Olivier Bernard on what Carver does every year before Sunderland games

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The former Newcastle United man has been discussing the upcoming Wear-Tyne derby.

Olivier Bernard says Newcastle boss John Carver has been getting his players into the right mindset for their clashes with Sunderland for 'years' - even before he was appointed the club's manager this season, according to the Chronicle.

Newcastle travel to the Stadium of Light this weekend for a Wear-Tyne derby that is as big as ever for both sides but has more resonance in terms of the Premier League table for Sunderland.

And, ahead of the Premier League fixture, Carver will be hammering home just how much the game means to Newcastle's fans - according to Bernard.

It is something the 50-year-old has been doing for years on Tyneside, Bernard says, especially to the players who aren't local.

“John made sure every player knew what this fixture meant. He’s done it every year," the former Newcastle star said.

“Every foreigner or even if you come from down south they get taught and you have to learn about the desire to win that game.

“It’s more important than just winning three points. Winning this one feels like it’s worth 10 points or more. I know John has done this for years."

Of course, considering Newcastle's recent record against Sunderland, you'd have to question exactly what it is Carver has been saying - just like plenty of other areas of the 50-year-old's management.

But this is a real chance for the Magpies boss to impress the St James' Park faithful. A win at Sunderland is one of the many things missing in the last few years and there would appear no better opportunity to beat the Black Cats than this Sunday afternoon. Is it another chance Carver will waste, though?

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