It’s A Fact You Have To Win Football Matches To Get The Job


One rather blunt, but easy and accurate way to sum up today’s game and result at St. James’ Park is that Southampton were the better side and deserved the three points – even though their three best players were all out injured, and this was their third game in six days.

elia beats janmaat

Janmaat is beaten by Elia for Southampton’s winning goal

Newcastle let in two atrocious goals and when you concede goals like that then defeat – especially when you do that at home – usually follows.

And the Newcastle goal – our first in the least three games was a complete gift from Southampton, and as a defender tried to clear the ball it rebounded off Gouffran’s knee into the back of the net – Yoan knew nothing about it – but it was still his first goal of the season.

John Carver wants the club to get in a new head coach soon, and this is what he said after the game – concentrating first on the penalty we should have had in added time:

“It’s a penalty, no danger,’ ‘When it smacks you on the palm of your hand it’s a penalty.” “These decisions can have an impact on people’s future. You need a stroke of luck like that because jobs are decided on decisions such as that.”

“I want this uncertainty to end – I think everyone does,” The staff, the crowd, and myself. I still love this and want to do it. But sometimes it’s out of your hands.”

“Everybody isn’t sure what’s going on. I think after the result tonight a decision has to be made – whether it’s me or someone else.” “But you’ve got to win football matches to get the job.”

‘I thought we deserved to get something from it,’ ‘We conceded two bad goals. We were caught out twice by two long balls up to the frontman.” ‘We worked on it all week, dealing with Pelle and runners in behind, so it’s disappointing that both goals came in the same way.”

‘But we don’t have that cutting edge. When we get in the final third it either breaks down or we don’t have enough leaders to take responsibility and put the ball in the back of the net.’

Whatever the lads worked on last week leading up to this game, it was difficult to see it during the game, and you can work on things until you are blue in the face on the training, but if the players don’t execute on game day – it really doesn’t mean much.

And the Saints were playing their 3rd game in six days, and never trained all week because of all of the games they played (all wins), but they still seemed better prepared and played the better football today.

We are now in 11th place and we need at a minimum 13 points from our remaining 16 games of the season, but in the last seven league games we have picked up only 4 points.

So we still have some work to do – that’s for sure.

Have you noticed that Mike Ashley sells our managers just like he sells our players – we sell them quickly once we can get the agreed to fee – and then we try to bring in a replacement.

We failed to bring in replacements for Andy Carroll, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye in previous January windows.

We’ll see what the situation is with trying to replace Alan Pardew – but a suitable candidate may not be available until the summer – so where does that leave us?

It leaves Newcastle in  a poor position orchestrated by the Newcastle owner – who never seems to think things through.

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66 comments so far

  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #1

    the fixtures for the rest of this season really send out alarms.

    hull (A) probably a draw but might be loss or could even be a win due to our 2 week break
    stoke (H) draw maybe win
    palace (A) L maybe a draw
    city (A) loss
    villa (H) W
    united (H) L
    everton (A) L
    arsenal (H) L
    scums (A) draw
    liverpool (A) L
    spurs (H) L
    swansea (H) W or maybe draw
    leister (A) draw but could be a loss given the timing
    WBA (H) win
    QPR (A) draw but again could be a loss due to the timing.
    West ham (H) draw or win

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 17, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Finally a bit of honesty !

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #3

    NOT TO WORK FOR MIKE ASHLEY YOU DONT!

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 17, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #4

    still wanting to line his pockets with your hard earned cash
    hahahah

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 17, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #5

    carver in charge nil point

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 17, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Tough remaining fixtures.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley will give you the job if you are cheap and a sycophant. Carver is well placed to get the job. The club is foo…d until the fat controller is gone. STAY AWAY.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #8

    his frustration showed unbelievably

    and he actually put pressure on the board

    but wats the bets on still hearing nothing from them till the 2nd of feb?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ll have to put my name down and have the true geordie from you tube as my assistant, what a dream team that would be.

    Welshie to the rescue.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Well Toonking I hope it doesn’t have to go to winning last three home matches which it well might as we have a really difficult period in the middle.
    Hull away, Stoke & Villa at home are target matches. But the last 5 including QPR & Leicester Away are nerve tingling if we are not safe by then.
    But Cashley knows this & thinks the squad is strong enough to get over the line. The slide must be stopped starting at Hull because 4 points from 21 is relegation form. Blackpool, Burnley last time & Hull (last time they went down) were all in a similar position to us now.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s still got to be big Ron for me.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #12

    It has to be Carver. Reliable and offers continuity. Then Pedro, then Bruce, then JFK and at a pinch Dennis Wise. But he has to say sorry to Kev before he gets the job.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #13

    not alarm bells fcukin air raid sirens
    get oot ashley yer scummer and tek yer yes men with ya

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  • jimiley

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #14

    How crap is our club these days? But the fans deserve all the s…t served up because they keep going back for more.

