Maybe it’s because he’s always asked about it, but yesterday John Carver reiterated what his job is at Newcastle, and it’s nothing to do with players coming into the club or leaving the club on transfers
John Carver – not interested in transfers
And believe us, that is not a message that’s directed to the fans, but meant for Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley that he’s comfortable in the position identified by them as the new Newcastle head coach position.
And we suppose we can understand why a born and bred Newcastle man wants the job at St. James’ Park.
And the 50 year-old even worked at Toronto FC for 15 months from February 2008 in a similar role and he loved it.
There has been news that both Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse could move this month, although that now appears unlikely because of the transfer window closing on Monday – we hope it is.
This is how John explained his role yesterday and could he get the team finishing high up the league table:
“My role is a head coach. I’m not interested in who is coming in or who is going out.” ” I have to say I have done a similar job once before in America, and my role was exactly the same. So I am working under these conditions and I understand it.”
“My role is to get the team right, pick the team and get results, not get involved in anything outside of that.” “There are people in positions to deal with that, so if you have got anything to come at me on that, there is nothing for me to give you.”
“I am concentrating on the team and that’s it.” “I am quite excited now, and I know that is a bit of a pressurized question on me. But I believe I can.”
“I believe with the players coming back into the squad now, because other than Steven Taylor who is out for the long term, we have almost got everyone close within two or three weeks, give or take not losing anybody; with a fully fit squad. Why not.”
And John did volunteer that he has informed the Board about which positions need strengthening, and since we have been short of a striker and a center-back all season – we assume those are two positions John has mentioned to Lee Charnley.
It’s not rocket science.
The ball is now in John Carver’s court to get us as high up the league table as possible before the end of the season, and if we can reach say the top eight – the job may even be given to him permanently in the summer.
It would be an easy appointment for the club, and one they can defend if Carver does well tin the final 16 league games.
A Geordie manager for the first time since Alan Shearer held the position for just 8 games in 2009 on a short term contract, and Sir Bobby Robson was permanent manager from 1999-2004.
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