TIM Krul has pleaded with Newcastle United’s fans to be patient – and give John Carver time to get his ideas on to the pitch.
Carver was named as the club’s head coach until the end of the campaign last month.
But the 50-year-old is already under fire from some fans.
Carver’s substitutions in last week’s 1-1 draw against Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park were questioned.
After Fraizer Campbell levelled for the home side, Carver made two defensive changes before the 90th-minute introduction of striker Emmanuel Riviere.
Carver’s claim that he didn’t need any more players in last month’s transfer window was also contentious.
But Carver, previously No2 to Pardew, has vowed to do the job his own way – and insisted he will not be swayed by any dissent.
And goalkeeper Krul has launched a staunch defence of Carver and Steve Stone, his assistant.
The 26-year-old feels the club’s interim management team – who have guided United to a win and two draws since the decision was made to put them in charge for the rest of the campaign – need time to implement their ideas.
“We very much believe in what John and Stoney do, and we showed that on the pitch,” Krul told the Gazette.
“We’re three games unbeaten, and we should have won last weekend (against Stoke). We gave it away.
“We could have won (against Palace), and we could have had nine points and three clean sheets. We have to look at the positives.
“I think there are a few out there maybe giving John a hard time, but we could have had nine points.
“John’s trying to do some different things, so it’s takes a bit of time.
“But I truly believe we’re on the right track.”
While frustrated, Krul felt a draw was the right result from the game against Palace.
Newcastle took a first-half lead through Papiss Demba Cisse, but his goal was cancelled out in the 71st minute by Campbell with a near-post finish from a Yannick Bolasie cross.
“We could have won, but I think we should be happy with a point,” said Krul. “We didn’t really dominate too much.
“With every goal, you think about what you should have done better, but sometimes you have to applaud the quality of the cross.
“It was an amazing cross. We have to sometimes say ‘great goal’.”
Krul and his team-mates, having had a long weekend off because of the club’s early FA Cup exit, today started preparations for Monday’s Premier League game against champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Krul was on the bench for United’s 2-0 Capital One Cup win at the stadium earlier this season.
“It’s a hard place,” said the Holland international. “They have a fantastic team. We’ll go there with no pressure on us.
“If they play well, it’s going to be a hard game, as they’ve got great players. But we’ve beaten them once there already this season.”