Rather bizarrely, John Carver has told his Newcastle players to avoid watching football on TV this week because it might tire them out.

After blaming the sweltering 17 degrees Celsius heat at QPR as one factor in the defeat, is there no end to the book of excuses Alan Pardew left behind and which John Carver has proved so adept at adding to.

Maybe he should be encouraging them to watch as much as possible to try and pick up tips on how to put that round thing in the net, as well as stopping it going in at the other end.

I’m already dreading the Newcastle Head Coach being interviewed on Sunday night, and saying if only Cabella and Riviere hadn’t watched the mackems getting stuffed 6-0 on Wednesday (tonight) by Arsenal, we’d have stuffed West Ham.

Carver made the remark as part of a general direction to his players to avoid contact with the outside world.

Pardew’s former assistant saying that watching football can mentally fatigue you.

Well I suppose I have to admit that watching Newcastle this season has totally done my head in!

John Carver:

“People are saying this is the biggest game in six years at this club, and let’s be honest, it is – we have got to deal with that.

“There is going to be a lot of media hype and I have had a chat with the guys and said; try and stay away from social media, stay off Twitter, keep off the internet.”

Don’t watch football:

“Don’t watch football on TV because sometimes mentally that can fatigue you and put a bit of pressure on you.

“It has come to this and we’ve got to deal with it, but I’m looking forward to the challenge that this week will bring.”

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  • Marklp

    To be honest anyone who cares about Newcastle would be emotionally drained if the game tonight is close.  So I can understand were he’s coming from.  Thats presuming they care.

  • Hughie

    Fantastic advice John. How about  an alternative –” In view of our inept coaching and your lack of ability please please watch as much as possible because you might pick up some tips on defending competently, keeping the ball in midfield, and putting it in the white structure with the net hanging on it!!!

  • Sickandtiredstill

    “On Tuesday Carver invited non-playing club staff to a squad meeting. The idea was to remind Newcastle’s players that they would be responsible for backroom personnel losing their jobs in the event of relegation.”
    “There’s an awful lot of good local people who’ve been here a long time and a lot of their friends lost their jobs here last time,” said Carver. “That’s one of the reasons I brought all of the staff into the meeting with the players. Sometimes that can be a motivation for players.

    I wonder if he or Pardew thought of that when Ashley was cutting the non playing staff to the bone? Ashley didn’t and doesn’t need relegation as an excuse to let people go – just less cost and more profit.

  • BillytheFish

    Sounds like good advice to me, focus on Sunday only………………….

  • Paul Soulsby

    Paticularly their own “perfomances”

  • Geoffrey Stobbart

    They’d be ok. No football in there.

  • mactoon

    Try getting the squad to watch videos of the entertainers under Keegan, the ten out of ten video still makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Watch how football SHOULD be played and get some inspiration you bunch of losers

  • cwtoon88

    Colback will be watching the game tonight in his favourite yellow Sunderland top. The Mackem tw*t will disappear again on sunday

  • RitchieForster

    remember the episode of the Likely Lads when they tried to avoid hearing the result of a match … I hope no one mentions that it’s now between NUFC & Hull as to who goes down …. damn, I mentioned it, I hope no one reads this.