The Character Is There In The Team – Honest

Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback has said he understands why some section of the Newcastle fan base are attempting to get a boycott of Sunday afternoon’s game with Tottenham at home – a game we may even have been able to win – surprising as that may sound.

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Jack Colback – yes – after he scored a goal

This is what Jack Colback has said about Newcastle’s current situation, in which we have lost six of the last seven games, and taken only 9 points from the last 39 available:

“This is a huge club which deserves more than it is getting at the moment.” “It’s a difficult situation we’re in. We’ve not got a lot of players.”

“The minimum we could do was to be better than our last game,” “We had to show a reaction.”

“The character is there in the team even if we didn’t show it last week. If we play like we did in spells at Liverpool. we can pick up the wins we need to get this season out of the way and look to progress next year.”

The form of our players and the team at Liverpool was better than it was at Sunderland, but let’s not get too carried away.

Liverpool were the better side, and we definitely should have had a penalty in the first half when Ayoze Perez was upended by Dejan Lovren.

And it didn’t help when our players don’t show enough discipline in these games, and now Moussa Sissoko is out for two games for picking up two yellow cards in that second half – both of which could have been avoided.

That’s the last thing we expected with just 8 minutes to play.

However on a positive note, moving Jack Colback to central midfield on Monday night improved things,  and we’d also like to see Jonas start the game on Sunday.

We really need some results on the board in the last six games, and in 14 games this year we have just two wins – so it’s hardly surprising that Newcastle fans are just fed up with things (everything) at the moment.

Next up are Tottenham at home on Sunday but our expectations for the game are suitably low – so we’ll not be too disappointed if it’s six defeats in a row – which we did last year about this same time.

However we are also open to the team shocking us with a win – that’s when you get 3 points out of a game.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 15, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Posted by another on a previous thread. Would like to see this reposted on each subsequent thread until the match.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 15, 2015 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #2

    jimmy – the fans on that video seemed reasonable level headed types – who all came across well when they described their reasonings. Clearly not hot head types.

  • MacToon

    Apr 15, 2015 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #3

    It is a very good video and apparently there’s more to come.
    Here’s a list of reason’s why those fans and many more of us have had enough:

  • one fine day

    Apr 15, 2015 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #4

    copy and paste from true faith but pretty much states what we all knew
    so please ed /bdg etc stop telling us how well we are run at least of the field .the only reason we are even in profit is due to the massive tv cash no real business acumen required ….
    So here are a few issues which weigh on the minds of Newcastle United supporters as they consider boycotting a football match, for which many have already paid:

    Is Newcastle United a well-run club under Mike Ashley?
    Commercial income from sponsorship lower in 2015 than it was when Ashley took over;
    Income from corporate customers reduced;
    Income from merchandise (e.g. shirts) reduced;
    Match-day revenue from season tickets reduced;
    Only increase in income provided by new TV deals which Ashley played no part in negotiating;
    50% increase in club debt since 2007;
    Sale of lease on land at Strawberry Place for approx £4m with monies expected not to be returned to Newcastle United;
    Sale of lease resulting in only part of St James’ Park available to be extended ending any potential expansion of the stadium;
    Unexplained increase of £26m in operating costs in yet-to-be published accounts from 13/14.

    Has Newcastle United done well on the pitch under Mike Ashley?
    One relegation (2008/09);
    One top-half PL finish in eight years;
    Not gone past the quarter-final of any Cup competition in eight years;
    Defeated by Stevenage, Brighton (x2), Cardiff (h) and Leicester (a) in the FAC 3rd Round;
    Clear statement from Lee Charnley, the club’s Managing Director, that Newcastle United considers Cup competitions to be of little priority;
    Five successive derby defeats – the worst in NUFC history.