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  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #15

    west lancs

    my big worry about the hull and stoke game is they are both coming at a time when everybody, the fans, interim manager and players are so confused as to what’s going on.

    who knows by the time hull come we could see sissoko already gone.

    but as you say cashley thinks the strong is good enough to suvive and it’s no suprise really when people like LR32 still insist that this is a great team who is just destroyed by a poor manager.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Will all time served joiners apply to Mr.Mike Ashley, NUFC St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne.
    Boarding up skills essential – no gaps where a ball could sneak in.
    Practical Interviews on all weekdays this coming week. Need know nowt about football

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  • Belfast

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #17

    If he gets the job We’re forked.
    New manager brings fresh ideas hopefully and a clear out of the current coaching staff and we stand a chance.

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  • CaptPot

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #18

    MUGS,MUGS and more MUGS!!!!. Newcastle fans have got to be the biggest bunch of MUGS on gods green earth.

    Fortunately, I got out when Wise and Co rolled up into the toon. Since then I haven’t spent 1p on the club and financed MA, yet I’ve watched 95% of the matches, in local pubs and clubs.

    When are the MUGS on sites like this going to learn, that they hold the power at STJ but only if they DO NOT ATTEND!!!!!!!, whats the point of bitching on sites like this then showing up on a Saturday??, please forget the b@llshit “supporting the team, not the regime”, it doesn’t wash, NOT when your sitting in the REGIMES seat.

    Forget about shouting about Ashley out or P45 out, the fact that they are in the ground, justify’s everything that MA gets away with.

    THE sooner the MUGS realise that Sky won’t show a half empty STJ on TV and MA will have a coronary when his beloved Sports Direct are not being advertised will some thing happen.

    Lineker called it last week, our search for a new head coach will drag on until the transfer window shuts = ZERO spend on desperately needed new players, Carver himself said the same when he announced that it would be sorted by the end of the month!!!!!!!!= ZERO SPEND, FFS.

    PLEASE, all supporters of NUFC, stay AWAY until, MA and Penfold realise that you/we will not take their B@llshit anymore.

    WE DO HAVE THE POWER AT THE CLUB, but only by staying away will it ever get exercised properly.

    Just watch and learn from the Rangers fans!!!!!.

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  • Fostino

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #19

    It was a lose lose situation today…win and carver might have got permanently which I honestly feel would be a step backwards or lateral….or actually physically lose the match. The latter I think is better. However it should have not cone to this in the 1st place. So much uncertainty once again at our club

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #20

    fool from the valleys – RESCUE!
    You couldn’t rescue a turd floating in a toilet bowl!

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Absolutely Toonking & there is nothing more certain that Sissoko paid his last game for us today. He’s off to Arsenal or PSG where the grass is much greener & another wodge in Cashley’s back pocket. We will be a much weaker outfit without him even with injured players back. Our best hope is Cabaye back on some sort of swap deal but seems extremely unlikely. It looks like Cashley’s usual January dirty dealings

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  • Belfast

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #22

    You know they’re going to try and force the current coaching staff on any new manager instead of paying them off like.

    That’s why we’ll probably end up with Nigel Worthington or some other desperado

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  • Belfast

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Sports direct mugs by any chance Captpot?

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Carver is Ashley’s only escape route & blame route if it all turns to stinking fish. Just hope he looks at the Blog but I’m not convinced he can even read & he’s certainly deaf as a post

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  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #25

    hull city fixtures
    west ham (A) L
    newcastle (H) anything possible
    city (A) L
    villa (H) W
    QPR (H) W
    stoke (A) L
    scums (H) D
    leister (A) L
    chelsea (H) L
    swansea (A) L
    southampton (A) L
    liverpool (H) L
    palace (A) L
    arsenal (H) L
    burnley (H) W maybe draw
    spurs (A) L
    united (H) L
    8-10 point is my guess so we should be safe from them

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #26

    With all stupid mistakes in the game you can’t win the game.Why?
    1.Sissoko plays up front where Cabella needs to be.
    2.Cabella plays right winger and middle is his place.
    3.Janmaat not good enough for the first team.Too heavy and slow.Cost us directly 2 goals.Shame.

    Enough to deserve a lose.Sissoko is the most heavily displaced of all players.He loses 10 balls per game.Still Pardew walking here with his tactics and players positions and that is not good.

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  • CaptPot

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #27

    @ Fostino,

    SO what next????? another lose/lose, we’ll soon become relegation fodder.

