At his West-Brom pre-match press conference John Carver was on ‘top’ form, claiming to be the best coach in the Premier League and also whipping a handwritten note out of his pocket that he claims was the actual authentic open letter that Fabricio Coloccini wrote.
As well as wondering why a 33 year old would be handwriting a letter instead of using one of these new-fangled devices that works via witchcraft, you have to think that surely Mike Ashley’s spin doctor Keith Bishop has gone on holiday at the worst possible time.
Or Kath the Tea Lady has locked him in the broom cupboard/trophy room.
However, the above claims seem almost incidental, when you take into accout what they did next.
They got John Carver to deliver an obviusly pre-rehearsed appeal to fans to forget all the problems and differences of opinion for the next 3 weeks and just get behind the team.
Talk about pouring oil on the fire to try and put it out.
How ill-judged and ridiculous can you be?
At best, fans think of John Carver as completely hopeless in the manager/head coach job.
Getting him to appeal to fans….was Lee Cattermole not available? He would have produced more positivity than exposing John Carver to this.
This is how the club titled it and the 28 seconds of what John Carver said are below.
WATCH: John Carver’s heartfelt message to the NUFC fans ahead of Saturday’s game against West Brom.
‘Forget about what people think of me.
Forget about what you think of the footballers.
Get behind the football club, get behind the team.
Forget about what you think of Mike (Ashley) and Lee (Charnley) and everybody.
Get behind the football club because we want to be in the Premier League next year.
Alright, then we’ll get to the summer, we’ll have a post-mortem, and then you can say what you want to say.
For now, for the next three weeks, for the next three games.
Get behind the football team.
To keep this football club in the Premiership.’
The disconnect is almost total between the fanbase and Ashley’s Newcastle United, they all think by far the most important thing for Newcastle fans is for the club to stay in the Premier League, IT IS NOT.
THE most important thing for the majority of Newcastle fans is to get rid of Mike Ashley and the clowns he has working for him at NUFC.
This type of appeal to fans is where you call on somebody like…Kevin Keegan, or what about an….Alan Shearer, to ask the supporters to get behind the team.
Oops, shame Mike Ashley tried to character assassinate and undermined Newcastle United’s two greatest living legends.
Even a Jonas Gutierrez would have been a zillion times better than Carver but after the way he’s been treat by Ashley would he have done it if asked?
So in his pre-prepared script, John Carver basically is saying just forget all the incredibly bad things Mike Ashley has done to OUR football club and we all need to do our best to help him guarantee another year of free advertising and TV riches.
At no point has anybody at the club, and certainly not Mike Ashley of course, came out and said what they are actually going to do to make things better from next season onwards.
The last real relegation scare was only two years ago and what was Mike Ashley’s reaction to that?
That’s right, he didn’t buy a single player for a whole year and sold our best player (Cabaye).
God knows what we’ll have to look forward to this time if we scrape survival.