Newcastle Owner May Not, But Carver And Players Have Ambition


You cannot accuse 50-year-old John Carver of not talking a good game, and again yesterday in his press conference, he was full of positive words that the players are ready for Saturday’s test against second bottom Aston Villa, and he hopes to get the win to make up for the 5-0 thrashing last week by Premier League reigning Champions Manchester City.

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John Carver with his players in training

But John Carver will not be able to talk himself into the head coach job at Newcastle, and the only way to do that is to start to win some games and in his first 8 games in charge John has just one win.

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That’s not a particularly good record, and Carver only has 20 games to show what he can do, so he’s already 40% through his trial period, and if he is to get the job full time he’s got to start winning a lot more games.

In his press conference it was noted that we are essentially 5 points out of 10th place now because of our poor goal difference, and John was asked if finishing in the top ten is now impossible.

This is what he said:

“Listen, I am not giving up on anything. You have got to go for as high as you can. If you don’t do that, you have got no ambition and that’s certainly not the case with regard to the players and myself.”

“We want to go for as high up that league as we can and we will endeavour to do that.” “We have seen it with this team and this group of players that every now and again, we do take a bit of a drubbing.”

“It’s how we react to that. In the past we have reacted really well, and I expect that again.” “Off the back of the result we have just had, if they are not motivated and ready to prove a point and put things right after last weekend, then they shouldn’t be professional footballers.”

“I am hoping the result of last week will be enough to make them so determined that we need to win the game.”  “We have got some tough games coming up, so it is important and we do know there’s a little bit of pressure on.”

“But good players can deal with pressure and we have got to handle that.”

It’s a very good opportunity tomorrow to put right what happened at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday, in Newcastle’s worst performance and biggest defeat of the season.

A win is what we need, and that would be a terrific result, and it’s one of those games where the result is more important than the performance – we need the points.

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55 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Why is finishing tenth an ambition?
    finishing tenth in an Olympic event wouldn’t even get you into the finals yet alone a medal ?
    Rory McIroy doesn’t target tenth.
    Ashley can’t spell ambition yet alone know what it is .

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  • optimistic prime

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #2

    IMO it’ll take a miracle for us to finish in the top ten and we have the wrong JC for that.

    So canny ambitious.

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  • Graeme

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #3

    OP @ 2 – Nicely put lol

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  • Average_Contents

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Loada bollox as per. He’s getting good at it I’ll give him that.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #5

    It will take far more than JC to get us in the top ten, we’ve got one of the worst squads in the premier league.

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  • spitfire_

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #6

    The broken record is gone, but his apprentice is still here. Talk is cheap and he’ll be judged by his actions and results.

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  • damma99

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #7

    As much as I want Newcastle to win I cant stand the thought of smug Ashley with that bloody smirk on his fat cheeks and Charver thinking he is the next Bobby Robson.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #8

    I would rather finish 11th so none of the kernts get their bonuses

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #9

    From Deloitte’s:
    Newcastle United 2014 revenue: 129.7 M pounds (up a whopping 35%)
    Broadcast revenue: 78.2 M pounds (up 53%!)
    Commercial revenue: 25.6 M pounds (up 50% but still poor as an income source).
    Back in the top 20 for the money league again. Where exactly is the money going since it’s apparently not being used to pay off our debt to Mike?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Unbloody believable. 130M pounds in revenue and we don’t even have a manager. And we have no ambition other than mid table.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #11

    More importantly Geordietwo, did you wipe your ass when you yacked in that pit that time?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Not clear on that one Belfast mate. In Canada to yack means to barf. Wrong orifice I would think.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Let me get this clear. WE have revenue of 130M pounds a year (and this will rise again in 2025). Our costs are around 95M including all wages etc. So that leaves about 35M pounds a year clear. Yet we aren’t paying Ashley back apparently. And we spend very little on players. WTF?

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  • Belfast

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #14

    I thought it meant shit Geordietwo lol
    Now I’m underwhelmed!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Should read rise again in 2015. Who knows where it will be in 2025? 😳

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Again and I repeat WTF???

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #17

    This just blows my tiny mind.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #18

    All we’re going to do is pay Mike back and do nothing else? Just try to finish 10th each season? And people are actually going to buy season’s tickets for that?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Anybody who isn’t outraged by this load of bollocks must be sadly deluded.

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  • JamesToon

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s imperative that we get either Remi Garde or Thomas Tuchel tied down to a pre contract NOW, so they can have the rest of the season to plan, evaluate the squad and staff, have meetings about playing style and what type of players he wants for Graham Carr to find.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Why would Tuchel or Garde want to come to a club who’s stated aim is to be mediocre at best?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 27, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #22

    A rich mid table side with no ambition. Is there anything wrong with this picture? This is a sport isn’t it? Isn’t the goal in sports to win something? I must have accidentally wandered into a parallel universe.

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  • lesh

    Feb 27, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Carver may be good at talking a good game and if we were in a fantasy league where results were based on hyperbole, we’d be up there with the big boys.

    However, dialogue doesn’t translate into results on the field and the sooner he’s in receipt of some magic that translates the words into deeds the better.

    However and as we all know, life’s not like that and the poor sod’s put his head on the block. Had Charnley had the experience of life and people management, the experience that helps a manager grow bollocks, he would have helped Carver manage his expectations. As it is, the poor sod’s been passively encouraged to believe that he’s up to the job of being Head Coach in a big, big business. He’s out of his depth and should never have been given the job – for his own good.

    But no, Ashley’s always looking for the cheapest option and rather than biting the bullet and making a real effort to recruit an established Head Coach, he’s liable to further reduce the Club’s credibility to the point where nobody apart from the likes of Kinnear’d be interested in joining us.

