Carver – Straight And Honest – That’s Me

John Carver has talked about himself again in an interview today, and he says one of the most difficult things in the job he has at the moment as the interim head coach, is all the criticism he gets – some warranted and some unfair.

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John Carver – I’m straight and honest

When you are head coach or the manager at Newcastle one of the things you are going to get as part of the job is criticism and it;s going to be a lot because of the passionate nature of the fans,.

Newcastle fans are the best to play in front of when things are going well, but the opposite is also true.

When the team is going through a bad spell and especially if the players seem not to care, then the players and the coach will get some heavy criticism – it’s always going to be like that at Newcastle.

And the players have seemed not to care too much in far too many games this year since Carver took over.

And generally the higher you go up the ladder the more criticism you will get – that’s just how things seem to be, and you have to be prepared for that if you want to be successful.

This is what John has said today:

“I think it is the hardest job in football. Definitely it is. I don’t manufacture anything – I don’t do that. Straight and honest, that’s me.”

“It’s the dream job, right. This is the dream job, but the hardest thing is taking the criticism off your own people.” “That’s the bit I find really, really difficult.”

“And some of it is deserved and some of it is not. Sometimes you’re dealt the hand and you’ve got to get on with it, and this is the hand I’ve been dealt.”

“When I took it on, if I hadn’t accepted or if I didn’t want it, then I would have been kicking myself. I wasn’t going to not accept it, not have a go at it, all right.”

“I’ve said this to you, I genuinely believe that if I’ve got the right tools I can do the job.”  “And I think I’m getting the best out of the players I’m putting out on the pitch at the moment.”

“But it is bitter-sweet. It’s bitter sweet and it’s definitely a roller coaster.” “Let me tell you something, I am feeling it as well. My family are feeling it, we are all feeling it, but nobody more than me, because it is my job as well and I cannot run away from it.”

“I can be disappointed like I was on Tuesday morning, but then I have to pick myself up and go again and be ready for the next game. And I can assure people out there, I am giving it every single minute of my time, every inch.”

One mistake John may be making in the job, is that he’s making it far too much about himself.

The reality is it isn’t about him – it’s about the players and the team, and the fact is we’ve been hopeless far too often this year.

9 points out of 39 points played for is not good, and we have to start picking up some points from somewhere, otherwise we could still be caught by the bottom sides.

Maybe we wont be caught, but it could still turn out be very uncomfortable in the final two to three games of the season, if we keep losing like we have done in the last five games.

And other sides will know we’ve been struggling, and they will be gunning for us in the last six games.

Newcastle still have to play at both Leicester City and QPR, which are the only road games left this season.

John needs to take the attention off himself and start to get the best out of the players available, and many would argue he hasn’t done that this year – not yet anyway – in spite of what he says.

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98 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Ibiza BandB

    Thanks for taking the trouble to organise this through AO

    Thanks again

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Honest John, hahahahaha

    He couldn’t lie straight in bed!

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m going to head to the shops in a bit to get some safety pins and double sided tape so people can put their flyers on front of their tops.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    OP…For what it’s worth, I like to give John the benefit of doubt. I think he believes it, like many before him have and that he is doing the best he can because he loves the club.

    With that in mind, he will no doubt, despite his recent comments to the contrary, understand and respect why we’re doing what we’re doing.

    It isn’t about you John. Don’t allow anyone to tell you it is.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Your about as honest as your paymaster.

    Wonder how many times he licked his lips whilst spewing out all THAT.

    “Let me tell you” “believe me” there’s a few others he might aswell trademark he says them that often.

    Eeeeee I’m reet thick meeeeee.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    OP…Well done, that would be great.

    Let’s cover up those oh so wronga signs.

    Mind, I bet you could use a few quid to buy said pins and tape – can I suggest a good day payday loan?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah, good work with the list organising.

  • scout

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Walk away Johnny boy, before it walks on you.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9


    And end up paying £123,456,542,55.00
    For a £1 pack of safety pins, great idea 🙂

  • damma99

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Go now you moron. Anybody going to the match must be happy with this regime. ASHLEY OUT.

  • scout

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Lets put it to bed about these Graham Carr finds. Some have been right turkeys.
    Let the manager sign the players

    But please sign NZONZI

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #12


    lol hmmm , he would be very gullible if he did believe in what he has been told , he has been there the whole time P45 was there so it’s not like he is just coming in and has to take people at face value , he is telling people he is a fan ? very questionable , if he was a fan he would walk, the fans see what is going on without being told , actions speak much louder than words, and his words are just random babbles.

    tomorrow would be a great day for him to show the fans he was a fan and not turn up , well the team won’t turn up anyway

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Just want to say, you may not see them, but there are others at work too…we all are.

