WBA Manager Praises Enormous Newcastle And Wonderful Fans

After the game on Saturday – which was a very vital 1-1 draw for Newcastle to finally break our eight game losing streak in the league, Tony Pulis was interviewed at length and his interview has come out on Monday.

Tony says he thinks Mike Ashley is loyal to his people and therefore thinks there’s a good chance that John Carver could still get the top job this summer, and here’s our report on that.

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Tony Pulis and John Carver on Saturday
Love that baseball cap

And Tony Pulis has pulled no punches in praising Newcastle United, what he thinks is a wonderful (also enormous) football club, a wonderful place, a wonderful stadium,  and a wonderful (also fantastic) set of fans.

Ah shucks.


This is some of what Tony said on Saturday after the game:

“You’ve got the enormous amount of money involved and I mean enormous,” “On top of that there’s the wonderful supporters you’ve got at Newcastle. You’ve got all that weighing on you and the pressure can build.”

“The most important thing is learning to manage the pressure so it doesn’t spill over and you don’t get involved in anything silly or stupid. To handle your players you’ve got to learn to manage your stress.”

“This is an enormous club but it has to get back to being an enormous club,”  “The only way you can do that is to put a team on the pitch which can compete with other enormous clubs.”

“It’s a wonderful club, a wonderful place and a wonderful stadium. The support’s absolutely fantastic – all they want is a winning team.”

Those are good words from a very experienced Premier League manager for John Carver – you have to manage the stress and not let things spill over and don’t get involved in anything silly or stupid.

And the enormous money in the Premier League Tony talks about will only get larger – and last May we got just short of £80M for finishing in 10th place,  and at the start of the 2016-2017 season the   total TV rights kitty goes up by 70% from £3.0B to £5.1B.

So roughly,  in May, 2017 if Newcastle finished 10th in the Premier league we could get a payout of around £136M.

Yes, that’s big money and puts enormous pressure on PL managers like John Carver, to keep their clubs where the big money is, especially at a huge club like Newcastle United.

In fact last January Tony Pulis was a candidate to come in and manage Newcastle, and there was news at that time he had turned down Newcastle,  but after gushing about Newcastle above – that’s unlikely to be true.

And Tony is right when he says all the fans on Tyneside want is a winning side – so we can go up against the best of them.

Is that asking too much?

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 11, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Big money, yet poverty induced pleas from the club.


    Ashley out.

  • Toonacious T

    May 11, 2015 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Enormous clubs win trophies. Bargain basement owner with a biscuit tin mentality. We are totally reliant on Spurs bothering to turn up against Hull. A sorry state of affairs.

  • Toonacious T

    May 11, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Enormous clubs win trophies. Bargain basement owner with a biscuit tin mentality. We are totally reliant on Spurs bothering to turn up against Hull. A sorry state of affairs. HWTL.

  • Pop n Wyn

    May 11, 2015 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #4

    I suppose Pulis us correct, MA is loyal to the people his staff, Allardyce wasn’t his man was he, Carver won’t be fired it looks like, hes always bleeding on about wait till I get the tools and u will show you, will MA get him the tools???????? He needs that many quality players to come in and settle and run straight of the bat.

    Carver can coach, but he’s a hot head and to me it looks like his teams have no structure at all and play on instinct, it’s all very strange. We need fresh ideas and a fresh train of thought, and as it looks like MA dosnt sack people he employs then we are in for an interesting summer.

    Ed will no doubt have us linked with more managers than soft mick, but MA may just give Carver a chance weather we are in the prem or not, you could not put anything past MA, u really couldn’t!

  • catchy in norway

    May 11, 2015 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #5

    please sir , can i have more

  • cyprus

    May 11, 2015 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #6

    This Pulis guy makes sense. An intelligent person it seems.

    Come on, let’s beat QPR now. Like I said elsewhere, I fear a defeat, despite the City result: 3-1.

    They must play as if their lives depend on it.

  • cyprus

    May 11, 2015 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #7

    I fear that 37 points won’t be enough, because of our regular stuffings: Goal difference.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 11, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Cyprus…I find hard to believe half of these players want to give their life to Ashley’s Newcastle! Would you? 😉

  • cyprus

    May 11, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Probably not. But they seem to have realised the urgency… the best way to motivate people is by appealing to their own self interests. A lot of these players will be in trouble career-wise, playing in the CH.

    I don’t give my life for my company’s owner either. I do it for myself 🙂

  • cyprus

    May 11, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #10

    And for my fans 😉

  • lesh

    May 11, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Pop and Wyn

    Give Carver the tools etc…..

    Doesn’t a bad workman always blame his tools?