    WHO’S got the FOOKING BALLS to say enough is enough??????????????, IT AIN’T THE FOOKING FANS, because like sheep, 52k will be STILL be at the next home game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    WHAT is the point of bitching on here about Carver unless YOU are actually going to take affirmative action and NOT go to the next home game, PLS either put up or shut up because your bitching just sounds like BLAAA BLAAAA BLA to me

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Now now Mrs Tuff don’t be like that.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #29

    John Carver feels a key decision in the loss to Southampton may cost him the Newcastle United job, but has urged the board to act quickly.
    Read more at http://www.fourfourtwo.com/au/news/penalty-call-could-cost-me-newcastle-job-carver#D2E5Boy1Aq7lbcEs.99
    no john, being shit at your job does not help

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Sports Direct mugs are the nearest thing to any cups we are going to get. Wouldn’t have em anywhere near my house.

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  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #31

    QPR are a team that even from looking at the fixtures i think will be going down as most home games are against teams in CL battle.

    leister

    united (A) L
    palace (H) W maybe draw
    arsenal (A) L
    everton (A) L
    chelsea (H) L
    city (A) L
    hull (H) W
    WBA (A) L
    swansea(H) D
    burnley (A) L
    NUFC (H) W or draw
    southampton (H) L
    sunderland (A) L
    QPR (H) W

    so they too should be far enough to avoid over taking us.

    still anything can happen so i’ll just have to wait and see

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #32

    OK…Pardew out!
    Check.
    Mmmm, its worse than before though.
    Dammit.
    OK, Ashley out… A Work in progress.
    But who IN?
    Hopefully not a Venky’s type debacle! There are lots of unscrupulous businessmen the world over buzzing round football now looking for a vehicle for their businesses – and why wouldn’t they when SKY money etc continues to grow and grow? Such an out of the frying pan, into the fire situation not impossible then?
    Oh I nearly forgot, any owner would be better than the one we’ve got!
    How about no owner then?

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  • chasing_rabbits

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #33

    West Lancs

    I hope we don’t see the back of Sissoko just yet. At least not until the end of the season. But would be very surprised if he’s with us next season with the rumours that are circulating. And I think history would tell us that the grass is not always greener… Look at Cabaye, Carroll, Ba. If he wants to be guaranteed first team football week in week out, he’d be better off riding out this storm with us and hoping whoever comes in to coach them can lift us up the table to those European spots… Win/Win for everybody… Maybe I’m being far too optimistic there…

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #34

    SKY….OOOT

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Comment 26. So you would not be bothered if Sissoko were sold & no replacement. At least he drives forward & tries to create things. Him along with Haidara & Sammy were the bright lights today. The Frenchmen Gouffran & Cabella together with Perez are just not strong enough. Perez has potential but initially was bought for the future. He has done really well but packs little power to be up front on his own. All agree CBs are not good enough. Anita is skilful but not strong enough so we’ll have to await the return of De Jong Obertan, Aarons (if he’s not sold) & Raylor and Tiote & Cisse (if he’s not sold to Swansea) to see if they are any better The Mackem Slayer is I understand back training with us. So he’ll probably be offered a short term contract, By no means the answer but another experienced player nevertheless.Any port in a storm

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  • MacToon

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #36

    When Carver said of the transfer window “I’m not even thinking about that side of it” highlights to me his unsuitability for the coaching/managers job at NUFC.

    It’s not as if he’s just walked through the door and needs time to assess the players. He’s been here taking training for years, “helping” Pardew for years. He should know like us, where there are weaknesses in our squad/team. He should also know where the strengths are too.

    He should be highlighting to his superiors where improvements should be made and you know what – he’s “not even thinking about that side of it”

    He could be a perfect fit for Ashley though.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Anybody else out.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #38

    I still think under carver we would be safe and quite possibly end up on 45-50 points but he isn’t long term.

    We need a manager with a reputation, even if it’s a younger manager up and coming, they attract players to a club which is a bonus.

    Very good from Carver to basically say to the board, hire me or get on with hiring somebody else. That sought of free speech won’t fly with ashley though.

    I do like carver and think he has the right ideas, what I will say though is that he seems to lack he tools/ability to get the players to do what he wants.

    But as I say, we’d be fine under him for a few months I feel but we need a proper manager in place ideally.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #39

    I hope your not being optimistic Chasing Rabbits but I fear a deal has already been agreed with Arsene.
    If it’s a dogfight we need battlers like him, Tiote, Raylor but remember even the likes of Barton & Nolan weren’t enough to keep us up last time. I really thought we would have won today against what was on paper a much weakened side but their players seem to be able to step up to the plate

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Transfer Sage can you please tell me where you expect a total of 45-50 points to come from. Do you mean in Championship next season because another18 to 23 points seems pie in the sky. That’s another 6 wins or 7 wins & 2 draws out of remaining 16 matches
    I love your optimism but get real man

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