Carver Not Thinking About Disaster – But Beware Murphy’s Law


John Carver has said today that he is not even thinking of what would be a complete and utter disaster if Newcastle are relegated this season, which is looking more and more possible with each successive defeat, and we’ve now had seven of them on the trot.

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John Carver – could be taking Newcastle down

It’s a dramatic downturn for Newcastle after we were 9th top with 26 points from 19 games, when Alan Pardew bolted (very) quickly for Crystal Palace at the end of last year, after we beat Everton 3-2 at home.

Pardew was essentially forced out by the Sack Pardew crowd – who wanted him out of the club.

He wasn’t good enough.

Alan has managed to save the London club fairly quickly and they are now safe on 42 points – 7 points better off than Newcastle, and he took them over when they had only 16 points from 19 games – 10 less than Newcastle, and if the rumors are true he will pocket a £1M bonus for keeping Palace up.

Given the massive money clubs get in the Premier League these days he deserves it.

So it’s been a terrible run of games for Newcastle under John Carver, with just 9 points from the last 45 points available, and the last seven games have been the worst run since way back in 1978.

A relegation is now on the cards for Newcastle, but Carver refuses to even think about it:

“I am not even thinking about that. I am not thinking about that disaster. Let’s make that clear. Get that out of the back of our minds. It is not even worth thinking about of commenting on.

“All I am thinking about is Leicester and they have just had four wins on the bounce. There you go, that is another tough game. We are facing them when they are in their best form of the season.”

Most clubs would have fired a manager who has rocketed the club downwards this year the way Carver has, but not Newcastle United.

We had suggested in January that Lee Charnley should be lining up an experienced manager, just in case John was not up to the job because he was untested at the highest level.

But we don’t think they did that – they never seem to look ahead and plan for what may happen in the future for anything – and that important procedure is called management.

They should study Murphy’s Law before they make any more risky transfer deals that leaves our squad threadbare, and they appoint an untested and inexperienced head coach to manage the threadbare squad.

They were hoping we could get by – after all they pocketed £12M in January and that’s good – isn’t it?

Murphy’s Law – the simple definition:

“Anything that can possibly go wrong, will”

But those at the top at Newcastle are simply incompetent at running a football club – and they keep proving that – just in case there’s any doubt about it.

How to get your club relegated when you are in the top ten and doing quite well half way through the season.

That’s essentially what Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley have managed to do via their January dealings in the transfer market, letting players and the manager leave without having any plan in place to replace them – by their own admission.

And not spending one single penny with £34M sitting idly in the bank.

Where did Lee Charnley ever get his management training from – find out – and don’t go there.

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141 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #1

    If they had of shown a semblance of ambition and brought a decent manager in to get maybe a target of 50 points with the players he had at his disposal even if he had of failed in that at least we’d be safe, instead they thought Carver capable of just reaching the bare minimum, only with this route there was no get out clause, shame we have to suffer along with Mashleys pocket if we get relegated.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 27, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Carvers says there’s no point beating ourselves up over this we have to move on.

    Try telling that to wor lass. Every time we lose I punch her in the face.

    She’s black and blue now not black and white

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  • scout

    Apr 27, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Leicester will fancy it they will be digging our players all game. A draw suits both sides mind

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  • Ciaran

    Apr 27, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Cyprus

    Your focus has always been on the here and now. If you think our club’s ills are dependent on the here and now, you’re sadly mistaken.

    Will our club’s ills be solved by replacing JC? We may win a game or two and stay up, but the overarching problem will still be at the club – Mike Ashley.

    People cried out for AP to be replaced. While I don’t think he was a good coach in the slightest, I’d venture even he’d have mustered a point or more in the past 7 games and would have had us safe. Would that have meant everything would be hunky dory? Absolutely not!

    So ask yourself this question. What’s more important, our PL status? Or having a club that represents the community, region, city and wider fan base?

    We have our PL status, but who does it benefit, and what is its cost?

    Finally, and in the interests of civility, can you stop with this bullshit that protesting is in any way related to our pitiful performances. As aforementioned, we had lost 5 games on the trot before any protests were arranged. The team is pathetic, gutless and devoid of any direction. That’s not the fan’s fault.