    You could give Carver the world’s best and we’d still be in a relegation scrap!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 11, 2015 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #12

    I can sympathize with the players should the unthinkable happen!

    …it’s not on them as it’s bot on us fans!

    Half the players won’t even be here next season…but Carver and Charnley will 😉

  • lesh

    May 11, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Give Carver the tools and he’ll do the job.

    He could have the world’s best at his disposal and still have us struggling.

    A bad workman always blames his tools and loyal to his employees or not (well, apart from the 15000 on SD zero-hours contracts), Ashley’s be mad to appoint Carver as HC.

    Pullis’s supportive comments’ll have been made on Carver’s promise of a pint in the Denton!

  • Ron Knee

    May 11, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Managers and ex-managers stick together – publicly. That’s why Shearer never criticises Carver.

  • cyprus

    May 11, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Watched QPR’s last game… What is it that City did, apart from having amazing players and having an ex-NUFC player as its ‘machine’?

    Movement off the ball. Lots of it. That Silva never stops. Same re Milner, our reject 😉 and the best CF in the PL. There are always available players.

    Also, MF’s pass the ball directly forward to the forwards. That gives them the option to turn the slow defenders or, simply, pass it back. KK used to do that in his coaching.

    Listening Carves? I’m doing your HW here 🙂

  • hibbit

    May 11, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #16

    just for the record carver and shearer are friends / mates often play golf together at close house

  • mindshaft

    May 11, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m not sure where people get the idea Carver can coach – Guti, Anita, Collo and others have slated his coaching – blokes lucky to have a job.
    Don’t even get me started on Stone

  • Ron Knee

    May 11, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Pardew’s appalling ‘system’ is being perpetuated by Carver. With the right coaching we could do a lot better. Fat chance, I know!

  • lochinvar

    May 11, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Sounds like Pulis fancies the job due to the rarified air in the north east or has he been inhaling from balloons ?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 11, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #20

    been banging on here for months – one of our biggest problems is movement off the ball – busting a gut to get into position for a pass or making a space for oneself to receive a pass. You watch when a player on the ball how many are standing still or at walking pace – that’s why the ball is always passed back to Krul and HOOOOOOOOOOOOF.

    I don’t know if I saw a different TOON on Saturday but there seemed a bit more movement off the ball

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 11, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #21

    I think enough fans have reached breaking point to cause “The Board” major headaches next season if they don’t appoint a decent coach. Investment will go hand in hand with the type of coach we get. If it’s a duffer yes man, we will get the standard fare of players we don’t necessarily need but might turn a profit. But a decent coach will have demanded assurances and we might see a proper defence and strike force.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 11, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #22

    I predict a riot !

  • sing in the corner

    May 11, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #23

    The more I hear about Ashley’s pile of gold the more pessimistic I feel. Its becoming clear that the amount of investment needed to turn this thing around would be tantamount to chicken feed by Ashley-wealth standards. It’d only be good for him – little outlay for less hassle, improved business profile, increased profits. Which leaves me thinking he’s just being bloody minded and would rather put this club to sleep just to get revenge on the peasants. Well, if thats the case, see you in hell Ashley.

  • solano38

    May 11, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Last night on Canal + Sport France, they said that an agreement had been reached between NUFC and Steve McClaren for him to be the manager next season. Laugh or cry….

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 11, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #25

    The only prestige he craves is climbing that Forbes rich list. Just take a look at the SD adverts on SSN, local carpet shops put together bigger budget well made ads. He has no qualms at all with been associated with tat,anyone who didn’t know already now knows he has no intention of allowing us to compete anymore.

  • BandB

    May 11, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #26

    Pulis is saying we are an enormous club with fantastic fans who only want a team capable of winning, but he thinks Carver will get the job.
    He isn’t endorsing Carver.

    I was reading up on Karl Oyston and Vincent Tan yesterday. There’s some scarily familiar stuff in there….sister clubs, reliance on loan deals, players let go in droves, impermeable accounts. Oyston’s Travelodge deal was particularly amusing.
    And did you know Tan is interested in buying another English club?

  • beermonkey

    May 11, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #27


    has tan got toon money

  • BandB

    May 11, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #28

    …training ground developments that never happen..

  • Ron Knee

    May 11, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #29

    Vincent Tan: Out of the frying pan …

  • BandB

    May 11, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #30

    ….into the frying pan.

  • sing in the corner

    May 11, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #31

    I believe you are right. Which brings us back to ‘its put up or shut up’ for the fans. The problem is we have a fair proportion who appear to want to put up. I hope this shifts once we are ‘safe’ from relegation, if we get there. So once again, thus far Ashley has picked his host / target well. Although he did screw up picking on Rangers as his northern outpost


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