    Appointments, resignations and dismissals
    Dismissal of Sam Allardyce as Manager and award of £6m in compensation;
    Appointed Denis Wise as Director of Football;
    Appointed Kevin Keegan as Manager despite extended period out of football and admission he had not watched a PL game in more than three years;
    Appointed Joe Kinnear as Manager resulting in relegation;
    Appointed Joe Kinnear as Director of Football. Held the position for 6 months before being dismissed;
    Resignation of Kevin Keegan as manager and subsequent legal judgement vindicating the former Manager and finding that Ashley, Wise, and Llambias had lied to supporters;
    Dismissal of Chris Hughton who delivered promotion and stabilised club in PL;
    Failure to appoint Alan Shearer as Manager as previously stated and poor treatment thereafter;
    Appointment of Lee Charnley as Managing Director despite little or no experience in a similar role;
    Appointment of Lee Marshall as Supporters Liaison Officer whose primary role appears to be assisting the Head of Media and Public Relations;
    Failure to plan for the succession to Alan Pardew leaving the club.

    Failure to be accredited Cat A status for the Academy in first round of assessments due to alleged lack of investment in appropriately qualified coaching staff;
    Took NUFC two years longer than Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City to achieve Cat A status for the Academy;
    No players brought through the Academy to become established first team regulars in eight years since the Ashley takeover in 2007;
    No update on plans to redevelop the Newcastle United Academy as outlined by Joe Kinnear in 2013. The work was forecast to start in May 2015.

    Image and profile
    Loan shark company Wonga on the shirt;
    Ashley refusing to meet Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah and brusque treatment from Lee Charnley;
    Disclosure of Managing Director Derek Llambias’ abusive behaviour towards Newcastle City Council Leader, Nick Forbes;
    Mike Ashley discussing the imminent sacking of Alan Pardew outside a pub in London;
    Treatment of Jonas Guitteraz following disclosure of his testicular cancer and being told to find another club by Alan Pardew;
    Banning of all local press and persistent banning of numerous journalists for covering the issues of concern to supporters;
    Expulsion of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust from the Fans Forum for no credible reason.

    Apart from that…

    Michael Martin – Newcastle United Supporters Trust

    The FSF blog is the space to challenge perceived wisdom, entertain readers and inform our members. The views expressed are those of the author and they don’t necessarily represent FSF policy and (pay attention journalists) shouldn’t be attributed to the FSF.

    #boycott spurs

  • Sav

    Apr 15, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m waiting for the ‘Would you take relegation if it meant a new owner for Newcastle United’ poll.

  • one fine day

    Apr 15, 2015 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #6

    “Not on our holidays yet?”
    I,d love to see a cascade of white flip flops hurled from the upper tiers at full time against spurs if the players have mealy “turned up”
    However the main focus has to be to send a clear message to Ashley “this is all your fault and this club is far bigger than anything you think you have”

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 15, 2015 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #7

    @4 – a catalogue of shame!

  • lesh

    Apr 15, 2015 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #8

    A near repost – with a player’s name changed.

    Judging by the number of comments from them, it looks as though Ashley’s even roped them into apologising for his own mismanagement. He’s using them as mouthpieces, flak-takers on behalf of him and his lackey, Charnley.

    Colbeck, the apologist in this instance, will be off soon, pi$$ed off now and off off in the summer – or why not January even.

  • lesh

    Apr 15, 2015 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #9

    A random thought for Sunday – a banner begging the question of the ‘missing’ £25m or so?

    The media’d love that one.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 15, 2015 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Fan Power!

    You can sense the tide is turning. Enough is enough, we have a voice.

    It’s such a joy to see some actual beleif and a sense of excitement about something.

    Keep it up, each and everyone of you – we all have a part to play.

  • lesh

    Apr 15, 2015 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #11

    The players have much to say. Have we heard any apologies from Carver yet?

    After all, he is the Head Coach and therefore responsible for players’ performances – isn’t he?

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 15, 2015 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Lesh…Apologies from Carver? For what? Did you know he was a Geordie? He worked with Sir Bobby too!

    He shall not apologise for players having dodgy DNA!

    On that note, I’m off to bed. Night night blog, sleep united.

