49-year-old John Carver held his press conference today before the home game tomorrow with Burnley at St. James’ Park, that kicks off at 3:00 pm.
Let’s hope John and Steve are doing this tomorrow
John has said it’s been very difficult since Sunday, when it was clear Alan Pardew wanted to leave for Crystal Palace.
We have two games to play in a couple of days – and both are important fixtures – a league game we should be winning, and the FA Cup 3rd round at Leicester City.
During the press conference today Carver was asked if he would be taking over from Alan Pardew permanently – how’s that for being mischievous?
Here’s what John said:
“To be quite honest, I can’t answer that,” “He’s still the manager of the football club.” “I’ve not had a great deal of time to think about it. All I’ve got to do is go into the game and get a result against Burnley, that’s the most important thing.”
“It’s quite a unique situation and it’s been pretty hectic. As soon as I knew Pardew was in talks with Palace I had to get my head around preparing the team for Burnley.”
“That’s all I’ve done. It’s been carnage, actually, with two games in a short period it’s quite difficult. I’ve had to delegate to ensure we are ready.”
“Burnley deserved their draw at Man City. They don’t look like a side at the bottom and the manager has done a fantastic job.”
Carver will be assisted tomorrow by Steve Stone, so we will have two Geordies in charge of the side, and we really need a win to try to settle things down on Tyneside.
The last thing we want is to start losing again – that would be (very) worrying.
In fact depending on how we do in the next couple of games could decide how quickly Mike Ashley will bring a new manager in.
There are no really good managers available that we can see – so maybe if John can get the results he could be in charge through the end of the season.
Newcastle have put themselves in to this position by being so helpful to Crystal Palace in letting Alan Pardew join them in the middle of the season.
In the process of doing that, we’ve put ourselves in some difficulty.
What – again?
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