Rather bizarrely, John Carver has told his Newcastle players to avoid watching football on TV this week because it might tire them out.

After blaming the sweltering 17 degrees Celsius heat at QPR as one factor in the defeat, is there no end to the book of excuses Alan Pardew left behind and which John Carver has proved so adept at adding to.

Maybe he should be encouraging them to watch as much as possible to try and pick up tips on how to put that round thing in the net, as well as stopping it going in at the other end.

I’m already dreading the Newcastle Head Coach being interviewed on Sunday night, and saying if only Cabella and Riviere hadn’t watched the mackems getting stuffed 6-0 on Wednesday (tonight) by Arsenal, we’d have stuffed West Ham.

Carver made the remark as part of a general direction to his players to avoid contact with the outside world.

Pardew’s former assistant saying that watching football can mentally fatigue you.

Well I suppose I have to admit that watching Newcastle this season has totally done my head in!

John Carver:

“People are saying this is the biggest game in six years at this club, and let’s be honest, it is – we have got to deal with that.

“There is going to be a lot of media hype and I have had a chat with the guys and said; try and stay away from social media, stay off Twitter, keep off the internet.”

Don’t watch football:

“Don’t watch football on TV because sometimes mentally that can fatigue you and put a bit of pressure on you.

“It has come to this and we’ve got to deal with it, but I’m looking forward to the challenge that this week will bring.”

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