John Carver has been the assistant manager at Newcastle for two spells, under Sir Bobby Robson and more recently under Alan Pardew, and at the moment he is the interim head coach at the club and he may even get the job permanently in the summer, but if he does it will not be because of his record.
John Carver – poor record at Newcastle
John has been in charge of the team for 12 games this year, and we have seven losses and only two wins – which is not good by anybody’s measure.
And John has reminisced about some of the good times he’s witnessed at the club and the derby games with Sunderland when he was talking at Wallsend Boys Club:
“Craig Bellamy’s winner against Feyenoord to get us through to the group stages of the Champions League in 2002… the hairs on the back of my are standing up thinking about it.”
“Shearer’s goals are right up there. That volley of his against Everton, when Shola Ameobi headed it down and he smashed it in. Wonderful.” “How about that one where he out-muscled Marcel Desailly against Chelsea and stuck it in the top corner?”
“This is a game that can make a Newcastle player a legend. That is what happens if you score a winner against Sunderland. You can become an icon in one game by scoring a special goal.”
“The last four games, we have not won against Sunderland.” “We have some injuries but if we perform like we did in the second half against Arsenal we won’t be far short. We will try everything in our powers to stop them.”
““I have five years left on my assistant manager’s eight-year contract, so when this role runs out I can go back to that.” That is still there, to kick in if I don’t get this full time – I have a job if I become assistant again.”
“But I want this job full-time, so I am not thinking about that.” “I am 50 now. I want to be a manager, and this is the right age.” “I will stay here at Newcastle unless something remarkable comes up.”
So most of those good times John mentions at the beginning are way back in the past, when we actually had a good side.
But the four successive defeats to Sunderland for the first time in history are ongoing, and the Black Cats could even make that five in a row on Sunday.
And that’s even though they’ve been fighting relegation when we’ve played them the last four times, and Sunderland are fighting relation again, with just eight games to play.
We’ll have to see how we play on Sunday, but we don’t take too much notice of the Sunderland players telling their fans they will win the game, and Newcastle players telling our fans they will win the game.
And we’ve found out many times before that talk is cheap, and results are all that matters in football.
And so far this year neither club has had the results – but there’s a possibility for one of the clubs to get a win on Sunday, and that will at least keep their fans happy for a week or two.
We hope that’s Newcastle.
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