Carver Makes Strange Statement – Defends Upper Management

Let’s just say it’s embarrassing what Newcastle did in the January transfer window, and one of those very bad moves was to allow Davide Santon to leave the club on the very last day of the transfer window to join initially on loan.

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John Carver on Sunday

Now we have no recognized left-back available for Newcastle – although we hope Paul Dummett may be back before the end of the season.

But no, John Carver has taken it on himself to say it wasn’t Newcastle who forced the move in Jauary but Davide himself, because he wasn’t in the first team,.

It’s embarrassing for Newcastle that Davide has been in the Inter first team ever since he arrived back in Italy,   and he was even recalled to the Italian squad during the last International break.

So in retrospect, it seems crazy for Newcastle to have let him go, but John Carver seems to say that Newcastle had no choice:

“Let me tell you something about Davide Santon. Davide Santon has been out for a long time – seven months, I think it was – injured.”

“He came back against Leicester in the FA Cup and he wasn’t prepared to wait to earn his right to get back into the team. He thought he could go straight back into the team.”

“He drove the situation, not us, not the club, he drove it.” “After the game on the bus, he was on to his agent saying he wanted to get out, he wanted to go and play.”

“Listen, I am not saying anybody has got a divine right, and I’m not saying he wouldn’t have been in the team within two or three weeks.”

“But if you have got a player who doesn’t want to hang around and fight for you, then that’s an issue, for me.”

When you are short of defenders you don’t let players leave just because they want to.

You tell them we cannot afford to let you leave, but if you still feel that way in the summer – you can leave then.

Somebody in upper management should be thinking about the Newcastle squad – which is now threadbare – but John doesn’t seem to understand that.

And what John is saying doesn’t even match what Lee Charnley has said about Davide’s move.

Lee told the Fan Forum earlier this year that the deal they made with Inter wouldn’t have been available in the summer, which is why he had to go on the last day of  the January sales.

It tells you the ridiculous thinking that’s going on at Newcastle these days, when John says they (had to) let Davide go because – simply because he wanted to leave.

Who in upper management ever thinks about the Newcastle squad rather than just making money?

We are now in a rather perilous position because of some of this reckless action, and John Carver does himself no favors at all, by bad-mouthing Davide Santon, but only after he has left the club.

Things are not good at Newcastle at the moment, and we are looking more and more like a joke club.

John Carver should stop defending Newcastle’s upper management for what they did in January – it’s indefensible and simply naive management of a football club.

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25 comments so far

  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1

    go fu-k yourself carver you pice of shit

  • spitfire_

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #2

    This is called a official apply for the permanent job. And he will get it.

  • lesh

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #3

    But what else could we have expected from Carver? Criticism? Silence?

    No, he’s again demonstrated his ‘suitability’ for the HC job by toadying to our owner – again!

    Yes, he’s fitting into the organisation very well and demonstrated that he’ll be in the departure lounge when Ashley’s bought out – we hope and pray that to be the case, son.


  • lesh

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #4

    • son= soon

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    He can’t help himself. He’s got to do it.



    “yes boss”

    “do us a favour will you and tell em this about that shit Santon”

    “but he….”

    “but nothing, get it done otherwise you’ve no chance of the HC come the summer and those free pies? No more”

    “ok boss” “do I still get my free ticket to the game boss”

  • Toonmania

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Carver will NOT be HC/Manager next season thank christ

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #7

    “But if you have got a player who doesn’t want to hang around and fight for you, then that’s an issue, for me.”

    Does this not apply to a number of players that we didn’t move on in January/last summer? What makes Santon a special case that he gets his wish, despite the club lacking defenders, when others don’t? Utter garbage Carver

    I’d also assume based on that we will see a number of players dropped for the next game, as they want away, and didn’t fight for him.

    Has anyone else noticed that once Carver is annoyed or upset about something he starts a sentence with “Let me tell you something about….”

  • sparky55

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Ashley must be loving all this…he’s just takin the p!ss all day long the smug b@st@rd.

    His cum-uppence is on the horizon though…time for change well overdue

  • Toonmania

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Lilongwe Geordie,
    Let me tell you something about!! your spot on there.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Morning chaps, what a fantastic day.

    I’ve contacted this morning with a few suggestions and offering my services to hand out leaflets etc.

    Start the day as I mean to go on!
    Ashley out!!


    I spoke to ed yesterday, and you’re right.
    He ain’t a happy bunny.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #11

    What a relief that the Sack Pardew guys have moved onto the Ashley Out campaign.

    Now is the chance for everyone who is against this money leech to get behind them immediately. That means ACTIVELY taking part in protests and group events (if you live in the local area). It needs everyone behind them, so I hope many more fans will actually take part in sustained pressure on Ashley.

