This Is John Carver’s Big Chance

John Carver has shown his inexperience and naivety this year, and it’s obvious to all that he just hasn’t got what it takes to be a head coach – especially at Newcastle United – whatever he may say about that – and he’s said a lot.

john carver arriving west brom

John Carver arriving yesterday

We were fairly convinced Newcastle would lose yesterday, but with Paul Dummett unexpectedly being fit – he came in and gave a solid performance alongside Fab Coloccini in central defense – and we expect Paul to stay at center-back – even when Mike Williamson is fit again.

Paul could turn into a very solid center-back for Newcastle, and he’s also got the spirit and always gives 100% for his home team when he plays.

And with Manchester City hammering QPR at the Etihad today 6-0, the London side are relegated again, and therefore we have a great chance to get our first win since February 28th next Saturday at Loftus Road, and if we can do that – surely we will be safe.

But we cannot be over-confident,  and QPR next Saturday will want to atone for their hammering today – so it will not be easy – but nothing is for Newcastle these days.

We should have a strong side out next Saturday, and Daryl Janmaat will be available, and maybe Vurnon Anita can then switch to left back – Vurnon had a good game yesterday.

And Jonas, who played his heart out yesterday and has shown good leadership lately, can take Ryan Taylor’s position in midfield.

With Papiss Cisse and Rolando Aarons available we could also have an attack that will be able threaten, and that would be a change for the better.

So whereas  before the game yesterday we were fairly well convinced the disaster scenario would play itself out and we’d be relegated, Newcastle and John Carver have an excellent opportunity to win next time out and maybe save our Premier League status.

And John, if that happens – we don’t want to hear that you saved the club from relegation.

Please spare us that.

When all is said and done about John Carver – more is said than done.

That just about sums up John Carver who has hurt himself this year with the fans and others, by the hot-headed and naive way he has coached the Newcastle first team.

That’s what happens when the top people at the club make decisions based too much on sentiment and not enough on ability and experience.

And we are hoping that Mike Ashley will now appoint a top coach in the summer,  and if he picks John Carver for the job – that’s when we will bow out – gracefully.

We need to win at QPR next Saturday come hell or high water, and give the fans something to be hopeful for  – however small that hope may now be.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    May 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #1

    “Decisions based on sentiment”? Decisions driven by cost-cutting, surely!

  • jane

    May 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #2

    when Carver said he still thinks he is the best manager in the premier league he added that he can do the job if he has the tools which he might have next weekend.

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #3

    At Qpr I’d go

    Janmaat Colo Dummey Anita
    Abeid Colback
    Perez SDJ Cabella

    There’s a cpl other options and we should have a strongish bench.

  • Our Toon

    May 10, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #4


    3 game ban of he gets to 15. It’s double standards as well mate with some fans. The perfect examples of this:

    Colback and Tiote, both hold onto the ball to long, Colback is equally if not worse than Tiote when it comes to conceding free kicks and picking up yellow. However fans will blast Tiote and love Colback!!

    The other comparison is between HBA and Cabella, both different players, I don’t dispute HBA is lazy, but he did more in 60 seconds than Cabella has done all season, consistency is something I used to hear all the time about HBA, yet Cabella is less consistent but still gets lauded. If HBA had the amount of time on the pitch as Cabella has had he’d have at least 5-7 goals and probably 5 to 6 more assists, yet Cabella is loved for being shite and unproductive and HBA was castigated for being inconsistent and fat!!

  • Transfer Sage

    May 10, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #5


    Siem is out for the season isn’t he?

    I’d have aarons start next week, so what if he gets injured again, we need to gamble and he’ll probably be off in the summer seeing as he still hasn’t signed a new contract.

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #6

    I mentioned the tools yesterday

    He’d need Frank De Boer and Jose as his tools to do the job.

    Most of the side who beat Chelsea earlier in the season have been available for weeks. At least 8 of them.

  • Transfer Sage

    May 10, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Our toon

    Agree with that point on HBA/cabella although disagree with colback/tiote….tiote is better for me but he does make more fouls/hold the ball more than colback.

    I am holding back judging cabella, remember him playing central or montpellier a lot more, he doesn’t have the pace to be effective out wide.

  • wolfshead@toon

    May 10, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #8

    if fatty and penfold are telling the truth about being more ambitious then they should hijack pirlo’s move to chelsea haha

  • beermonkey

    May 10, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #9

    where is tiote

  • dave 1961

    May 10, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Is there not any jihadi out there that wants to kill Ashley or at least want to burn sports direct to the ground surly theirs some thing in the Koran telling you to do it? surely Ashley must have some infidel blood in him.

