targets, it will depend on whether or not a bigger club are interested in that particular player. If Manure come calling for cabella then its a certainty he will choose them over us, As will be the case with Micah

  • 25 beermonkey // May 19, 2014 at 9:06 PM


    Richards has played 18 games in the last 2 seasons
    not good at all given he has played so little he might take a small pay cut
    looks like he has a year left and is on 60k a week we could do that

    rodwell and Sinclair both on 55k a week at 22 Sinclair where is he going to go that will pay him that

  • 26 jazzyp // May 19, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    that’s the problem a lot of players who leave the big clubs are going to come up against.There is only probably 4-5 clubs that pay big wages out in the PL.
    So unless they fancy a move abroad they will have to accept a step down in salary

  • 27 jazzyp // May 19, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    I would love Rodwell at the club as well but could see him going back to Everton to team up with Barkley in the middle of the park

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    ”and (hopefully) when we start the new season we’ll have a number of new faces”
    Whose hoping the most, us lot or him, Pardew and Carver.

  • 29 beermonkey // May 19, 2014 at 9:16 PM


    if Richards would freeze his pay at 60k I would take him in a shot
    I don’t think the club would be looking at him

    but a proven England international can play at right back and centre back

  • 30 jazzyp // May 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Totally agree mate.
    Debuchy——-M Richards——-caulker———Hadaira
    Is the way forward buddy.
    If only we had the transfer budget eh!!

  • 31 beermonkey // May 19, 2014 at 9:21 PM


    dunno where rodwell will end up I think loan to prove his fitness then back to city but by then they will have a new manager and he will then spend another year on the bench then he will leave for a nominal fee

  • 32 Phil K // May 19, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Never ceases to amaze me, the NUFC fans trying to pass Pardew off as a decent manager (not even they would try to pass the useless git off as a good manager) addedto which he’ll just accept Ashley’s refusal to strengthen and make excuses for that and how frigging useless he is

  • 33 Phil K // May 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Which decent British player would want to play at Newcastle with such a tosser as top man and a 3rd rate manager, despised by angry fans ?

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