John Carver believes that one of his big problems is that some of the Newcastle players ‘are not having’ him for some reason, the Newcastle Head Coach saying it could be because certain members of the squad think he is too aggressive.

Carver also bemoans the fact that his players are incapable of handling set-plays at both ends of the pitch, saying there is nothing he can do once the team crosses the ‘white line’.

The Head Coach also identifies a serious lack of desire to go in where it hurts and players to put their bodies on teh line.

John Carver:

“You feel like you are getting somewhere, get a bit stability, and then I get kicked in the teeth again.

“Maybe one or two of the players are not having me for whatever reason, because I am too strong and I am quite aggressive with them and I do care. Maybe people don’t like that.”

Nothing to do with systems:

“This game has got nothing to do with systems, it is eleven v eleven and it is whoever wins it is the best team. Whoever defends set-pieces in your box and in the other box, we don’t score enough and we concede too many.

“Once we cross the white line and we have to defend set plays, there is not a thing I can do about it. To concede after 30 seconds, just like at Man City, you have no chance.”


“You have to have a bit of desire, where you want to get on the end of it and get a broken nose or a cut eye. I aint seen any of that in a long time, I think that the last person was Steven Taylor and unfortunately he’s not with us now.

“We need more people at this football club who have got the desire I have got to be successful.”

john carver

All that the supporters want…:

“As we saw with the banner beforehand, all they (fans) want is people giving everything. Those supporters will come and watch a team who is giving everything.

“They would give a standing ovation to a player who puts his neck on the line and gets a cut head, but we don’t see that.”

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