Brave Head Coach Gives Himself Credit For Victory

John Carver has taken credit for the victory yesterday by saying he was brave to play two wingers in a 4-4-2 formation yesterday.

jonas and papiss cisse

Papiss Cisse going over to Jonas after scoring

But Newcastle looked a mediocre side at best yesterday and Aston Villa were unlucky to in 1-0 down at the break yesterday, after Papiss Cisse had scored another fine opportunist goal.

This is what John Carver said after the game:

“I was brave going with two wingers and two strikers – there are not many head coaches or managers in the Premier League go that way, but I did it because I felt it was important to get the three points.”

“We talked about getting the ball in the wide areas and putting the ball in the box because it’s no good Papiss being the lone striker and trying to play into his feet. He’s about getting into the box and putting the ball in the back of the net, and he did that.”

“Unfortunately, because of what happened to Sadio, I had to put Ryan on at left-back. I had to make a decision – Gutierrez is getting closer, he is getting fitter, he is getting stronger, so the time will eventually come, especially if we keep losing bodies.”

“It’s Haidara’s knee. He’s got an ongoing issue with it, but it’s not too serious, so we will see what he’s like today.”  “Hopefully, he should be available for Wednesday.”

“What was disappointing was that in the first half, we didn’t put the ball in the box enough, and it just shows you – you put it in the box and Papiss will score a goal for you. Thankfully, he did.”

Jonas can also play left back of course and Ryan Taylor did a decent job after he came on yesterday.

It’s worrying we are still picking up so many injuries, even though we are really short in the squad through the rest of the season,  and we just have to hope that Massadio is not too badly injured with that chronic knee injury of his.

We should get  a better prognosis tomorrow on the Frenchman’s condition, but we’d be surprised if he’s risked on Wednesday night against Manchester United – and our next game is 10 days after the Red Devils game, when we are at Everton.

Owner Mike Ashley was at the game yesterday, and while we won,  Newcastle still looked a side laboring to hit any heights.

John Carver is continuing to talk himself up for the top job at Newcastle United, that needs to be filled permanently in the summer.

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51 comments so far

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 1, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    John Carter
    The manager of Barsoom United

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 1, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Ha Ha changed the header

  • lesh

    Mar 1, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    John Carver should shut up and stop selling himself.

    Even MotD described yesterday’s match as scrappy with two poor teams on display.

    If Carver’s set up had been prepared sufficiently well, we could’ve stuffed a very poor Villa. We didn’t and I’d suggest that Carver forget about getting the HC job next season.

    He should get his mind attuned to doing no more thsn hold the fort until and if, fresh blood is brought in to run the coaching – he might even learn something!

    No doubt we’ll see more Academy graduates in the Prem too – after all he’ll want to show Ashley that his investment in youth will be exploiter.

    Carver’s being assessed for the HC job and we all know how much Ashley likes to hear the right noises from his minions so poor results and performances may be poor, but avoid relegation and the job’s Carver’s to lose.

    Will Ashley forget about the solid points cushion that Pardew left? Probably, if it meant saving a few quid!

  • Belfast

    Mar 1, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Working with Pardew on a daily basis must have inflated his ego lol

    We were playing a terrible aston villa side John not Barcelona.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 1, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #5

    straight out of the pardew manual!
    ”I’m great me!!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 1, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Silly thing to say
    Didn’t have much choice on the team he played only got four fit defenders, midfield holding players out injured or serving a ban.

    previous thread got to agree with your summing up – i gave MOM to Williamson as he battled away well and made a match saving tackle.
    On his distribution not the best but the rest of the team do not help him by lack of movement or taking a pass of him.

    Thought Riviere did well needs a goal but.
    Nice to see Ryan T back been desperate for someone to take free kicks

    Wouldn’t mine seeing Cisse, Riviere and Perez playing up front together against Man Utd – could run their defence ragged

    Carver substitution – didn’t understand why he kept Obertan or Oberton as the commentator on M of the D called him.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 1, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Immodest as it is , he is right .

    It was a brave selection

    Most pundits were predicting a tense draw between two frightened sides.

    He is just joining the trend of managers to big themselves up

    Have you heard that Duch ferkwit at Manure ?

