We Know How Much It Means To People Here – It’s Their Lives


Whoever takes over the new head coach position at Newcastle – hopefully by the end of this month – should understand just how tough a job it is to manage Newcastle United on Tyneside.

coach Ronald Koeman of Feyenoord during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Feyenoord and sc Cambuur

Successful Saints manager Ronald Koeman

John Carver is well aware of what it takes, having spend five years as assistant manager to the great Sir Bobby Robson and for four years he was Alan Pardew’s right hand man.

And of course the Newcastle fans are the some of the most passionate fans in the world – and John has rightly pointed out what the club means to Newcastle fans – it’s their lives.

John Carver yesterday talked to the Chronicle about just how tough the Newcastle job is for the new head coach:

“I think we have seen the personalities that we’ve had here over the years. It’s a massive job.” “Listen, first of all you have to get the team right on the pitch. But you have to deal with everything else that goes on and have thick skin to deal with it as I have.”

“We all know how much it means to people around here. It’s their lives. You have to be able to deal with that. We have talked about players in the past.”

“If they can’t handle the environment or the fans or how intense it is, they will never survive here.” “We have had some big personalities here who haven’t been able to deal with it.”

“I have to say, what Alan had to deal with shows his personality.”

“It’s a big game on Saturday for the football club. We need to win, we need to get three points, so I’m not even thinking about me. I’m giving everything for this situation.”

“If it comes off, great. If it doesn’t, at least I’ve done it right.” “The most important thing is the football club, the team. I’m not even worried about my situation.”

Southampton will be short of three of their best players tomorrow through injury – Victor Wanyama, Morgan Schneiderlin and Toby Alderweireld will all miss the game.

We have a decent chance to register our first win since Alan Pardew left the club after managing for the last time in the 3-2 home win against Everton on 28th December.

We need the points!

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2 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope Lee Charnley has taken on board why people like Paul Clement are not interested in the head coach role and questioned the ethos that the club is portraying. Otherwise if it is simply that they are not willing to adequately pay a good coach, be bold enough to say something that shows the intention to progress the quality of the team. Not just “well he will have to do.”

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 16, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    I did truly hope NUFC would get Koeman in the summer, it is all the fault of Tony Pulis!

    Putting if, buts and maybe’s to one side, what has Lee Charnley acctually been doing since the close of the last transfer window?

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