John Carver has claimed that he is an ‘excellent motivator’.

When asked how you motivate very well paid modern day players ahead of the derby, the Newcastle Head Coach challenged the journalist posing the question by saying he’d ‘obviously not been in a dressing room’ with him.

Carver added that players at the successful clubs are paid ‘an awful lot more’ than the Newcastle team but they don’t have a problem getting motivated.

How can you motivate millionaire football players?

John Carver:

“Well you have obviously not been in a dressing room with me…because I am quite demanding.

“I think I am an excellent motivator.”

You shouldn’t have to motivate players:

“To be honest I said this before the Arsenal game, I shouldn’t have to motivate players to play in a Premier League football match. They shouldn’t need motivating, no matter how much money you give them.

“You look at all the top sides; your Manchester Cities, your Chelseas, your Arsenals, they get paid an awful lot more than our guys but they’re still motivated – because that is what they want to do.”

The players at least had a go in December for the St. James’ Park home derby, it was more a lack of quality that let them down in the end.

Though the previous three derby matches were pretty shocking both in terms of quality and effort from some of the players.

Player after player, as well as John Carver, have been lined up this week to tell us that they know how important the derbies are and how ‘motivated’ they are for it.

In less than 24 hours we will find out what the reality is.

As for the Newcastle Head Coach, only 2 wins in 12 games in charge hardly suggests he is the greatest motivator, he really needs that to change tomorrow.