NEWCASTLE head coach John Carver has bemoaned his luck as he attempts to turn around a dreadful run of results.
The Magpies entertain Swansea tomorrow desperate to end a sequence of six successive Premier League defeats which has left them just seven points clear of the relegation zone.
If I didn’t think I could do it, I’d walk away now, but that’s not the case.John Carver
Their form, coupled with protests from fans furious at the way owner Mike Ashley is running the club, has made for an uncomfortable atmosphere at St James’s Park, and Carver admits he could do with a change in fortune this weekend.
He said: “This is a bad time at the moment – I can’t wait for the good time. I’m really going to enjoy myself, because I have had everything go against me.
“But when you’ve got faith in your own ability, then nothing fazes you. It’s hard picking yourself up after the run of games we’ve had, but if I was going to give up on it, then it’s a waste of time sitting here now.
“If I didn’t think I could do it, I’d walk away now, but that’s not the case.”
Victory over the Swans would ease the Magpies’ fears of being sucked into the the scramble for survival at the foot of the table, and while it alone would not placate supporters who boycotted last Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat by Tottenham, it would at least give them – and Carver – something to smile about.
The 50-year-old said: “I’m definitely going to celebrate with a pot of tea if we win!
“We need to win. It’s so important for everybody, and it might lift a bit of a gloomy situation over the city at the moment because we know it affects everybody when they go to work.
“When you go to work after a win, you’re in a better mood, so whatever business you’re in, it makes you work that bit harder and you get more profits.
“We need to do that. We need to win football matches to give everybody a huge lift.”
To that end, Carver and his players have been working all week on a plan to get the better of Garry Monk’s men, and they will be boosted by the return of Siem de Jong for the first time since August last year following his recovery from a collapsed lung.
Fellow midfielder Jonas Gutierrez also returns after a training-ground disagreement with the head coach.