Bit of a strange one this, John Carver has been back at Newcastle United for over four years and says he didn’t know Sammy Ameobi could take free-kicks or corners!

The Newcastle Head Coach said that in the build up to the Aston Villa match he was stuck for somebody to take them until one of the club scouts, Brian Clark, told him that Ameobi could do it.

When the Newcastle winger was a kid, Brian Clark was involved at Walker Central Boys Club and Sammy Ameobi would take set-pieces back then.

Carver claims that the free-kicks and corners were much better against Villa and maybe they were a little bit, though it undoubtedly helped that the Villa defence were so woeful, such as when Riviere had a free header ten yards out from an Ameobi corner.

It is laughable though John Carver coming out with this, he was the first team coach under Pardew and now the Head Coach, in four years did nobody ever have the brainwave of trying out the wingers on corners and free-kicks???

For years we wonder why Newcastle have been so terrible on set-pieces, especially corners, maybe we are now getting the odd clue…

Surely every winger and forward attacking player should be capable of taking a half decent corner or free-kick. Deadball kicks are something that can be improved simply by hours and hours of repetitive practice, it should be impossible not to get better at them, unless of course you never ever practice them.

John Carver interviewed on the official club website:

“Set-pieces definitely better, I have to give credit to Brian Clark, one of our chief scouts.

“He said to me, Sammy Ameobi can take corners and free-kicks, so there wasn’t anybody else in the team that can do it.”

Sunday morning football:

“So he got the shout, until of course Ryan Taylor got on the pitch.

“He (Brian Clark) knows Sammy very well from being a youngster (at Walker Central Boys Club), obviously seen him do it on many occasions on a Sunday morning for the boys club, so thanks Brian.”

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  • amacdee

    WTF does Carver do all week if he doesnt know who can take corners come matchday ?????????

    In addition to which I read this BS after the Villa game and thought to myself any one of us could come up with a better quote than this pure drivel ?
    was brave going with two wingers and two strikers – there are not many head
    coaches or managers in the Premier League go that way, but I did it because I
    felt it was important to get the three points.

    We talked about getting the ball in the
    wide areas and  putting the ball in the box because it’s no good 
    Papiss (Cisse) being the lone striker and trying to play into his feet. What was disappointing was that in the first half, we didn’t put the ball
    in the box enough”
    Am I going nuts or are these people simpletons ?

  • philrenner09

    Carver completely useless along with the other coaches — get R.Garde in with a whole new backroom staff

  • Phildene

    @ amacdee No you’re not going nuts mate, as yes, these people are very much simpletons!  they haven’t got a clue at all. 

    It’s mind boggling that Carver didn’t know about Sammy considering he’s supposed to take training and has done for years-as another poster has commented. I also found his statement of being ‘Brave’ quite  bizzare considering it’s such a well known and much used format 

    Think he just stands around getting fatter at training cos he surely doesn’t join in….

  • Bills frollocks

    I’m surprised he knew he played for the club.

  • Morpeth mag

    This is symptomatic of the club, it’s hardly any wonder we have never won a domestic trophy in nearly 60 years,,, this is a multi million pound business and the guy who does the day to day running of it, doesn’t know what his staff are capable of,, what has he been doing all this time at the club? He should know the strengths and weaknesses of every single player and I include the academy players in this,,, it would be laughable if it was not so serious,, why are the national and local press not having a real go at how are club is being run? If this was one of the so called big clubs being run like this, they would be all over it, or are they all in Ashley’s pocket???

  • Polarboy

    Please tell me his is playing an elaborate prank. If true this means two things, firstly he’s more useless than I had even thought, secondly he’s two stupid to realise how bad saying something like this makes him look.

  • DownUnderMag

    It pretty much sums up what the coaching staff do at the club and why for so long we’ve seen players being played out of position and not to their strengths.   Do the staff just rock up at training, shout “right, everyone kick that round about for a while and do some laps…i’m off inside out this cold for a nice cuppa and a biscuit” and then check back in at the end to say well done and pick their team out of a hat?  Surely the whole point of being a head-coach…hell, ANY sort of coach, at a football club is to study the players, find their strengths and weaknesses and find a way to get the most out of your squad??  Do we even practice set pieces? 

    Surely this has to have been taken out of context, is a wind-up or just s**t-stirring?  I simply cannot believe that the head-coach of a football team doesn’t know his players.  Says it all really!

  • dont believe the hype

    It would be interesting to see his formation if he felt the three points weren’t that important.

  • WallaceWilson

    So they have someone 6ft5in taking corners?! Surely someone should be coaching him on how to head a ball and someone else, more vertically challenged, to take set-pieces?

  • Brownale69

    Aye he cant take corners and no one can take free kicks either

  • Brownale69

    Just wait till Wednesday!

  • Tynewalker

    Unfortunately I always suspected Carver was not good enough but did’nt realise how embarrassing he would be. Just hope Ashley will see sense and he’s out in May. Always suspected though that those supporters who wanted Pardew out would end up with someone much worse. It would be difficult for the next guy not to be an improvement on Carver.

  • Porciestreet

    How come a senior coach didn’t know that a player coud take dead ball kicks…?  Just shows the quality of what is leading this team in the dark…!

  • Porciestreet

    If he can heed the corners wallace, we’ll start calling him Wyn Davies.

  • tino o

    God help us with this football genius in charge !

  • Porciestreet

    I’m going into hibernation tomorrow night… Give me a bell on thursday.

  • toon tony

    Carver, you’re a prat. What the hell do you do all week apart from sucking up to the FCB. Get out now you’re a disgrace.

  • toon tony

    This football club is a mess from top to bottom. It wouldn’t surprise me if we bought Adam Johnson and got him to play with the under 16s. .!!!

  • dude 1

    What can I say our first team coach hasn’t got a clue

  • Big Al 1967

    How to make yourself and the club an even bigger laughing stock. Just goes to show what we already knew. Set pieces and corners are not worked on in training.

    Some clubs write dossiers for the players to study for their upcoming fixtures.I have just come across the other 19 premier league teams dossier for us.


  • TomGorman1

    They even had him taking corners when Taylor came on.

  • amacdee

    Carver on Talkshlte at 5pm. I’ve asked them to confirm this story true or false. Halfwit or Muppet ?

  • fromtheheed

    Morpeth mag If the national papers started taking an interest it may prove fatal; in that they may kickstart a revolution. We may be successful, not what London paper want.

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