Carver Makes Pitch – I’m Happy To Work Under These Conditions


John Carver has not been involved in any transfer meetings at Newcastle this year or last year, and it’s not surprising that he doesn’t know if any players will be signed by the club by next Monday – because that’s not his job – his job is to coach the players on the training field and prepare them for the upcoming games.

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John Carver wants the job – happy to work under these conditions

So John doesn’t seem to know if Lee Charnley and Graham Carr plus Mike Ashley (of course) are planning to bring in Cristiano Ronaldo and/or Lionel Messi  in the summer – and it seems the caretaker manager doesn’t care either.

Newcastle have been linked with MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli since the beginning of the season, and reports are that we have just agreed a £5M fee for him.

John was asked during his press conference today, if he thought that Newcastle would be bringing in players before Monday ( I had Money in place of Monday initially – a Freudian slip):

“I wouldn’t have thought so, no. I don’t get involved in it. I haven’t had any conversations about it.” “I haven’t got involved, and I won’t get involved in it. We’ve got people behind the scenes to deal with that.”

“I’m happy to work under these conditions.” “My job is to work with the guys on the pitch and deal with what’s put in front of me.”

“I’m so proud and honoured to be the head coach of a club like this. You can see the smile on my face – and I don’t smile too often, trust me.”

“In fact, the lads call me the miserable one, not the chosen one, but even I’ve got a smile on my face now!” “It was definitely a relief to get it sorted out.

Some people will point to John’s first sentence and say that Dele Alli cannot therefore be coming to Newcastle – but John has never ever been involved in transfers at Newcastle, and it looks like that will not change while he’s caretaker manager.

Alan Pardew was the only one involved with Lee Charnley, Graham Carr and Mike Ashley over the last few years.

One thought we have had is that if top choice Steve McClaren doesn’t want the Newcastle job in the summer, because for example he gets Derby County promoted, John may be handed the job.

That’s always assuming the caretaker manager doesn’t do  too bad in the final 16 games of the season – he has two defeats and one draw so far in the three league games he’s managed – but it really wouldn’t surprise us if they give him the job full time.

I had a dream about that last night – or was it a nightmare? 😀

And as John hints in his comments above, he would be no bother to Lee or Mike – he’s just not concerned about the transfers into and out of the club.

One top requirement for the new head coach, whoever he turns out to be, is to accept the way the club conducts their transfers, with the head coach only one of four people on the transfer committee, and the coach does not have the final say.

And if an offer comes in for any player that meets Mike Ashley’s valuation they will be sold – immediately – whether or not they can be replaced in the transfer window that is active at the time.

John Carver meets all hose requirements – by his own admission.

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234 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jan 29, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #1

    No job too small. Handy man for hire. Has own van and dog.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 29, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #2

    That’s harsh even for me, sorry jc. 🙂

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 29, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #3

    From the interview Lee Charnley gave it would seem that the club had no intention of trying to improve the managerial position. It is not in hindsight, but it is unbelievable that they would not even consider trying to talk to someone like Ronald Koeman who was available in the summer.

    Ok things are going well for him and Southampton are a seemingly well run club, but the difference in the interviews he gives compared to AP or JC is outstanding. Plus he communicates and works on his relationship with the supporters. Truly is one that got away for the lack of aspirations.

    http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/teams/newcastle-united/9648753/ronald-koeman-interview

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 29, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #4

    If JC can get at least 7 points from the next 5 games he will be moving in the right direction.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 29, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry Johny Boy but you come across sooooo grateful – I bet you doff your cap and walk backwards when FatBoys in town.

    Cant say I’m willing to support under these conditions!

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 29, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #6

    70TWO
    Don’t rewrite history – AP LEFT IN DECEMBER

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 29, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Here’s everyone’s FDB. Bet this numpty gets the job in the summer

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 29, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #8

    JC lost any sympathy from me when he confronted the supporter at Southampton. If he thought that was acceptable – the effort in the game and his attitude – then he has lost it already

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 29, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #9

    What on earth has happened to my beloved club? Run by amateurs from top to bottom. Charnley sounds like he’s put JC in charge as it was the easiest and cheapest option. I give up, I really do. I used to follow m team all over the country and buy merchandise for my kids. Not any more, not until this ends.

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  • MadisonToon

    Jan 29, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Carver’s first sentence has no bearing on the potential Alli signing. He would be loaned back to MK Dons anyway so we wouldn’t be ‘bringing players in’ to the squad this month which was the question.

    It would be great to get Alli in and I don’t think we have any chance of getting oru CB/CF that we want since who would sign for a caretaker head coach? Getting in youth is all we can hope for and the fact that might be happening is at least a positive, however small it may be.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Turns up at the training ground in a Y Reg Astra, triple ladder on the roof rack, opens tailgate, border collie jumps out, shuffles around a couple of shovels, a bucket and a rusty toolbox, gets the cones out and a bin bag of bibs his missus washed on Sunday, border collie jumps back in, closes tailgate.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #12

    No worries about what he said about sissoko, if he’s asked a question he has to reply. Saying no comment will annoy people, saying he won’t be sold isn’t true as its up to fat ash and saying he’s available for top price annoys.

