Report Card – Carver Half Way Through – How Has He Done?


After the home win against Everton in late December that was Newcastle’s 19th league game of the season and we had 26 points when Alan Pardew decided to walk out on the club and join one of his former clubs – Crystal Palace.

john carver with finger raised

John Carver – 9 points from 9 games

John Carver has been put in charge of the side and he would have 20 games to show he is good enough for the vacant head coach position at Newcastle.

One more game was the FA Cup and we again went out at the first hurdle when John made seven changes to the side and we were beaten 1-0 at Leicester City.

Carver has now been in charge of nine league games and so 10 game sin all – and he;s half way though the 20 games he will manage.

This is his overall record.

CompetitionPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
League1934121835-1713
FA Cup100101-1
Overall2034131836-1813

So we have 9 points from the 9 games played with a goal difference of -5, so that’s a worse record than Pardew had in the first 19 games when we had 26 points and a goal difference of -6.

When Pardew left the club, Newcastle were in 9th place in the league and we have now slipped a couple of places to 11th place, and we are four behind 10th placed West Ham.

John has tried to steady the defense and to a large extent has been fairly successful in doing that, apart from that 5-0 hammering at the Etihad Stadium, and he is starting to use two strikers up front.

But Carver has also lost Steven Taylor, Siem de Jong, Cheick Tiote and Paul Dummett for the rest of the season through injury.

And Papiss Cisse will likely be suspended for the next 7 games – so our squad has been decimated.

In a strange way that will help Carver in his quest for the permanent job at Newcastle, especially if he just gets on with the job and doesn’t complain.

That’s because the responsibility for Newcastle’s squad demise lies with his two bosses – Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley.

And because they know it’s their mistake for not reinforcing the squad in January – it could put John in  a much better light in the summer when they consider who to appoint as the new head coach.

John has been no trouble to them, and even complimented them on a few occasions.

But in the last 10 games of the season Carver still has to get more than just a couple of wins – although that would see us safe.

After all what Ashley is looking for isn’t a top four place in the Premier League, and top ten is all that is required – and not having long cup runs which would only impact the Premier League performances.

That’s the Newcastle strategy today – like it or not.

What do you think?

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11 comments so far

  • banjax

    Mar 6, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1

    I thought there might have been a Blog string on Papiss Cisse and his potential 7 match ban after admitting to spitting. Of all the stupid things to do when we are short of strikers especially when the others we have don’t know what the opposition goal looks like anyway. This all boils down to the lax money driven miserliness of Mike Ashley for not recruiting another striker. Maybe now he will see how trading in brainless footballers is completely different to selling sports equipment – I’ll let him figure that one out !

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 6, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Can anyone tell me how the ref on Wed night Anthony Taylor affiliated to the Cheshire FA but who lives in Manchester (Withinshaw) can referee a Manchester game.
    If that’s the case then should the two best refs in the Premiership Clattenburg and Oliver not be able to referee the TOON

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 6, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Van gall now covering for Evans by saying that he ” didn’t mean to spit ” and that it was ” natural” . So yes Evans did spit – even though he had denied it.
    Looks like Evans just got found out and needs to sit on the naughty boy step.
    Ergo if he challenges the FA ban coming his way they should extend it in the same way as they do if you wrongly challenge a sending off.
    Typical ignorant mediocrity of the elite clubs thinking they are above the law.

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 6, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Charlie in the gallowgate @ 2
    Do we know where the linesman came from ?
    Might be interesting to know where the linesman in the City game last season ( sissoko goal disallowed ) came from…

    It doesn’t have to be deliberate but sub consciously home turf thinking for officials only has to briefly interrupt their decision making thoughts and the moment for making the right decision has gone. The FA need to appoint match officials on a different basis otherwise people might wrongly think they are doing it deliberately.

    Just makes you realise how moribund organisations like the FA, FIFA, F1 and Financial regulators are. Funny that they all start with the letter F. Just the same as Ffing Politicians and Ffing Sports Direct.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 6, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #5

    First …. 2 wins out of 9 is a sacking offence at any club
    Second … Does cisse deserve is that lengthy ban ?? Maybe so However snidy Evans must get the same , but will be ??

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 6, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #6

    * deserve that lengthy ban.

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 6, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Evans spat downwards when Cisse was below him – just like a ignorant bully. No wonder Cisse reacted.
    Both wrong.
    But at least Cisse has admitted his reposte.
    Evans is trying to hide behind the shirt tails of gang leader Van Gall
    Sign of a coward
    Nasty boys.

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  • Moonraker15

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed
    Any other club with any real ambition Carver would go at the end of the season and be replaced with a proper coaching team; after all we are a club with a turnover of 130 million.

    On the Cisse spitting issue I’m not defending him, but when someone fouls you then appears to spit at you your natural reaction is to jump up and hit out and when you can’t punch them frustration sets in and you lose control. That’s when I think Cisse spat. Unfortunately for us and him he’s getting a long ban, but he was provoked!

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  • south coast toon

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #9

    its a joke evans clearly spits in cisses face stupidly cisse did it back , fairplay to cisse for not decking him,
    its a joke you can tackle with both feet and nothing happens and you get a seven match ban
    i think carvers done ok with what hes got and nobody else wanted the job
    we drove pardew out so lets not moan about carver lets face it if he wasnt a gerdie he probably would be gone
    the blame lies atashley and co,s door

    with out cisse we are not going to get many results carvers not got a goal scorer to put on shola would be better than what we have
    ashley needs to spend get a top manager dump the deaword and traing staff and adress the problems but thats never going to happen so this is how it is for us until ashley gets rid of us and now hes making wonga thats not going to happen
    perhaps loving mike ashley and encouraging him might work but protest and riots wont wk as any advertising is good for sports direct , i give up it depresses the hell out of me how we have turned it to such a dross dour club

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  • anthc

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Thats a terrible record. We should be beating the likes of stoke and burnley at home. Even a little run in the cup would’ve made that record more bearable. But no carver isn’t good enough but will bend over and take it which out trumps any dreadful record.

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  • Blofal

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Carver has a terrible record yes but at least he atracks the opposition. Definitely more offence under Carver than Pardew.

    I still want Tuchel.

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