SYLVAIN Marveaux was NOT “blacklisted” by Newcastle United, according to John Carver.
Midfielder Marveaux is on a season-long loan at Guingamp.
He (Marveaux) had the same chance as everyone else this pre-season.John Carver
But his career at St James’s Park looked to be over long before he returned to his native France.
Marveaux, signed on a free transfer from Stade Rennais in the summer of 2011, found himself on the fringes under Alan Pardew, Carver’s predecessor, last season.
And it was no surprise to see the 29-year-old loaned out last July.
Marveaux was caught on camera after Guingamp’s 6-0 Ligue 1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain talking to Yohan Cabaye, his former United team-mate.
He appeared to tell the PSG midfielder: “I miss Newcastle.
“It was good, but you know I was blacklisted.”
Head coach Carver, however, insists Marveaux – who has a year left on his St James’s Park contract and could return to the club ahead of next season – had the same chance as every other player last summer.
And he pointed to Gabriel Obertan, who forced his way back into the first-team squad after a strong pre-season campaign before suffering a serious thigh injury in early November.
“He had the same chance as everyone else this pre-season,” said Carver
“Obertan in pre-season was on fire because he pushed his head above the water and kicked on.
“If it wasn’t for that injury which set him back. He took his opportunity in pre-season.”
Obertan is back in Carver’s squad for tomorrow’s game against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
The winger had been sidelined with an injury.
Meanwhile, Chris Ramsey is “hopeful” he’ll still be in charge of QPR in the Championship next season.
Ramsey believes he should remain at the helm of the club, which was relegated last weekend, and expects to discover his fate within the next seven days.
“We’re still talking,” he said.
“Nothing’s 100 per cent yet, but I’m hoping I’ll be in charge next season.”