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.
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.
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?