John Carver has given his press conference today for the last game of the season at home to West Ham on Sunday, and this will be the most important game since May 24th exactly six years ago, when we lost 1-0 at Aston Villa and took the drop from the Premier League for the first time ever.
John Carver – same old stuff in press conference
After the game Newcastle fans were seen to be crying at Villa Park, and shots of those fans were sent around the world to illustrate the passion there is in English football – and especially at Newcastle United.
If Hull win at home to Manchester United and Newcastle don;t win then we will be relegated and we have the easier game but our form has been so appalling under John Carver not many fans think we can win this one.
And that’s especially true since Carver is up against wily former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce, who will be going all out to win in his last game as the Hammers manager.
This is some of what John Carver has said:
“Relegation doesn’t bear thinking about I’ve seen what’s happened in the past and it’s not nice.” “If it happened it would be unbearable and I don’t know how long it would take to get over it.”
“I’m not even thinking about it. It’s about this club staying in the Premier League. In the last 10 games we’ve been inconsistent that’s for sure, but there are no second chances now.”
“They’re up for the fight. There’s going to be pressure on them, they’ve got to play the game not the occasion.” “They’ve got to stay composed. “I can’t believe it’s come to this. I’ve told the players to say keep off the internet and social media. Told them to watch wrestling – but not football! It can fatigue you mentally.”
“It’s the biggest game for six years let’s face it, and I expect them to step up and perform and keep this club in the Premier League.” “We’ve got four or five players here from the last time this team was relegated.”
“They know what it feels like and I watched on TV from a bar, I remember it so well.” “I saw the reaction of everyone, the emotions of Alan and the players and my own reaction was I didn’t talk to anyone for more than an hour after the game.”
“I’ve explained the story to the players and hopefully I’ll get a reaction from that.”
There’s nothing much new there from John Carver, and we think he’s run out of ideas on how to motivate his players to get the very best out of them – and if we are relegated it will be a huge hammer blow for John himself – excuse the pun.
As a die-hard Newcastle fan born and bred in Newcastle, he will be deeply hurt by relegation – just like the rest of us – and the last eleven weeks has been hard to take as a Newcastle supporter – very hard to take.
Did I say it’s been difficult?
There are some good players back playing for Newcastle United now, but most of them are playing nowhere near their best form – but maybe that will change on Sunday?
John’s right that relegation will be absolutely unbearable the second time around, and Newcastle will lose some significant portion of their support around the world – because we will not get the Newcastle games on TV.
We hope Hull City will not beat the Red Devils on Sunday and that we will stay up – and if that happens we will be the luckiest club in England.