John Carver has given his first interview since being confirmed as head coach until the end of the season.

Pardew’s former assistant has stated the importance of delegating ‘to those who are talented’, which in his case refers to first team coach Steve Stone and youth team coach Dave Watson…

john carverCarver has also insisted that the season isn’t over and that there is no way that it will be allowed to peter out, with the head coach claiming that he and his players are much too professional for that to happen….

Talking to the official club website, John Carver;

“Everyone knows I love this Club and my goals are simple, to get as many points as we can and finish as high as we can in the Premier League.

“Everybody on the outside’s talking about our season petering away but I am not going to allow that to happen.”

Too professional for that to happen;

“Those who are saying that don’t know me, don’t know the people around me and don’t know this group of players – we’re much more professional than that.

“We can’t afford to let the season drift away and I won’t allow it to happen. I am too demanding and I won’t allow anyone to slacken off between now and the end of May.”

The art of delegation;

“I love being on the training pitch and the role of the head coach is to be hands on out here.

“When you are a manager you have to manage the football club, but the role has changed and it gives me maximum time on the training ground, coaching the players.

“What I have done is given Steve (Stone) and Dave (Watson) more responsibility because they are very good at what they do, it’s important that you delegate to those who are talented.”

Players have responded;

“When it comes to the meat of the session though, it is my responsibility to prepare the team for the final 16 games.

“The players have been really positive and have responded. Even though we haven’t won a game yet, I think we’ve played some nice stuff in spells. Ultimately though, it is about scoring goals and winning games so that needs to change.”