John Carver has confirmed at his press conference today for the game against Swansea on Saturday, that Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez has apologized to the head coach, after a training ground altercation last week, and he is now in the squad for the game on Saturday, and the other good news is that Siem de Jong will be in the squad for the fame against the Swans.
It would be great if Jonas can start on Saturday because he will show the drive and determination we need to win this game.
John Carver – boycott affected us
Carver produced a surprise last Sunday when Jonas wasn’t in the 18 man squad for the 3-1 defeat against Tottenham.
Siem de Jong is returning to fitness following his collapsed lung in February and the Dutchman had an excellent game for the U21 side at Aston Villa earlier in the week, and we need his class in the side.
But there is still no return for 19 year-old Rolando Aarons – maybe next week at Leicester City.
John has told Sky Sports News today about how the boycott affected the team last Sunday:
“I didn’t want to use it as an excuse for players but I think it did affect people,” . “It does affect you, it affected me slightly and it certainly affected some of the players.”
“I know that there’s another one coming this week but at least people are coming in the stadium, and if it’s a protest for one minute, and it only lasts one minute then we’ve got 89 minutes to get on with the game.”
“I don’t have a problem with protests – people are entitled to do it – but at least people are coming into the stadium this time.”
It’s hardly surprising that it affects the players and the atmosphere at St. James’ Park was described to be solemn and weird by our football commentators on the game on NBC Sports.
There is another boycott being called for Saturday – so in fact the crowd could be down again – although it was still over 47,00 last Sunday – and for the fans that do turn up for the game, there will be a stand-up protest against Mike Ashley planned for the 34th minute.
John Carver and the team need the fans’ support on Saturday, and another defeat could send us ever closer to the relegation zone – that’s still our major concern.
If we can win on Saturday that concern goes away.