We’ve had the usual strange interviews from John Carver in the lead-up to the home game against Tottenham on Sunday, with the interim coach saying he’s got the very best out of the players available to him this year – even though that’s just two wins in 14 matches – and yesterday he made the statement that he is thinking of replacing Coloccini with Daryl Janmaat as captain next season.
Paul Merson – Newcastle in a bad place
So there you have the possibility, that in a results-oriented business like football coaching, John Carver could get the job in the summer at Newcastle by not getting the results – such is is the enigma called Newcastle United under owner Mike Ashley.
It seems that Mike is more concerned about running the club the way he wants to and making money, than in bringing in a good head coach who could get results on the field, and give us a successful side.
And today pundit Paul Merson has a review of the game, and told some home truths about both sides for Sunday’s 4:00 pm kick-off game.
“These two sides might as well be on the beach. In all seriousness, I think Tottenham will prevail here. However, if they do win I don’t think it’s a great result.”
“It’s getting to the stage of the season where I don’t think too many teams want to finish fifth or sixth. The Europa League is a huge distraction for the teams that qualify.”
“Newcastle are in a bad place at the moment. They need to win a football match quickly.”
That last sentence by Paul Merson hits the nail on the head – we need a win quickly and things may even lighten up a bit on Tyneside, but with the planned boycott of this game and the possible demonstrations – it’s going to be a difficult game for the lads to win on Sunday.
We’d be surprised if we can get a win and most readers expect yet another defeat which would be our sixth in a row and seven in the last eight.
Only one solitary win since the club made those last minute deals to get Davide Santon to Inter-Milan and Haris Vuckic and others out of the club at the end of the January transfer window to make money and further weaken the squad.
That’s 11 weeks ago now.
If we do lose against Spurs we may even hear something from the top executive Lee Charnley about our staggering fall from grace since the end of the January transfer window.
Well – maybe not.
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