Why Newcastle Could Be Signing More English Players

John Carver still seems to be getting to grips with why some of our players just seem to freeze in the derby games against Sunderland, and it happened again last time out when Sunderland got only their fifth win of the season,  and two of those have been against Newcastle.

The Black Cats have done the double over Newcastle for the last two seasons – but enough of that – we are about to play a good side tonight at Anfield.

mike ashley not happy

Mike Ashley likes a bargain
But English players tend to be over-priced

Newcastle in the past have invested heavily in the French market, and we are now scouting heavily in the Spanish, Belgium and German markets for new players in the summer.

And one reason we’ve had that policy in place is that English players tend to be over-priced and too expensive for owner Mike Ashley.

This is what John Carver has said about players coming in from the continent:

“If you’re dealing in the French, German or Spanish market, then it’s very difficult to find out a little bit about their personality, about how they are around the place.”

“It’s easy if you’re dealing with a British club. I could pick up the phone to Steve Clarke at Reading and say ‘what’s X, Y or Z like?’ (and he would say) ‘ah, he’s a great lad blah blah’.”

“With the amount of foreign players coming in now, it’s a tougher situation, but you have to try and do as much due diligence if you can to find out as much as you can about the player.”

“Normally, there’s a way of doing it if you go to the stadium. I’ve done this in the past when I’ve gone to watch a player and you’re sitting with the fans sometimes and you actually start having a conversation about them and you try and find out a little bit about their character.”

“That’s one way of doing it, but you’re not going to get everybody right.” “But you’ve got to try and do as much homework as you can and find out about their personality, because we’ve lost five derby games.”

“So there’s something within the make up within this group of players, and I say within their DNA, that when it comes to a derby game, there’s something not right.” “There’s something not right within their make up.”

“No matter how hard you try and no matter what you try and do, it’s an issue.” “What I will say is that I’ve been delighted with the response of them in the sense of the disappointment.”

“They know and they’re hurting – and they should be hurting, as I am. As we all are. I’ve seen that. But, actions speak louder than words.”

So it seems if we are understanding Dr. John correctly – some of our foreign players have DNA which makes them play poorly in games against Sunderland.

Yes – that would explain it.

And we cannot think of a time before a game, when John Carver hasn’t said the lads have been looking good the previous week and have been training well – so we will take that with a pinch of salt.

The players need to make up for the embarrassment of last Sunday – the first time we have ever lost five games in a row to Sunderland – and it’s a Sunderland side who have been struggling with relegation for the last three years.

So what does that say of some of the Newcastle players?

As John says – actions speak louder than words – so we’ll see how our lads perform tonight.

But it does look like we may see more English players coming in over the summer, but we have to think they will be younger players.

That’s because it’s hard to see Mike Ashley paying out the big money it takes to get say get a current English International to Newcastle.

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19 comments so far

  • lesh

    Apr 13, 2015 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #1


    ‘I could pick up the phone to….’

    Those words of Carver’s sound vaguely familiar.

    Ah ha! He’s been getting some tips off Joe Kinnear!

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 13, 2015 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Geez it’s hard work listening to Carver!

    Just wondering if Captain Colocinni’s DNA means Does Not Attend! Derby matches in particular.

  • one fine day

    Apr 13, 2015 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Pleeeeeeease. Carver enough just don’t speak.

  • one fine day

    Apr 13, 2015 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #4

    How many British players were in the Sunderland team yet they played us off the park with a manager who barely had time to know them on first name terms .
    The excuses are just getting more and more disparate .
    So the secrets out next year we are looking at readings finest john? Are the players you are been promised
    How long before bishop steps in and john just reads from typed statements?

  • scout

    Apr 13, 2015 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Something in the DNA???
    I can not believe what im reafing

  • scout

    Apr 13, 2015 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Reading lol

  • lochinvar

    Apr 13, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #7

    “What I will say is that I’ve been delighted with the response of them in the sense of the disappointment.” Il Jong Carver

    Sense of disappointment ? Ha ! Try asking the fans.

