John Carver has his press conference today for the game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, and he’s been given a bit of hard time of it in the first seven games as the Newcastle head coach through the end of the season – mainly because of his team selection at Leicester City in the FA Cup and some of his tactics which were seen to be negative by the Geordie fans.
John Carver and the squad in training
And Lee Carver came out yesterday in support of the head coach, in what some fans interpreted as a first step in making John Carver the head coach in the summer – certainly it would be the easy choice for the Managing Director, and the powers that be are assured that John would never rock the boat.
This is what John said about the support he received from Lee Charnley:
“It’s always nice when you have the guys at the top, the board and the owners, backing you. It’s quite a nice thing.”
“It’s great to have some support because sometimes, you get involved in the job and you get tied up in the job and you don’t know what people are thinking, so it was really nice to hear them supporting me.”
“The criticism is going to get to you a little bit – it would get to anybody – but you have to deal with it. I am a grown man, I’m a big lad and I can deal with it.” “People are entitled to say things. I don’t have a problem with that, I really don’t. But the one thing I will say is, the most important thing is the team, not me, not anybody else.”
“We are talking about getting behind the team.” “You can say what you want to me, but get behind the team because it does help, it does help the team when everybody is behind and fighting for the same cause.”
John should get the job or not get the job as Newcastle head coach based purely on his record, and that will have to improve dramatically if he has any chance at all of getting the job permanently in the summer.
It would be great if John starts improving that record with something out of the game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday – it would be an excellent result if we can even take a point against the Premier League Champions Manchester City.
What do you think?
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