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.
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.