John Carver and Steve Stone have become two important coaches as they take over the reins for Newcastle until we get a new manager through the door to replace Alan Pardew, and we don;t know how long that will take.
John Carver with Alan Pardew during the bad times
And this situation is not dissimilar to when Chris Hughton took over when Kevin Keegan left the club in September of 2008, but we lost the next five games, and Joe Kinnear was brought in – but the history is that season we ended up relegated.
Things are a lot more stable at Newcastle these days, but it’s also a dangerous time and the last thing we want to do is to start slipping down the league table.
John Carver was caretaker manager for one game in September 2004, after Sit Bobby Robson had been fired and before Graeme Souness took over and we beat Souness’ former club Blackburn 3-0.
But John;s record earlier this year when he was on the touchline when Alan Pardew managed to get himself banned and in seven games in charge we won only one and scored only two goals while conceding 15. 🙁
March Sat 15 15:00 A Fulham 0-1 Sat 22 15:00 H Crystal Palace 1-0 Tue 25 19:45 H Everton 0-3 Sat 29 15:00 A Southampton 0-4 April Sat 05 15:00 H Man Utd 0-4 Sat 12 15:07 A Stoke City 0-1 Sat 19 15:00 H Swansea City 1-2
But the fans will be right behind Geordies John and Steve in these two games, and it could stretch further if a manager is not brought in soon, and a week on Saturday we are at Stamford Bridge – there’s an easy 3 points.
It’s also a chance for John to impress and it’s not too dissimilar to the situation when Chris Hughton took over in July of 2009, when nobody else was available, and while we drew our first game at West Brom and Roberto de Matteo 1-1, we won all the other games that August.
Chris was appointed as the permanent manager in October and the rest is history – we were promoted with 102 points from the Championship that season – the highest points total ever by Newcastle.
To complete the history, Chris was fired in early December of 2010, and Alan Pardew was appointed, and now Alan is leaving for Crystal Palace and John Carver has come in as the caretaker manager.
It’s a huge opportunity for Carver and Stone, and we really do hope they are successful in the minimum of two games they will be running things at Newcastle, for the good of the club.
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