  • terencelim

    Apr 15, 2015 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #13

    @one fine day, another one missing – the change of stadium name.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2015 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #14

    On the contrary to there being no evidence of Ian Toon and his alter ego talking to themselves under one name, there is lots of evidence and offline admissions.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 15, 2015 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Speaking of alter egos there has been no sighting of either Hank or Charlie for a while now…how refreshing that is!

    …now we just need to flush out the last instigators (united of course and with a smile)

  • Santon03

    Apr 15, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Just a question (no special agenda of supporting MA)

    The target of boycott is forcing MA to see, right?
    To who? Any suitable buyers in mind? Do they know anything about NUFC?

  • Santon03

    Apr 15, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #17

    MA to sell*

  • Santon03

    Apr 15, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #18
  • Santon03

    Apr 15, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #19
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Red Bull Newcastle United, got a ring to it !

  • firebug666

    Apr 15, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #21

    More drivel from Carver.

    “The one thing about me is I’m not a quitter. I will drive on,” he told The Chronicle.

    “We now have six cup finals, let’s be honest, it’s four at home and two away. We need to pick up some points.”

    Aye Johnny Boy, drive on….headlong into oblivion!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 15, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #22

    Yeah, it is to force him to be more inclined to sell. But it is also a demonstration and a show of unity at our displeasure at the way the club is being run, and the fan treated.

    I agree that finding a buyer would be difficult, I’d recommend the campaign trying to enlist some higher profile Geordies/adopted geordies or someone who has passion for the club. A higher business level, or a celebratory status could open doors that us ordinary fans can’t. Keegan, with his passion for the people and the club going round marketing the club to potential suitors.

    I think this has to be something put a focus on as well.

    As for RedBull, well if we were bought by them we would have issues with European qualification again. Red Bull Salzburg are always in Europe, and they have a side in Germany fast climbing the league tables as well.

  • firebug666

    Apr 15, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #23

    I see the players are starting to be wheeled out to pacify the fan. This time it’s Cabella & Colback, to newbies who the club feel may still have a little credibility left.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 15, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #24

    *celebrity not celebratory….

  • firebug666

    Apr 15, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #25

    *fans not fan, although at the rate we are going the may come a time when NUFC are down to just one fan, that’ll be JC then.

  • Santon03

    Apr 15, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #26


    that’s what I thought, all these boycott talks not once thinking about suitable buyer who interested to buy and match the asking price. forcing MA to sell but there has to be someone to sell the club to.
    All I hear is just “get out” that’s it.

    About RB, yes they will have to make a choice Newcastle or Salzburg in europe if they bought NUFC and it will be RB Arena not SJP anymore.
    the logo will change as well.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 15, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Perhaps we can expect to see the rabble-rousing Steven Taylor wheeled out following our inevitable defeat against Spurs. NUFC’s secret weapon!

  • martoon

    Apr 15, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #28

    BandB & Optimistic Prime – From the previous topic re the straw poll. Sorry I didn’t reply I had to go to bed and apologies BandB about the sneering comment I misread your post.
    I agree 22% seems incredibily low. The DD’s for next season start on 1st April which is why you have to decide by end of February so they have a month to setup or cancel your new DD. I’m not sure what would happen if we were relegated but they have reduced the DD’s (never increase) previously so presumably if they reduced the price of ST’s for the championship the remainng DD’s would be adjusted accordingly.

  • Santon03

    Apr 15, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #29

    I’m curious, what is the plan after boycott?

  • hibbit

    Apr 15, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #30

    the tea lady will be wheeled out if bishop thinks it will help

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 15, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #31

    I see Graeme Swann has had a go at Ashley. The more the merrier!

  • mindshaft

    Apr 15, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #32

    Play Jonas … Sorry Ed but Jonas is a lot of huff and puff but little else ….surely that’s not a basis for inclusion in team …. actually if it is I’ll play – I can run sub 3 hour marathons , 11s 100 metres – rubbish with the ball but prob no worse than half our current team

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 15, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #33

    Going back to the Liverpool game,Anita had a good game at lb.He should continue playing there. Jonas at rb in place of Rtaylor.Disappointing to lose sissoko though at this important moment but sdj will come in for him.


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