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.
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.
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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