Being Positive All Time Isn’t Useful When It Lacks Reality

John Carver may be starting to lose some fans and maybe some of his players too – simply because before and after each game, he’s so positive,  but when you are positive all the time – unjustifiably – you can become a Pollyanna – where everything is positive all the time – and we know in this world that is simply not true – so you must also be realistic – otherwise you are simply a Pollyanna and you lose your effectiveness as a leader.

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John Carver – everything is always positive – all the time

Here’s a couple of definitions of Pollyanna:

  • Someone who thinks good things will always happen and finds something good in everything
  • A person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything

That’s John Carver to a large extent, but as a coach you lose your impact when you cannot just say what’s happened, but have to always spice it up and make it better than it really was.

John Carver is now excited about the next six games,  after he got a reaction at Liverpool.

Yes – we were better than we were at Sunderland, but we were diabolical at the Stadium of Light so it was almost impossible to be as bad as we were at Sunderland.

Well, maybe not.


This is some of what John said after the game:

“I think they got a response. They didn’t get a result.”  “But there was a response after last weekend. I’ve seen enough.”  “We’ve now got Fabricio Coloccini coming back to strengthen the defense.”

“There are positives to take.”  “A lot of people thought we were coming here and expecting us to get a hiding.”  “We held our own for long periods of the game against a top side.”

“The first nine minutes until they scored, we were tentative.”  “After Sterling’s goal we grew into the game.”  “After the performance against Sunderland we could have crumbled. But we grew into the game.”

“It was a huge decision on the penalty.”  “We don’t get big decisions. It could be me. The referee might have made an honest mistake but that doesn’t help me. We didn’t get the decision.” “We had a few chances after that and we finished the game on the front foot.”

“For me, in my eyes, we dominated some of the play. But then the sending off of Moussa Sissoko does affect you.” “It could have been a straight red.” “I have said that to Moussa – he should have been off.”

“There’s an awful lot of things I can take into the last six games.”

We would hazard a guess that whatever John says these days has less of an impact with Newcastle fans, and when he also said after the game we have six Cup Finals to play, we don’t think that’s what the majority of fans think right now.

We’d like another win to make us safe – but right now if we are being brutally honest we are just waiting until the end of the season.

It’s all too painful.

We hope the impossible will not happen and that one of the bottom sides can catch us – which is still possible if we get no more points this season – although it’s very unlikely.

But as we say – it’s not because of what the Newcastle leadership did to help themselves in January.

That for us was the final straw – and we are still getting to grips with the incompetence shown by Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley in the name of making money.

And it finally proved that Mike Ashley has no interest in building a good team at Newcastle – none at all – his interest is only in building his Sports Direct business using Newcastle United as a pawn to do that.

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5 comments so far

  • Slank

    Apr 14, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1


    optimistic prime @ 84

    I believe wums on here and all the people at the club asking us not to do it will have no effect on Ashley as I guess he almost certainly doesn’t read these blogs and he doesn’t involve himself into the day to day management of the club.

    Where it may impact him is his decision to sell the club and that may be dependent upon whether the club is doing well or not. I saw a conversation on telly recently where the pundits explained why Premiership clubs known to be up for sale (Everton, Villa and Newcastle) are not being bought. Apparently the UEFA Fair Play Rules prohibit or severely curtail a rich owner from using his money (ie that not generated by the club) to buy success like Abramovich and the Mansours did for their respective clubs even with creative accountants.

    Given that, then a buyer may have different motives but surely a self financing successful club on and off the field must I think be more an attractive proposition than a club that isn’t successful. Would a new owner be any different to Ashley ? Nobody knows. But Ashley is a known winner and with the club financially secure there should be no reason to hold back to make the club, through team performances, more successful and attractive.

    Perhaps we have to endure the remaining games before a head coach is appointed with new players shipped in and existing players shipped out.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 14, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Slank…Perhaps indeed. What I would put back to you though is, what harm is there in fans uniting, getting some belief back in ourselves that we can do what everyone keeps telling us we can’t.

    It at the very least will show us and Ashley that we can and will organise ourselves if needbe.

    I don’t understand why anyone would object to this idea?

  • Slank

    Apr 14, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #3


    There should be no harm as we appear safe from relegation and an outlet for the fans frustration is required but it should be free from all violence and disorder. Any trouble and it’s an own goal.

    I not sure it would have a major negative impact on the players. If it did would we notice !

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 14, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Slank…Absolutely. We are happy merry men (and women) who want the best for our club.

    This isn’t about violence, it’s about unity and finding our voice.

    As for the players, you are right, would we notice? Truth is, I think each time their has been a protest we’ve managed to get a result!

    An arguement could be made that they want the fans to react, but it wouldn’t be a factual arguement, so I wont make it.

  • lesh

    Apr 14, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Slank – maybe you should change your name to Polyanna ala Carver.

    Speaking of whom, he’s being positive as he thinks that’ll wash with Ashley and his lackey, Penfold – and his positivism transfer to the players.

    They aren’t so blind as to see that the Club’s on the skids under Ashley’s greed driven ownership and that Carver hasn’t got a clue about managing their emotions.

    We’rrrrre doooomed, dooomed a tell ya.


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