John Carver has refused to answer the question of why Newcastle United failed to bring in any defenders in January despite moving three out on top of Steven Taylor’s season ending injury.

When asked the question at Thursday’s press conference, Carver instead talked about the squad overall and how only a fortnight ago he’d been one player short (presumably Steven Taylor) from having a fully fit squad.

John Carver:

“Two weeks ago, we were one player away from having a fully-fit squad. I was so excited about that. Who is to say that’s not the end of it?

“It’s always a concern when you lose player, especially of the quality we have lost. You can get away with losing one or two young lads.”

The Newcastle Head Coach is being a bit elastic with the truth, seen as two weeks ago at the very least, the likes of Steven Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Rob Elliot, Cheick Tiote, Facundo Ferreyra, Siem de Jong and Jonas Gutierrez were all not available to play at that point.

“There is nothing I can do about it. If you look at the injuries: Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, four of our big players have serious injuries, not muscle strains.

“You would normally get one or two of those in a season and we got three in a week. It is a bit unfortunate. It’s no good sulking or making excuses, that’s life and we have to deal with it.”

Yes there has been bad luck with injuries but getting rid of Santon, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Remie Streete in January and not bringing anybody in, even on loan, is surely only a cynical ploy to not spend a single penny Mike Ashley doesn’t have to.

Then send out poor saps like John Carver to give a feeble defence as to why you would leave a Premier League squad with only five available defenders to see out the rest of the season. Having at least one of those five (Paul Dummett) was surely almost certain at some point in the last four months, especially when a lack of alternatives would mean the same defenders having to play pretty much every match even if carrying knocks.

Something that is exasperated by the fact that our defence isn’t much cop to start with! Only promoted trio QPR, Burnley and Leicester have let in more goals this season, so if we are now in a weaker position defensively than we were previously this campaign, the warning bells should surely be ringing.

Only Daryl Janmaat has the total confidence of fans at this moment in time, with Coloccini and Haidara getting mixed reviews and Mike Williamson doing his best as ever, but a constant worry for most supporters.

John Carver says there is nothing he can do about it, which just about sums it up, somebody who has absolutely no say on which players are bought and sold and like Alan Pardew before him, is so desperate for the job that he just sits there and takes it while the Newcastle squad is asset stripped.

  • Conman

    Because he’s a puppet for the men at the top. He should have refused the role if he thought the squad wasn’t strong enough which it’s plainly not. We now have 4 defenders lefts to play 13 matches. What kind of squad is that. Ridiculous management from the very top.

  • No Brainer

    Would you play santon in central defence or even Jannmat none are a good fit.
    As the squad has been injury ravaged since the start of the season it patently is good enough.

  • toontom68

    Its not just that we are in bother due to injuries and god help us if we have any more…its also that the 4 we now have to rely on for the rest of the season know that there is absolutely no pressure on them from anywhere to achieve and maintain some sort of form!
    There are no alternatives so these 4 will play. Full stop. That cant be healthy.
    With the possible exception of Burnley no other PL team would leave themselves in this position.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Didn’t Penfold ‘promise’ to communicate more (and better) and not leave the ‘coach’ to answer questions which management should? Where’s the managements statement on why no one was signed?

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer Why don’t they have cover for central defence? Pretty simple observation and question asked by the majority. Because your illustrious leader won’t buy anyone – we are simply good enough (we’ll see) to survive and keep his profits rolling in and merchandise flowing out..

  • No Brainer

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer Yet more evidence that you simply don’t read or is it can’t. 

    Try this one, I absolutely do not understand why nufc did not look to sign a new partner for colo in the August transfer window, it is an area where we need some significant strengthening in the team. MYM is a good player who is not suited to the PL or didn’t get the chance to adapt due to the previous manager so it was best to let him go.

    Whilst clear that Mike Williamson is a very good defender he has his limitations and is obviously not the man to put in defence against skilful nimble players often does well against those more brawn power players. That being the case and with S Taylor not offering anything different it beggars belief that this wasn’t addressed back in august never mind in January. 

    We should all not go back until one is signed.

  • scotty63

    Sickandtiredstill Penfold has spoken – we must get behind Honest John and his band of little troopers – no need for further communication until another banning order is issued.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    scotty63 Sickandtiredstill Aye, Fatty is terrified that another Llambias situation will arise. Say nowt and you can’t trip yourself up is the modus operandi.

  • scotty63

    Sickandtiredstill scotty63 Aye Honest Del is causing enough unrest in Govan

  • Philippines

    I would not like to have a job as a staff writer that requires me to look at, then seize upon every utterance, then write pathetic articles slagging decent hard working and well meaning folks. I think if God (if he or she exists) would have a hard time being the NUFC manager.

  • NatTurner

    How could he answer when he has no idea why?  He’s not in the loop at all.

  • Chemical Dave


  • Sickandtiredstill

    Chemical Dave Philippines God’s the owner and he definitely won’t enjoy the publicity ;-)
    If JC doesn;t want to be quoted then he should shut the hell up.