After buying nobody in January and sending out nine in January including the manager, it hasn’t taken John Carver long to utter the immortal words.

To put a positive spin on the disappointing transfer window, the Head Coach has declared that keeping Moussa Sissoko ‘Is like signing another (new) player’.

I must admit I’d have lost my bet because I thought Carver would have used it first on somebody coming back from injury, so I suspect we will still have that to come as the likes of Siem de Jong creep closer to a first team return.

John Carver;

“I did tell you all that he (Sissoko) wouldn’t be going anywhere, I was confident of that and it is a great boost.

“It’s like signing another player because he’s been big for us.”

That told me he was going nowhere;

“He has been our most consistent player,  giving the team such power and drive going forward. It was important to keep him and I am delighted.”

“He’s been exactly the same, focused on what he has to do, and that was telling me he was going nowhere.”



  • Paul Patterson

    A comment like this just backs up the notion that he SHOUDN’T be anywhere near the job, but exactly why he will probably end up getting it.
    So, If I had £1000 in my bank account and didn’t spend it, that would be like having £2000?
    It’s about as crazy an idea as Jesus feeding five thousand people on five loaves of bread and two fish.
    Anyone that actually takes the comment seriously is misguided.
    Anyone that dares make the comment- Is quite frankly, an idiot . .

  • TonyMarkElsender

    Surely mind control doesnt go down well with FIFA

  • Bills frollocks

    Of course it’s like signing a new player. However it doesn’t take away the fact he is itching to get away from the club. How can someone who is itching to get out of this club get you excited in terms of stating he is like a new signing you idiot. Do you really expect this guy to give 100 percent. His mind is elsewhere. You should be ashamed to call yourself a Geordie. You really do want this job long term don’t you. You seem to be saying all the right things that Ashley likes to hear.

  • Peaco

    Maybe I’ll try this line on the missus when she wants a new pair of shoes. I’ll feed back and let you know how I get on!

  • toon tony

    Great, does that mean we can play TWO Sissoko’s.??

  • NatTurner

    Disgraceful.  The utterance is almost forgiveable for a player coming back from injury.  Makes no sense for Sissoko and makes JC sound like a big moron.  I also think it’s disrespectful to the fans to say that when no one was brought in.  How daft does he think we are?

  • Demented_Man

    NatTurner Not as daft as him.

  • AndrewCowley1

    Idiotic comment.surely he’s smart enough to realise how this comes across to the fans after no signings.obviously not.

  • A lex

    Reading this makes me realise there is something important missing from your new website – an icon for a ‘face-palm’.

  • DeanBurns

    You know what else is like signing a new player?
    SIGNING A NEW PLAYER!!!

  • Andy Brannen

    John give it a rest man will you – your embarrassing yourself with comments like this , remember Newcastle United will be around a long time after your puppet master Ash has done 1 to Rangers !

  • Toon Magpie

    I am sick of our ‘managers’ saying it is like signing a new player, Pardew said it and now Carver, how about w  sign a new  player.

  • amacdee

    How the F is it like signing a new player ? The whole squad thought Sissoko was off, thus assuming that NUFC is just a shltey collaboration of phonies stitching together the semblance of a football team in order to grasp the £75m PL money every season.

    Whereas bringing in a new player would mean that the existing squad would think the club had ambition !

  • tino o

    Feels at the moment it’s the nearest were going to get to signing a new player a manager saying it’s like signing a new player. If we win today we could pretend it was like winning a derby match.

  • Brownale69

    Is that cos no one came calling for him? He/his agent tried very hard to make a move away.