John Carver has certainly changed his tune now he is on the outside of St James Park.
Appearing on Sunday’s Match of The Day 2 Extra show he had plenty to say about Newcastle United, though he conveniently forgets what he said in the past…
One of the subjects that he covered was the summer signings and Newcastle’s recruitment of players in general.
John Carver was full of praise for Tottenham and how their success this season has been built on signing British players as well as those from abroad.
Pardew’s former assistant saying that buying British players is a much safer investment as you are more sure of what you are getting, particularly when it comes to their mental strength and attitude.
Carver warns against buying too many foreign players, unless they are really top players, and says that Newcastle have to reconsider their recruitment.
John Carver on MOTD 2 Extra – 22 November 2015
“The key to it is recruitment and you have to recruit the right personalities. You look at Tottenham and how they have recruited British players.
“Newcastle have a philosophy of going for Dutch and French players and you don’t know your players as well.
“We know the players in this country and have enough contacts to find out about them mentally and psychologically, so then we can do more homework on them, the due diligence.
“Doing that with players from abroad it is very difficult to do, unless you’re working with top players. The recruitment has to be looked at.
“Jamie Vardy has shown that there are players in non-league, the Championship, League One, League Two but you have to have a structure in place that makes you recruit and develop, and put the resources in to scout these players in England.”
However, if we go back to when John Carver was inside St James Park and part of the ‘recruitment’ team, he was only too keen to tell us a far different story eight months ago.
The then Head Coach said that the players who would be signed were the ones Newcastle fans would want to see.
Carver even claiming that this great recruitment drive would not just make Newcastle United able to compete for the top half of the table but to be really competitive above that.
John Carver 23 March 2015
“I think the fact we have made it public that we are going to invest – without naming any names….I have seen some of the players they are talking about and I am quite excited about them.
“I think we can put out a group of players who could be competitive, not just competitive in the top ten, but competitive!
“I think the club will let you know when any business is done, that is the right way and how they have always done it.
“I know it is not one or two people, it is major work and we know that. I know the type of players the fans like and they are the ones on the list, absolutely.”