Time Of Truth Approaching For Newcastle Coach


In the last 12 meetings with Manchester City in all competitions, Newcastle have lost 11 and won one – which was the win in late October in the Capital One Cup, when we fielded a weakened side but came away with a surprising 2-0 win.

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Wilfried Bony – in Ivory Coast colors

Newcastle will visit the Etihad Stadium again this afternoon, and it’s an opportunity for John Carver to get his second win in eight matches he will have managed the team  since he took over as caretaker manager Alan Pardew.

The 3-2 win at home to Everton in the final game of 2014 turned out to be Alan Pardew’s last game in charge of Newcastle United.

It could be that Wilfried Bony will make his debut for City after his transfer from Swansea, now that is back from the African Cup of Nations which the Ivory Coast won on penalties after the final with Ghana ended up 0-0 after extra time.

Bony and Tallo missed the first two penalties for their country and Ghana scored their first two,  so it was a shaky start in the penalty shoot-out.

Bony has been a handful for Newcastle when he was at Swansea, and this is some of what John Carver said about Bony and the game at City on the Newcastle web-site:

“I’m sure Bony will be raring to go if he does make his debut.” “Every time we’ve come up against him when he was at Swansea he’s been a handful. We’ll just have to deal with him.”

“Our defenders lately have defended quite well – they’ve been strong and we haven’t conceded too many goals. Mike Williamson likes the type of player that Bony is so that could prove a good competition between the two.”

“You have to deal with it and get on with it.” “Yaya is a good player and I’m sure he’ll have a point to prove but we’ve been up against him before we will get on with it.”

“Whatever team City put out we know we’re in for a difficult game.” “We’re going to go to City with confidence. We do have a game plan and we aren’t just going to park the bus we’re going to have a go at them.”

We’ll see how Newcastle do this afternoon, but the confidence is not too high that we can get anything out of this game.

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But it is also a chance for Carver to get Newcastle a shock win today and away from home too, and he will need quite a few wins if he is to have any chance of getting the head coach job permanently in the summer.

In that sense the time of truth is fast approaching for John Carver.

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7 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Cyprus…it’s not like I don’t think he could be worth keeping, but certain not at any cost.

    ..he is not producing regularly and it far to much injured!

    If the club offer something that represents that then it’s up to Sammy (we don’t know what was on the table)

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Carver’s fate is in the hands of the club’s players.
    His strategy , tactics , and game plan are all key , but if the players don’t show 100% for him then he’s doomed.
    The club PR machine can churn out stories about how much the players rate him at Benton but it’s the 90 minutes at the Etihad that matter.
    I think Sissoko who should be pivotal has looked some what disinterested the last couple of games. That could possibly be , he didn’t rate the standard of the opposition , well he can have no complaints in that department today. He and his fellow midfielders Colback Abeid and a.n. other are going to have to work their socks off to avoid being overrun today. Perversely, whilst fearing the worst, I am quite looking forward to teatime

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #3

    jc must have found one of pardews note pads in the desk with things to say to the press in it

    Our defenders lately have defended quite well – they’ve been strong and we haven’t conceded too many goals.
    we have conceded in all but 1 game he has been in charge conceding goals to a poor stoke side Leicester palace and 3 to burnley

    and as for willo v bony I fear only one winner there

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Oh aye, the battle between Willo and Bony is one that all pundits and fans alike are eagerly anticipating to see who is the winner.

    Any predictions? 🙂

    Nope, I wont do it, not today. Go on the toon!

    A point is no good for City, they will have to attack. Let’s not just sit back and contain them for 80 mins and then go for it. Far too dangerous against City imo.

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  • lesh

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #5

    All the pro-Carver spin that’s appearing suggests to me that Bullshit Bishop’s held a brain-storming session.

    If recent spin’s the best they can come up with, then it’s time Bishop cleared his desk.

    Does he think that fans are completely stupid? Clearly he does!

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  • lesh

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #6

    I wonder whether it’s ever occurred to whoever’s bigging Carver up that they might just be having the opposite effect.

    Some of it is incredulous and it’s going over the top.

    If Carver’s got what it takes to be appointed Head Coach permanently, then results under him should do the talking.

    A coach could be the biggest tw@t in the land but if he’s got ambition, has his side playing well and getting the points, fans would accept him.

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  • Sav

    Feb 21, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d settle for a ballsy display at the Etihad. Carver won’t be judged on today’s result.

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