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 13, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Something in the DNA of the coach I’d say.
    Plenty of foreigners in Sunderlands team,and it wasn’t only that game that they didn’t show up or show heart.
    We don’t have a vocal captain,Joey wouldn’t have been like a lamb in there.
    No reason why we can’t pick up players like Bolasie or Puncheon,grafters and very quick and direct.
    They’ve got Dann and Ledley- not top class but they’re the type of players thatll win the ball back and get your team moving.
    Something we’ve been missing badly.

  • mindshaft

    Apr 13, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Oh it’s all johnny foreigners fault now…. Carver, you aren’t responsible for buying players anyway – you’re job is coaching, picking players, motivation and tactics ….. None of which you seem able to do

  • firebug666

    Apr 13, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #10

    JC has only ever made 2 statements that as I recall made any sense.

    1. I’m a Geordie, me ya naah.
    2. I worked with the great Sir Bobby Robson.

    After that everything else is just insane babble. He is getting more and more like Joke in ear as the weeks slide by.

    We have another Walter Mitty leading us into oblivion, hold on tight, this is going to get quite bumpy.

    As for the game tonight, I have thought long and hard about the result and my prediction is: God help us!

  • stuart no9

    Apr 13, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #11

    F@@k the character carver , can they play football ? . No your not going to everyone right carbs , but one would be a good start . At least we know now the reason why we are not winning games . It’s not in their DNA , well that’s a relief , I thought we were just shite .

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 13, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #12


    Do Not Accept, blame?

  • martoon

    Apr 13, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Somehow we have to get Colback back into midfield even though that means rejigging the defence – possible play Anita at RB.

  • hibbit

    Apr 13, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #14

    which other company would let a dimwit like carver loose with the press only NUFC………you have to ask yourself why………the answer…… while were all fired up with carver the real problem is having a very easy ride from charnley up………… .carver is just cannon fodder to this lot they dont give two hoots about him the dafter he gets the happier they will be……try not to get to focused on caver when the real problem. pisses on us and gets away with killing the club

  • firebug666

    Apr 13, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #15


    I agree with what you are saying mate, Charnley and Ashley should always remain the real targets. However it’s very difficult to ignore the sometimes ludicrous babble that drops from JC’s open mouth.

    Let’s face it mate the club do not communicate with the fans, except through Carver, as you say, he is their shield, the cannon fodder for the fans.

    Let’s not lose sight of Charnley or Ashley, and we won’t do that, but Carver is also part of that regime and deserves all he gets too.

  • giimps

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Gouffy should be locked in a cupboard and never let out, play Krul ,jaanmaat at rb, lubo and Willo at CD with Raylor at LB,
    Colback, Abeid and Sissoko in Cm and Perez Cabella and Armstrong up front….at least we can compete with pace up front, colback and abide can cover the defence as well as sissoko making runs from deep……of course that will never happen, hel stick with playing players out of position and give gouffy another chance even though he’s been rubbish for 2 year ……get Beardsly in to advise John how to set a team up and how to change things during a game…..cos he don’t know

  • Sav

    Apr 13, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #17

    I know we are talking about the ability to play the Mackems but that is just plain racism. Carver is a dinosaur and an eejit. He’s becoming more of an embarrassment than his string of defeats.In any case, JC, you won’t be consulted about who we will be buying. You were just having a bad dream.

  • Sivarese

    Apr 13, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Just a convoluted way of saying we’ve bought bottlers who can’t take the pressure of important games. He’s right, of course, but he seems to think he can talk his way to getting wins out of this gaggle of work-shy fops.

  • padthemag

    Apr 13, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #19

    The big problem with us is that these players sign for us and the club is sold as a stepping stone and it reflects in their attitude that’s why we always play well against Chelsea , arsenal , Spurs why would a foreigner get out of playing well in a derby they have no affinity to the club and aren’t looking for a move . Sell the club to players properly and u might get decent players and offer sensible money instead of your change from Greggs u fat pr-ck


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