Coach Talks About The OId Times – My Record Was Quite Good

John Carver has talked about some of the good times he had in the Newcastle Sunderland derby games, and he has also talked about the lack of professionalism of Sunderland players after they had beaten Newcastle at St, James’ Park 1-0 just before Christmas with a late winner, after we were pressing for the winner ourselves late in the game.

john carver on sideline in blue

John Carver – my record was quite good

This is what the interim head coach has said about the Sir Bobby Robson’s days, and Sunderland’s late winner earlier this season:

“My record when I was with Sir Bobby going into their house was quite good. We didn’t lose once.”

“We had some really good results there and some good performances.” “There was the case when Nobby Solano scored the winner, Nikos Dabizas, so they were good times. I want a repeat of that.”

“Even when the game had ended this season at home, and everybody had gone back in the dressing room, they went back out on to the pitch and continued.”

“Our groundsman wasn’t very happy because of what they were doing.” “It’s not good.” “You have to conduct yourself whether you win, lose or draw.”

“Like I say we got beat and conducted ourselves in the right manner, and if we win down there I will be conducting myself in the right manner.”

With both Leicester  City and QPR – the bottom two clubs  – getting rare wins yesterday,  Sunderland really need a win in this game.

And if that happens we will see ourselves remain in 13th position in the league, a drop of four places this year since Alan Pardew left the club, and we will have gained only 9 points ( two wins three draws) from the 12 league games played this year under Carver, and we will have lost seven of them.

It would also be our fourth defeat in a row.


Everton beat Southampton 1-0 yesterday for their third win in a row, and they have leapfrogged Newcastle into 11th place, one place above Crystal Palace.

We really need a win today to overtake Crystal Palace and Everton and get back into 11 place, but we’d also take the draw.

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7 comments so far

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 5, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    1-1 today. Thats what im going for, but damn would I love a win to put the last four defeats to rest.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 5, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Dear lord! Is he on about his time again when he was sitting on the bench and SBR did the managing!

    …the thing he (Carver) I’d trying to do now but failing at miserably!

    It would we better if you (Carver) talked about your time under Parsnip and how many times you single-handedly beat the Scum (I am not talking about you wanting to strangle Di Canio)

  • thai-mag

    Apr 5, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    I was watching a rerun of the game that Ruud Gullit was manager against Sunderland when Shearer was dropped and there was Carver standing right next to him, I bet he won’t mention that one

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 5, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m wondering, rather worryingly if he thought he conducted himself in the right manner when he offered fans to meet him at the training ground after we’d been trounced away at Southampton.

    Good times.

    I’m also wondering if he’s a geordie and worked with Sir Bob.

    Anyone know?

  • lochinvar

    Apr 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Arsenal are after some French kid at PSG called. Cabaye for £10m
    Worth a punt for next season ?
    Why shouldn’t we track other clubs scout targets and steal them from under their noses for a change.

    Carver ranting on again about the good old days and Mackems walking on the grass after a football match , shocking !
    Rather thought that the Head Coaches job was to look ahead and motivate the players so they can walk on the grass after a match.

    Pardew,, Carver, McLaren – just leaves you feeling like a bad hangover .

  • Kenny

    Apr 5, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    If Carver thinks we will take a draw then wheres his ambition.. we want a win, its time we got some passion and determination back in the newcastle squad

    Players that know what it means to pull on the Newcastle United shirt step forward !!!

  • oldbyker

    Apr 5, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    The way carver speaks and acts is like a man that loves himself, the cash he gets for his work keeps coming in win lose or draw


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