John Carver has insisted that he can guarantee fans that he isn’t a yes man.

With the press having a field day after the Rangers manager stated he’d been told he had to play the five Newcastle loan players if they were fit, it was obvious the question would be posed at Friday’s pre-Stoke press conference.

Carver insists he won’t have anybody telling the Head coach ‘Pick him ahead of him’.

However, most Newcastle fans will think the debate has a number of angles.

Even if Carver and Pardew before him weren’t told to play certain players ahead of others, most of us will find it hard to believe that when it comes to Cup matches there hasn’t been more general orders sent down from above.

The last there seasons in the FA Cup have seen five, seven and seven changes to the team from the eleven who played the previous Premier League match, including pretty much all of the best players. That last instance of seven changes coming under John Carver against Leicester…

John Carver speaking to the media on Friday;

“I can guarantee the people out there that I am definitely not going to be a yes man.

“I’m going to be myself and I’m going to do it the way I want to do it.”

I won’t stand for that;

“The conversations I have had with the club have been honest and frank and straight about the team, I have got to give my opinions about individuals and I will give my honest opinion about what I think.

“What I will not have is anybody telling me what team to pick -‘Pick him ahead of him’, I won’t have that nor will I stand for that.”

Happy with that;

“I am quite happy to work within the parameters of being head coach, organising the team and picking the team. I am happy with that.

“Once though we go into the realms of other people telling me which team to play and all that, that’s not the realm of the head coach.”

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