John Carver said in Thursday’s press conference for the game at Everton tomorrow, that he didn’t want to talk about himself or the head coach job, and he was just getting on with things day by day, which is a good way to operate.
John Carver with Sir Bobby Robson
But not for the first time John has compared himself with the great Sir Bobby Robson, who was John’s mentor and boss from 1999 through 2004 while Bobby managed Newcastle United to some considerable success.
Newcastle refused to spend any money during the January transfer window and as half expected – the injuries at Newcastle have kept happening and are mounting up.
Steven Taylor, Siem de Jong, Paul Dummett Cheick Tiote are out for the season with injuries and Papiss Cisse has been banned for seven games, so things are again difficult at Newcastle, much like they were the last two seasons at this time.
This is what John Carver has said before the game at Goodison and he talked about 21 year-old Ayoze Perez who is attracting the attention of some big clubs:
“Just call me Red Adair. Bobby was a firefighter – he used to call himself Red Adair.” “That comes with the package at this club. You have to fight fires here or you get burned.'”
“Perez is an exciting talent. You speak to coaches after games and two or three people have talked very highly of him. I had a good chat with Brian Kidd at City.”
We;’ll see how we do tomorrow against Everton but John needs to get some wins – with only a couple of wins in the ten games he has managed the club as interim head coach.
One reason Bobby Robson was so successful at Newcastle and in his management career in general, was that he got the results – that’s something John needs to concentrate on over these last ten games of the season.
We need a good win against Everton tomorrow.
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