John Carver says that the one positive for Newcastle Unied is that their relegation fate is still in their own hands.

However, the Newcastle Head Coach says that players have to realise they have already been in a relegation fight for a number of weeks already and can’t rely on the other clubs to save them.

Summing up the situation, Carver said the players had to ‘grow up and smell the roses’.

John Carver speaking after United made it eight defeats in a row at Leicester:

“We have been in a relegation battle for two or three weeks.

“They (players) have got to grow up and smell the roses, we are in trouble.”

In our own hands…for now:

“We are in trouble and we can’t keep talking about it, saying next week we’ll do it, next week we’ll do it, and we can’t keep relying on other people.

“At the moment it is on our own hands and I just hope we don’t end up in a situation where it isn’t.”

Newcastle currently stand only two points above the relegation zone and only three clubs between them and the bottom three.

If Hull avoid defeat at home to Arsenal tonight then it will become only Leicester and Sunderland standing between United and that relegation area.

With Leicester’s form and momentum, it is hard to see them not getting out of trouble, so we could be left with the nightmare scenario of a straight battle with Sunderland for that last relegation spot.

About time for the players to be smelling those roses pretty damn quickly.


  • mrkgw

    Report out this morning suggesting that the club will not sack Carver and will allow him to see out the rest of the season. What a shocker – Charnley hasnt a clue. Both Ashley and the chairman are killing the club, good and proper.

  • Andgeo

    Well we all know what the £34m in the bank was set aside for, add to that the £25m we will get for krul, sissoko, janmaat, tiote and cisse at fire sales prices and there you have it, the cost of relegation!! What was all that cheap about a net spend?? Think we are talking hundreds of thousands, not millions!!!

  • Andgeo

    There is only one conclusion and that is fatty is intentionally relegating us, nobody can be that incompetent. Every action he has taken, crap signings in the summer, no signings in January, selling m’biwa, giving away santon, not sacking pardew, not replacing pardew, not getting rid of cardew, it all points to the fact that he must want the club relegated. Does anybody know how fatty benefits from this?

  • Porciestreet

    mrkgw How come the FA are allowing this fat theif to get away with doing this to one of it’s member clubs. As sure as eggs are eggs, if this was Arsenal or Chelsea, the 5h!t would have hit the fan a very long time ago.

  • Bills frollocks

    Smell the roses. There are NO roses to smell at this club anymore.

  • mrkgw

    Was talking to my Barber about this exact subject a day ago – he is a Coventry supporter and we both dispair at the inactivity from the FA. Quite right, if it were Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool or their beloved Man Utd, they would be jumping up and down. But Newcastle, they couldnt give one jot. Fuming.

  • Bills frollocks

    This is how I saw it…
    Ashley to the board of SD in 2006
    MA. I need to promote SD. How can I do it?
    SD. You could maybe buy something that is seen worldwide
    MA. What you mean like a football club?
    SD. Yes something like that.
    MA. It would have to be a big club with big support. But I don’t know anything about football.
    SD. You don’t need to know anything about football. You just want to advertise SD
    MA. But it would cost me a fortune.
    SD. Yes but the returns would be huge for SD.
    MA. But what if the fans started realising I only wanted the club to make money for SD and then started leaving.
    SD. You need to find a club with gullible fans who love football and then lock them in to a deal they can’t refuse.
    MA. Like what?
    SD. Offer them a ten year season ticket deal.
    MA. Oh yes, I like it. Then they won’t leave cos they love their football too much.
    SD. Exactly.
    MA. Where would I find such a club with gullible fans?
    SD. Well there’s one of than Northern clubs for sale I believe. Think it’s Newcastle United.
    MA. But I hate Geordies.
    SD. Yes I know but it is a big club and the supporters will watch anything.
    MA. OK. Sounds good. Let’s go for it.
    SD. I’ll put things in motion.
    MA. Wow, I got that cheap however I had to give the club a loan too so they owe me.
    The rest is history.
    The ones who conned us. Wise, Pardew
    Look what we have now. Charnley, Carver, Stone and co.
    Now just think hard before you decide to support this regime again

  • mrkgw

    Agree – and I dont absolve John Hall of his part in this either, of all the people to sell to. Mike Ashley just doesnt seem to care – all profit and nothing else. I just hate the sight of those despicable SD logos emblazoned all over the stadium, cheapening the place. No income from it either. Playing staff, assembled by Carr on the cheap and a Chairman which…well, less said the better on that one. Carver should have gone weeks ago and relegation looms for certain. Gut wrenching stuff.

  • Morpeth mag

    I’ve been saying this for years,,,,, what would the press have written if SD advertising was plastered all over,, old Traford and God forbid Anfield? It’s an absolute disgrace, also if we owe him the 129 million and he owns 55% of SD, where’s the 45% of the advertising revenue we should be getting? We don’t owe SD the money?

  • SGM

    Whats even worse than the thought of relegation again is reading the utter shite on here, from the “so-called”.

  • toon tony

    COFFEE John. ..wake up and smell the COFFEE. ..

  • Toon Magpie

    I was going to say that. John needs to wake up and smell the coffee.