Garry Monk Eyes Another Win At Newcastle


Garry Monk is well aware that  Newcastle fans’ frustrations are starting to boil over with Mike Ashley and the way he runs Newcastle United these days, where money is all important and the team isn’t.

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Mike Ashley – more demonstrations today

In the normal course of events, teams coming to St. James’ Park have to put up with tremendous fan support for the home team, but that’s unlikely to be at its very best today, with another boycott planned.

There will also be demonstrations before the game and a stand-up demonstration after 34 minutes for those in the ground, and that’s against the Billionaire owner of the club.

Swansea are not playing well at the moment and have a few injuries but Garry Monk thinks he can get a result today if Swansea can get off to a good start:

“It’s going to be about game-management for us and that’s something I have spoken to the players about,” “We have to start the game well and try to get some momentum.”

“Hopefully if we can do that and produce some of our best football, it might affect the atmosphere at St James’ Park.” “You read and hear about everything that’s going on at Newcastle at the moment, but that’s all off-field stuff.”

“The football is the football and the players don’t get involved in that side of things too much.” “I’m sure John will be focusing his players on the football, and the Newcastle crowd are quite unusual in the way they back the team.”

“I am sure they will be right behind their team. We didn’t deal well enough with that against Leicester so it’s something we have to learn from very quickly.”

“If we can do that, you never know what can happen with everything that’s going on at Newcastle.”

“I am not sure if the players there might have relaxed a little bit because they got safe early,” “But they are a talented squad that can win games and judging by the noise coming out of them this week, it will be very tough for us.”

Maybe the atmosphere at the ground will be good today – but it certainly wasn’t last Sunday against Spurs when we lost our 6th game in a row.

When Monk brought his team to  Newcastle last year on April 19th as the player-manager, they won 2-1 with a late goal via a penalty from Wilfried Bony,  and that was our 5th defeat on the trot.

Quite honestly we’ll be happy with anything we can get out of the game today.

Another defeat would be very hard to take.

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158 comments so far

  • N1CK06

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Saying the boycott is a problem because the reduced atmosphere is affecting the players is like complaining that your shoelace came untied while your house is burning down.

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  • Small World

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    lesh // Apr 25, 2015 at 9:42 AM

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    It was, however a serious remark I made and can’t see why the protest groups are not up for it. It is highly visible, will be a shock to most who watch the game on TV and of course can be carried out every single home game. It is inclusive of those who like myself still attend the games and want to cheer the team on.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Ibiza
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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Ibizatoon // Apr 18, 2015 at 4:18 PM
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    It stands for Howay The Fans. From 4pm (GMT) today, Saturday 18th April 2015, we invite our fellow bloggers from http://www.nufcblog.com to show where they stand.

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    Bambams // Apr 19, 2015 at 6:15 AM
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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    ; )

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    F@ck it.
    HWTF

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  • the broons

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    There is no atomsphere at the ground anymore, Carver’s words; “am not going to make excuses, however it did affect us” erm… that is an excuse John.

    And also Geordie 69

    I am choosing to protest in my own way against majorly Mike Ashley (as he is the root of the problem) however those players could still get up and make more of a fight of it but choose not to as they are cowards. Well in my rights to show my discontent towards them aswell.

    Yorky

    cheers for the support pal.

    Ibiza

    Fair play mate, the only real person on this entire blog that can say he’s making an effort to cause a change. If everybody had the same passion and determination as him then we Ashley would not have us on a string like how he currently has.

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  • BandB

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Let’s beat that today…

    We are a tiny minority, after all:)

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Mojo…I do indeed. I’ll get that up asap. Good work 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #11

    This Saturday, fans are once again uniting to say enough is enough to Mike Ashley and his running of NUFC.

    We have set out below the various options available to fans to make their voice heard.

    #BoycottSwansea
    Fans are once again being asked to send a message to Ashley and the worldwide media that we wont take anymore. A call has been made to not attend our next home game against Swansea (KO at 3pm). There will be demonstrations before and after the game. Remember, an empty seat is vital, standing with other boycotters outside doubles the message.

    #StandUpToAshley
    Each and every Toon fan understands just how difficult it is for fans to stay away. It is ingrained in to so many of us and no matter the logic, we can’t bring ourselves to let the club down. We understand, although we may not agree.
    There is good news though, you too have a chance to show Ashley what you think and that you’ve had enough as well – even if you still turn up to support the team.
    Every attending fan is being asked to “Stand Up To Ashley” during the 34th minute of the match. It doesn’t cost anything, it takes minimal effort, but it will show you’re willing to stand up to him and let him know what you think.

    #AshleyEmbargo
    Not a match day customer anyway? No point buying a ticket, just to give it up 🙂 After much discussion and examples set by Rangers fans, attention is going to the recipient of a one way association with Sports Direct. Some have said our woes have nothing to do with SD, but that is not true, as confirmed by Ashley himself at their last AMG meeting. “Other than to say than it’s been beneficial to Sports Direct and therefore its shareholders, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment.”

    Sports Direct do not pay for their multiple adverts displayed at Newcastle’s St James’ Park stadium, and asked how much Newcastle were losing out on, Ashley said: “I think I summed it all up in my previous statement. Those relationships are very beneficial to Sports Direct and its shareholders. And I think that nothing else needs to be said.”

    Let us be clear, this is a protest, not an attack on innocent workers at SD. The aim is to apply pressure on Ashley from all angles.
    From 12.30pm Saturday 25th April 2015, fans are being asked to turn up at the following SD stores to protest.

