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.