John Carver thinking long-term at Newcastle – and is already planning pre-season

UNDER-FIRE ... John Carver.
UNDER-FIRE ... John Carver.

JOHN Carver is planning for the long haul at Newcastle United – and has already held discussions over the club’s pre-season plans.

Carver was appointed as Newcastle’s head coach until the end of the season last month, and has since made it clear how much he wants the job on a more long-term basis.

He has won just once since taking over from Alan Pardew, though, and United are now four points adrift of the top 10, the club’s target this season.

They take on relegation-threatened Aston Villa at St James’s Park this afternoon, with Tim Sherwood set to take charge of the visitors for just the second time.

Last season, Sherwood was in the Tottenham Hotspur hotseat having taken over mid-season, and at the time, he said he felt like a ‘supply teacher’ due to the perception another manager would replace him in the summer.

However, Carver insists he is not thinking along similar lines, and is instead planning with a long-term mindset.

When asked if he thinks long-term, Carver said: “Of course I do, of course I do. Just now I’m getting ready for (pre-season). So I’m not a supply teacher.

“I’ve always thought long-term, long-term, long-term.

“And the conversations I’ve had (with hierarchy) have always been long-term, long-term.

“We’ve had a session on pre-season dates, dates for returning, as obviously it’s a shorter summer break this year.

“And venues, we haven’t decided where we’re going, but we’re talking about different options.

“I think the whole process in football – and this is my opinion – is thinking long-term.

“I could have a contract as head coach for three years and be thinking long-term, but that could change.”

Newcastle will be looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City today, and Carver admits there was anger at the training ground at the start of the week.

He added: “I was angry with myself, I was angry with the team, the team were angry with me, they were angry with themselves. That’s the right way to be.

“But once we sat down and discussed it (on Monday), there was a genuine conversation and I was very glad that we’d talked about it in that room and put it to bed.

“I think players have got pride. It hurts. I don’t think it’s easy to lie down.

“If I was seeing that on the training ground, that would be a bit of a concern.

“But that’s not something I’ve seen – that’s not one of the traits of this team.

“I don’t think I’ll have to say too much to them before the game, because I think I know how they’ll react.

“I think there’s no reason why we can’t go into the game in a positive frame of mind.”

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