Of all the reasons why Newcastle may have lost the latest derby match, John Carver has come up with an original one.

The Newcastle Head Coach says that maybe his players should have hadmore time off before the Sunderland game, rather than working on the training pitch.

Carver was asked at his pre-match Liverpool press conference if he was tempted to cancel days off for the players in the aftermath of the defeat at the Stadium of Light.

Again another slightly bizarre answer, with John Carver saying yes he had cancelled their day off on Monday because he wanted the players to be ‘hurting’, but then revealed he had given them Tuesday off instead!

John Carver

“Well it’s amazing because usually when you have a result like that, sometime people criticise because you have not worked hard enough, you have had too many days off.

“Let me tell you, leading into the Sunderland game, in seven days we had one day off, we had one day off.”

Players worked too hard?:

“Now maybe the preparations were wrong because we only gave them one day off and we did too much work with them.

“So trying to find the balance…that’s why they were supposed to be off on Monday but I brought them in on Monday, I wasn’t accepting that (derby display).”


“I wanted them to be hurting and they were hurting, let me tell you.

“But they have got to have some time off because you have to get them picked up and go again…so they had Tuesday off.”

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