Former Player – Some Players Have Downed Tools At Newcastle

Former Newcastle striker Les Ferdinand has been interviewed on BBC Sport today,  and he says the frustration of Newcastle fans are now starting to boil over following the boycott of Newcastle’s game on Sunday, a game in which for the sixth game running we lost – and the players didn’t look as though the club may soon be facing a fight against relegation – if we continue to lose games.


Les Ferdinand – frustrations starting to boil over

Sir Les thinks the fault lies mainly with the players, and says some of them may have downed tools and stopped playing for the head coach John Carver, and he may be right on that – certainly our players cannot be accused of playing with spirit and energy these days – that’s for sure.

This is what Les said to BBC Sport:

“Frustration is starting to boil over,” “Supporters are desperate for progress and I think they feel they have hit a crossroads in recent years and become a mid-table team without really challenging,”

“Mike has put a lot of money into the club, stabilized the club, but it’s pushing it forward that the supporters want and they don’t believe he is doing that.” “Their intentions are right.” “But we’re nearing the end of the season.”

“People will have two months away from football, they won’t be able to wait for it to start again, and they will be back in numbers supporting the team.” “I feel for John Carver because I was thrust into that situation with Tottenham Hotspur and Tim Sherwood last season.”

“When you come in as a caretaker manager until the end of the season and players know you are only there until the end of the season, you get some players that down tools unfortunately.”

“Sometimes they down tools knowing this guy isn’t going to be the manager next season. It’s horrible to say that perhaps they are not trying as hard as they should be trying.”

“Part of the frustrations of the fans is because they haven’t appointed a permanent manager.” “That’s added to everything else that’s going on. A new manager coming in, depending on who that manager is, the supporters will get behind them because they want to see the football club doing well.”

“The sooner that appointment is made and everyone knows the way forward the better it will be all round.”

It could be true that some players just don’t care at the moment – shame on them – and maybe we can embarrass them enough so they will start to play all out again.

It would also be a huge relief is we can get a win soon – and of course two of our last five games happen to be at Leicester City and QPR – two clubs in the bottom three at the moment.

And the way we have played in our last four games on the road, heaven knows what may happen in those games.

A win on Saturday against Swansea would relieve the tensions  a lot – because that would mean we should be in the Premier League next season.

At the moment that’s not a forgone conclusion.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #1

    A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.

    Bruce Lee

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #2


  • Average_Contents

    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #3

    There’s that echo again.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #4

    AC… Ha ha, stop copying my posts or else!

    OP…Quit you’re jibber jabber fool! Woof!

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Niall Quinn was talking a lot of sense in the post match analysis and would be an excellent short term appointment as a non-executive director to bring the clubs focus back to the football and the supporters; and away from the balance sheet.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #6

    JC would be useful if he picked up a broom and swept the floor.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Kung foo. Karateeee chop.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Glad to see the Fans Forum stepping up and organising themselves, that is if it not an impostor?

    “”Any suggestion that we should wait until our final meeting of the year would be met with our overwhelming disapproval.””

    Often wondered what a vote of no confidence would actually do?

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Ow…easy with your elbows AC.

    I expect a swift apology email.

  • mecannylad

    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone interested?
    Mike Ashley’s confirmed home address:
    El Remo
    The Close,
    Totteridge Lane,
    London, N20 8PJ

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #11

    On thread…HC is only one of many current issues at the club.

    Responding to Sir Les, all I can say is that if the intention is not to have JC as HC, then come out and say it. Why allow the fans, and seemingly the players to get to this stage?

    Personally, from what I’ve read and seen, the club would ideally like to keeep Carver.

    Whether they will or wont will depend on many factors. But to date, it is clear that is their preference. That’s at least what they’ve said.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Right, I’m bored. Who wants to play?

  • BandB

    Apr 21, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Me, Ibiza, me!

    Can I go outside now?

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #14

    BandB…outside? Sure, do you have internet out there?

    I’m thinking a blog dance. I’m sure you know the moves.

    Turn it up loud people

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 21, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Blackley -what we’ve established so far on the better fan argument. (from your viewpoint)
    1. it’s not now a matter of how many matches you attend.
    2. It’s not now how much you spend supporting the Toon.

    IT’S……………………………………………….How many miles you travel supporting the Toon.- ah right let’s look at this a bit further.
    Say a Toon fan goes to all the games in a season he travels 8,000 kms for argument sake).
    A Fellow Toon fan in Melbourne Australia wants to come to a match. The distance to London is 16,893 kms.
    The Oz fan has clearly travelled more than the resident UK Toon fan – so he is the better supporter.
    Come on man -do you believe this shyte.
    you need to admit you’re wrong. I’ve batted all your arguments -quite reasonably into the long grass today and you keep coming back with a new and dafter twist.
    Come on man you cannot seriously believe your own words.
    Quick apology to your fellow supporters (of equal status) and we could probably commence a different debate on the Toon problems.

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Apr 21, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #16

    this summer we will see if ashley believes that the customer is always right.the selling of the club might not be as easy as we hoped but other factors ashley could rectify a)not appoint carver as head coach b)not sell our better players and c)buy some quality players starting with a first team striker and a strong defender if ashley doesn,t then that confirms what we already know ashley doesn,t have any respect for newcastle


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