Interim head coach John Carver says he now has only thirteen senior outfield players available for the game against Arsenal on Saturday – and yet it was the same person who agreed with Lee Charnley that we didn’t need any new players brought in during the January transfer window.
John Carver – Newcastle interim head coach
In fact, when each January transfer window comes along, we shudder to see how Newcastle will sell or loan out their players to weaken the squad for money – but they only do that when they think we are safe from relegation – as in the last two January windows.
But when we are in a struggle with relegation we bring in five players – four of them in one week – which is what we did two years ago, so the club spends the money but only if our Premier League survival is at stake.
What a terrible way to run a football club – and our sole ambition seems to be to stay in the Premier League to collect the big bucks every May.
This is some of what John Carver said at his press conference today:
“I only have 13 fit senior players, plus two goalkeepers, for Saturday’s game.” “Saturday is not the environment for young lads, especially against an in-form Arsenal side. It’s not the right time for them.”
“I’ve had big challenges in the past and this is one of the biggest. It’s my job to prepare the team to bounce back from Everton.” “We are a small group and it’s a difficult time, but the only way you get through it is by sticking together and smiling.”
“Arsenal are a good footballing side who like to play, so we have to be patient. But we have one or two things up our sleeve.”
“Siem de Jong went outside for the first time today and did a little work-out, and that was nice to see.”
So we have no players back from injury which means Massadio Haidara is still not available to play at left back, and Rolando Aarons is taking a long time to come back from that hamstring injury of his, and has still only played five times for us this season.
We assume Ryan Taylor will move over to right back, as Janmaat moves into central defense in place of the suspended Coloccini, and we suppose either Jonas or Vurnon Anita will come in at left back – maybe Jonas, but Arsenal have some good strong wingers – and that could be a weakness for us on Saturday.
But John says we have things up our sleeve – so we shouldn’t really be too worried.
That’s right isn’t it?
The last thing we need is another pounding like we have had in our last two away games at Manchester City and Everton where we lost bn a joint score of 8-0.
Maybe what we are missing is a real football person in a Director of Football role, who has experience in running a football club – but Lee Charnley has said there are no plans to go back to a Director of Football, after the debacle with Joe Kinnear.
We just hope we don’t suffer another bad defeat on Saturday.
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