John Carver has said today that Newcastle had a couple of problems before the game at Sunderland on Sunday, which could have meant we were without two of our best players – Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat, and we were aware of the Janmaat situation.
In the warm-up he seemed to have a calf injury, and we were wondering who would play at center-back when it looked like Daryl couldn’t start – but he did – and he played another good game at center-back – but we weren’t aware of the Tim Krul situation.
Tim Krul – almost missed the Sunderland game
Daryl is coming across as one of Newcastle’s best performers both on and off the field – he plays well on the field and when he gives interviews he’s a no nonsense type of guy – and that’s refreshing.
John Carver has explained today what happened before the game last Sunday:
“Without going into too much detail, before Sunday we had a situation where Tim Krul had food poisoning the night before.” “I got a call from the doctor, and it was touch and go whether he would play.”
“During the warm-up, Daryl Janmaat had a little strain in his calf, so I was busy just before the game trying to sort out a totally different team to go and play in a big game like that.”
“They are the sort of blows I’ve had to deal with, and I can’t pull a rabbit out of a hat with nothing available. I’ve just got to deal with it.”
“I’m just going to get on with the job. I’m in this situation. We have a depleted group of players, and I’m working with what I’ve got.”
“We’ve already made our opinions known on the reasons why we’re in this situation – it has been public knowledge – so I’ll just deal with it, and I’ll do it until I’m told otherwise.”
Those are words John’s used before in his interviews.
We sometimes feel a little sorry about the position John Carver has been put in – it’s been caused largely by the mistakes made by the top brass at the club.
But we never hear from them, and the coach has to explain all the nonsense that went on in January, even though John was not responsible for that shambles.
But he also does himself no favors by supporting the actions that were taken in January, when most people realize there were huge mistakes made yet again in a January transfer window.
We really want to hear from Lee Charnley on what he’s doing in the current situation, and whether he thinks the stupid decisions made in January has exacerbated our situation.
In other words we want him (and Ashley) to be accountable.
But yes – we are probably whistling in the wind and it will not happen.
Lee’s avoiding some of his responsibilities – that’s basically what’s happening – it’s a lot easier to have John Carver sweat through the difficult questions from the press.
That also is what happened when Alan Pardew was the front man – and the top brass took the easy way out – that’s the way it is at the club these days.
There’s no leadership from the top and certainly no accountability.
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