    That’s as civil as I can manage given how utterly polar my views are from yours.

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  • geordieviking

    Apr 27, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #5

    That headline should stop after “thinking”. 🙂

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  • andrew84

    Apr 27, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh dear ed, wrong again!

    The Sack Pardew ‘crowd’ were not essentially the ones who forced Pardew out. Otherwise he would have been gone by the end of the Cardiff game at the end of last season. He saw his golden ticket and grabbed it.

    And if Geordie John isn’t thinking about relegation he damned well should be, because he is propelling us towards it with his sheer incompetence and uselessness.

    HWTF!

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 27, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Judging by his tv interviews and outbursts pitch side I’d say Carver doesn’t think full stop.

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  • sickandtired

    Apr 27, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Sick of the whole Pardew garbage. The bloke managed only 17 points from a possible 60 this time last season.
    Remember that, Ed.
    Maybe even JC would have done better had be been given 6 players as Pardew got at Palace in January.
    Ashley responsible for all of that – not the supporters.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Apr 27, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #9

    that pic of carver should have a balloon over his head that say, ” now kids, get off me lawn!!”

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  • spitfire_

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #10

    What we’ve became… a Leicester away is a tough game…

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  • aidytoon9

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Everyone knows that Ashley is the problem. Just hope he sells the club to someone that wants to win things. If he doesn’t sell then I hope recent bad publicity he has had changes the way he does things, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. To be fair this club needs to spend at least 100 million to start competing again.

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  • aidytoon9

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #12

    100 million would need to be spent in the summer if we want to compete next season. We will be lucky to spend 30 million and will sell also.
    Rotten to the core the club is and the buck stops with one person.

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  • aidytoon9

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Wasn’t a fan of Pardew but he would have had us on more points now.
    Anyway that is the past, we can’t seem to do the basic things in games like defend a corner on put a decent free kick in!
    A top coach would improve things on the field but to do that Ashley needs to change his spots.
    Also having people like colo ans sissoko as captains is a massive mistake as both gone public about moving away.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail from previous…I think you and I just view this quite differently! It would be the same with you in your work situation – the buck doesn’t stop with your boss just because he hired you!

    …the buck doesn’t stop with your boss if you do something illegal just because he hired you! It’s a distortion of the reality you present there camouflaged as a fact!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #15

    how many sides have you got ed? you were the most ardent critic of pardew, talk about fickle.

    As I recall the everton game apart we were in another appalling losing streak when pardew left (of his own accord.)

    You’re so hypocritical moaning about Pardew and Ashley but as soon as anyone tries to do anything about it you go all mary poppins.

    pardew has lost the last 2 at home and against the mighty Hull last time out.

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #16

    watching the sd thing on chan4 he would save a fortune on then tacky labels if he didn’t bother with them and just flogged the stuff as cheap there isn’t that many chains left now to go to these days any way

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #17

    it was only the season before last pardew had us 16th

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  • scout

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #18

    This SD show is terrible so far. Sales will be up haha

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  • banjax

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Would Mike Ashley keep a failing Sports Direct Store Manager for as long as he has his Football club Manager ? Double Standards ?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Here’s my idea of a conversation that took place in December. We’ll never know but I really believe something like this took place.
    Pardew: Mike, this squad is not strong enough to get through the second half of the season. We must move to strengthen in January. I need at least four players.
    Ashley: Well I just don’t believe that Alan. You are doing a wonderful job. I believe with the players we have we will finish around mid table like last season.
    Pardew: Mike, for the last time we don’t have a deep enough squad. I said some things to the press in August about having a deep squad to bolster our confidence but we’re skating on thin ice.
    Ashley: nonsense Alan, we’re doing just fine. You’ll find a way to keep us in mid table.
    Pardew: I’m happy you have confidence in me Mike but please re-think this.
    How does that sound? Highly likely? We know how it turned out and we know what Percy did.

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  • frankie

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Ed man leave Pardew out of all things NUFC. He’s no longer here so if you want to continue with the love in start a palace blog or, here’s a better idea, start talking sense.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Jesper,
    If my boss hired me as a senior commissioning engineer knowing I wasn’t experienced enough or suitable for the post to do a good job solely because I was half the price of someone else then the fault would surely lie at my bosses feet.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #23

    We would be in same predicament if Pardew was still in charge.