  • JamesToon

    Mar 1, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    With all the TV money we’re getting this year, surely getting rid of Carver, Stone, Woodman then bringing in Remi Garde and his assistants who are still at Lyon, would be peanuts compared to our profits?

  • lesh

    Mar 1, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    From the Mag but it seems to capture most posters’ thoughts on Carver the brave.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 1, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #10

    is that the ferkwit who has them 3rd now with 1 defeat in 20.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 1, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #11

    janmatt and his 6th assist second to baines on 8 is not bad in his first season not sure what his defence stats are though but I don’t think he has done to bad

    sissoko for all his driving runs towards the goal only has a couple of assists and a goal I think which seems a poor return, I would be tempted to drop obertan and put him back out on the right where he was top of our assists last year

    has kemen been playing for reserves I seen him once and the lad looks a beast how is he getting on

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 1, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #12

    James Toon

    That would just make way too much sense for NUFC. Ash is never going to do anything that would make us happy.

    With all the TV money we are getting, there still seems to be no pressure on Ashley to pay off his loan to us or dedicate x amount of all income to employing premiership standard coaches and players.

    Does Ash really pocket the lion’s share from everything, with nufc apparently receiving no commercial benefit whatsoever.

    If your level of skill with a ball is so low how does someone like Willo ever make it as a footballer, let alone play in the EPL?

    Really worried our only really promising youngster Aarons seems to have become the forgotten man with no scheduled contract talks. Absolute shambles of a club.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Yea the ferkwit who will be leaving Tyneside with his tail between his legs come Wednesday night.

    They’ll be 4th when the games in hand are played.

    They are 15 points ahead of us , but according to you we are relegation fodder !!!

  • sparky55

    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #14

    We need to go to scumsville with three strikers and scare the sh!te out of them…something we need to do against every team who on paper we supposedly have no chance of winning against. When there’s nowt to lose we shouldn’t be afraid of losing and should go all out guns blazing losing by whatever but losing with credibility rather than how we lost last week against city.

    playing cautious never won anything against the big guns.

    Carver wasn’t brave against Villa and neither were the players…we were pathetic.

    this is brave


    Janmaat Williamson Colo Guti

    Abeid Sissoko Anita

    Rivierre Cisse Perez.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #15

    You always end with this phrase

    “Absolute shambles of a club.”

    It’s a dead giveaway that your true allegiance is south of the Tyne

    The lovely irony is , while you get your jollies winding up Geordies , your club is sinking deeper and deeper into the mire.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #16


    just wondered why you think he is a ferkwit. Seems a bit baseless perhaps you should check out the guy’s CV. I’m sure he speaks well of you.

    I don’t think we are relegation fodder but our coaching staff could mess up Chelsea.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #17


    is that really the very best you can come up, imply I’m a mackem. Really? Are you really that easy to wind up?

    So I’m peed off with our football for the last 3 years and am hard pressed to see much optimism at present. yes I must be a mackem then. Funny though how I really loved the KK and SBR days.

    I guess you’re not blessed with too much wit and imagination. Maybe you should adopt a different persona, although apparently I hear you do regularly on friday and saturday nights.

    Maybe this would be an excellent time for you to become a missing person.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Game on!

  • beermonkey

    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #19

    the club is a shambles
    no1 seems to be sorting out contracts for players we need to keep
    our 3 main cbs all out of contract end of next season no replacements
    a squad that is stripped to the bear bones where it could start to cost points
    training and academy improvements not being carried out
    our coaching is dire we cant pass move and we have no team ethic pretty basic stuff

    worst of all the cash is there to sort all the above out yet they choose not to address any problems
    looks and sounds pretty shambolic to me

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #20

    You’re a pr*ck ! Nuff said !

  • Alternative Headline

    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #21

    John Carver. my hero. swoon

  • nufcursed

    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #22

    carver is an arrogant pr*ck who has learned to big up himself like pardew.
    if he is our next manager/coach our future will be grey.
    and it’s our own fault as we’re dumb enough to take all the cr*p ashley’s been serving us!!
    it’s his final chance to make things right (for the 10th time) and each time we’re disappointed but we all keep taking it in the *ss!

    time’s up for ashley. if we don’t have a decent (=not carver) manager by july, we must take drastic measures and not attend a game until ashley’s gone.

    newcastle fans may be the best in the uk but they’re also the most naive and that’s a big problem.
    rangers have ashley for half a year and they have already protested more against ashley than us!

