Upbeat Players To John Carver – We’ve Got Your Back


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.

John Carver

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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261 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    24Transfer Sage // Jan 1, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Catchy

    Definitely need somebody who is a true coach, not a figure head manager.

    Karanka too for me, I’d take any coach, providing they have the right mentality and knowledge to play a positive game. People always say “what if it’s a gamble, we could go down”…well we could do down with experience like warnock, McCarthy, etc…experience isn’t as important as ability.

    And at the end of the day, if it all goes tits up and we go down, well we do still get to play football next year, not ideal but not the end of everything. Plus after our start be hard to go down now.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    i see a lot fancy karanka boro will want big money for him and thats if he wants to come plus he’s on more money now than pardue was on

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    ” we’ve got your back”

    what does that mean .

    On previous thread what a misleading headline. Thought you knew something we didn’t there Ed.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Hibbit

    Only contracted til 2016, so not a massive pay out for his as he wont be on much…boro are low spenders even for championship teams. Would cost less than the 2mil we got for pardew by all accounts.

    We are a massive step up, top league and have players he’d never get for years and years at boro. think he’d come if asked.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Happy New Year, Gentlefolk. May your hamsters always paint houses on a Friday.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    one other thing about karanka when he joined boro he came with his own 7 man team plus higgnet would he want them would ash pay

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    I see Ed still thinks Pulis is English. On the last article…. i dont mind having the continental system of management in place, as long as we have a touch of continental style in our football 😀

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Rotonda

    it means they have stolen his spine, and are keeping it in a jar 😀

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    I am looking forward to the game for the first time in ages
    What a feeling
    Also delighted to see odds on mclaren dropping
    He imo would be just the job a proper coach and great at brining youngsters thru ,the football he has Derby playing is full of movement and variety
    He also has great contacts in the game and but for one unfortunate incident with a brolly !!!
    But he has never head butted of aggressively abused an oap
    My fingers are crossed on him

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Firstly a Happy New Year to all on here !

    Secondly, at the end of the Day its Fat Ash WHO WILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS?

    A good idea would be to approach someone now and arrange for them to start at the end of the Season, Manure did that last summer with the result that everyone knew where Van Gaal was going after the WK !

    No fuss, no Bull rumours about Who, When or How?
    Carver could take over until seasons end and then he would know exactly where, how or what too ?

    But, with Ashley being Ashley, and totally unpredictable, he will more than likely do the exact opposite to what everyone wants and have the club in Turmoil again and Doomed to 16th place by March ?

    This is out of our Hands ! Over to you Fatty !

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #11

    The whinging remnants of the pro Percy Brigade will not like what they read today:-

    “Everybody was upbeat, everybody was buoyant and a lot of players have come up to me and ’we’ve got your back.”

    Looks as if the players have not been affected at all by King Percy jumping ship
    -upbeat -buoyant – the words indicate the players are glad he is away – just like the majority of fans.

    Pro Percy brigade – stop your whinging and get on with things – he’s gone -jumped ship. Pushed the women and children aside to get into the lifeboat first.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #12

    my mate scouts for boro at youth level and raves about the interest he shows in any player you point out always got time for even the lowest scouts once a month he has coffee will the uk scouts from schoolboy up a real pro

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #13

    “he’s gone -jumped ship. Pushed the women and children aside to get into the lifeboat first.”

    Haha. I could just imagine the very scene.

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  • Goofy

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14

    FFS Carver DON’T PLAY WILLIAMSON you hear me? Good 😀

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #15

    if we want a coach and not a manager my picks would be as follows:
    1.. Steve MacClaren (coach or manager he’s the best choice)
    2. Mike Phelan (ex Man Utd first team coach)
    3. Henk ten Cate (a complete nutter but briilliant football mind)

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #16

    It will be interesting to see how Carver goes about the next two games bow that he doesn’t have to listen to Pardew and his ridiculous tactics and half time pep-talked!

    …does he have what it takes to cut it?

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  • BandB

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #17

    Happy New Year to all of our supporters, here and around the world. To those who can’t go today, those who won’t go today and all those who wouldn’t dream of being anywhere else.
    Whoever the next head coach, director of football or manager is, it will be Ashley’s choice. And if it is an unpopular choice, it will be his choice. The fans will have no say and will share no blame. If we subsequently crash into the Championship, that will be as the direct result of Ashley’s choice. The fans will share no blame. Pardew was Ashley’s choice. To suggest that he was and is still the best we could have attracted is not true. The ceiling was created by Ashley. And the fans bear no blame. Sky reporting he will be announced as Palace manager today. I wish him well.

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  • Reyantoon

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #18

    NOVA2967/…..ha ha ha ha ha…
    That really flattered me about klopp..
    Nice message. Hope he gets it..
    Happy holidays!

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Pulis is a god awful manager, a total nob, so pleased him and bruce aren’t coming, reckon the French guy is the favourite.

    Carver is too thick to remain manager long term, has no chance and the sooner he is replaced the better, too narrow minded and set in his ways, his response to the fans at Southampton should not be forgotton.

    Looking forward to game mind as im hoping we will be much more positive from the kickoff, really go at burnley from the first whistle, ‘play on the front foot’ if you like, 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #20

    *now

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #21

    What day is it?

