Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has told the Northern Echo under what circumstances the club’s first team stars won’t play under John Carver.
Newcastle have been in decent form since Carver was appointed head coach until the end of the season and Krul has suggested how the boss is keeping everyone on their toes.
“We've got very clear plans, which are good. If you don't do your job you won't play under John and everyone knows that. It has been a little bit different. John’s putting a job on every single position,” said the Dutchman.
The comments suggest that Carver has created a healthy standard of competition in Newcastle training from players competing for a first team position.
It has the benefit of keeping everyone on their toes and guarding against complacency.
Perform poorly and you won’t be in the team for very long. Don’t do your job and someone else will come into the team.
It’s also a clever move by Carver to stress a specific job in relation to every position in the team.
If someone is struggling and having an off day, someone else in defence or midfield has a job to do which can help to compensate.
Where the boss has to be careful is ensuring that players also feel they have the right to play with a bit of freedom and react to what’s going on in big games.
If he gets the balance right, there’s no reason Newcastle can’t break into the top six.