It Made No Sense To Rest Newcastle Players Yesterday

We couldn’t believe the team that was announced yesterday had seven changes to the team that drew 3-3 with Burnley on Thursday, and John Carver had made a big deal about how important the cups were at Newcastle and that he was going to field his strongest team.

The Newcastle caretaker head coach, John Carver, applauds the away fans

John Carver applauding fans after the game yesterday

He didn’t and Leicester won for only the second time in the last 16 games ,and we are again – for the fourth year in five – dumped out of the FA Cup at the very first hurdle.

We have only seven games to play through March 1st,  and our next game is next Saturday at Chelsea – so our players will have plenty of rest from now though the end of the season – now that we are out of both the cups.

We’ve played seven games since December 13th – 21 days ago – and the next seven are over 55 days – so yesterday was not the time to rest five of our best players in a competition we presumably take seriously – according to Carver.

The caretaker manager after the game said that only Ayoze Perez was rested and Coloccini, Janmaat, Colback and Moussa Sissoko were not fit. 🙁

What’s the betting that all five will start at Stamford Bridge next Saturday?

Here’s are fixture list through yesterday’s game.

Date          Where     Opposition     Result
Tue 02	     A	          Burnley	  	 1-1	
Sat 06	     H          Chelsea	  	 2-1	
Sat 13	     A	          Arsenal	 	 1-4	
Wed 17	     A	          Tottenham      0-4  League Cup	
Sun 21	     H	          Sunderland	 0-1	
Fri 26	     A	          Man Utd		 1-3	
Sun 28	     H	          Everton		 3-2
Thu 01	     H	          Burnley		 3-3	
Sat 03	     A	          Leicester 	 0-1   FA Cup	

And here is the upcoming fixture list:

Date          KO       Where    Opposition
Sat 10	15:00	A	      Chelsea	 			
Sat 17	17:30	H	      Southampton	 			
Sat 31	12:45	A	      Hull City 	
Sun 08	14:05	H	      Stoke City	 		
Wed 11	20:00	A	      Crystal Palace	 		
Sat 21	17:30	A	      Man City	 			
Sat 28	15:00	H	      Aston Villa	 		
Wed 04	19:45	H	      Man Utd				
Sat 14	15:00	A	      Everton

We have only 18 games to play for the rest of the season and we are at home to West Ham in our final game on 24th May.

Yesterday was not the time to rest players in such an important game.

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23 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    “who knows what ketsbaia might bring…. he could be a disaster or a revelation…”

    Can’t disagree. He definitely speaks his mind. He said Georgian football is dead…. At Olympiakos he referred to reporters and organised fans as ‘lamogia’. Loose translation, scumbags.

    If we want fireworks and world publicity (even some wins, definitely v. Sunderland!), this is our guy 🙂

    He’ll definitely DEMAND CL. He did it at lowly Anorthosis.

  • Slank

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #2


    It’s now looking increasingly likely that we will have a foreign Head Coach, unless McClaren sneaks in as he is probably the only Brit who has worked within the European system.

    The club may want the Head Coach in as quickly as possible so that he can assess the whole squad between now and when the summer transfer window opens as I’m sure there will be a lot of departures and a few faces who will be bought because they will be able play the way he wants the team to play.

    Don’t think it will be Advocaat. Far too old. The rest are all possibilities but Carr and Charnley have shown that they can spot gems in Europe and so they could pull out of the hat someone none of the fans had ever considered before.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m all for rotating players, keeps your best players fresh and the squad players get game time so they are ready if needed when injuries occur, keeps everyone together and knowing how to play together.

    The issue though is we never rotate in the league, we run players into the ground and get a lot of injuries, then all of a sudden we rest the players for this same cup game every year.

    We need to be rotating 1 or 2 a week, not 5/6 for one game only in the season.

    Carver is as bad as Pardew saying they were all not fit, I’ll be shocked if they aren’t available on the weekend. And he calls himself a fan…another patsy.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Don’t you get it Ed?

    This what Ashley requires.

    No cup runs.

    We always field weak teams set up to lose in cups.


    Carver one step closer to the job.
    Great result for the club yesterday.
    Who needs cups when you have mid-table mediocrity to watch?

  • Scottishmag1

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Link to BBC for the 1m 48 seconds highlights of our match (Including the Cabella offside effort)

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 4, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    I agree, a permanent appointment as quickly as possible is by far the best option to us, but if making a permanent appointment now meant compromising on quality is it worth it? If this 5 man shortlist is to be believed (which I highly doubt as Alan Oliver mentioned it) then only Remi Garde is a decent option that we could get now. Tuchel possibly, but he may be happy enjoying his break and willing to wait and see what is available in the summer.

    Not really interested in Advocaat personally. I think we need a younger manager who is willing to take on a project, I don’t see Advocaat as that man.

    So unless we go for Garde, then I think we need someone in as interim to freshen things up, or even a couple of new coaching staff to bring fresh ideas.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Of course it makes sense to rest players otherwise fatigue kicks in and players starts to pick up random injuries.

    …we cannot afford that right now. We are probably the team in the PL that bitch and moan most about our team and that at the same time don’t use the full extent of our squad.

    The only player I wouldn’t have had anywhere near our starting eleven yesterday was Armstrong. Rivi deserved the start and Cabella was our best player. Santon and Haidara saw some game time which was good (we are struggling with injuries back there).

    Anita needs to start games – this player like so many before him had suffered from the Pardew-effect.

    We just look poor – have done for more than 18 month. I wasn’t on the blog during our 5 or 6 games winning streak but I swear the crap I was reading on here was out of this world.

