Carver Gives Himself High Marks For His Coaching This Year


John Carver says he is getting the very best out of the players he has available at Newcastle, and that’s even though we have lost the last five games and taken only 9 points out of a possible 39 points available in the league this season, and we’ve dropped four places in the league since the start of the year,  and a certain Crystal Palace have gained 17 points on us this season.

Their coach must be some coach.

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John Carver – I’ve getting the best out of the players available

Newcastle fans are angry at many things at the moment – but mainly with Mike Ashley – who again took the easy and cheap option – by appointing John as the interim head coach through the end of the season – even though he has only limited experience as a head coach.

Newcastle have had no luck with injuries and suspensions have helped to decimate the squad, so it’s not like we are helping ourselves much either.

This is what John has said today about Newcastle this year:

“We’ve had setbacks, but you have got to deal with setbacks.” “It would be interesting to see if any manager or head coach has had this sort of situation in their career.”

“It has been difficult, the facts are there. I’m not a moaner and not making excuses.” “It’s a test of management how you deal with it.” “I think I’m getting the best out of the group of players we have.”

“I’m enjoying it,” “You might think it’s strange to say that, but the hardest thing is to pick yourself up after a defeat because you take it personally.

“But we are professionals, and we have to get on with it.” “I’m quite a positive guy inside my head, and I know I can do the job. I just need the tools.”

We’ve never heard a coach talk about himself as much as John seems to do in these interviews,  and he gives himself compliments, it all seems so strange – it’s not about John – it’s about Newcastle United.

What’s that saying we used to use when we were young “self praise is no recommendation.”

Being a top manager or coach in any football league is very tough, but particularly in the Premier League, with all the attention and media attention it gets around the world.

It’s a huge challenge for anybody in charge of a team, but managers get these types of challenges all the time – and they have to learn how to overcome the adversity and  still get the results.

John is now tasting some of that pressure now, and while admittedly he hasn’t had many players to choose from, his record is still not good – with just two wins in the 14 games this year.

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But it’s hard to criticize John too much,  because the man is working his socks off for the cause, and of course he’s doing his very best – it’s not his fault he’s been put in the position he’s in.

Let’s hope we can get a win on Sunday and then we should definitely be safe – that’s what the lads need to do on Sunday.

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262 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #1

    I suppose it’s good someone is enjoying it.

    I thought Penfold was going to be talking to us more and not the HC? That is what Carver is, isn’t it?

    I am confused. What do the club gain from leaving poor John, doing his best of course, to deal with the brunt of the clubs PR work?

    It’s not very fair on him. It’s almost as if, just beacuse he’s a Geordie, they think fans will just accept it.

    I think they’re wrong. It isn’t John’s fault though, at least he’s there, communicating.

    Oh aye, this is the summer of change. It’ll all be different.

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  • Harley

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Ibiza toon

    Silly question I know but do you actually live in Ibiza? Like all year round, not just seasonal.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #3

    JC – 99 problems and the pitch ain’t one

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  • Belfast

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Remember the venga bus Harley? Well he lives in that.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #5

    To me it’s disgusting to see our club send JC out to spin things and make himself look like a fool. Carver almost seems pitiful now. And I know he has the passion and all but he really should tell whoever that is sending him out enough is enough

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  • bladeuser

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed
    stop sitting on the fence and like other blogs tell it how it is
    JC is up his own arse a crawling kiss arse pathetic coach who is out of his depth even if we lost the last six games and just avoided going down he would still say he was the best man for the job he is the type of person no matter what happened all he is interested in is being known for managing nufc this club hangs on to talentless managers and players far to long whereas other clubs would have kicked them out asap
    Take williamson for example he is bar far the worst defender i have ever seen and we have had quite a lot over the years yes i know we have injuries but even when we did,nt he still got a game Harry kane must be rubbing his hands

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Harley…Pretty much. Ibiza is home.

    Lindisfarne… 🙂

    Belfast…Did you not confiscate the Venga Bus some time ago? You can’t have it both ways. At least Welsh is consistent with his attempted humour!

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  • scottoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Oh Good Lord…..how does this waste of air keep coming up with this trash? How does the hierarchy rationalize the crap they put us through? Ashley must be the most machevellian person ever…..they will change the word and people in the future will say ashleyan.

    GET OUT OF OUR CLUB!!!