    “PictureYourProtest” Is Back again, this time with a twist…or two.

    The theme is #StandUpToAshley so you can stand with your fans inside the stadium or to show you’re support to the boycotters / protesters. Show us your personal protest and how you’re standing up to Ashley!

    We’re now on Twitter, so make sure to follow us for the latest info and ideas – also to keep track of all these campaigns. We’ll never agree on everything, but we can stand together and say no more to what we all agree – something is wrong at our club.

    @HWTFNUFC
    #HWTFNUFC

    Stay tuned for updates on last weeks “HWTF” as well as information about the SD documentary airing on Channel 4 this Monday at 8pm.

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  • BandB

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #12

    The Broons

    Don’t forget your “HWTF” while you are on.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #13

    A fitting song for today.Crank it up

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuMlHdxiIZ8

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #14

    I really enjoyed this from Deluded John

    “It’s easy talking with a tactics board but all of a sudden in this position you have to make a decision because your back four is not high enough, or someone is causing you problems because of it. If you don’t see that during a game then you have a problem. That’s the difference, and people don’t see that.”

    I’m just wondering when Deluded John might start acting on these things he sees during a match, instead of standing looking like a bulldog who’s just been licking pi55 off nettles.

    Tactical genius haha, he makes Mike Bassett look like SAF

    HWTF

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    The Broons…It is most definitely a team effort. A fan effort – I hope more will participate as time goes on.

    It’s about fans doing something for our club.

    Together we can find a way forward.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Ed says the £34M has been payed into the bank and reduced the debt. Where does that information come from?

    There was a £4/5M overdraft and there is no mention of paying off the ‘loan’ from MA that I have seen.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Actually scratch that last post I’ve never managed a EPL team so I can’t comment on what’s basically a shambles.

    Sorry deluded John

    HWTF

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #18

    “You can fool some people sometimes,but you can’t fool all the people all the time”

    HWTF

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  • hibbit

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #19

    PLEASE remember no wonga tops……..thank you….lets get rid of them robbers..along with ashley

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #20

    some are fooled no matter what is said and done or promised

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  • hibbit

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #21

    HWTF

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  • SUTTY1978

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #22

    How many of the fans on here who are boycotting are Season ticket holders or regularly attend games? Just wondering because It’s not really boycotting if you’re just not doinG something you don’t normally do anyway is it?

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #23

    Lindisfarne

    I think he means the overdraft as the debt.

    I wondered why we had a overdraft or why we where even using it if we only spend money we have In the bank.

    Profit in last 4years but we where still into the overdraft for £4mil, doesn’t seem right to me.

    HWTF

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #24

    Still dying but

    Hwtf

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #25

    Team should get some tackles in early and try winding Shelvey up, so he gets a red card .Playing the ball long will only help Swansea.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #26

    AC
    If i want to put a couple of pics on instagram what hashtag should i put in the caption?

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  • hibbit

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #27

    sutty as a family we gave up 3st at the end of last season

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  • lesh

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #28

    MrMojoRisin76 @13

    Like it!

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  • BandB

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #29

    Sutty

    My boycott is two years old.

    I boycott every match. And each one is still a painful break from an almost lifelong enjoyment.

    So no more of this nonsense please.

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  • lesh

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #30

    The overdraft was built up at Greggs!

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #31

    Thought for the day,
    Apply to Ashley, Carver, Penfold as required

    http://izquotes.com/quote/31924

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #32

    blackley

    on the last thread

    just because you don’t live in Newcastle and cant get to many or any games doesn’t make you less of a fan
    every fan has an opinion and a right to do what they feel is right and if that means helping out and doing some campaigning then hats of to them at least there trying to help in a cause they believe in

    tell me who is the more committed fan the one that lives in Newcastle and wonders down to the stadium midweek to catch Newcastle v stoke or the fan that gets up at 3am to watch after being at work all day and is back at 8 am
    don’t try and discredit people with that old chestnut ur not a fan unless you go to the ground just because something is happening u don’t agree with

    next time u high 5 welsh ask him if he goes will that then diminish ur opinion of him

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  • Small World

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #33

    Lindisfarne // Apr 25, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    You are right it is not paid off, it has only reduced the nett indebtedness of the club. Should Ashley sell the club tomorrow (chance would be a fine thing), it would be sold with 34M cash reserves which should the new owner decide OK, could be used to pay back in part the outstanding loan.

    Of course that money and a sum generated this year is needed for player expenditure , so that is highly unlikely

    It is another false premise put forward by Ed. I suspects he likes to put in comment such as this and last weeks insistence on crowd figures – just to keep the squabbling factions visiting the site.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #34

    All the best to those protesting today. Calling for an official response to the Fans Forum Letter would be a good start to opening communication and creating the opportunity for dialogue.

    HWTF

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #35

    MrMojo

    #hwtfnufc

    #AshleyOut

    #boycottswansea

    #standuptoashley

    And whatever unheard of one’s you wish to put up lol.

    #wheresourclub?

    #fattwat?

    #gettofcuk?

    The possibilitys are endless 😉

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #36

    mine is over 6 years now
    this man is the devil incarnate
    if not the anti-christ

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #37

    AC
    Cheers bud.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #38

    Beer

    Morning matey

    Don’t waste your time on blacksheep.

    Let him get on with it

    HWTF

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  • clinath@ed

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #39

    HWTF…
    Can I be on the list twice now Ibiza?
    Best of luck to everyone involved today. Would I upset too many bloggers if I hope for a TOON win today?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #40

    Can anyone tell me the legal ramifications of sticking a NUFC banner on a SD shop?

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