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Great first half.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Clearly your’e not going to throw up your hands and say “fair cop guv’nor you’ve sussed me ”
    However I just have a feeling in me water I’m right.
    Moonraker- just say you disagree sonny

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 1, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #25
  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 1, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #26

    For those who thought I was defending pardew when mentioning his set plays at palace

    My point wasn’t that we miss him or that he’s a good coach, far from it. Just suggesting did we target willo so much as other players didn’t ever make clever runs or we didn’t have a player capable of whipping a dangerous pacey cross in.

    Just a thought

  • Go toon gooooo

    Mar 1, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Brave to play two wingers?Two wingers is a necessity in every team.Credit for Carver because of bringing powerful defensive player Moussa Sissoko back and gave him defensive role where he truly belongs.For the first time this season we had stable and solid tactic and players positions.Hopefully not the last.The team is not perfect(needs two more changes in the team) but we looked as a TEAM yesterday for the first time this season.

  • stan anderson

    Mar 1, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #28

    J.C. brave we were playing one of the poorest teams in P/L. at our own ground,f.f.s.
    We should be beaten the likes of Villa,should we not.
    Well done me.Sound like your former bossman Pardew.
    If you love the club as you say move over to make way for a real Coach/Manager.
    A real Geordie would put the love of the Toon before his own ambition.
    Go back to council,i am sure you would be better suited working for them.

  • stan anderson

    Mar 1, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #29

    We played absolute crap football John,take the credit for that as well mind.

  • toon kk

    Mar 1, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Well there was certainly two poor teams on show yesterday, people saying we have a top eight side should give their heads a shake.
    At least the sheep had a win to celebrate yesterday.
    By MA is making mugs of ST holder’s.
    Poorly managed sh.t team.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 1, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #31


    we tried a few times to do different things when pards was here and most times it was close but we always seemed to revert back to the willo special
    but in 3 years as a manager you could come up with something and work on it

    now he is gone it is very clear how poor our coaching is

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 1, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #32


  • magpiefifer

    Mar 1, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #33

    I wish Carver would not copy Pardew with his post-match comments – self-praise etc.
    ‘Brave’ for playing 4-4-2 – at home to one of the poorest teams in the league!?Get real man!!
    We look safe for this season,BUT,if we go into next season without improving the squad and coaching staff we will be strong candidates for relegation.

  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 1, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #34

    In reality if Villa weren’t so poor in front of goal they would have won. We created very little. Cisse took his chance well and showed that he will score when chances are created. Colocini had a good game and was inspired.
    Overall I quite enjoyed the game although both sides were bereft of any real quality.

  • toon kk

    Mar 1, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #35

    The whole f-ing club is run on cutting every corner possible to save every penny possible and it’s really showing on the pitch.
    MA was sat watching the game yesterday, listening to 50,000 cheering sheep.
    Does he even know how bad we are? I doubt it! As far as he’s concerned he’s delivering budget football at a affordable price. Just like SD.
    I’m afraid relegation looms within the next couple of seasons unless there’s change.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Mar 1, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Every team that fights for PL survival is not poor.

  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 1, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #37

    What would you prefer? Big spend back in January to finish 9/10 instead of 11/12 OR keep resources available for new coaching set-up in the summer? Because it,s one or the other, not both. I hope and expect plan B.

  • bladeuser

    Mar 1, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #38

    So i take it he took responsibility for the shit losses and draws we had villa r shit and have not won since i cannot remember this arsewipe is worse than pardew
    f#@$ off carver

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 1, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #39

    I don’t disagree particularly but I have noticed what a pr*ck you are! Haha

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 1, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Why is he saying it is brave to play two wingers and two strikers? It really isn’t.

    Whatever formation you play you need to make sure that you have the right support in the right places. That means plenty of cover in defence, players able to close down the opposition and also plenty of support going forward.

    You need to make sure you are not outnumbered in midfield as if you are and don’t have the ball you won’t score even with 5 strikers on the pitch.

    Yesterday’s game was scrappy, both sides were poor in the final third, nothing has changed really in the past 3 years.


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