More PR And Supposition About John Carver

We covered the story last Saturday when John Carver said he was backed 100% by Lee Charnley in the transfer market, after telling him that Papiss Cisse was an important player to Newcastle.

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John Carver – thanked Lee Charnley – for what?

Papiss Cisse has scored 10 of Newcastle’s 31 league goals this season, and he is our only recognized experienced striker this season, and the next in line is 21 year-old Ayoze Perez.

But it says something about Manu Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra that Ayoze is our next top scorer with 5 PL goals this season.

Both Manu and particularly Facundu have not done very well at all this season.

We thought it was ironic that John Carver had thanked Charnley at the end of the transfer window, after the Managing Director had sold Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma and loaned out Davide Santon to Inter-Milan, without bringing in any new defenders last month or strikers for that matter.

That;s after Steven Taylor had been injured and out for the season on January 1st – ample time to replace him,  but we didn’t.

That has left Newcastle on a shoestring squad for the rest of the season, after Siem de Jong and Paul Dummett could be out for the season with injuries, and at the moment we have only five senior defenders in the squad who are fit. 🙁

This is what John actually said last Saturday about Papiss:

“I wanted to keep hold of him and I was supported 100% from Lee Charnley. “It was a relief to be supported, to be honest, as it’s a good sign.”

“I said before he went off to the African Nations that he was our top goalscorer and the only way you win matches is by scoring goals.”

That’s now being reported with a bit of a twist that John stopped the sale of Papiss to Al Ahli in the UAE after the Senegal striker received a massive wage offer.

So how come this new interpretation has come out three days later?

Lee Charnley would been crazy to have let Papiss go and been left with Ayoze as our top striker for the rest of the season.

We have absolutely nothing against John personally, but his record is not good at all – and surely he will be judged on his record at Newcastle – that’s all that matters in football, isn;t it?

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6 points in 7 league games is relegation form, and would only get us about 33 points in  a full season of 38 games.

John Carver however would be a very easy choice for Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley, because he’s a Geordie and he  has already amply demonstrated he would never rock the boat at Newcastle.

What do you think?

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14 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1

    “John…John….I am the ghost of Bobby Robson past….woooooo…heed my words… stop mentioning me every time you hash up!”

    Sing with me now…

    Let’s stick together,
    C’mon Come on,
    Let’s stick together,
    You know we made a vow,
    To make each game heavy wea..therrr..

    You know you want to.

  • firebug666

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2


    hahaha! Carver say he wants the team to provide more service for Cisse.

    Surely he should be working on how to do that in training, a game plan, a better formation (one that does not leave the striker isolated), a change of tactics, maybe a second striker to play of (e.g. Riviere).

    It’s no good talking about what you want to happen, Get out on the training pitch and make it happen.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    “John….John….I am the ghost of Chucky Ferreyra present… where is my body……what have you done with me? Why don’t you mention me any more? Woooooooo…..”

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    The luxury carver has about dropping out of form players is that there’s a canny big list to choose from
    Spoilt for choice really

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #5

    “John….John….I am the ghost of your future job…..get your old float polished you’ll be skimming a garage conversion in Seaton delaval…woooooooo”

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6


    the most depressing thing is the concept of ”pass and move” just doesn’t exist and hasn’t done for an awful long time now.

    we never see 1-2’s, triangles, overlapping, men going in advance of the player in possession.

    It’s a total farce. zero method, players seem unfit or constantly injured and most damningly of all appear to lack any kind of motivation whatsoever.

    the same clueless tactics and the same wooden tops running the asylum every week.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Get a red diesel tank in for that PR machine it’s drinking the juice!

  • hibbit

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #8

    here we go again mr bishop hard at work just who are they trying to kid the offers didn’t come or wern’t big enough

  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Carver can spin ad much as he wants but results do the talking for him. They’re crap as they almost all have been when he’s been in the dugout.

  • hibbit

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #10

    rotonda were so weak at the back no body dares move we never have a spare man to take up the play

  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    But what the spin doesn’t say is whether Charnley actually rejected what would have been an acceptable offer.

    That would be the key to whether Carver was or wasn’t backed!

  • firebug666

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #12


    100% in agreement mate, Just one player making a run forward would draw two defenders with him and open up some space.

    All we ever seem to do is pass sideways or backwards, and then hoof the ball to the opposition defence.

    Nothing has changed since the inept one left, if fact has he left?

    If anything Carver has made matters worse.

  • hibbit

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #13

    lesh if any offer had been big enough he would be gone

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 24, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Ashley and his yes-men are playing the supporters for mugs, and you know, they are about right. 50,000 turning up in their Wonga shirts, sitting behind a wall of Sports Direct signs – Ashley doesn’t have to be a genius to fleece these sheep. The spin that comes out of the club is laughable. If they had shareholders to answer to they would all have had the hoyoot by now.


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