Carver cries for a DP

Carver cries for a DP

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 8, 2008
  • 8 Comments
  • Designated Player, John Carver, Winter Transfers

And I’m not talking about a Dr. Pepper either. Toronto FC manager John Carver gave his club an ultimatum today, “give me a designated player next year or I am out.”

“I’ve gone on record and I’ll say it again, because no matter what happens, at the end of the season, if I’m going to be here at this club, we have to do something about it. We have to bring in that quality-type of player,” said Carver, who is on a one-year contract with a club option for the 2009 season.

Added the Englishman: “The club is aware of it, the management is aware of it, the fans are certainly aware of it, and we have to do it, because if we don’t, I will definitely, definitely go home. No buts about it.”

“We need to build the product on the field. In the first two years you take the view that you have to walk before you can run. Now we’re ready to run and the time is right. That’s why I’m making a big thing about it.”

“Even if we make the playoffs in this situation and we donít [sign a DP], then I’ll go home. I won’t hang around. I couldn’t do a job thinking I promised something and couldn’t produce the goods,” Carver said.

Eh, honestly this dude is good as done in Major League Soccer. He hasn’t been able to cut it and really he could also blame a bit on his management, more importantly on Mo Johnston for the moves that he has made here.

Toronto has the money to spend on next year’s bunch and there is little doubt that they won’t spend it all too. They don’t actually need a high profile player to bring in the fans either, they will still be there no matter what I think. They just need a true play maker and one that can score goals in bunches.

What do you think about Carver here? Is he as good as done in MLS after this year or will he stick around once TFC gets a designated player?

  • Fred

    Carver is a good guy. I've met him a couple of times. I agree with him on this one. Toronto needs to flex is spending muscle and get some high profile players in January.

  • TheUltra

    DP's do not equal salvation, Carver is out of his league in MLS (quite literally). He does not understand the nature of north american sport and it shows. TFC is a coke league wanna be at the moment and It will take a lot more than a DP to turn that team around. As far as the team goes, if they want success they'll let carver go and get someone who has been around MLS and understands it. <br />
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    Not if I look at this with my Crew goggles on I'm all for TFC wasting there cash and keeping the entertaining whiner around as long as possible. I firmly believe with him and Mo at the helm of Terrible FC next year the Crew continue to go undefeated against the canucks.

  • Fred

    Carver is a good guy. I’ve met him a couple of times. I agree with him on this one. Toronto needs to flex is spending muscle and get some high profile players in January.

  • DP’s do not equal salvation, Carver is out of his league in MLS (quite literally). He does not understand the nature of north american sport and it shows. TFC is a coke league wanna be at the moment and It will take a lot more than a DP to turn that team around. As far as the team goes, if they want success they’ll let carver go and get someone who has been around MLS and understands it.

    Not if I look at this with my Crew goggles on I’m all for TFC wasting there cash and keeping the entertaining whiner around as long as possible. I firmly believe with him and Mo at the helm of Terrible FC next year the Crew continue to go undefeated against the canucks.

  • David Kelly

    I really don't agree with the comment that Carver is done here. I think he will only be done if he doesn't get what he's asking for. Carver has turned down jobs in England to stay at TFC, so I don't think he's worrying about keeping his job here, but what's the point of him staying if he doesn't win? And he wants to win. <br />
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    I think what frustrates people, and myself, and I realize that the rules of the league come into this as well, is that TFC is owned by a billion dollar sports corporation that ones the Toronto Marlies, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, and TFC. They have the money, and tonnes of it, they just need to spend it. How much do they pay players for the Leafs or Raptors? I think it's fair to say they could spare a few million to bring in an amazing DP.<br />
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    The wild card in all of this? Artificial Turf… lets hope that gets figured out soon enough.

  • David Kelly

    I really don’t agree with the comment that Carver is done here. I think he will only be done if he doesn’t get what he’s asking for. Carver has turned down jobs in England to stay at TFC, so I don’t think he’s worrying about keeping his job here, but what’s the point of him staying if he doesn’t win? And he wants to win.

    I think what frustrates people, and myself, and I realize that the rules of the league come into this as well, is that TFC is owned by a billion dollar sports corporation that ones the Toronto Marlies, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, and TFC. They have the money, and tonnes of it, they just need to spend it. How much do they pay players for the Leafs or Raptors? I think it’s fair to say they could spare a few million to bring in an amazing DP.

    The wild card in all of this? Artificial Turf… lets hope that gets figured out soon enough.

  • Chuck

    No what they NEED is to bring in a DP to save the fans revolting for another crap season!<br />
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    Also, the &quot;It takes time when building a football club&quot; line goes out the window when you see that in ONE,…. ONE season, with the right trades and acquisitions, San Jose is a challenger.

  • Chuck

    No what they NEED is to bring in a DP to save the fans revolting for another crap season!

    Also, the “It takes time when building a football club” line goes out the window when you see that in ONE,…. ONE season, with the right trades and acquisitions, San Jose is a challenger.