    Knowledge is power. We’re all doing out bit. You too!


  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    catchy..Oh alright, I was being kind to the guy 🙂 – he isn’t our target though and I think we all need some focus.

    Ashley not only allowed Pardews reign to last so long, by club accounts, they were gutted to see him go.

    Ambitions met.

    It’s not good enough. Carver is not my concern. I’d love it if he and the team just simply didn’t turn up, for real, not just the normal way they don’t.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15

    OP…To not buy them that way is surely anti club? 🙂

    Okay, enough of that sillyness.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    For those who have missed this
    Whether you support the boycott or are a fence sitter (like me) you cannot deny this guy’s brilliance.

  • BandB

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17


    You can still join in!

    Stage your own protest at home. Make a placard, a poster, a banner, send a funny cartoon. Stick your thumb up and write “Ashley Out” on it. Get the family to write it on your plaster!

    Then post it on here.

    You don’t have to show your face.

    Ibizatoon posted the details of how to take part at 7pm last night and will be doing the same again later today (though he doesn’t know yet 🙂


  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    Putting a face to the writer (this is quite old but still interesting)

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #19

    The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #20

    Replace evil with Ashley
    Replace good men with fans


  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #21

    For a club that aren’t worried about the boycott there PR have gone into overdrive
    “Exclusive” Aarons interviews, rushing SDJ back, getting the players to take to Twitter posting photos of the fans saying we need them etc, although fair play to Jonas who seems to be backing fans via his Twitter

    Then there’s the increasing amount of bizarre interviews from the prat Carver who reading them straight off bishops auto que

    Sadly John your little fish, despite your best efforts to deflect the heat towards MA onto yourself you’r sacrifice is in vain, the fans don’t care about your a joke, and like any bad joke you’ll be easily forgotten when MA throws you under the bus at the end of the season

    Oh anyone going to the protest please don’t wear your wonga tops!

  • magpie6699

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #22

    damma9 “Anybody going to the match must be happy with the regime” . One of the most naive posts but reflecting a lot of people’s opinion, I’m sure. It also makes me laugh when I read that all the “true supporters” have left already to be replaced by people who are new-style yuppy types who aren’t really fans. I have a different view – and one to which I’m entitled as I’ve supported the Toon since my dad first took me to see them in 1957 -just like Sir Bobby’s famous quote. There have been some pretty dreadful times, and not a lot of great ones, but I’ve always supported MY team, I have loathed a number of the previous regimes – the only one I can remember supporting was Sir John Hall – and it turns out even he did financially OK out of the rescue. Supporting my team has precious little to do with whoever regime is running or ruining the club. It’s an emotional tie.
    I wonder whether some of the discontent is among the more recent supporters who were spoilt by the Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby times and who haven’t seen us languishing much in Division 2 with some pretty rubbish players and nearly going into the 3rd tier.Perhaps they feel our history is always that of a “top” team. Sure, I’m desperate to see us do better,I’d love us to win a cup and I hate the Ashley regime – but if I choose to go to support my team, that is my prerogative and I shouldn’t be criticised for it. I understand the boycott and I respect those who choose to stay away. I just don’;t think it’ll affect Ashley – but it might affect the team. Now if we could only find a way to get the whole of the country never to buy anything from Ashley’s shops…..

  • BandB

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #23

    Post your protest tomorrow TADS.


  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #24

    “belonging and feeling”

    Yep, that’s what we’re after again.

    90 minutes people, a time frame we’re all familiar with. It’s wonderful to see so many taking part in BoycottSpurs and taking a stand with their fellow fans.

    Those who are willing and able to give a bit more, please get in touch within the next 90 minutes.

    You’re being asked to turn up 30 minutes earlier than the boycotters (so 3pm on Sunday), to help hand out information. Get in early, let you’re voice be heard.

    Inform each other, remind someone we’re in this together. Sunday is just the start.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #25


    I hope it affects the players, it may give them a kick up tha arse to see people with passion fighting for the club.
    Something the players won’t do.

  • hibbit

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #26

    ED if you put yourself in the firing line you can expect to be shoot …….. walk away john your just cannon fodder……ASHLEY OUT

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #27

    It is important, as in the past it’s been somewhat less forthcoming, that even if you can’t or don’t want to attend the boycott / protest, but want to say you’re not happy with how things are, that you do something to let your voice be heard.

    Picture Your Protest is a fun and easy way of doing just that.

    We don’t have to always agree on everything. Get back to basics. We want what is best for our club and it’s not getting that under Ashley. The balance is off.

