John Carver has said once again how desperate he is to land the Newcastle top job permanently and whether he gets it or not, he is going to do things his way.
Pardew’s former assistant says that he has made changes in the time since his boss departed, claiming that the results could be seen in the improved display, if not result, against Chelsea.
Carver has also believed in the technical side of things and match analysis and says a major reason for cutting short his previous attempt at management (head coach…), was because when he was at Toronto they weren’t interested in supplying that kind of back-up in organising the squad.
Conjuring up images of medieval days, John Carver summed up his belief in doing things his way by declaring that ‘You live by the sword, you die by the sword’.
A win against Southampton and no further games until the last day of the month, could well see Carver emerge as the favourite for the job, at least in the bookies’ eyes.
The question though could also be asked, if Carver fails to inspire the players to a rousing performance and decent result against Southampton – will the caretaker manager fall on his own sword?
“When I was managing in Toronto, one of the reasons I came back was because I was trying to progress the technical side and the match analysis, unfortunately they weren’t moving as quickly as I wanted them to.
“I will do it my way because I think that is best. I have set the team up slightly differently (compared to Pardew) on the pitch, certainly against Chelsea you saw a slightly different performance.”
“I have done certain things differently in the team meetings, how I have worked with the players is slightly different. I am my own man.
“The way I look at it is ‘You live by the sword, you die by the sword.”
I did it my way;
“If I don’t do it my way then I don’t get the job, then I will always wonder ‘Why didn’t I do it my way’?
“I am going to do it my way and then if I don’t get the job, at least I know I did it my way.”