John Carver’s reply to Newcastle United critics has been reported by the Northern Echo.
Newcastle’s temporary manager is defiant in the face of critics who have suggested that the club’s season has, and will continue to, peter out over the rest of the campaign.
“Everybody on the outside is talking about our season petering away but I am not going to allow that to happen,” said Carver.
“Those who are saying that don't know me, don't know the people around me and don't know this group of players. We're much more professional than that.”
“We can't afford to let the season drift away and I won't allow it to happen.”
It’s difficult to judge or predict how Newcastle’s season is likely to pan out.
The team have just slipped inside the bottom half of the table and Carver’s appointment to the end of the season would suggest Mike Ashley wants consolidation before a long term boss is appointed in the summer.
If Newcastle can break into the top half quickly, there’s no reason the side can’t aim for a place in the top six by the end of the campaign.
However, that will be a big challenge for the side but fans should be confident that Carver will give his utmost even though he doesn’t know what his long term future holds.
If results go the other way, the team will quickly be under pressure because there are some very good clubs scrapping for position in the bottom half of the table and Newcastle need to be wary of getting drawn into the fight.
Carver is admirably defiant in the face of criticism. His job now is to back it up.