It seems that before every game these days, John Carver gives an interview which is very controversial, and sure enough he’s given another one on Friday, and says he doesn’t know why fans are so upset these days – and he doesn’t know what changes need to be made at the club to make fans happier.
John Carver – out of touch
If that’s the truth then John at best is completely out of touch with the fans who have had to endure 14 games this year when we’ve been hopeless in most of them – slid down the league four places, and garnered only 9 points from a possible 39 (13 games) in the Premier League.
Oh yes, and we fielded maybe the weakest side in recent memory in January and managed to lose 1-0 in the FA Cup third round tie at Leicester.
Since Alan Pardew left it’s become obvious the real cause of the problems at the club is the way that Mike Ashley runs things with his frugal policies and money-making ways, which come at the expense of the playing squad – which has been threadbare this year.
And John doesn’t know why the fans are boycotting on Sunday?
If that’s true then he’s completely out of touch.
Carver was asked a leading question to start the interview – are the fans who are boycotting the game on Sunday still fans?
This is how he answered that:
“That’s a good question.” “I think they do support the team but they have obviously got their own issues.” “I respect those issues but I was asked “would I go?” and I would say yes, I would go because I support the team.”
“I never thought I’d see a boycott to be perfectly honest, especially in the North East of England because we love football. So obviously something has triggered in their heads to make them not want to come and I respect that.”
“I don’t really know what needs to change at the club if I am being perfectly honest. I had a really good conversation with a friend of mine yesterday and he is a proper fan, travels home and away and this goes back to the seventies and eighties, same age as me.”
“He followed the team everywhere and I sometimes went with him when I was 15 or 16. I was asking him similar sorts of question and he couldn’t give me answers.”
“It was a strange conversation because I was trying to find out what the people are thinking, why do they want to do what they want to do.”
“It is amazing and I can only use this year as an example. When I went to the cup match against Leicester, I had four or five players with tight hamstrings or quads, and I could not put my best team on the pitch.”
“When I was given this job, nobody has ever told me what team to pick or what to do. I went into that cup game trying to put my best team on the pitch.”
“That is true but because of the circumstances, when someone comes to you and says he is not right, I could not put the best team on the pitch. We lost the game. No one wants to win the FA Cup and have a dream of the FA Cup more than me.”
“Being realistic, are we going to win the Premier League? I would not have thought so unless you have an unbelievably freaky season.”
“It is hard enough trying to make the top four. So what can you win? Either the FA Cup or League Cup. I am telling you now, I wanted to win the FA Cup and circumstances meant that was not the case.”
John has a short memory on boycotts, because there was one last May 3rd in the game against Cardiff in the 69th minute – when some fans walked out on the game – but we managed to win 3-0.
But we had lost the last six league games on the trot before the win against Cardiff City – who were relegated last season.
That’s another strange statement from John Carver, and the four or five players with tight hamstrings at Leicester City were magically all fit for the following week, when we played at Chelsea in the Premier League, the games that are prioritized by Mike Ashley.
And it’s difficult to understand why John doesn’t know why fans are upset – maybe it’s because we have won one game since the January transfer window ended, or maybe it’s we have just two wins in the 14 games John has managed this year, or perhaps it’s the fact we’ve lost the last five games.
There’s a reason in there somewhere.
That’s a really unfortunate interview by John Carver.
Finally, we are still hoping for a win on Sunday afternoon against Spurs.
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