John Carver was told that he would be caretaker manager at least for the next two games by Managing Director Lee Charnley, in what was said to be a short telephone call with Lee Charnley earlier this week, after Newcastle had agreed compensation for Pardew with Crystal Palace.
A younger John Carver with Sir Bobby Robson – circa 2003
And the Newcastle players have been very supportive of John and his team over the last two days – and have been training well – so we hope that translates into a good result this afternoon at home to Burnley.
If John can get a couple of wins in the next two games against Burnley and at Leicester City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on Saturday, he could even be well positioned to get the job permanently – but there are a couple of big “ifs” in there.
The only experience John Carver has in management is a short 15 months managing MLS side Toronto from February, 2008 through April, 2009 when he resigned.
This is what John said yesterday, and he certainly seems to have the Newcastle players right behind him:
“I loved managing in Canada, I really did.” “If you asked 100 assistant managers, I think 99.9% would say they want to manage.”
“If we play against Burnley like we’ve trained today we’re going to be OK,” “Everybody was upbeat, everybody was buoyant and a lot of players have come up to me and ’we’ve got your back’. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
“Officially, the manager Pardew is still the manager of the football club until it’s in black and white.” “I have not really had a lot of time to think about it.”
“But you’ve got to wait for the right opportunity. Now the manager looks like he’s going, what’s my situation?” “Only time will tell. My head’s going 100 miles an hour here, as you can imagine.”
“I think that every coach who goes into football wants to be a manager, and there will be a day when I want to be a manager again, there’s no doubt about that.”
It will not be easy today against Burnley, with Papiss Cisse missing after picking up a three match ban, and he will be off at the weekend to play in the African Cup of Nations, and so will Cheick Tiote and Mehdi Abeid – for up to six weeks. 🙁
In fact Cisse has been allowed to go home to Senegal, before he joins his country’s squad at the weekend.
Football is a results oriented game – it’s only about the results – and we are now hoping John Carver and his team can get the results in the next couple of games, and if they can do that – who knows what may happen?
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