Everyone Is Down – It Was Different Without The Manager

Cheick Tiote was interviewed after the game yesterday on the Newcastle web-site, and he made some surprising comments, saying the players didn’t feel good during the game and he has no idea what happened.  Fans didn’t feel good after the game either.

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John Carver  and Felix Magath before the game

Cheick didn’t have his usual energetic game, and he has this to say:

“We are disappointed. Everyone is down.” “We lost the game and wanted a better result today and a better performance.”

“I don’t know what went wrong.  We didn’t feel good, we didn’t feel sharp as a team and there was a lot of sloppy passing and tackling.”

“Sometimes this happens and you have no idea why.”  “It was different without the manager but there was still the same coaching team – JC  (John Carver), Stoney (Steve Stone) and Woody (Andy Woodman).”

“So I don’t think you can say we lost because the manager wasn’t on the bench.” “The team have to take responsibility for the way we played.”

Those are not good comments from Cheick, because it looks like he has no idea what went wrong yesterday, and that’s not good.

And although the players will deny it, as Cheick has, that sounds to us like they missed Alan Pardew on the touchline – and that’s not good either – because there are six more games without Pardew on the touchline.

The players need a  big kick up the behind before next Saturday’s game against 4th bottom Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park, and a win is possible – but we’ll need somebody to score the goals.

Papiss Cisse missed two good chances yesterday, and Luuk de Jong missed one, and Loic Remy is out injured for the next two games.

It doesn’t look good.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • runheed

    Mar 16, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #1


  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 16, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #2

    It might have seemed different to Cheick, but it looked just like business as usual to those of us watching. Ineffective in midfield, toothless in attack, and a soft goal conceded by the defence. Oh yeah, and an idiot for a manager, twenty years behind the times on the sideline…..

  • SuperShearer

    Mar 16, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Dear Ed,
    I work in online media and journalism so understand the importance of adverts etc on a website. However, the current state of this website means I am unable to stay on it. Having two video adverts that both play automatically and seriously slow down the speed of the site, not to mention conflict with each other, is going to damage your traffic rather than improve it.
    As someone who greatly admires what you do I felt the need to point out this genuine issue with an otherwise brilliantly run site.
    Many thanks

  • runheed

    Mar 16, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #4

    I agree completely Frenchman. What do they think they are trying to achieve out there? It baffles me why they bother, where it their self respect ?

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 16, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5

    The question is really what is Ashley trying to achieve, and I’m afraid that’s all too obvious. If you can keep a team in the Premier League without spending too much to do it, there is money to made, and in Ashley’s case some handy free advertising. He has his formula in place now after the hiccup of relegation, and he is achieving exactly what he wants. NUFC is just like another cheap brand stacked up in SD. Useful while its making him a quid or two.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 16, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh, and as for self respect, I think we can safely say that it is a concept that is unfamiliar to the majority of our coaching and playing staff. The sheer inconsistency underlines the fact that they are in it for the money. They’ll put in just enough effort when they have to in order to survive, but that’s it. They all know that there’s nothing to be won here, no glory to be had, so it’s a stepping stone (like Cabaye) or a means to getting money they couldn’t be making elsewhere (like Pardew, Carver, Ameobi, etc.) Self respect is not even a consideration.


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