Actions Speak Louder Than Words – Time To Deliver

We suppose it was to be expected that coach John Carver and the players would come out and say things are going to get a lot better after the embarrassment at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday,  and it will all start to improve at  St. James’ Park on Saturday against 2nd bottom Aston Villa.

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John Carver – actions speak louder than words

Newcastle basically surrendered last Saturday,  and we ended up on the wrong side of a 5-0 hammering,  after gifting City a penalty after just 28.45  seconds – and things only got worse after that. 🙁

It could have been a lot worse if Manchester City had really wanted to score more goals in the second half – but thankfully they eased off after being 5-0 up after only 53 minutes.

And yet if you listen again to the John Carver press conference on Thursday,  Newcastle fans had every right to expect a strong Newcastle showing,  after 10 days of preparation for this one match.

But we got none of that – just another embarrassment.

And it’s all starting up again this week with players like Sissoko coming out and apologizing for the display and promising better things in the next game.

John Carver has said he will continue to reach for perfection in each of the final 12 league games of the season.

But we remember that same scenario being played out six years ago in 2009, in the second half of the 2008-2009 relegation season, when we told things would get better,  but all that happened is we would lose again in the next game.

In other words it was all talk with players and coaches telling us exactly what we all wanted to hear.

What we’d like to see is the players and John Carver and his coaches doing their talking on the field – and give us not only a good spirited display on Saturday afternoon,  but a win too against Villa.

That would have us on 35 points and 13 points ahead of  Villa with only 11 games to play, and we’d have something to celebrate.

The last thing we want is to start next Sunday morning with another round of apologies and how we’ll do a lot better against Manchester United the following Wednesday evening.

The Newcastle United team need to do their talking on the field and spare us the speeches – and the blushes come to think of it.

John Carver should put a poster up in the dressing room “Actions speak louder than words” – that might help.

A win is what we all need on Saturday.

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36 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 24, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Plenty of trolls and multiples on the blog tonight entertaining themselves (and nobody else). Having a dig as usual .

    Run Billy run there’s a few of ’em about tonight.

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 24, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #2

    To be honest i reckon we will only bring in as many as we sell in the summer.
    It’ll probably be a few youngsters.
    I’d say if the rest of the season goes the way I think it will then Krul,Sissoko and Cisse will want away.
    There hopefully will be a fans revolt,otherwise this is just gonna continue year after year.
    I’ve given ASHLEY the benefit of the doubt up til now and thought he was maybe collecting some funds the last few windows and was gonna spend on quality players along with young lads but nothing has happened and I’ve given up on him.
    Don’t believe anything will change until he’s gone,we’re in for a hiding in the next twelve games,probably gonna lose 8/9 of them and still the fans will just grumble

  • Graeme

    Feb 24, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, they are working on the principle that Bullshit baffles brains – and it has to be said, so far, they are winning!! Hoe sad is that??

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 24, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Damned if they do
    Damned if they don’t
    No communication and the club is aloof and non-cooperative
    The club release statements and it’s the Bishop PR machine spouting lies
    NUFC fans are knackers – thank god they have got 52000 real supporters

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 24, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #5

    ManCity still had over 30,000 fans in the 3rd tier of the league.
    They aren’t sugar coated fans like ManU or Chelsea although they’ve had a lot of new fans since the Oil Slick.
    We’ve ended up with Scrooge mc Duck of the billionaires

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 24, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #6

    That’s the problem with carver, since he’s been the head coach that’s all he’s done is talk, we are going to do this and we are going to do that, to be honest he’s done sweet fa.

  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry Ed, but putting a poster up in the dressing room is the sort of approach we’d see in ‘The Office’ – an amateur approach to motivating staff and I’m afraid that seems to the level we’re blessed with.

    So far, Carver is a prime example of the Peter Principle in action – a concept in management theory in which the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate’s performance in their current role rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role.

    Thus, employees only stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and “managers rise to the level of their own incompetence.”

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 24, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Big Pappa 😀

  • Thump

    Feb 24, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #9

    @Marty: Ah, but you’re forgetting one major difference between the Fatman and Scrooge McDuck — While Scrooge McDuck entertained us all with Ducktales, Fatman was busy setting up for his very own episode of Panorama.

  • Brutooon

    Feb 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #10

    1) Get rid of the worst defender in history – Mike Williamson
    2) Get rid of Vurnon Anita – the only midfield in the world who can’t pass FORWARD

  • Sav

    Feb 25, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #11

    What stick has Carver got? It used to be that the manager could threaten to get rid of players who weren’t performing for him. But everybody knows Carver has no say in transfers. Heaven knows. we’ve tried selling Obertan for long enough and he’s still here. Instead, at this club, it is the good ones who get to move on. Except Carver that is, because the players know he’ll be going, too when the new man comes in. I feel sorry for him but he’s on a hiding to nothing with the hand he has been dealt.

  • lesh

    Feb 25, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Conjecture but de Boer’ll be looking to move to a club that’ll offer him a chance to try to help it move forward rather than be content to stagnate in mid to low table.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 25, 2015 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #13

    If JC wants to rely on the senior, tried and tired members of the squad:

    If JC wants to make progress and deliver something more exciting:

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 25, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #14

    It was only one Southampton fan but it made me realise there is more than one possible candidate to be the next Barcelona. Koeman has got a chance after his last excellent tenure and if he can get Southampton into the Champions League. It depends on his contract as he is l quite loyal.

