John Carver talked after the 1-0 defeat at Leicester City today and he claims he put out the strongest team he could apart form Ayoze Perez, who needed a rest since he had played in almost every Newcastle game this season.
Steve Smith and John Carver on the sidelines today
First of all the game was a very poor game today between two weak sides, with Leicester City also making some changes – and Newcastle made seven changes form the side that faced Burnley on Thursday in the Premier league.
Fab Coloccini, Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback, Moussa Sissoko and Ayoze Perez were all not in the squad for today’s game.
What tells us that if this had been a Premier League game mots of those players would have been in the team?
There were over 4,300 Newcastle fans at the game today – and at least the fans had taken this game seriously but at the end of the game they booed the Newcastle players as they came over to thank them.
And there were chants against the owner Mike Ashley – who we assume still on vacation in Barbados.
This is what caretaker manager John Carver said immediately after the game today:
“I put the strongest team out with the exception of Ayoze Perez. He’d ran out of fuel” “It’s hugely embarrassing the crowd booed the players at the end – but they are entitled to do that.”
“The one thing as far as I was concerned is that I wasn’t going to let our players leave the pitch before going over and thanking the fans. And I was right there at the front, and so I should be because I can take it, I’m a big boy.”
“Newcastle’s fans should expect better. I’m one of them. I’ve been there with them and I would be the same.” “They travelled all this way having spent a lot of money over the festive period, and they’re entitled to their opinions.”
And former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson knows all about Newcastle and this is what he said after the game:
“It’s seldom you see football shirts of other teams in Newcastle. The fans are frustrated.” “With a club the size of Newcastle United – the expectation is always going to be big.” “It’s a club that’s potentially huge.”
The news coming through after the game is that John Carver has officially applied for the position of head coach at Newcastle United – he may be the cheap option that Mike Ashley may (will?) be looking for.
Note: Please see if you can help the Northumbria Police to find this missing person – thanks.
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