  • Transfer Sage

    May 10, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #11


    He has knee surgery in february that rules him out for the season.

    He is is 28 now so can imagine we will be looking to cash in now before his value drops further and replace with him somebody younger.

  • BandB

    May 10, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Pardew was very adept at poisoning the minds’ of the fans against players who were failing to play the game Ashley’s way.

    The argument that Steve Bruce soon got sick got him doesn’t look so hot now either. Pardew didn’t trust Cabella.
    I think he’s a show pony. Slow and lightweight and a poor decision maker.

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #13


    According to the Chronicle he should be ok next week

    Our toon

    I see where your coming from on both counts, I think Cabella tracks back more.

    We need a decent coach desperately.

  • beermonkey

    May 10, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #14


    I guessed he was injured or we sold him and didn’t announce anything

    he went of to acon and seemed to never return

    I am sure we will cash him in the summer
    but it prob the right time I think even he is fed up with the club now not had a very good season like a few of our players this season just seemed to be going through the motions
    I don’t think anything has changed from the last half of last season where the players are concerned

    I wont blame willo but can you imagine the last 3 years of training and it gets down set pieces and the words you hear are aim it at willo ok
    you goto to get a bit fed up when you know it wont work

    new head coach and staff would breath new life into the team

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 10, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #15

    I think were ok. Hull have a very tough two games but we should be able to pick up atleast a point down at QPR. really wanted the win yesterday but ill take that to stop the rot.

    Im looking up. We have players back and it shows. We really need rid of these injury prone players but thats what happens when you spend so little.

    I dream of the day we have 20 top class fit pro’s at the club and we can compete properly for a full campaign.

    The taylors, obertans, anita’s, de jongs and the rest need to go. It’s just not good enough and hasn’t been for a long time. I’v never known an injury list like it, even at Newcastle. It’s been shocking over the past few years.

    Ed gives Carver plenty stick but it’s got to be said, that is a seriously hard job to get on with. The injuries and suspensions have been shocking. And the players who he has been left with should be alot better, they havn’t been upto scratch and too many have been in hiding.

    Perez, what a gold nugget we have found in him. Coping very very well and is the only bright light at the minute. Please do not sell that lad. He is going to do very well in this league and hopefully with us.

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Ibiza is a spy!

  • lesh

    May 10, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #17

    C’mon Ed, how can your headline be justified?

    In the world of sensibly managed business, Carver would never have been appointed Interim HC; had he been appointed.

    He would have been replaced when it became apparent that he just didn’t have the skill-set to succeed, let alone endanger the Club’s Prem status.

    He would have been told to shut up selling himself for the HC job – especially when it was embarrassing for the Club (or does Charnley have no pride?).

    He’s had his big chance and blew it by focusing his media statements on how he’s made for the HC post, slagging off players while failing to do what he’s paid to do – get results!

    Given Carver’s demonstrated unsuitability for the post, can we trust that Charnley’s been actively recruiting a credible HC to join the Club before pre-season?

    Sadly, I think not – the McLaren episode being indicative of his ineptness, failure to have a new HC in place.

    I’ve no doubt that Charnley’ll pick up on recruitment where he supposedly left off in January – if they ever even started!

    On another note and as the season ends in about three weeks? has Charnley been back in touch with the FF with a date for the extraordinary meeting with Ashley? Probably not.

    They’re probably thinking they’ve kicked the open letter into the long grass – but that’s up to the FF to turn the screws and offer to visit Ashley in the Orange Tree, his local, if he can’t or won’t meet up with the Forum

  • davis_toons

    May 10, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #18

    What if We DRAW WITH QPR and HULL WON?

  • davis_toons

    May 10, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Both teams are playing shit and a Draw is very possible. Just hope that Hull doesn’t win.

  • davis_toons

    May 10, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Cabella is NO Ben Arfa.

    How i wish i could see Ben Arfa at Newcastle United again. Pardew the Scumbag. Poor Negative Tactics.

    Is like asking Ginola to Defends at the Back instate of Attacking on the Front.

  • Sav

    May 10, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Based on Sentiment. – Good one, Ed!
    Abouit de Jong, can anyone tell me why on earth this will o’ the wisp should have been made vice captain? Apparently he is a big influence in the dressing room. I’d be far more impressed if he were a big influence on the pitch. I’m not blaming the lad for a series of unfortunate injuries but I can’t understand the headlong rush to promote de Jong to something which should be earned. As he never seems to have had a great injury record, that may be a long time coming.


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