    Has he gone yet?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Mr T – funny that isn’t it? I have been asked to explain why current and ex-players come out and say Pardew is a great man, best manager ever etc. Looks like my explanation that they will say what’s required at the time by the club to quell bad publicity, or to make sure they don’t burn any bridges within the sport may be pretty close to the truth.

    They don’t seem to be heartbroken and downing tools just yet. Of course, today will be a good barometer of how Pardew jumping ship has affected the team, but I don’t expect a minutes silence or tearful tributes.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #23

    Toon brother

    Is phelan the one he failed at Fulham? Don’t thinks he’s up to being a head coach, be ok as a number 2. Hard to judge from a few months but did pretty badly.

    Hibbit

    That’s good to hear, obviously knows if you have a limited budget the more knowledge the better, can’t just buy top players everyone knows.

    If boro could afford him though we could easily. Depends if ashley even considers it, doubt he will though. He’s not even getting a mention with the bookies.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #24

    Check

    Carver has spoken very well so let’s hope he backs it all up. Granted he might not have the most tact but imagine working under sir Bobby then having a job under pardew, would drive anyone mad I guess. I know he didn’t have to work for pardew but if no other offers come in he has to think about his family and work.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #25

    Jesper – today we will se whether carver has absorbed Alans wacky ways, or we instrumental in the tactics all along. If we see gouffran out of step, Dummett at lb, and the ‘other guy’ at the back upright waiting to knock it down in the penalty area, expect gasps of despair.

    I hope he’s his own man.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #26

    Jesper

    What tactics by pardew? I thought he just got all the lads to spin each other around 100 times then run out onto the pitch…it would explain a lot.

    Happy new year to you and the family….same to all here too.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #27

    RH,
    Was that the first sign of discontent with Mashleys new man.
    Surprisingly quiet from bills take on the second manager to quit on our best owner in fifty years.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki

    Depends how they play. Don’t mind Gouffran starting if he gives him a more attacking role, we’ll have to wait and see what he does in the game.

    Carver did say pardew did defensive work 4 days a week then he did some tracking things later, so maybe he will be more aggressive.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #29

    Ed, I expect a good result against Burnley today, followed by a post match article entitled
    ‘ Sorry – Alan WHO?’

    🙂

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #30

    Jail
    Missed all that. What did bills have to say…I don’t agree with him normally but like a chat.

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  • BandB

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #31

    Tsunki,

    There will be a bubble of expectancy and hope in the ground today. That could go pop the minute the team is announced.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #32

    Sage – concentrating the bulk of your work on defensive and tracking duties would be a worrying regime. You’d think possession, counter attack, midfield control, high pressing off the ball, crossing and set pieces would have a high priority in relieving the defensive pressure

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #33

    Tsunki

    I agree. Defensive stuff is important but a clean sheet can get you only 1 point if you don’t score. Goals win games and move you up the table.

    You’d think you’d need a lot more work on attacking. Giving how many times we crumbled to heavy defeats, you’d think we never did anything at all on defending.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #34

    NEWEX@10
    Exactly, who the fans would like or choose to be our new manager won’t even cross MA mind. He’ll get another muppet to fit in with the regime.
    With MA totally saying which player is coming or being sold, mid table will be the best we can ever hope for who ever our manager is.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #35

    Transfer Sage

    i completely agree.

    most of the older coaches / managers do the same thing week in week out, get the job , inspire for a few month then fall into the trap of just relaxing , looking at all the outside factors why they cannot move forward,

    p45 thought he had moved forward with the times, he went from 442 to 4321 but the philosophy behind it was the same, lump it long and hope for the best, i dont care what anyone says, we did not train to be a better football team, i dont think we ever trained at corners or free kicks, getting balls into the box, player placement,
    our training was all about running , chasing , and how far you can kick the ball.

    pardews great skill was controlling weak minded people , he was a great talker , one of those story tellers you meet in the pub, you walk away smiling , but when you hear that story a few times more it gets a bit boring, so he changes it a little bit, pardew tells everyone we play free flowing attacking football, great passing and movement, and the weak minded would rather believe what he says than there own eyes, the reason , and this is the kicker, it was always something or someone elses fault,

    im just pleased he is gone. i can live with Carver being the leader for a few weeks, but not long term, he is part of the reason we are where we are, he is weak minded,

    not holding out much hope for the next few results, but lets see how much carver is his own man, lets see if he plays more attack minded game, he is ourr attacking coach, or is he going to fall into the containing defend defend at all cost

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #36

    BandB

    Will you be watching the game? What are yout true expectations for out potential new dawn? 😀

    I will be watching on some dodgy channel at the club.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #37

    Out = our*

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #38

    Our teams have been set up to defend a lead we don’t have from the start, for years! We are an invite for away teams to gave a go because we don’t come out of the traps like a train like we should. I don’t think carver will take too many risks but at least today I would expect him to push forward against this side.

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  • BandB

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #39

    All the evidence is that Carver has been in the bunker along with the rest of the regime for the past year. According to the interview “club sources” gave to the Chronicle, everything is highly satisfactory right now and right on target. Business as usual is the mood music. I’m not convinced there’s about to be a revolution in selection and tactics. There’s not a lot fit to choose from.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 1, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #40

    I still say Pardew had a mostly passing style. Unfortunately, in 95% of games the passing was backwards and sideways. Long ball, hoofball and direct styles are too attacking for Negadew.

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