This could be a very important day for Newcastle United one way or the other – a win could see us safe in the Premier League tonight if Hull don’t win at Spurs.
But another defeat – which would be our 9th in 10 games – would be yet another disastrous result this year – and could signal another relegation for the famous Tyneside club.
Steve Stone and John Carver
Inexperienced at the top level
John Carver wants a win – don’t we all – and he says he will only be concentrating on getting the win and will not check on any other scores around the league:
“I certainly won’t be keeping track of other results for the 90 minutes we are on the pitch.” “All I’ll be concentrating on is us, and what we are doing because it’s in our hands.”
“I’ve told the players to concentrate on our own business and not worry about what’s going on anywhere else – I’ll look at that after we do our job at QPR.”
“All I’m thinking about at the moment is Saturday, Queens Park Rangers and winning that game. “I’m not going to be distracted with thoughts of anything else.”
In retrospect it’s been a disastrous appointment by Lee Charnley to put John Carver in charge for the second half of the season and certainly the fans thought it was a poor decision at the time.
But nobody thought we’d be fighting relegation now after we were 9th top on 26 points when Alan Pardew left.
But just 10 points in 17 league games under John Carver have plunged Newcastle into a second relegation battle in two years.
John was always the cheap and easy choice for Lee Charnley, but he was also completely untested at the highest level, and he’s had difficulty keeping his head above water this year.
It may have been the cheap option but Newcastle could be relegated and lose £70M immediately and miss out on the big money as long as we are in the second division.
That’s why today’s game is massive for the club, and a win is what we want to see in a game that’s between the two worst performing PL sides this year.