Carver Talks About Big Weakness Before Relegation 6 Pointer

Newcastle travel to Leicester City on Saturday in the early kick-off game, and John Carver has told Nigel Pearson, the Leicester City manager and former Newcastle coach,  what our big weakness is, in case he was wondering what it is.

And Carver has said Manu Riviere will definitely start the game, in case Nigel was wondering whether he would or not, after our disastrous second half performance against a better Swansea City side for a seventh defeat on the trot.

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Carver – we are weak at set plays and Riviere starts
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We gave away a goal from a corner only seconds before half time on Saturday, after we had gone ahead in a game for the first time in seven games, when young Ayoze Perez, broke his duck this year and scored his sixth Premier league goal.

This is some of what John Carver has told Nigel Pearson today:

“As we know, we are not great at defending set-plays, that was the only way Swansea looked like scoring. So disappointing because I thought we did some really good stuff in the first half.”

“We had a game plan and we played with the two strikers and Cabella just in behind. More offensive, so we took a little bit of a risk but I thought we controlled the game and Tim had very little to do – apart from picking the ball out of the net just before half-time.”

“Yes, I thought Riviere played extremely well in the first half was a good target, a good link, but he’s not played for a while and he has run himself into the ground, so I needed to replace him.”

“But he’ll start next week, he’ll play in the game next week because I saw enough to start him.”

Usually managers try to keep their teams, tactics and weaknesses from opposing managers but not John Carver, who is showing just how inexperienced he is at the top level.

It’s going to be gut check time for our players again, and they have not met the challenge for a long time and look to be the easiest team in the Premier League to beat at the moment.

We need one win in our last four games to be safe in the Premier League, but that is not going to be an easy task given both the results and performances of our players over the last couple of months, when we haven’t recorded anything but defeats.

If we cannot win one game before the end of the season we will deserve to be relegated.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    oh dear … taxi for Mr carver …

  • hibbit

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #2

    jesper why the insult ??

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Broke his dick ?

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #4

    We’d be bottom easily bar that five game blip …

    If ever a club deserved relegation … At least QPR, Burnley etc represented their fans and area with pride and integrity.


  • toonluvva

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #5

    NUFC weaknesses:-

    Mr Ashley,
    Mr Charnley,
    Mr Carver.

    Say no more.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #6

    ”There’s little I can do to stop our awful run”

    How does this guy still have a job !!!!!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #7

    My anger at the moment is not Ashley, even Carver its the players on the pitch, passionless, gutless, apathetic bunch that don’t seem to give a Sh*t.

    Got know captain, leader – take Williams of Swansea who were sh*i for the first 30 minutes until he was heard screaming at his players to F***ing liven up. THATS WHAT WE NEED A CAPTAIN WHO CARES !!!!

    If we take the attitude we had on the pitch of the last two home games against Leicester we will get murdered – could be 5 or 6

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #8

    ”that was the only way Swansea looked like scoring”

    Did he see the 2nd and 3rd goals, nothing to do with set plays.

    Willo and colo are the slowest CBs in the league!!

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #9


    The club bought them all cheap.
    They never coach to improve a player.
    They don’t move anyone out that doesn’t fit.
    The manager has no control.
    Ashley has it all.

    He’s the problem.


  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #10


    but jc says he’s a great motivator and surely in the absense of any tactical nous he at least could get them fired up.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 27, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #11

    They don’t move anyone out that doesn’t fit. — Sorry Joey.

    They’ll move good players out for non-footballing reasons.

    Sh!te gets to stay and play.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #12

    i think i could still put a decent team out, there’s nothing I can do about willo though, as Saylor should have been let go a long time ago and M’Biwa kept for his pace, but you would think with sissoko, de jong, cisse, aarons, dummet to come back alongside krul, janmatt, perez, colback, abeid, even anita that is more than enough surely.

  • stan anderson

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #13

    You could not make it up could you.
    And people go and watch and talk of getting a better seat in the stadium.They must be very sad people to go and watch the crap we are serving up,more money than sense.
    I would not watch this shower for free if they were playing in the local park.
    I love the Toon but refuse to be shat upon by these horrible people.
    People feel sorry for J.C. The man begged for the job and said he was happy with the squad he inherited.
    Now he is making a complete fool of himself and should do us all a favour and go.
    Ashley OOT.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Players shouldn’t need motivating and if do should have a captain or players that bollocks them, shake them up – like a Nolan or Barton who many a time gave the players a rocket Smith who gave the players a bollicking after they got beat 6-0 by Orient before the start of the Championship season

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #15

    You’ve always supported Ashley and although the players are obviously not blameless they have been badly let down by a system in place that doesn’t promote success, regardless of how much they’re getting paid how can they be 100% commited knowing that success his frowned up on as it might qualify for the dreaded EL. People argued that it was pointless spending money in January to try and finish a few places higher. It’s not about short term gain and profit it should be about building a team for the future. New players in January would have not only provided a lift but would have been ready for the next season as were the five players brought into stave of relegation a couple of years ago.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #16


    We got rid of the players that cared or showed leadership because they dared to speak out against the regime.

    The slugs regime.

    He has us in his iron grip and any dissent no matter how small is punishable by death or in football terms getting shot of.

    He and he alone fostered this mentality withing the club and he alone sanctions player sales and purchases. Pay peanuts you quite literally get shit.

    Obviously the players should wear the shirt with pride and give their all but when your big boss doesn’t give a toss, when the md doesn’t give a toss and when your manager is out of his depth then why should they.

    It filters down from the very top and there’s only one person to blame.

    The dictator, the bully, the man who couldn’t give a flying fcuk as long as his tat gets advertised, the man who “doesn’t get football” as said by his greatest weapon the king.

    That’s not to say others do not deserve criticism, of course they do but the blame lies solely at HIS door.

  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #17

    “As we know, we are not great at defending set-plays”

    Nice one John!

  • Sav

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Fortunately, Swansea aren’t very good at scoring from set plays – ours was only the 3rd all season. Just as well, eh, John? Or you might have had to take your shoes and socks off just to keep score.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Carver – the same masterful tactician who had the smallest player on the pitch in Anita at left back to cut out long diagonal crosses ( which led to the corner and goal ) . Earlier seen standing on the near post behind Krul to clear the goal line from high balls. Meanwhile Gary Monk had worked that one out – ” hit them with high crosses and near post crosses at corners etc etc ”

    So what exactly goes on at our wonderful magnificent training sessions that are clearly more exciting than matches – I wonder why that is – oh yes they don’t have any opposition to play against.

    Move the matches to Benton – 3 points every time !

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Apr 27, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    The Leicester fans must be well happy. Imagine being in their dire position but looking forward to a home game against arguably the most inept, dysfunctional and spineless team ever to disgrace a Premier League pitch. From their point if view it is the dream scenario.

  • KevinLee

    Apr 27, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #21

    played extremely well!!??? I know Mr carvex is extremely ugly & extremely poor guy

  • widowmagandapoke

    Apr 27, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Giving info to the opposition? I don’t beleeeeeve it!


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