No Question – This Man Lives And Breathes Newcastle


John Carver has come in for some criticism since he’s been in charge of the team, and in our poll a good 89% of fans don’t him to get the head coach job permanently, but it’s never become personal with John, and nobody questions that he’s a good man and he’s a real Geordie who simply loves Newcastle United.

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John Carver – in the dugout

Sometimes when people are criticized, it starts to get personal a bit, like with the owner, but that’s not been the case with John Carver, and people respect John for who he is.

And it’s still possible for him to get the head coach job, but he’s got to to do better than just good on the run-in to the season.

Jack Colback, another local lad has talked in the Chronicle today about the caretaker manager:

“It’s obviously been a difficult situation for JC.” “I think he’s been a bit in limbo, but he’s been there for the team and he loves the club.” “He lives and breathes the club.”

“This is a great opportunity to try to impress.” “He has made it clear he wants the job permanently.” “And if we as players can help him out with that by winning games it’s good for him.”

“JC has worked a lot on our shape and being solid as a team.” “It showed at Hull. We have to take each game as it comes and make sure we compete.”

John Carver under Alan Pardew was responsible for the team spirit in the squad, and certainly while we have gone through some ups and downs (that’s an understatement) over the last four years, the team spirit has remained remarkably good.

And we are seeing signs of John’s passion coming through with the team, since he’s been in charge, and certainly the team spirit is good and the players seem to want him to get the job permanently.

The question we cannot yet answer about John is whether he can step up to the plate and get the results for the side, and if he has that innate ability.

We’ll know soon enough, and while we got our biggest win of the season last Saturday at Hull, his start over the first five games he’s been in charge of the team has been one win, one draw and three defeats – not too impressive.

A win on Sunday at home to Stoke would be a very good win for John and Newcastle – this time against an in-form and good side.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Ibizatoon
    “Still, the main head scratcher for me, is why you skip over the bit that involves Ashley and simply focus on the fact that Keegan is no angel.”

    Merely trying to even things up.
    There’s a queue out of the door down the corridor and halfway round the block waiting to put the boot into MA.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #2

    The job is Carver’s to lose

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  • JDdubai

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Unless he goes on an almighty run AND others dont want it, he has no chance.

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  • Hogfair Lane

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #4

    So what is the general consensus on the club and upper management? I’m assuming lots of people are not happy with how things are going?

    Is everyone happy with Pardew leaving?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Jeff…Feel free to provide balance, but if you do so to the point where you don’t actually answer the question being asked, it just makes you come across as if you have no intention of actually being balanced in your opinion.

    Hogfair…If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know what most peoples opinions are on those topics.

    I for one am not happy with the management structure at NUFC. It’s a cheap option designed to keep us out of trouble.

    As for being happy about Pardew leaving, I’m 50/50.

    How about you, no one knows your thoughts yet?

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  • BandB

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #6

    ohnny Carver,

    Your statements are full of jarring little orphan sentences.
    Not relaxing are we?
    Not resting on our laurels now the real job of staying up is a good step closer? Not putting our feet up just yet, eh?
    Good to have that assurance.
    Because the rest of us were thinking it was party time.

    It’s like a window into another world.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Hogfair Lane // Feb 6, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Hi all,

    New here. I’ve been reading for a long time.

    So what is the general consensus on the club and upper management? I’m assuming lots of people are not happy with how things are going?

    Is everyone happy with Pardew leaving?

    You see what happened here, you have been reading the blog for a long time, it should follow then that you have the answers to your questions.

    For the most part the club is untrustworthy, lies to the fans, and has no ambitions in moving forward. Ashley is a fat greedy greasy porker who would rip the last penny from your hand in the name of profit.

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  • JDdubai

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Pardew leaving is a very good thing for me.

    If he was still here we wouldnt have scored 3 goals twice in the last few games, dummett would still be Lb, Haidara wouldnt be getting a game and neither Cabella.

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  • BandB

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Hogfair Lane,

    Are you a long-time reader but first-time poster?
    Can’t wait to your take on things.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Hogfair Lane

    What do you think of the current regime?

    How did you rate the Inept One?

    What do you see as the future for Newcastle?

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  • Hogfair Lane

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #11

    BandB

    Correct.

    I’m interested in other fans’ take on things too 🙂

    What is your own?

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #12

    hogfair lane slough is where MA was born

    Firebug
    I am actually stalking you

    be afraid
    be very afraid

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  • BandB

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #13

    A lot of first-time posters but long-time readers are no fans of Ashley, but……..
    I can’t wait to find out.