    De Boer’s seemingly received no offer from Newcastle United, despite leaving the door ajar last month by claiming he would be open to a move and has now committed himself to Ajax.

    So, in those few weeks when Charnley had been trying to recruit a Head Coach, he’s been doing bugger all – apart from joining in with Ashley’s games being part of promoting conjecture when there’s been no intention of recruiting the calibre of Head Coach that would take Newcastle United forward.

    As for Garde? His name will turn out to be another that’s been allowed to float when in reality, he’ll not be joining us.

    So, in summary what’s gonna happen when Carver’s a broken man, hung out to dry by the heartless and greedy Ashley, and we’re without a coach? Ashley must realise that he’s not far from completely wrecking the institution that is Newcastle United.

    Disgraceful!

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  • JamesToon

    Feb 27, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #24

    G2

    We’ll really see how much ambition the club has with this next appointment

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 27, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Never mind lads. It takes big plums to change things. And that’s something we’ve been sadly lacking at the club for 8 years now.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 27, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Yes we will James mate. Be prepared to be underwhelmed. Unless you can whip yourself up into a frenzy when they announce that JC has the permanent position of course.

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  • jimmysmith

    Feb 27, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #27

    “Louis van Gaal disappointed with his striking options at Old Trafford, …..has Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney on books.”

    The Guardian

    No, no, not arrogant, detached or deluded in the least.

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  • JamesToon

    Feb 28, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #28

    G2 I expect John carver to be appointed, cheapest option (sadly) however im just shaying actions speak louder than words

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  • lesh

    Feb 28, 2015 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #29

    And here it is….. The groundwork’s being done – Ashley’s taking the pi$$.

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/john-carver-making-plans-head-8738034

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  • RonVanDam

    Feb 28, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #30

    Ajax boss Frank de Boer has committed his future to the Dutch champions and says he received no offer from Newcastle United, despite leaving the door open last month by claiming he would be open to a move from the Magpies. (Newcastle Chronicle)

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  • Pop n Wyn

    Feb 28, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #31

    Carver, without doubt the team will be trying; that bonus is up for grabs; that’s all that the wasters care about.

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  • stan anderson

    Feb 28, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #32

    DONT EVEN THINK THE 50 THOUSAND WILL PUT UP WITH THIS CRAP MUCH LONGER.

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  • sickandtired

    Feb 28, 2015 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Why is the NUFC Blog / Dr Ed, giving copy space to Will Leversuch, a final year University of Greenwich student ?

    Is Will a friend of the family?

    Please let us know why Will’s articles deserve so much prominence. Fans do not come here in order to give credence to a students Degree subject nor his future Journo ambitions.

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  • lesh

    Feb 28, 2015 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #34

    The situation tomorrow is potentially dynamite.

    If we lose the frustrated fans cannot be held responsible for any trouble in town.

    The City’s hosting a right-wing parade and add to that, some 50000 Newcastle United fans who are just fed up to the back teeth with Ashley and his treatment of them, there are the ingredients for trouble in the City centre

    Ashley’s patsies at Rangers are making waves and are alienating its fans with the ‘Rangers Board’ already declared persona non grata.

    Ashley’s PR machine’s clearly helping him in his mission to be despised by many thousands of people.

    What, I wonder is Mike Ashley trying to achieve – universal hatred?

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  • lesh

    Feb 28, 2015 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #35

    Sickandtired

    If you can’t be bothered to help Will with his research work, don’t bother. This site’ll be one of many that he’s approached for assistance and I don’t think your contribution would be missed as many others’ll surely have completed his questionnaire.

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  • Average_Contents

    Feb 28, 2015 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #36

    Jamestoon

    What lesh said. Johnny boy is already planning for the future.

    I believe the words were ” I think long term, long term, long term, the board think long term, long term.

    That’s exactly what he said unbelievably. Almost like a song but shitter. Still a song though so kudos to our current arselick. Well done john. Hurrah.

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 28, 2015 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #37

    Not surprised by the FDB news, only deluded fans thought we actually had a chance of getting him. Now Tuchel and Garde are being banded about, come off it man….just making yourselves look bloody daft. It’ll be carver if he fails, then someone within the club will get the nod…..Beardsley or Stone!! The cycle will continue!! Keep buying those season tickets though.

    As for tomorrow I think we will win!!

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 28, 2015 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #38

    We’ll win because we will control the midfield if he goes with the right central trio, the absence of Colback will be a blessing in disguise!! To win Abeid needs to play in colback role and he’ll show he’s a better option. Sissoko bombing forward as he always does and Anita sitting in deep!!

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  • Average_Contents

    Feb 28, 2015 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #39

    Here’s the arselicks quote. Cringe. Johnny boy, your opinions will never count. If they find someone cheap enough with small wages they’ll get em. If on the other hand a player dare ask for improved terms they will get shot sharpish. Especially if there the vocal sort or have a,bit about them.

    “I’ve always thought long-term, long-term, long-term,” said Carver. “And the conversations I’ve had [with the board] have always been long-term, long-term. We’ve had a session on pre-season dates and venues. We’re talking about different options.”

    Although Carver is not actively involved in recruitment and retention of players he is “definitely giving my opinions” on such matters. More immediately he must cope with a Villa side swiftly adopting a direct persona.

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  • Average_Contents

    Feb 28, 2015 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #40

    John’s idea of “coping” with villa will no doubt involve packing the defence and midfield trying to keep it tight then hit them on the counter….with gouffran. Can’t wait. Luckily I won’t be available to watch the undoubted borefest as my young lads in the hospital after having surgery on his groin. Poor little mite. He’d still put a better performance in as head coach than you though johnny boy.

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