Yesterday was always going to be a game where the result was all important for both teams, and it was therefore a great 1-0 win by Newcastle, and that puts us on 35 points from 27 games played, and we gained 3 points on West Ham in 9th place who are on 39 points.
Mike Ashley not happy yesterday – didn’t we win?
That was Aston Villa’s seventh league defeat in a row, and new manager Tim Sherwood has to turn the thing around quickly otherwise like Newcastle back in 2009, Aston Villa will be relegated for the first time from the English Premier League in May.
Make no mistake – Aston Villa is a wonderful football club going through some very tough times at the moment, and don’t forget they won the European Cup back in 1982 when they beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the final in Rotterdam.
After the game this is some of what John Carver said:
“Listen, I knew it wasn’t going to be pretty” “You have got two sides: us, in particular after last week’s drubbing – and we looked a nervous side at the start of the game.”
“And Aston Villa, who are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the division, so we knew it wasn’t going to be a classic.” “I said to the guys beforehand.”
“‘If we win 1-0 and it’s a scrappy goal and it’s a scrappy game, I’ll take that’ because we are in a situation where we needed to get three points today.”
“We were thankful for Jonny on the Spot popping up and doing what he does ever so well, Papiss, just before half-time, so I am pleased, pleased with the result.”
Mike Ashley was at the game yesterday and sat next to Managing Director Lee Charnley, so while the performance was dour and not good to watch, it was three points and John Carver’s record is now the following.
It’s not a good record but at least we have 9 points from 8 league games played since Alan Pardew left us – and he’s having immediate success at Crystal Palace with a good 3-1 win yesterday and Palace played well.
It was a meeting of two former Newcastle managers, with Sam Allardyce’s West Ham going into a slump at the wrong time of the season.
The 3 points takes us to 35 points and a win at home to Manchester United on Wednesday night will take us towards the 40 points safety mark.
We thought John would have to have a stellar record this season to get the job, but that may not be true given the decimated squad he has available – so anything can happen in the summer.
And while John is not making the injures and lack of players available any excuse in public and that’s good, he could nevertheless use that argument behind the scenes in an attempt to get the job.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley have left Newcastle short of players, because of their actions (or lack thereof) in January and last summer.
We were linked with Southampton manager Ronald Koeman last night, but we’d be surprised if he left such a well run club as Southampton to join Newcastle – we are certainly not the draw we once were to players or managers.
Whether you like it or not – John Carver is still in with a decent chance of getting the Newcastle head coach position – even though 90% of fans in our poll don’t want him to get the job.
It was always going to be the cheap and easy solution for Mike Ashley and we know Mike likes cheap.
What do you think?
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