John Carver had his first interview since becoming caretaker manager through the end of the season, and he says Newcastle season will not peter away, something he will have some trouble with convincing Newcastle fans – until we start winning some games soon.
John Carver – our season will not peter away – honest
This is what John has said today on the Newcastle web-site:
“I’m delighted to have got the job until the end of the season,” “Everyone knows I love this Club and my goals are simple – to finish as high as we can in the Premier League and get as many points as we can.”
“Everybody on the outside is talking about our season petering away, but I am not going to allow that to happen.” “Those who are saying that don’t know me, don’t know the people around me and don’t know this group of players.”
“We’re much more professional than that.” “We can’t afford to let the season drift away and I won’t allow it to happen. I’m too demanding and I won’t allow anyone to slacken off between now and the end of May.”
“I love being on the training pitch and the role of the head coach is to be hands-on out here,” “When you are a manager you have to manage the football club, but the role has changed and it gives me maximum time on the training ground, coaching the players.”
“What I have done is given Steve Stone and Dave Watson more responsibility because they are very good at what they do, and it is important that you delegate to those who are talented.”
“But when it comes to the meat of the session, it is my responsibility to prepare the team for the final 16 games.” “The players have been really positive and have responded.”
“Even though we haven’t won a game yet, I think we’ve played some nice stuff in spells (but nice stuff doesn’t equal points). Ultimately though, it is about scoring goals and winning games so that needs to change.”
“We’ve done plenty of work on that on the training pitch and hopefully that little bit of luck we need will fall our way this weekend.”
Four games with one draw and three defeats is not a good return since Alan Pardew bolted from the club after the Everton game.
And in the final 16 games of the season we play 8 games against teams who are (at least now) currently below us in the league table – so those are the games we really need to win.
And we are getting a number of our injured players coming back soon – as we reported earlier this morning, so that should help us get some points on the board.
We need to win on Saturday at Hull City who are 3rd bottom and struggling, and another defeat could start some alarm bells going off at Newcastle – since we are not safe from being dragged into a relegation fight.
We hope that doesn’t happen, but that’s the mood of the Newcastle fans right now – who simply don’t trust the powers that be at the club.
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