Steve Harper was at Newcastle for 20 years when he was signed in the summer of 1993 by Kevin Keegan and then left the club 18 months ago when his contract ran out – and since then he’s been at Hull City with Steve Bruce. But he averaged less than 10 games a year since he was the perennial under-study to Shay Given when Shay was at the club.
Steve Harper while at Newcastle
John Gibson had a piece in the Chronicle yesterday saying that if Newcastle manage to lose tomorrow at Hull City, then we could be pulled into a relegation fight through the end of the season.
And John isn’t the only one a little concerned about our potential plight, because since the fantastic 2-1 win at home to Chelsea, we have lost seven of the last nine games – and have only 4 points from the last seven league games – so our results just have to improve – and quickly.
We are concerned about that possibility of dropping down the league table, but on the other side of things a couple of wins will rather quickly alleviate that fear.
This is what Steve Harper has said on Metro Radio about Carver’s appointment as caretaker manager though the end of the season:
“I think it’s a good move.” “He knows the club inside out, and the club will benefit from having the uncertainty removed.” “They’re not in any danger of going down, they’ll be safe.” “The mandate now is for a top-10 finish.”
It’s fair to say that if Newcastle lose at Hull City tomorrow there will be more concerns about possibly being dragged into a relegation struggle this season.
But we are also getting a lot of our injured players coming back soon, and they include Mehdi Abeid, Gabby Obertan, Siem de Jong, Jonas Gutierrez, Rob Elliot, Rolando Aarons and Ryan Taylor.
And there’s good news about Paul Dummett who has a hamstring strain and will miss tomorrow’s game – but he should be fit for the visit of Stoke City a week on Sunday.
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