John Carver is a good talker and he has given lots of interviews before the game at Liverpool on Monday night, but the big thing missing from John Carver this year since h took over from Alan Pardew are the results – he doesn’t have any – or more accurately, our results have been terrible, and Newcastle have already dropped 4 places in the league table from 9th to 13th, in the 12 league games this year.
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We have only two wins and 9 points in those games and unless we pull out of this dive, West Brom and Aston Villa could still finish above us, and we would therefore finish in 15th place.
But John’s still insisting he can do the job as the new Newcastle head coach:
“Listen, I always knew it was going to be tough because I saw what happened to managers in the past when I was around them — top managers, top players turning into managers, top coaches, I have seen the whole lot, so it hasn’t surprised me.”
“That’s why I wanted to give it a go. I wanted to give it a go because I didn’t want to have any regrets. I wanted to have a go and to be honest, I believe in my own ability and I believe if I have got the tools — I really do — I could do a good job and a successful job.”
“I genuinely believe that, and if it means putting up with what I have to put up with and losing the social life that I had, then the way forward with what we have got and what we are planning on doing in the summer.”
“If I’m the guy who is fortunate enough to do that job, then I’m excited, and that’s why I want to do it.” “The only saving grace or solace is the golf club.”
“I get stick there, yeah, but it’s Freddy Shepherd, Alan Shearer, Stevie Harper … Lee Cattermole, by the way!”
“They are a bit more understanding, they understand what’s going on and how things are going on. It’s quite nice because you then get football people talking about football, who understand.
“Listen, I have said it from day one: I can’t hide from what happened on Sunday, and I won’t hide from it. What I won’t do is I won’t take abuse, and certainly none of my family will take abuse. That is a fact.”
“But I have to accept what people say. As long as it is done the right way and in a constructive manner, I can accept that.”
Our away form has been pathetic and so the Liverpool game is worrying, and we still have to go to Leicester City – who have won two games in a row – and QPR.
Two defeats in those games would not be good.
The other thing that’s embarrassing for the club is just how well Alan Pardew has done at Crystal Palace this year – and it’s a compete contrast to what’s happened at Newcastle.
At the turn of the year they had 16 points from 19 games and were 3rd bottom, and now they have 42 points from 32 games and have gained 14 points on Newcastle.
Palace are in 11th place and a full 7 points above the Magpies with a much better goal difference of -1 compared to -16.
Palace hammered Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium of Light yesterday, and Sunderland were the same side that dominated Newcastle a week ago when they outplayed and outfought us for their 5th win in a row.
Maybe we can get something out of the Liverpool game tomorrow night?
That’s what we need to stop it being our 5th defeat in a row.
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