    The group being anonymous is good because it should be the one voice of us all that is showing our dismay at what Ashley is doing. As the Sack Pardew guys showed, in a very short period of time, they can be featured on Sky Sports, Talk Sport, national newspapers etc.

    It needs all of us who want Ashley out to be behind them!

    Let’s get the pressure on!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Do you not think this sudden dramatic increase in TV money has changed the whole premier league ball game ?
    I wonder how long the proprietors have known?
    Just for one example last night , Man City v Palace — Milner 30 Toure 31 Lampard 36 —
    Just why have City not kicked on and brought in younger squad players ?
    Other prospective buyers are now coming at championship level hoping for promotion eg Red Bull hoping to get Leeds for £60million.
    I can see the EPL following Rugbys example with just 1 up 1 down or even the NFL with no relegation or promotion just a massive play off at seasons end with a Super(bowl)cup

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #13
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Excellent article in today’s Chronicle by the ‘Mighty Quinn’ on the state of Newcastle and it’e demise. also good article in the Independent on Sunday’s game and the attitude and gain the transfer dealings at the TOON.

    I would say if nothing changes this summer we are relegation favourites.

    I also wonder if Carver has lost the dressing room bit like the Mackems against Villa and didn’t bother as they wanted Poyet out.

    I apologize for re-posting your write up but I entirely agree with your sentiments.
    “While I was fully behind getting rid of Pardew, it was for a mix of reasons. His tactics were becoming increasingly negative, he was over-reliant on certain players, and he was obviously disillusioned with the NUFC fanbase. Any of us would have trouble doing our job with most of an entire city rallied against us, nitpicking our every mistake and micro-analyzing our every word.

    Footie fans will NEVER know what it means to be a manager unless they were one, and that’s just facts. If being an armchair critic were such a valuable trait, companies wouldn’t care about your employment credentials and experience would be void.

    But there were many – who in their frustrated, child-like fits, needed to a target to relentlessly bash and Pardew was the easy choice. Truth is people will always find something to moan about. And Pardew’s gone and here we are, and there Palace are…”

    I thought Pardew was a decent manager who at times said daft things but I felt sorry for him – He was the only person in the club to front up to the press.
    Had his hands tied behind his back on choice of players brought into the club and sold, players who he most likely did not want in his team yet had to play them and got results.
    And most likely with that mid term run of wins has kept us in the premiership.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 7, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #15

    ”But if you have got a player who doesn’t want to hang around and fight for you, then that’s an issue, for me.”
    So what’s Collo still doing here !!!

  • bobby mango

    Apr 7, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Tbh I didn’t think it was that bad letting him leave. It’s true he wasn’t playing and at the time we had Haidara and Dummet. It’s been very unlucky to lose both.

    More telling though is how open Carver has been. I’ve got a feeling the board won’t be fans of his openness. It’s clear to anyone he’s not cut out for the job permanently.

  • Mag52

    Apr 7, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #17


    You couldn’t be more wrong about AP (previous post).
    Given the normal level of support that any manager has a right to expect from an owner of a club, he could have gone on to achieve something at NUFC, judging by the way he has turned around Palace with the full backing of his boss and the fans.
    And the idea that it’s all just a one season wonder, with Palace fighting relegation next season is, I’m afraid, simply wishful thinking on the part of those who find it hard to admit they were wrong about him.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 7, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #18

    Carver Out!

  • Blackstarbullet

    Apr 7, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #19

    John Carver, you are a disgrace and should just keep your mouth shut. Some of the drivel you come out with makes you look like a clown.

  • Sav

    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Laurent. Robert @ 11, Sack did not speak for everyone, including me. In fact, the group clearly pointed the cannon at the wrong target. Now we are stuck with a far worse manager (and a toadying one at that) the cannon is being wheeled out again. Sorry, but I haven’t any great faith in those website-starters. Mashley won’t be shifted except perhaps by mass boycott and we’ve been threatening that at SJP since dinosaurs walked in Eldon Square.

  • Mackems are from MORDOR!

    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #21

    Why not just hore a hitman and be done!

  • Roger

    Apr 7, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #22



  • KevinLee

    Apr 7, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #23


  • monty

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #24

    If David Santon was supposed to prove he was good enough for the first team, how the hell did that useless pile of shite on the pitch last Sunday win a place in the squad!

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 8, 2015 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #25

    We have to stop going to games. It’s tthe most painful option but the only way we might one day get to see some committed and entertaining football. If you were Jaanmat or Aarons or Perez why the fuxk would you play for this team.


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