    Have been thinking about going back and post some of it. Talking about Jackyl and Hyde attitude!

  • cyprus

    Jan 4, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8

    We sure have upped our game, regarding the list of candidates. Some really interesting names there…

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Was Cabella our best player? I’ve read several reports saying he was poor again, other than the disallowed goal. By all accounts Alnwick was the star man making several second half saves to keep us in it.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Lilongwe…an interim who would stay on in some capacity (not ad head coach) if it all worked out.

    …I just don’t see that happening with both Carver and Stone here – do you?

    Nothing will change then and change is what’s needed.

  • cyprus

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #11

    don’t you believe the blog fans here? They voted for Cabs as MOM 😉

    If you support Jekyll and Hyde United aren’t you entitled to be a bit of a J & K? I know what you are saying but this team is nuts man.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #12


    Do you not think it’s wrong how they rest players though.

    You know as well as me, if fit, our players won’t miss a single Orem league game, they only get rested for cup games (which is usually two as we normally go out first round).

    I like rest/rotation, it benefits everyone, it’s pointless doing it just this one game if we don’t do it in the league as well

    It’s why ist clearly not a plan to rest players but a good way to forfeit cups.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Lilonwge…from the radio feed he sounded good. The pundits seemed to think so.

    …I wasn’t at the game and alot of people are just negative right now.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Did Carver get round to complaining about our disallowed goal yesterday or was it he not bovvered ? It was clearly a wrong decision and once again games are changed by poor officials. Nigel Pearson at Leicester is right some TMO intervention will have to come – clearly the technology exists and maybe that’s what officials are aiming for – so that they become minor celebs in their own right when the TV is on them – talk about inflated egos !” Let’s all throw our hats in the ring” – such predictable dross , I bet it sounds more interesting in a French or Dutch.

  • hibbit

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #15

    cyprus just hope this is the list not some pr at work

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #16


    My Mrs was at the game as visiting friends in Leicester, she said cabella was the only one showing for the ball and trying to make things happen. Apparently he had no movement about him, left isolated.

    Plus he scored a good goal, wrongly chalked off.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #17

    TS…yes TS I do think that – like we have discussed.

    …but Pardew has left this crap at our doorstep and for what it’s worth I thought Carver did the right thing. He is just no better than Pardew when it comes to football intelligence.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #18


    I still think he should have had perez on the bench. I don’t mind Riviere getting a go, same with Anita and others. Just nice to have some back up on the bench in case it goes wrong.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #19

    Ha, they also voted Willo as player of the year!! I’ve seen a few people on other platforms who claim to have been at the game and Cabella was poor, as was Riv Arma, Anita, Tiote, etc. Only Alnwick seems to have come out with a slightly better reputation then he went in with, and let’s face it, he was hardly starting at a high level.

    Maybe to stay in some capacity, but if that were to be the case we would probably need to have agreement with someone to take over, and go with someone that they would like on their staff.

    It might not be likely, but if nothing happens then the club need to make it clear what their plans are for the summer or the animosity for the remainder of the season is going to fester and make this season a farce, and lower the clubs standing further within Europe.

  • hibbit

    Jan 4, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #20

    cabella was not in the game for long periods gave the ball away a lot had 2 half chance sunlucky with offside was not the worst but no were near motm ……..we could have been beaten 3 or 4 nil…. best game anlwick has played

  • Sav

    Jan 4, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Yesterday’s team sheet was an oath of obedience and adherence to the Mashley manifesto and it was John Carver’s job application. “Thou shalt achieve mid-table mediocrity”. “Thou shalt not waste energy on cup runs.” The trouble with the list of managers being bandied about is the candidates are not as desperate as Mashley likes them to be. Only Carver qualifies on that score because if he doesn’t get it, he’s gone.
    I believe, as the cheapest option, he’ll get it until the end of the season. Sissoko will leave unreplaced and there won’t be any new signings this window, either.

  • Premiership Manager

    Jan 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #22

    The first priority should have been to keep the team playing together, get a result and boost morale in the dressing room.

    Instead we have done the unthinkable, lost by playing a weak team, against arguably weaker opposition, with an excuse that some players needed to be rested.

    The directive from the board should have been get a result and keep the winning mentality and momentum built over the last few months.

    Instead we now face some very hard games with three key players out and a strong possibility that we may lose 2-3 players during the transfer window.

    We need an established keeper, a world class centre back and if Sissoko goes a player who can command the midfield and open up the defence.

    Cabaye on loan from PSG would be an option but I doubt that we would consider buying him even for a reduced fee as his wage demands would be too high and it’s likely that he has now past his best.

    Regarding managers I honestly don’t know who would be a good choice, however I have a feeling that before the club agreed compensation and let Pardew go it would have been on the back of a form of none disclosure whereby legally Pardew cannot give information that could discredit the management team or the club.

    Any manager worth his salt would want full control of transfers and would insist on a budget of at least £20 to plug the gaps obvious to everybody except the board.

    A striker would be bottom of priorities list as we need to sort the defense out for once and for all and also buy a player or two who can open up defenses and pass and retain the ball.

    If Carver and the back room staff were replaced it would be a nightmare but in the long term it may be for the best as they have had time to address the poor passing, poor ball retention, poor defending, poor attacking, poor set pieces and poor availability of players due to injury.

    It’s going to be another downward spiral following the Xmas fixture list and if we want to avoid relegation the club need to put their cards on the table and restore confidence by making a statement of intent by appointing a top level manager and giving him a budget to move the club forward

  • Premiership Manager

    Jan 4, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Ref above £20 M budget although Ashley will probably be thinking along the lines of £20


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