No upheaval, just ‘business as usual’, insists Newcastle star

CONTINUITY ... Peter Beardsley and John Carver.
CONTINUITY ... Peter Beardsley and John Carver.

MIKE Williamson says it’s “business as usual” at Newcastle United – despite the departure of manager Alan Pardew.

Pardew was today set to be finally confirmed as Crystal Palace’s new manager.

Assistant manager John Carver, supported by coaches Steve Stone, Andy Woodman and Peter Beardsley, has been put in temporary charge of the team.

Burnley came from behind three times at St James’s Park yesterday to draw 3-3 with Newcastle.

Williamson doesn’t feel there has been upheaval behind the scenes given that Pardew’s backroom team remains in place.

“It’s been business as usual,” said Williamson.

“The management here are the same, so there’s been continuity. Everything’s the same.

“Tactically, John’s got his opinions across, and it’s been business as usual.”

United were dominant in the first half, and led 2-1, but Burnley fought back strongly.

Newcastle have now conceded 15 goals in their last six games, a record which Williamson acknowledges must improve – and quickly.

“Of course, it’s always disappointing, especially as a defender,” he said.

“We’re scoring goals, and that’s what we need to work on – keeping it tight. We’ve got to keep the back door shut as well.”

Boyd netted Burnley’s third goal in the 86th minute.

“When you’re 3-2 up at home, it’s disappointing,” added Williamson, who came off the bench after Steven Taylor suffered a season-ending injury.

“But they’re a very, very good team. They play to their strengths, their very organised and they’ve got some talented players.

“When you take everything into consideration – they’ve come away from Man City with a draw – the point was a good point.”