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Carver’s Future Not Resolved – Psychologist To Be Appointed

8:59 am, Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

Steve McClaren is arriving back from Crete today from his summer vacation, and is set to be unveiled as the new Newcastle head coach probably tomorrow, and it seems that John Carver’s role at Newcastle is one of the things Steve still needs to sort out, along with who else will be in his backroom staff.

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John Carver – disastrous spell

Carver had the chance of managing Newcastle for 20 games this year when he took over from the departed Alan Pardew, and he took the opportunity whenever he could of rather blatantly touting himself for the job.

But his results on the field and his own performance in press briefings off the field did nothing to convince anybody that he was the right man for the job,

In fact John had a disastrous spell as the Newcastle head coach this year, going ten games and getting only one point that put Newcastle in real danger of being relegated, and in the 20 matches he managed Newcastle for, we won only three and lost 13.

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The Chronicle is reporting today that McClaren could bring in the well respected Steve Black, who is from Newcastle,  as a sports psychologist, and the two of them worked together at QPR for three months from July 2013.

Certainly the Newcastle players performed very poorly this year for Carver, and it was all in their head as they showed in the final game of the season when they played very well to beat West Ham 2-0.

That saved us from relegation so a well respected sports psychologist, who has an excellent reputation for  motivating players (and coaches) would be a good appointment at Newcastle.

He could even convince our players they are the best in the business.


We always remember that quote from manager  Ian Holloway when he was told one of his players was suffering from  a little concussion and didn’t know who he was – and Ian said:

“Tell him he’s Pele and get him back on.”

Also somebody who can prevent all the injuries we pick up every single season, and nothing seems to be done about it.

The main thing for Steve McClaren to work out is who will be his assistant manager – but we expect it will be John Carver because it seems Lee Charnley wanted the minimum of changes made at Newcastle once Alan Pardew left.

You usually do that when you are doing well – not when your are in a crisis.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Our Toon // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Lots of paper talk about Bamford and Van Ginkel on loan, if true this is going to be one poor transfer window!!

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    If he won’t walk, JC, stone, watson and woodman should be given the most menial tasks you can imagine.

    Carver was / is the elephant in the room and has probably, well almost definitely prevented better choices than Mclaren arriving.

    JC totally lost the players and I just don’t see how his job is tenable in any capacity. SM isn’t the new start I wanted, but clearing out Carver et al would be a major step in the right direction.

    Lost revenue from all the dropped places would dwarf what it would cost to bin these utterly useless dinosaurs.

  • 3 Novocastrian66 // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Signing Bamford would be a total waste of everyone’s time.

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    our toon

    i’d be amazed if either of them came tbh.

  • 5 Toon Tang // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Aye, get the shrinks in, a bit of skulduggery will sort this mess right out.

  • 6 spitfire_ // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Appointing a psychologist. Next stop – exorcist.

  • 7 Our Toon // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:15 AM


    Nothing that happens at our club surprises me anymore, Carver should have been given his marching orders as the season finished, in fact he would have been told to leave when offering fans on for a fight not once but twice this season.

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Steve black really helped QPR didn’t he!!!

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:16 AM


    didn’t gullit try that once?

  • 10 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    @ourtoon – agree about Bamford but van ginkel is a cabaye like player and is better than what we currently have! Quite a lot better actually! Had an injury hit last season but was never injured at Vitesse! Would be a big favourite for us i think!

  • 11 optimistic prime // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    It’s a psychiatrist the fans need 😉

  • 12 nut meg // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    @ 2
    You should also add Beardsley to your list. A clean sweep badly needed. Fresh blood required.

  • 13 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Not sure how Carver can possibly work with Mclaren when he publically courted the job so shamelessly?
    If i was mclaren i’d be very very wary of assistant who wanted my job, especially if said assistant would get another 3-6 months at it if I failed as carver probably will

  • 14 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Looks like McClaren will be unveiled today going off skysports news.

    Maybe some players will be sorted out by the end of the week. They will want to show intent for season tickets next season.

  • 15 croftus5678 // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    if i’m right we can sort out the manager and free transfers/loans before the window opens with regurds to contact and pre agreements when the window opens.

    so hopefully macca will be announced today or tomoz so no more time is wasted as it seems fairly set in concrete that it is him now.

    then onto ayew/bamford/ginkel/micah and whoever else we are after and who is free !

    raylor/guti/abied (so i hear)/chucky have been the ones with squad numbers that have gone atm with maybe sammy and we have lescalles and darlow in so we need to still clear a lot of dead wood out to get players in !

    we still got vukic/bigi/marv/good on our books with no squad numbers as well as those who imo arnt good enough for us like river/goofy/wilo/colo/ober ect.

  • 16 Ron Knee // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    KK called him the best one-to-one coach in the world. (Disclaimer: It’s on Black’s website!)

  • 17 sickandtired // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    “Despite netting eight times for the Rams, Bamford became disillusioned with being continuously shifted out to a wide berth by the former England boss.”

    “Despite urging McClaren to play him up front, his pleas fell on deaf ears, and after he scored the winner in Boro’s 1-0 victory at the Ipro Stadium last season, it was telling that he pointedly Tweeted, “That’s what happens when you play me in the right position”.

  • 18 nut meg // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    @ 16
    here it is.

  • 19 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    @sickandtired – more to that story though mate! Derby played 4-3-3 and Bamford got a chance through the middle but didnt score for like 8 games… Whereas there other striker (i think it was martin) was bangin them in!
    Bamford actually was really effective wide of a front 3 and scored a few from that position and even won a player of the month!
    I think Derby were under pressure to give him minutes and at the time he simply couldn’t lead the line as a lone striker and it was wide or nothing!

  • 20 JP...from The Rock // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    This is going to be another long hard summer window for us. I personally don’t seem much movement. We will retain most of the clowns that nearly got us in the fizzy league and buy a few injury prone has beens, oh and freebies can’t forget them freebies! Ohhh brother…

  • 21 sickandtired // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    @Croftus – don’t you read the news?

    The Club has already given up on Ayew, despite apparently following him for 2 years, when it came to talking money they suddenly decided he now “doesn’t represent good value”.

    Highly doubtful Bamford will join McClaren due to the comments I posted previously.

  • 22 sickandtired // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    @Jay – fair do’s. But with those comments made by him I would highly doubt there would be a reunion of the two.

  • 23 JP...from The Rock // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    check this out; more directors at Newcastle!??

  • 24 sickandtired // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    @JP – the smart money goes on a return of Llambias, joined by Barry leach. The arch Ashley cronies are out of a job now having been kicked out of Rangers.

  • 25 croftus5678 // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    @21 sickandtired

    i do read the news but i hardly ever believe the news until its signed and sealed 😉

    if ayew isnt offered a better deal he will lower his wages if he doesnt then fair enough.

    as for bamford he’s young and was shifted for the greater good of the team a-la demba ba he’s very untested in the prem and i cant see a lot wanting to take a punt on him (not that we need him imo as we have arma/perez who are our upcoming hero’s.

  • 26 Sav // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Psychologist won’t be needed for JC anyway – he already knows he’s the best in the business. If they brought in Clark to work with McClaren it would do a lot to restore trust.
    As for Ashley stepping down from the board, what difference can it make? He has appointed Chinless Charnley and stuck with him despite near-relegation. Ashley can’t effectively step down, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? What he means is, he doesn’t want the criticism and that is not going to happen until he invests or sells up.

  • 27 lesh // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:22 AM


    I agree with you and suggested that Carver could be troublesome were an HC brought in from outside.

    Maybe the psychologist could have a session with Carver – that’d take up his first month or so at the Club!

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