With the way Newcastle seem to operate these days, where they never seem to think ahead about much at all, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Newcastle have no contingency plans should we be relegated.
However, in this particular case there will be time after Sunday to completely reset on which players will be coming in, which players will be leaving and who the new manager will be.
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Newcastle will also have problems with the wage bill, and need to decide who they can afford to keep in the squad, given the significantly reduced revenues in the Championship, although we will still get decent parachute payments from the Premier League for a few years.
John Carver was asked if a contingency plan was in place for relegation:
“Not really no, because we have not discussed any player contracts or who will be here next season. We don’t know where we are.” “The most important thing is that we are focused on the game on Sunday and that’s basically it.”
“The uncertainty hasn’t affected my concentration.” “I don’t know what my situation is and I am quite happy with that. If you are a professional footballer you have to stay focused and realise that this is a huge game.”
“So put all your distractions as a player or coach to one side and just remain focused.” “Everybody has a duty to perform and win.”
“I will certainly be expecting Louis Van Gaal to put out his strongest side at Hull. I am expecting Sam to bring his strongest team here and try to get the three points.”
“People talked about Queens Park Rangers having nothing to play for but I think we seen that they had plenty to play for.”
“So I don’t care who it is, everybody wants to win a Premier League football match. Sam and Kevin Nolan won’t be any different.”
“I think you all know what I am like. Relegation doesn’t bear thinking about and it’s not something that is in my mind.” “I have seen what happened in the past and it wasn’t nice. If it did happen it would be unbearable.”
“I don’t know how long it would take to get over it. Let us take care of business then on Sunday at 5:00pm we will all have a better idea.”
“Having days off didn’t interfere with any of our preparations or days in or days off are exactly the same as they were before the West Bromwich Albion game.”
“I have spoken to plenty of managers who were not in on Sunday or Monday because we all know the final game is Sunday.”
When 5:00 pm Sunday rolls around it will either be gigantic relief, or we’ll have that terrible sinking feeling – all over again.
That would be unbearable.