At his Thursday press conference for the vital game at QPR on Saturday, John Carver has complained about how his “best coach” comments at last week’s press conference were portrayed by the English media, as those comments were taken out of context.
Right at the end of last week’s press conference John was saying he was still confident in his own ability and he thought he was the best coach in the Premier League – that’s what he thought.
John Carver – players in good spirits
But that shows John’s naivety and inexperience, in that he must have known the headlines would be “I am the best coach in the Premier League” – when he had just lost the last eight games.
And that’s a big problem John Carver has had this year – with no prior experience of being in a very stressful job – most things are therefore new to him and he’s had a tough time of it.
And while we’ve criticized John’s coaching – we know he’s working his socks off to try to turn things around – and hopefully he and the players will be successful on Saturday in getting the win we need.
If we win and Hull don’t beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane we would be safe – and that would be a big (maybe gigantic) phew – and we can then look forward to how Newcastle can improve the squad big time for next season.
If we do win on Saturday at least John will not have taken Newcastle down which would be a complete disaster for the club – and for John Carver personally.
John – as usual – says the spirit in the squad has been good this week:
“There are one or two character in the QPR team with a point to prove. They will want to finish the season on a high.” “Chris Ramsey is a good guy and a good coach. Hopefully he will get the QPR job next season. He deserves it.”
“The spirit has been good and upbeat but we are not taking our eye off the ball. There is a huge job ahead of us.” “Siem de Jong and Adam Armstrong aren’t available for Saturday. Gaby Obertan comes back in to a squad of 21 which will travel.”
Siem de Jong and Adam Armstrong aren’t fit and will not travel and that’s not a surprise about Siem, and he’s out for the season – and Adam picked up a knock in the U21 game last Monday night against West Brom at the Hawthorns.
Gabby Obertan is fit again and maybe he could get a run-out – although he has not been on form this year – after a bright start to the season before he was injured against Liverpool on November 1st – the last time Rolando Aarons played for us.
The good news is Papiss Cisse is fully fit again and wants to start on Saturday, and Rolando Aarons is also fit and ready to go and of course Ayoze Perez is back in goal-scoring form scoring two goals in the last three games.
This is almost a must-win game for Newcastle if we are going to save ourselves and not rely on other sides losing their games.
It’s now in our own hands to save ourselves – and that’s what we should be doing after another terrible season.