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  • scout

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Looks a cracking place to work. What will you spend your bonus on haha the pictures of the cars etc.

    Shows how desperate people are for a few quid, let people talk to you and treat you like that. PATHETIC.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Ashley is entirely to blame for the mess we’re in. He has to go, one way or the other. And it is a HUGE mess. Look at our squad. It’s a disaster. We have no defense to speak of. We have no attack to speak of when Cisse is out or when he’s feeling flaky. We have unsettled supporters and a coward for an owner. Things can get worse with Ashley in charge. Stay tuned.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #26

    G2,
    How about Mashers gets Churners to ask Beardo how the youth team is doing, Beardo says not very well and we really should buy a quality CB. Mashers tell Churners to tell Beardo if he doesn’t start producing that he’ll find someone who will. When Mashers asks Churners the same question three months later, Beardo says they’re doing just fine and there’s no more questions asked, job done and everything’s rosy.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #27

    How to create a worse atmosphere than we have to work in? Almost impossible. Mike is hiding now and letting Carver and Charnley take the heat as much as possible. But it’s not going to work this time Mike. The more you thrash around trying to find a cheap answer to our problems the worse you’ll make it Ashley. Get out you fool.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail…If your boss hired you knowing you should be able to do the job with in the job description…it’s not all on him!

    …that’s why we have a society both in Denmark and in the UK where you have to take responsibly for your own short-comings. You cannot just point to your boss.

    We can take this in plenum on the blog if you would like?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #29

    That sounds fairly likely as well Jail mate. A pinhead at the top leading a mob of arse kissing pinheads. And we wonder why the club is a disaster.

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  • MacToon

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #30

    So Beardo’s set for a car as a bonus this summer then? 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Novo,
    I think we’d be about seven points better off with no protests organised, no journalists talking about our plight and the rest of the country saying what a great job Pardew done in getting us fifth.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #32

    You don’t make a mess like this without being completely incompetent as an owner. Completely. Not only a coward but a fool. We’ve been calling for CB incoming for years now. We’ve already allowed 57 goals this season. A moron could have figured out our defense is useless. We’ve begged for a decent experienced striker, and not a loanee who had no intention of staying (and who Mike wouldn’t have paid anyway). We’ve begged for decent wingers for years now. It’s laughable but nobody is laughing anymore Ashley.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Jesper,
    Mike Ashley insists on surrounding himself with second rate employees, how is this not his fault.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #34

    “A Newcastle fans group has demanded protection from John Carver.

    The supporters wish to remain anonymous in case they have the misfortune to wander into St. James’ Park and come within shouting distance of the Newcastle Head Coach, or within sight of his team playing football.”

    Hahahaha… 😀 I am actually still laughing!!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #35

    G2,
    That statement Ibiza posted earlier, Mashers said ok, I’ve got the message, you don’t want me I’m selling up, so you don’t need to protest any more. We fell for it hook, line and sinker.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #36

    They would have to rally to be second rate Jail mate. Try third or fourth rate. Charnley is laughable but he gets to hide behind his boss for blame most of the time. Carver has never been a decent manager wherever he went. That information was easily available to Ashley. Ashley is a coward who knows he’s been cornered now again as with the disaster that was the Keegan hiring. A sly coward like Ashley will make some moves in the summer but hopefully nobody will be fooled as to his long term plans for the club. Win nothing, but full ground and free advertising.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Stay tuned for more deep fried cow sh*te from us at Leicester. Then another set of excuses from Carver. Will Ashley show up for the match? It will be interesting to see.

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  • scout

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #38

    After watching this I wouldn’t give this man another penny. I will never step foot in st james park whilst he’s still there.
    You need to seriously consider your morals by attending imo.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #39

    Jail…we are talking about does employed having a responsibility and there for entitled to blame.

    …you believe that’s not the case and the buck stops with Ashley. It’s always the same thing with your argument and it’s quite frankly to one-sided for me!

    That kind of thinking (at least in my book) gets us nowhere.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #40

    I can’t wait to see what our goal difference and goals allowed stats will be for the complete season. Whatever they are, they should be painted on a huge poster, then rolled up and shoved up Ashley’s arse.

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