Newcastle Now Need To Move On – And Do This


We are sure that John Carver has been in some pain this week, much like a lot of other Newcastle fans who are (very) long-suffering – but it’s now time for John , his coaches and the players to put the disaster of last Sunday behind them – and the terrible form they have shown this year – and start to turn things around – starting with the tough game at Anfield on Monday night.

It seems the definition of a good Newcastle fan is one who is  able to stand considerable pain – on a regular basis- and the pain is even worse when you have to write about it – as other Newcastle bloggers will no doubt agree with.

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John Carver – needs to concentrate on next games

It may be extremely unlikely – but if Newcastle can produce a miracle and get a win at Liverpool on Monday night – maybe Liverpool can score two own goals for us – then that would at least make us safe in the league this season, and we’ll be assured of Premier League football next season.

We are looking over our shoulders right now, and just hoping the teams behind us don’t go on a win streak (heaven forbid!), so the 3-3 draw on Tuesday night between Aston Villa and QPR was the perfect result for us.

So that was some good news (trying to be positive).

But it’s also about time the players did something to improve our own situation, and we then don’t just have to rely on the sides below us being as hopeless as we have been this year.

This is what john Carver has said today to Sky Sports News:

“It’s been extremely difficult. Certainly Monday was one of the darkest days in my career, and I’m still hurting, to be honest.” “The one thing I have to do is not to show it in front of the players, but it was a bitter pill to take. It was the manner of the defeat.”

“As a club collectively, we accept the responsibility, we accept it wasn’t good enough – and I’m talking about the people at the top, from the board down – over to the tea lady, we all take responsibility, players, staff, because it just wasn’t good enough at the weekend against Sunderland.”

“There’s something in the DNA because we have had different managers, but we have had almost the same group of players. There are a lot of those players who have had experience – and I did talk about it before the game – but there are not many ‘W’s next to their names.”

“We seem to have a problem when we have to compete, and it’s something we need to address. We have talked about addressing that in the summer, and that’s something that we need to do.”

John shouldn’t bother to raise expectations  for the Liverpool game, which he has a habit of doing.

For this game John should keep it low-key and it’s got to be an opportunity for the players to give 100%, and restore some of the pride back to Newcastle United and themselves.

And the Sack Pardew crowd are back after their success in saving Crystal Palace from relegation this season.

This time they are trying to persuade Newcastle fans not to attend the upcoming home game – the first being against Tottenham which is on the Sunday following the Liverpool game.

Staying away from games, especially when they have paid good money for their season ticket,  is not in the DNA of Geordie fans.

Here’s what John said when told about the planned boycott:

 “People are entitled to do what they want to do, I can’t do anything about that. The one thing I will say is I’ll be focused on the team and things like that won’t distract me.”

That’s a good answer from John, and we really do hope it doesn’t distract the players – but it cannot be helpful either.

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11 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 9, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed I think the win/lose polls can go. No one really has any hope that will either score or goal or keep a clean sheet anymore.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #2

    “We seem to have a problem when we have to compete, and it’s something we need to address. We have talked about addressing that in the summer, and that’s something that we need to do.”
    It might stem from the fact that the owner has no interest in competing at all.

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  • roblee7

    Apr 9, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed you seriously need to change your tone one the Ashley Out campaign and the boycott

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-supporters-launch-campaign-9010127

    NUST and True Faith are supporting it and from the poll, 90% of fans agree with it. Why exactly are you so against it? What else do you think should be done instead? An article on your reasoning here would be much appreciated as I for one am a bit baffled clear negativity towards it without seeing the bigger picture

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  • SuperShearer

    Apr 9, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #4

    How do we ever have hope of beating a team like Liverpool when are defence looks woeful and we cannot score, literally… I can’t even remember the last time we scored a goal. Was it this year? Cisse and Colo are two of the more senior players at the club and both have been absent through suspensions, those two need to lead by example when they return and start earning their money. Whole club is a disgrace from top to bottom. Ashley OUT! NOW!!!!!!!!

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 9, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #5

    The reason we don’t compete is because Ashley has assembled a squad of Cowards and journey men.

    On top of that we have Carver the biggest Coward of all, who so far has blamed the tea lady and attacked Santon even though he can’t respond. If he wasn’t a Coward he would have told Ashley how poor the squad was in jan instead of claiming he was happy. If he wasn’t a coward he would admit he was to blame for Sundays defeat instead of saying “I don’t know what happened”

    The Cowardly bunch of wasters are the perfect reflection of certain NUFC fans, no pride no passion and no fight or commitment to NUFC.

    I’ve read a few posts today with posters looking for excuse not to upset Ashley, I suggest you look for a set of balls.

    If you haven’t got the stomach for the fight get out of the way of the people who do.

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  • roblee7

    Apr 9, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #6

    “Staying away from games, especially when they have paid good money for their season ticket, is not in the DNA of Geordie fans”

    I disagree as myself and almost all me mates have stopped going already. I haven’t been to a match in 3 years and don’t want to till the fat man leaves or he shows a bit of ambition at the very least!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Rob Lee,
    I haven’t really picked up on Ed being negative, then again I hardly ever read his articles anymore !
    OP,
    Ha, upset Ashley, what’s he going to do, refuse to win a cup, sell our best players, go two whole windows without buying anyone, maybe change the stadium name, rehire the most unpopular manager in our history as a DoF.

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  • roblee7

    Apr 9, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail – He mentioned it in an article yesterday that he would not be supporting it and now the articles all have little digs at it, ‘the team needs the fans’ type stuff. In this one he’s trying to justify and excuse fans for turning up with the ‘geordie DNA’ spin. Its very subtle but I can see through it. I am eternally grateful to Ed for running the blog, don’t get me wrong – it has given me great pleasure over the years reading it and the comments, but for the first time ever yesterday I didn’t really get Ed

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  • hibbit

    Apr 9, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #9

    op it has surprised me how many on here are happy just to rollover and let this monster have his way……. the yellow streak down there back must be a mile wide god onl knows what there grandparents would think

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  • sickandtired

    Apr 9, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Managers and players can come and go. As long as Ashley is in charge absolutely nothing is going to change.
    As for the constant reference to the ‘sack Pardew crowd’ I think Ed had better start being a bit more objective.
    Sick and tired of hearing of how people love the Club so will still go – the regime use this approach while doing all they can to ignore the very same supporters.
    Shame on you Ed, you are way off message at this time.

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  • lesh

    Apr 9, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Roblee7

    Why is Ed not keen on a boycott?

    We’re not safe from relegation and the players need support.

    Carver’s heaping responsibility for performances under him onto everybody – the owner (yes), Charnley (yes) the players (no, it’s his job to motivate and train them), the tea lady (c’mon John, be fair to the support and admin staff) and himself.

    The responsibility rests with Ashley, who’s said he was going to be less hands-on, Charnley who would be responsible for either deciding, recommending or being over-ruled into not strengthening the squad in January, letting Pardew go when they did and appointing Carver as interim/ permanent HC.

    The players need support otherwise if we do go down, we all know who’ll be held responsible. Yup, the fans!

    Protest by all means, but the AO campaign must find a way of supporting the players but making their protest at the same time.

    Hi-viz jackets/ bibs issued free to fans to wear at matches?

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