John Carver has told the media and the fans not to believe the rumours that anybody else but him makes the decisions on who plays for Newcastle United.
When all of Newcastle’s players were left out of the FA Cup match at Leicester, Carver had to defend his team selection after angry fans accused him of being ordered by Mike Ashley to play a weakened team yet again in the cups, claiming all the players were injured or too tired to play, though all were amazingly available for the following Premier League match.
The latest rumours see Carver react by insisting that the board can’t and haven’t dictated to him as to whether or not Jonas Gutierrez will play or not, as the Argentine winger is set to be included back in the squad for Aston Villa:
“Some good news, I’m going to bring in Jonas Gutierrez to the squad, there’s a possibility he could be on the bench this weekend. So that’s a huge lift for him and for everybody around the club: and certainly for the fans because I know how much they like him.
“My situation with Jonas is if I need to use him, then I will use him. I know there have been rumours out there about the board picking him – I make the football decisions and I will pick him when the time is right.”
While it is obviously great to at last see Jonas back involved, it does appear that there is a concerted effort by John Carver to try and get the fans back onside.
It all seems a bit strange after Carver earlier in the week said that Gutierrez wasn’t ready yet, despite the player saying he had been fit and available for weeks.
John Carver has also made a big point of slagging off the Villa fans for their conduct when Newcastle were last relegated, though he wasn’t even at the club at that time and is speaking only as how he felt as a fan according to him. No doubt counting on winning extra brownie points for referencing what a joke the Villa fans are.
The Villa match is surely pivotal to any hopes for Carver of getting the Newcastle Head Coach job long-term and/or getting the fans in some way onside with him. So no surprise we are seeing this charm offensive, especially considering the following matches involve the likes of Man U, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool.
No matter how cynical it may be by Carver and/or the club, hopefully the inclusion of Jonas Gutierrez can help lift the players and the crowd, it would be great just to enjoy a football match for once without thinking too much about the circus surrounding our club.