Whatever happened to Peter Beardsley?
Sometimes it is the things that aren’t said, rather than what is spoken, that are the interesting bits.
So I think was the case when I saw the article on here this morning, carrying quotes from John Carver blathering on about he wouldn’t be messing about and it would be all go from here on in…
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“When you are a manager you have to manage the football club, but the role has changed and it gives me maximum time on the training ground, coaching the players.
“What I have done is given Steve (Stone) and Dave (Watson) more responsibility because they are very good at what they do, it’s important that you delegate to those who are talented.”
Very strange that there is suddenly no mention of Peter Beardsley, you know, that Peter Beardsley who was sitting next to John Carver on the bench after Alan Pardew’s departure.
In fact once it was clear that no quick appointment would be made, there was even talk of Beardsley getting the job in charge of the team on a temporary basis.
Instead, he has been dropped from the bench for the last game or two and not listed by John Carver as one of the ‘talented’ people who are key to helping him.
Anybody who has been to any talk-ins will be well aware of how slavishly Peter Beardsley sticks up for Mike Ashley, so hard to see any orders from up top making Carver get rid of Beardsley from the first team scene.
What it does suggest is that while John Carver clearly has little say on most things at Newcastle United, the fact that he appears to be choosing who does and doesn’t work alongside him, suggests to me that barring disaster (relegation) we may well be seeing our fair share of John Carver way beyond this initial appointment to the end of the season.