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza

    6am jeez I’ll be in the pub in San Carlos at that time 😉

    What’s it called can’t think of the name, it’s a woman’s name, bars covered in art that’s been swapped for drink lol

    Opens at 6am and closes at 5am 🙂
    My sorta bar, can’t rember the name 🙁

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  • croftus5678

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #10

    the first 3 games nvm the results our players looked the best i’ve seen them in a long time !

    since then we havent been great ! yes a few performances by certain players and lack of performance from others but either through his or his motivation and strategy of how he’s got our available players playing we have been second best in the majority of the games tbh.

    without injuries and suspensions i would have no doubt he would have picked up a fair few more points but in fairness i think pards would have gotten more points than carver in this situation and tbh i’m no pards fan as i still believe he’s only avg.

    i’d personally like rolando not to be used this year to stop people putting a bid in for him and to use siem sparingly so he’s not pushing it and 100% for next season.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #11

    scottoon its easy for them we all focus on carver and they go free……………..it must be on there mind thou as charnley now has a minder

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #12

    For the love of God someone gaffer tape this idiots mouth shut

    If anyone needed convincing of boycotting the Spurs game …

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ve seen nothing from Carver to suggest he can get anything from the squad, it was only a few weeks ago he was rolling out the there not good enough and don’t understand the shirt BS

    Sorry John, if it was one or two players not performing you may have a point but a whole squad? Sorry pal that lays directly at your feet highlighting the fact you have zero coaching ability and simply can’t organise train and discipline a squad
    Should be out the door the minute the final whistle of the season blows

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  • scottoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Have to say for the longest time I was dead against the notion of boycotting the stadium. I felt, like Ed does, that the side deserves our support. But lately the players have shown that they cant muster the motivation for this shambolic mess in which they find themselves. So now I ask why would I support the players as they sleepwalk through another 90. I cant blame them really…..how can they possibly motivate themselves when everything about their employers tells them it wont matter one iota. But I cant imagine supporting the unsupportable, when the product is not worth buying anymore and the shop owner clearly wont do anything to improve it.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #15

    OP…Surely the sign of a good bar is one that you can’t really remember? 🙂

    Don’t ask me, it’s way up there! It’s quite funny, when I first arrived locals would make a big deal out of travelling from one side of the island to the other. Used to take the piss out of them all the time. I’ve become one of them. Maybe it’s time to leave?

    Tads…He should never have been put in this postion in the first place,nevermind waiting until after the final whistle of the season.

    Still, I suppose it has shown more and more people just exactly what Ashleys plans are for the club. That’s cheap, that’ll do.

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  • davetoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #16

    please Ed please… I value whats left of my sanity

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  • croftus5678

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #17

    so 2 players for each position 1 starting one understudy imo and ofc room to change things around.

    gk;krul/darlow
    lb…….erm…./hairdryer
    cb…..erm…./lescalles
    cb…..erm…../dummett
    rb;janmaat/sterry
    dm;sissoko/abied
    cm;colback/kemen
    acm;siem/vukic
    lw;rolando/….erm
    rw;cabella/….erm
    ss;…erm…/armstrong
    ms;cisse/perez

    should be 24 man squad numbers but lots of missing pieces imo.

    4 top quality players needed imo with atleast 2 very promising players.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #18

    It would be hard to imagine many people more delusional and egotistical than AP, but JC has trumped him!

    But hey this is NUFC where abject failure finds a rewarding home.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Ibiza

    Haha, if you can’t remember def a good time 🙂 it’s Anita’s or something like that.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #20

    I see that Keown is batting his gums about our plight. The gist is that our problems have started since Cisse’s suspension -basically as we do not have a goalscorer.
    Now this just typifies the distinct lack of knowledge about the situation at SJP that pundits and the southern based press spout.
    The mess at SJP has been going on for years now -as evidenced by the comments of most Toon fans. I am at a loss as to why the message of mediocrity is not understood further afield.
    However, we all have the chance to put this right over the weekend.
    Support the boycott and the Tubbs out campaign.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Scottoon…In my opinion, the Geordie faith has been played on and treated in a completely disgusting way by Ashley.

    We’re not at war with each other. Something clearly needs to be done, few fans are happy. It’s time, no matter how uncomfortable, that we make a stand to show we can.

    Usually it’s quickly dismissed as impossible. Fans wont do that!

    Let’s show ourselves we do have what it takes. After all, we do. By not acting we’re letting down the club. As for the players on the pitch, like you, I don’t blame them too much. They’re hearts arent in it, but then neither are the clubs. It’s all so far from what we expect at Newcastle. Enough is enough.

    Will you be joining the protest on Sunday?

