The atmosphere at St. James Park last Sunday was somber, subdued and downright weird, and it certainly was hardly conducive to Newcastle winning the game against Spurs, and we duly lost that fairly easily by a score of 3-1, and unfortunately the same thing is likely to happen today against Swansea, another defeat, although we hope we are wrong on that.
Garry Monk – Swansea manager
As well as some fan groups calling for another boycott for today’s game, there will also be a stand-up protest after 34 minutes against Mike Ashley, and in addition some demonstrations at the Sports Direct stores before the game – so the atmosphere at St. James’ Park will hardly be conducive today to spurring the lads on to win the game.
That’s always an unintended consequence of any protest, but that’s what happens.
It’s 34 minutes because after last year’s financials were announced £34M was deposited in Newcastle’s coffers and was available to strengthen the squad, but Mike Ashley kept it in the bank.
It reduced the debt of the club to be under £100M – so it made the finances look better – which seems to be the only thing that Mike Ashley is concerned about.
Our finances are great but our team on the field is not good – to say the least.
This is what John Carver has said in the Chronicle today:
“It is a protest, I can’t affect it but people are entitled to do it, if that’s what they want to do.” “I know for the other 89 minutes they will be behind the team.”
“There was a strange feeling in the stadium, I have got to be honest.” “I didn’t want to make the excuse that was the reason for the result and the performance.”
“Deep down it did affect people. I think it even affected some of the people in the stadium because they didn’t know how to react.”
“It will be nothing drastic today. It’s 11 v 11 but we do know we need to put a threat up the other end and start creating more chances. It will be a side that will create more chances.”
“I can’t go into too much detail because I know Garry will be in the hotel on Friday reading this newspaper to try to see what we do.”
Most readers think we are going to lose this game today.
If we do lose this game Carver will be the first manager at Newcastle United ever to lose seven games on the trot in the Premier League, and when we lost six games on the trot a year ago for the first time ever, he was on the touchline coach for five of those games.
That was after Alan Pardew had managed to get himself fined, banned and suspended for a total of seven games for his antics at Hull City on March 1st – a game we easily won 4-1.
A win or a draw today would be good – but another defeat and we’ll be looking over our shoulders again, as some relegation contenders can gain on us again – just like they did last weekend.