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  • BandB

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Oh, fairly average views, I’d say.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Jeff

    Always marra; always.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Hogfair Lane

    You know what we think; we want to know your thoughts marra.

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  • BandB

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Can I have ten pence on this?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #19

    BandB…For ten pence I’ll take the bet.

    Which side are you going for?

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  • cyprus

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #20

    The easy answer there is, thankfully Pards is gone. Had enough of dross football, no ambition on the field, no idea what to do with set plays, limiting flair players.

    Agree with Dubai. Although I advised posters to bet on JC staying for the season, he will have to endure a ‘Houghton’ at the end of the season. Unless he goes on an almighty run.

    If you forget, Houghton won a very hard league on the trot, was comfortably in 10th (like most say ‘our target’) and was then unceremoniously replaced by some inept manager…. I forget his name right now.

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  • hibbit

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #21

    here we go again another WUM just when you think we are having a good day another one comes along and people say were to small for a plant

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  • toon kk

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #22

    I can see Carver being our Coach for some time, he’ll have as good as a chance of getting us playing some decent football as anyone.
    We’ll still have the same squad who ever came / comes in. At least P45 has gone.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #23

    hibbit

    I think I’m with you on this, he doesn’t want to give his views or answer any questions. Just wants others to repeat what’s already be said a thousand times: Very strange!

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  • BandB

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Ibiza

    Oh…it’s always hard to tell what opinions first time posters long-time readers are about to unveil.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #25

    BandB…So I have 10p on it being anti then?

    Have you decided what you’ll spend it on?

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  • dazzler

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #26

    BandB / ibiza

    I want in on this action. But I am keen to hear your opinions first 😉

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  • magscar

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #27

    hibbit

    yeah clearly a WUM but a plant. Even Bishop can do better than that

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  • JDdubai

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Wheres Beattie these days???

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  • BandB

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Did you know Hogfair Lane was where MA was born Hogfair Lane. Imagine if you didn’T
    Eeee! What scream that would be.

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  • BandB

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #30

    A couple of lagers at Blyth Comrades Club Ibiza.

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  • dazzler

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Maybe it’s MA himself, trying to see if we’re his mates again.

    Howay hogfair lane, reveal yourself! We don’t take kindly to folk who do a spot of cat fishing round these here parts. *strums banjo*

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  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #32

    magscar

    Do you think the blogs, facebook and twitter are not monitored?

    I would think that any business, (but especially a sporting club) would monitor those sites very closely. This is how they would be able to gauge the strength of feelings there customers have regarding their product.

    I know Ashley doesn’t care what the fans think, but then he always keeps himself out of the firing line. But I have no doubt that all clubs will monitor sites such as this.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Dazzler…You can go 50/50 on my 10p stake if you like. Sorry, no opinion sharing first.

    Blind faith bet!

    BandB…2 lagers for 10p? I thought drinking was inexpensive in Spain!

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Cyprus we had a manager once called Chris Hughton……lovely chap he was
    Liverpool had a player called Ray Houghton …he weren’t so nice …bit of a ruffian

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  • dazzler

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Everyone stop talking about NUFC until hogfair lane gives us his opinion.

    Shh shh let him speak…….

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  • BandB

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #36

    I hope we haven’t frightened you off with our rudeness.
    It’s just “first time poster etc…..” is the blog equivalent of saying “Joe sent you.”

    Dazzler….it’s my game. You have tell me first.

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  • BandB

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Ibiza,

    Pints mind……

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  • hibbit

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #38

    macscar i know you and i don’t agree on this and may be it is just me but i find if very odd all these poster come and with there first post are able to wind people up to the point of blog melt down i do think this lot are capble of doing such a thing

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  • magscar

    Feb 6, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Firebug

    I seriously doubt that this blog is monitored. Entirely possible even probable that Bishop or one of his minions might have looked at at some stage but not regularly.Just my opinion.

    Looking this pm at the posts ( not digging just speaking as is) would have made them move on pretty sharpish – well done lads ( and lasses) 🙂 The content and level of discussion until recently has been stuck on same old topics for months. Some variation with Rangers but for most days if you dipped in and out over a gap of months you wouldn’t really have missed anything. That is essentially blog life and no reason for it to change but don’t think Bishop would glean much to set pulses racing

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 6, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Are we at blog melt down point Hibbit?

    Have the batteries on the alram run out?

    Quickly people, you know the drill. Nearest exit, don’t stop to help anyone.

    I hope Hogfair is familiar with the drill…

    BandB…It doesn’t look like this one is going to be settled anytime soon. Might have to buy ourselves our own pints tonight.

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