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Ibiza

    Id go from one end of the Island to the other, a epic pub crawl 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza
    Very true, but sadly he is in the position and seems to be going full guns to try and keep it
    Worryingly it could happen

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed ”– it’s not his fault he’s been put in the position he’s in.”

    What a damning comment when 52000 would love to be in his position and I’m sure a large percentage would do far far better.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #25

    OP…Not Ashleys, is it? Cheap drink, bad atmosphere, unhappy clients? Decent bar!

    Tuff…It’s about time we dealt with this incorrect information that’s flying around the place. They clearly dont have a clue, so it’s up to us to tell them.

    Sunday people. Let your voice be heard.

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  • ash1001

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #26

    ED – Simple question

    How in the hell do you know Carver is working his socks off, you talk so rubbish at times

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Tuff

    Pundits and press seem to prattle on about situations they have no idea about.

    It’s weak and lazy and shows they aren’t fit for the position they hold.

    I take zero notice of the majority of them, what can they know about my clubs situation sitting 500 miles away in their rose tinted glasses.

    If anything their stories make me want to protest even more, so the clowns will see the truth of the situation.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Tuff/Ibiza/Everyone tbf
    If you know anyone or see anyone who “doesn’t get” why the fans are boycotting or think it won’t do anything please forward this link to a guest blog by George Caulkin from The Times

    http://ashleyout.com/articles/a-guest-blog-on-the-state-of-newcastle-united-by-george-caulkin-northern-sports-correspondent-of-the-times/

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Rotonda…To be fair to Ed and Carver, it isn’t his fault.

    This isn’t a dig at you, I’m not painting you an Ashley supporter, but at some stage we need to move the focus from the effect and concentrate on the cause.

    tads…It could happen. If we allow it. It’s funny when people talk about Ashley waiting for Pardew to be gone to finally show some ambition. Yet, here we are in April, looking at the prospect of having Carver as manager next season – if he does alright.

    Nothing’s changed and there are no signs of change, apart from where we seem to manifest it out of hope.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Ibiza

    Hmmm, sounds visable!
    Maybe that’s why the names been erased from my memory 😉

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Tads…Saw that one yesterday. A great article and is on my cut and paste list already 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Ibiza
    Captures the plight perfectly , great to see a proper article from the press

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #33

    OP does seem strange though why the fans reasonings are not or have not been taken on board by others. Seems a lot are not making the effort to find out.
    It is really annoying that these types substitute their own version of events rather than what the actual majority of fans are thinking.
    But hopefully an opportunity to put that right at the weekend.
    Support the boycott and the Tubbs out campaign.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #34

    tads – read that article – it’s very good. I see it’s on the AO site.
    Waverers should make a point of reading it.
    Support the boycott.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Also lads n lasses wait a couple of days for the official match attendance figures, the one they announce on the day are based on ticket sales so all ST holders will be counted as attended regardless if they are there or not

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  • Graeme

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #36

    A very interesting article on the current boycott issue!!

    http://www.themag.co.uk/2015/04/lunacy-or-stockholm-syndrome-for-some-newcastle-fans/

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #37

    I can’t see how people can say the boycott won’t make a difference etc.

    I personally know a cpl mackems who are going to the boycot I know 3 lads that aren’t even football fans but understand what Ashley’s doing and are going to support friends and family. Then there’s the rangers fans who said they’ll attend.
    I’ve even heard a few Liverpool fans are going to show support.

    At the end of the day this protest is to draw people’s attention to the situation and tell fatty enoughs enough.

    Even before the protest the message is being delivered loud and clear, it’s already working IMO

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  • scottoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Ibiza – Like you I live far away from Newcastle…..I’m over in Canada. I used to dream of the day I would sit in St James Park and finally experience the mystique and magic. Finally made the trip after 22 years of supporting the side at Christmas 2013….saw the 5-1 defeat of Stoke and the 1-0 loss to the Arse. The side was doing well at that point and then January rolled around. The wheels fell off and we all know what has gone on since.

    If I were given the airfare and a match ticket tomorrow I would fly to the Toon and take up with the faithful in Leazes Park….without a doubt. In the meantime all I can do is voice my displeasure and offer my support to the fans who protest, whether inside or outside the hallowed ground. Everyone needs to do their part.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Tuff

    IMO it’s the one of the boys attitude, with the pundits anyway.

    How many times do we see a terrible manager or player but pundits will say the exact opposite to what everyone sees or knows, just so there’s no controversy?

    Ridiculous.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Just heard from some bozo who is in full support of the boycott but is offering his ticket for sale ???

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