    Don’t allow Ashley and his team to take your desire to be a fan and stand by the team, as that is YOUR choice, and make that a statement you’re happy with his running of the club.

    This Sunday is about boycotting and I do urge as many people to take part, but, at the very least, if you can’t do that for now, do something to let everyone know where it is you stand.


  • optimistic prime

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #28
  • magpie6699

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #29

    Ibizatoon – a very balanced post.

  • Sav

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #30

    And I thought… ‘if I’m honest…’ was a Pardewism.
    Unfortunately, any manager working under Mashley is going to be tainted as far as the rest of us are concerned, so toxic has the regime become. We were told in the very first few days when people were wondering ‘who is this Ashley bloke?’, that he liked to park his tanks on other people’s lawns. And that part was certainly true because he doesn’t give a toss about what anybody else thinks, and that includes his customers, if that is what NUFC fans are.
    In truth, none of the 5 Glasgow Boys, nor Santon or M’Biwa are any great loss to the side. I don’t care if the latter two captain their national sides to the next World Cup, they couldn’t cut the mustard when they were at SJP. Go and good luck. But to leave us short a striker again and especially a centreback for about 3 years is a scandal when there’s money to spend.
    Another poster is right that the free SD ads are ok but a percentage should annually be reduced from the loan or its just taking the p**s. To say he’s just keeping it warm for a paying advertiser is just giving fans the finger.

  • rowly

    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #31

    I’m just wondering about this boycott today…
    What result are we realistically looking for?
    I don’t think Ashley is going to sell up on the back of it so do we have a way we can judge the success of it?
    If 40,000 still turn up to watch the game has it failed?

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #32

    magpie…It’s a right old mess we’re in and it surrounds something we clearly all feel very strongly about. It’s time that we all had some understanding and respect for each other.

    Few can deny something is amiss, somewhere.

    Rowly….No, there is no chance of fauilure in fans beginning to start finding their voice.

    It’s a step. Some are waiting to see how it goes, some waiting for more info.

    The only result I’m looking for, right now, is more and more fans to come together over time.

    Stop allowing this divide and conquer.


    60 Minutes people. Be part of something, inform you’re fellow toon fans, take that first step….let’s do it together!

  • BandB

    Apr 18, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #33


    It is only a start isn’t it?

    How can we judge? I don’t know. Should we judge? I don’t think so.

    There will be plenty who hate the idea judging it a failure on Monday, whatever happens.

    That is THEIR job, not ours.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 18, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #34

    Not sure if its just the questions hes asked but Carver really only talks about himself in interviews.
    Saw yesterday someone say hed been removed from the newcastle next manager betting?? Its not because hes not going to get the job, its because they already paid out on him after 12 games

  • BandB

    Apr 18, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #35

    Thoughts on what the figures mean from Nufc.Com. Used without permission, as is their own style.


    Stay, go, put your left leg in, whatever. As we’ve written on numerous occasions in the past, it’s your call.

    For those who do have season tickets and don’t attend, bear in mind that the published SJP crowd will not reflect that absence, but rather tickets sold for that game.

    This method of compiling gates is set by the FA and highlighted when previous Freedom of Information requests have been made for access to police statistics – which record the actual number of bums on seats.

    (FOI-sourced figures for Manchester United home games reveal that the published crowd of 46,358 for our League Cup visit to Old Trafford in September 2012 was almost 13,000 higher than the physical attendance of 33,409).

    Taking that into consideration, the published attendance will in all probability be higher than the lowest crowd to have watched a Premier League home game since the ground was extended to over 50,000 in 2000.

    That remains the 41,053 figure published for a 1-2 defeat by Blackburn Rovers on a Wednesday night in November 2010 – coming after our 5-1 derby victory and 1-0 success at Arsenal.

  • BandB

    Apr 18, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #36

    So the best way to have no quibbling over the attendance, is big gaps.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 18, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #37


    I will do something as you suggest

  • BandB

    Apr 18, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #38


    NO wee-ing pockets……

    Look forward to seeing it.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 18, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #39


    They also use ST holders as attendees even if they don’t turn up. All premiership clubs do this though. So say there’s 35-40k season ticket holders, those will be counted for the final attendance figure.

    No doubt some will use that to say it’s been a failure. The only way to dispute the official attendance I can think of is seeing lots of empty seats. Did you mention the police hold their own?

  • BandB

    Apr 18, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #40


    It is absolutely vital they contest the figures that will be bandied about afterwards, as they will all be low. The MAOC march had hundred more than was reported, but they got away with it.

    Political parties don’t have spin rooms after these debates for nowt.


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