    But that does not guarantee FdB will be interested in coming to a none European competing club, as he is more likely to be using our supposed interest to get more from his current club. The speculation about Garde suggests to me that NUFC want him but in order to keep the price of hiring his assisting staff down, they do not want their current clubs knowing.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 25, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #15

    I should have put Adam Armstrong up front in the second line-up, although I am not convinced he will make it as a PL player.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 25, 2015 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #16

    I actually don’t think the squad will change, apart from Colback for the match against Villa. JC will probably send out the same players and tell them to regain some pride and work for the supporters. He should actually consider removing Perez and Gouffran from the wings, a better option with a mix of freshness and experience; plus height and strength, maybe the following. But JC needs to instruct the two DM to cover the defence no matter what, even moving across to the flanks and Sissoko dropping back in the middle. AND put some tackles in:


  • Brutooon

    Feb 25, 2015 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #17

    even if we play with 5 DM we will still concede with williamson playing

  • expatmag

    Feb 25, 2015 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #18

    After reading a report todsy that Aston Villa are up for sale at 150 million pounds and a few american groups plus a qatari group are interested. Villa are still making losses and in the relegation places. Apparently the new TV deal is bringing lots if interested parties out of the woodwork.

    I have a feeling we might be also up for sale.

    The facts:

    1..we have made a profit 3 years running
    2..We have a decent squad when everyone is fit
    3..we have a decent academy with kids starting to come through. permanent head coach. New owner can appoint own.
    5..Looking relatively safe from relegation
    6..great fan base, magnificent stadium, growing academy, one club city
    7..current owner has interests elsewhere

    For sale……$260 million pounds

  • Santon03

    Feb 25, 2015 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #19

    It’s a good sign that coach and players making statements after city game, they feel guilty.
    Hopefully that guilt brings more determination to fight for everything for the rest of the season. We will have tough games after this, there’s big chance another humiliation coming.

  • Kebabacus

    Feb 25, 2015 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #20

    Interesting article that demonstrates the value of a thoughtful, intelligent coach, ie. The opposite of Pardew and Carver.

  • lesh

    Feb 25, 2015 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #21


    The Club’ll always be up for sale but whether it’s sold or not depends on hoe much Ashley wants for it.

    Will he want to recoup what he paid for it plus his loan? No chance, he’ll want what he considers its value to he – based on the former plus its earnings potential. That may make the selling price too high.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 25, 2015 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Santon…I think action speaks louder than Words 😉

    …who else should take responsibility?

    I do think though it’s difficult to expect players to care when they clearly has a owner who doesn’t! Ashley gets back what he puts into it.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #23

    Interesting blog here. Talks about how Carver and Elliot are being pencilled in for roles at Ibrox from next season. I’ve never read it before, but the person who introduced me to it claims that he has been very accurate re Rangers in the past.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 25, 2015 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #24

    Will Carver still get the job at Ibrox if he takes us down?

  • Klatoon

    Feb 25, 2015 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #25

    Parma in deep crisis, cant even pay stewards. They have a fee players that would definitely improve our 1st team never mind the squad!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #26

    Playes feeling guilty? We had the same guff said week in week out at the back end of last season. Saying you feel bad, and will make u for it next game all rings a bit hollow when the defeats and poor individual and collective performances continue.

    If the club is up for sale, it will be closer to £500million including the debt repayment. Villa have been up for sale for a year now, and are no further to a new owner. The interest could be too little too late for them now if they go down.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #27

    Ron Knee,
    Who knows, based on that blog I posted he is likely to be part of the Rangers staff next season, as Ashley’s man at the training ground, and helping the influx of Newcastle youth players settle. Carver won’t take us down though in my opinion. I’ve looked at all the clubs around the bottom and their run ins, and none are likely to make up the ground. A win against Villa and we would be safe.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 25, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #28

    I’m expecting a very nervous performance from the team on Saturday. A perfect setting for another blunder or two!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #29

    Ron Knee,
    I’ve got a mate out here who is a Villa fan, and following the last 2 games has seen little improvement under Sherwood. They will be just as nervous, if not more so. I think it could be similar to the Hull game, 2 awful sides playing poor football, but I think we can win it.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 25, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #30

    I hope we don’t need as much luck against Villa as we did against Hull. I’d like to see Raylor start – and Abeid, of course.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 25, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #31

    Thanks for that link.
    I always thought there was just one side of the story being told.

  • nut meg

    Feb 25, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #32

    The way he’s talking he’s already in rehearsals for the Rangers job.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #33

    No worries. I thought it made quite interesting reading, when I get a chance I’m going to have a look back at his past blogs on the matter.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 25, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #34

    If Rangers are being prepared to become a nursery club for the Toon it can only be good news.
    The night is darkest just before dawn.

    If you take the double blips of the relegation and championship seasons we are on course for the implementation of the much vaunted and heralded 5 year plan this Summer.
    If we enter next season with a new coaching infrastructure and the hinted at £90 million war chest I can see only good times ahead.

    We would be wading up to our thighs in humble pie

  • John Irving

    Feb 25, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #35

    Lilongwe Geordie
    Thanks Mate this makes brilliant reading.

  • firebug666

    Feb 25, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #36

    Sav @ 11

    I don’t feel sorry for Carver in the least, He got exactly what he wanted (the head coach job), and he is fully complicit with the restrictions, even to the point of singing the boards praises.

    The simple fact that he cannot deliver on the pitch, drivels out garbage every time he opens his mouth, and obviously lacks any sort of motivational skills, leads us to just one conclusion.

    He is not the man for the Newcastle Job.


    Very good read, and in Ashley’s world it makes perfect sense to send these people north of the boarder. Cheap, little in the way of risk, (Elliot would be good in Scotland), and Carver would be his ears in the trenches so to speak.


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