We’re sure that John Carver has gone through hell and high water these past 12 weeks, when we haven’t been able to get one win and we have only one point from 10 games, but John knows that if his team can beat an out of form West Ham side tomorrow – at least we will be safe and be able to look forward to Premier League football again next season.
John Carver – hopes to get the win tomorrow
Also fans around the world will be able o see every single Newcastle game live, which is not true if we are playing in the second division – in fact we’ll see very few of the games.
John has obviously thought long and hard since the debacle in the second half at QPR last weekend, and has talked about things he has thought about doing to try to motivate our players:
“I don’t think I’ll be asking the likes of Colo and Jonas to talk about the day at Aston Villa when Newcastle were relegated in 2009, but I did talk about their experiences in the meeting.”
“They’ve experienced this – Ryan Taylor and Tim Krul were here as well – so they know what it feels like. I talked about their experiences and how they had to deal with what came next, because it wasn’t nice.”
“I considered showing them something to reinforce what it’s like to be in the Premier League compared to what it’s like to be in the next division down.”
“This is what it’s like to go to Old Trafford, the Emirates and Stamford Bridge’ compared to ‘This is what it’s like to go to the lesser clubs with a smaller changing room and all of that’.”
“I thought about showing them the fans after the Aston Villa game, but I decided against it because I think if you can’t motivate yourself for a game as big as this, when you’ve got so much to play, then no matter I show you, it’s not going to make any difference.”
“I remember seeing Alan Shearer on the pitch afterwards, watching it on the TV, and on that day I genuinely didn’t speak for an hour afterwards. I thought, ‘I hope that never, ever happens to me’.”
“As it happens, I saw him the other day and we talked about what his feelings were, and I told him what I felt at the time. I just said, ‘I hope I don’t have to experience that’. Hopefully, I don’t.”
“I was in a pub. Newcastle played Middlesbrough a week or so before that, and I came over from Canada for that game. It was a difficult time.”
We all probably remember what it was like back on May 24th, 2009 when we were relegated – and it’s not something that’s very pleasant – that’s for sure.
If we can survive tomorrow it will a be a huge (make that gigantic) relief, and then we can talk (again) about what went wrong.
But if the Newcastle hierarchy ignore the mistakes that were made at the top, we’ll be in the same position in a year or so.
If we do survive tomorrow, the most important signing this summer is the new head coach – and we hope it’s somebody from the outside – like a Remi Garde who can bring in his own coaching staff.
If it’s Steve McClaren or John Carver (or both with Carver the assistant) – which is more than likely – we will be fighting relegation again next year at the time.
And it will show the Newcastle hierarchy are simply unwilling to learn from their many mistakes.
That would not be good for the club, and yes – that’s a huge understatement.
What do you think?