    It’s a no win situation. Same applied for pardew when here.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Jeff from Benwell – suggest you re-read comment I posted.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Also I’m reserving judgment on carver over the season. Lots of ex players saying he is a terrific coach, even those who go against Ashley so no agenda….let’s give him chance.

    People are still giving Van Gaal time like he asks and he took over close season and bought 150mil worth of talent.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #15

    TS

    All questions are pre-screened, this regime won’t allow any questions which makes them unhappy so you have to wonder why they continuously allow the sissoko or sale players convo!!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #16

    To clarify

    I know can gaal’s record buys him more time than carver but if somebody with his pedigree needs toke surely carver will too. It’s the same players he knows but he is changing the style if you take his word.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Our toon.

    I accept its the club allowing it to try and drum up interest and keep people aware. But carver has no say it what questions get through, he just answers them.

    Also I don’t think it means that much, I mean if the club want to sell they will be putting the feelers out with his agent and others clubs behind closed doors to get interest anyway.

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  • joeinthecheapseats

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Really can’t believe the greed of this regime we are in need of at least 2 first team players to stay where we are, but once again no investment.
    If they bought a centre forward and centre half I’m sure people would be renewing season tickets.
    With no investment I wonder how many will cancel and be keen to know how many have.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Actually, in the manifesto set out to describe his job, he has no influence either way on transfers, so he could simply say, “you would have to ask the board about any transfers”.

    Job done.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Again excitement about the possible transfer of a ‘league 1 starlet’ just shows how far we as a team have sunk and even worse how far the fans are prepared to put up with it!

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Right lads if you just run round them cones for half an hour I’ve got a trap to unblock in the executive urinals.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #22

    The big question regarding any transfer is whether FatAash will (1) pay the going rate or (2) will he screw the last penny out of the selling club at the risk of loosing the deal?

    Its all a game to him – football doesnt even come into it – just another form of gambling!

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki – you are showing far too much plumbing knowledge – do you do bathrooms?

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #24

    What’s new ed? He’s been in constant pitching mode ever since the inept one defected.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Firebug

    That’s exactly what I said. He claims to and has said many many times he has no say and it doesn’t bother him either way so why say it. Tell the press to direct the question to the recruitment team. Job done. He’s Towing the party line jist like the king imo.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #26

    I’d be extremely surprised if we are in for him at £5m. A couple of other papers say we’ve offered £5m but villa have only offered £2-3m and will pay the rest in the summer. What the rest is, is anyone’s guess. Hijacked by villa who are offering less? Sounds bollox to me, like the original interest from us.

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/755898674?-11058:809

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  • toon kk

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Joein@18
    I agree with you, the greed is unbelievable, when MA said that they were taking the club in a new direction we now know what he meant.
    As far as season ticket holders go it doesn’t seem to make much difference to the majority of them what Mash does.
    Most complain but they still support the regime financially.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #28

    TS

    Agree with you there but it’s clear one question both pards and carver have been coached on is the transfer one.

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  • joeinthecheapseats

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Toon KK
    People will get sick it took me two years of thinking about it to actually doing it
    I will only go to an odd few away games next season as I would be a hypocrite to give this regime any more of my money.
    Will be interesting to see how the Rangers situation pans out in March

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Steve, “where’s that silicon gun.”
    “Daves still using it in the away changing room, that’s why training was cancelled this morning.

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  • Small World

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #31

    If the Dele Alli transfer comes off, it does show a certain amount of ambition in the club, even if as the cynics could say, is only to make a killing on a transfer away in 2-3 years time.

    He’s probably the hottest property in the lower leagues, and for folks (as I’ve seen here) to try and make comparisons with Shearer / Harry Kane – you’ve got it all wrong. He’s a natural replacement for Sissoko. So if the kid can score 1 in 3 as a central midfielder playing at a higher class, we’ll have an absolute bargain.

    Laying down £5mill for an unproven teenager who we don’t intend to play immediately – shows a certain intent as to where the team could be going in the next couple of years

    I can see us doing this, flogging Sissoko and end up making a tidy profit (what a surprise).

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  • awaydays

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Could be good news on delle ali then guys ?

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  • Belfast

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Probably the first interview that he hasn’t mentioned that he worked with sir Bobby

    Progress

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  • MadisonToon

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #34

    @31 Small World

    Agree completely. If we can get a homegrown central midfielder who is 7 years younger than Sissoko as his replacement nobody can really be too disappointed. Sure, it’ll be a few years off if he grows into it and it’s a bit IF, but he’s someone with potential and the right size/build to be a very useful CM.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #35

    It’s hard not to be even more cynical about the club now. Need a new head coach? JC is the cheapest option. Need a couple of decent CB’s? Not a chance as it would cost money. Need another striker? Money not available. And there is still time to sell Sissoko. Lovely Mike.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Small world,
    Trying to win a cup would be a show of ambition not trying to find investments purely to make a profit on.
    This constantly lowering ticket prices to entice people in can’t be good for the club.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #37

    So what does Lee Charmless actually do for his money? Answer the phones? Clean the lavs? He is hopeless but that stands to reason. Mike only hires useless yes men.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Still sounds like he’s ass kissing in the hope of landing the job permanently everytime he opens his gob

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Possibly Lee could do some tours of the grounds and sell SD tat while he’s at it. I think I’ll mention it to Mike.

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