We Did Everything On Saturday – We Ran, We Fought

This Newcastle side is looking like the team that was relegated six years ago and after every defeat – there;s been seven in a row the players have come out ans said what they think the fans want to hear and say we fought and tried and all that good stuff, and John Carver comes out ans says he;s brave and will fight onto the end.

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Emmanuel Riviere – in action on Saturday

But it’s all getting just a little bit tedious and Alan Shearer put things straight over the weekend when he said a number of the Newcastle players didn’t seem to care, and that was the polar opposite of what John Carver had said after the game – my players gave me everything on Saturday.

To be fair, Emmanuel Riviere had a decent game and set up the first goal for Ayoze Perez with a good run down the left wing – and John Carver has already said he will start the game at Leicester City on Saturday – and if we lose that game it would be yet another disastrous loss and our 8th with in a row.

When will it ever end?

This is what Manu said after the 3-2 loss on Saturday:

“We are very disappointed because we played well, we worked hard and wanted to win, but sometimes that doesn’t happen and this time we were unlucky,”

“We did everything – we ran, we fought – but we were not able to get the win and so are very disappointed.” “I think we deserved something but we made mistakes, and when you make mistakes you cannot win.”

“We have to work hard to make sure those mistakes do not happen again.” “It was good to be back in the team but I need to work again to score because the team needs goals,”

“I want to be the man who helps the team win and that means goals. That is what I have to do between now and the end of the season.”

“This season has been difficult for me but I still feel that I have goals in me. I am still working and fighting because I know I am good enough to score goals in the Premier League.”

Newcastle United are the team getting a lot of publicity these days, but it’s for all the wrong reasons.

Leicester City must be rubbing their hands in glee that they can get another win on Saturday against a Newcastle team, who may have given up on the season.

And John Carver must somehow find a way of inspiring his players and showing a lot more leadership all around, if we are to survive this season.

But in truth we don’t think he has got it in him to do that, and it’s turning out to be another disastrous decision by the Board, who don’t seem to know what they are doing.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Charlie,You’ve always supported Ashley and although the players are obviously not blameless they have been badly let down by a system in place that doesn’t promote success, regardless of how much they’re getting paid how can they be 100% commited knowing that success his frowned up on as it might qualify for the dreaded EL. People argued that it was pointless spending money in January to try and finish a few places higher. It’s not about short term gain and profit it should be about building a team for the future. New players in January would have not only provided a lift but would have been ready for the next season as were the five players brought into stave of relegation a couple of years ago.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2


    We got rid of the players that cared or showed leadership because they dared to speak out against the regime.

    The slugs regime.

    He has us in his iron grip and any dissent no matter how small is punishable by death or in football terms getting shot of.

    He and he alone fostered this mentality withing the club and he alone sanctions player sales and purchases. Pay peanuts you quite literally get shit.

    Obviously the players should wear the shirt with pride and give their all but when your big boss doesn’t give a toss, when the md doesn’t give a toss and when your manager is out of his depth then why should they.

    It filters down from the very top and there’s only one person to blame.

    The dictator, the bully, the man who couldn’t give a flying fcuk as long as his tat gets advertised, the man who “doesn’t get football” as said by his greatest weapon the king.

    That’s not to say others do not deserve criticism, of course they do but the blame lies solely at HIS door.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    And as for Collo he should have been allowed to leave a few years ago but money was important than having a ‘captain’ that simply doesn’t want to be here. What an inspirational influence he must be !

  • Slank

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Riviere was one of the few who played on Saturday that received well deserved praise. He was unlucky not to score with a very good header and of course he made the goal for Perez who again was excellent. Both need to play against Leicester. My team for Leicester

    Janmaat – Williamson – Colo – Dummitt (if fit)
    Abeid – Colback
    Sissoko – De Jong – Perez

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    er no john they didn’t. JC is making pardew with his ”science was against us” look almost sane.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    They’ve probably got the day off today, you know to take stock n all that. Don’t worry though they’ll be working their socks off on Tuesday showing those sponsors how good they really are. Won’t they honest john?

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Lots of mistakes … letting our fighting players go.
    Expectations on Carr to find Tiote’s and Cabaye’s for every position.

    Cheap managers. Get someone in who knows what they are doing.
    Get a quality manager and you have a chance.
    Without that … here we are.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    How many are ready to take up Johns invitation for a nice cup of tea and constructive chat?

    If he is really ready to spill the beans the only person he needs to verbally engage with is Ashley.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Probably no coincidence Rivierre played well in tandem with another. Has that happened at all this season, even when he and Cisse were. We haven’t had the players to play two in central midfield, since Cabaye and Tiote had that purple patch together in the early part of last season.

    Abeid in holding mid, with Sissoko and Colback ahead of him, and DeJong off the shoulder of Rivierre , with Cabella or Perez to come off the bench as De Jong tires.

    I am heartened by Rivierres performance and DeJongs return, and despite us appearing bereft of what appears belief in our own capacity to win a game, that looks a far better side to me than we’ve put out for a while.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #10

    The fans forum should tell Charnley to F off.

    Bringing the meeting forward .. suddenly pretending concern …
    he’s been overseeing this debacle quite happily until it’s all blown up in his face.

    Screw him.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #11

    I wonder how long Carver would stay in his job at SD.

    When he blows his top this weekend who’ll be to blame Charnley Ashley the Fans or Deluded John himself?

    What a mess the club is in, although I don’t want us relegated I can understand why people wouldn’t be bothered.

    If you watched the Joey Barton clip on youtube it gave a sneak peak into the world of Adolf Ashley’s dictatorship at the club. I hope there’s something on this ch4 show we can use to beat Ashley with.

    I’ve read plenty on here say it’s not realistic to demand Ashley leaves without a new buyer, well I don’t care about realistic. Is it realistic to sit and say nothing?

    I care about the damadge he’s doing to the club fan base and city not someone’s opinion of what’s realistic and what’s not.

    Enough is enough I don’t want Ashley to change I want Ashley’s head on a platter with a apple in his mouth (joke ish).

    He will never change and as far as iim concerned this is a fight for the club, he’ll happily let it rot to knark us for daring to question him.

    He doesn’t give a flying fcuk about the club fans or the city, he just sends out his white flag carriers with BS terms to be shot at.


    Ashley Dragged Out


  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Obertans Better Than Messi…Firstly, I like the name change. I guess Obertan makes it easier for people to spot the sarcasm? 🙂

    I can’t believe, well, actually I can, that it took them 6 days to respond and say that they’ve decided to move the fans forum forward, but no date of when. 6 days and all they came up with is move the fans forum forward?

    Do you think they can muster up enough time to actually work on the answers by the end of the season? Only 4 games left. I suppose if they work on one question per match, they could put it in the matchday programmes.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13


    I’m going today.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #14

    The Fans Forum need the ability to formally show a vote of no confidence. If it can’t officially be done then it needs to be proposed and enacted next season if necessary (no doubt).

    Whilst I applaud Charnley for actually acknowledging the concerns of the fans forum and not dismissing the questions as an unofficial request for information. It does however suggest that the agenda is now set for the next meeting, rather than responding in full and allowing for further dialogue to take place in relation to his answers.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    OP…There is still no attempt to try some old fashioned honesty, try and calm the situation down, just more of the same.

    How anyone thinks things are about to change is beyond me. £34m cannot by you class, identity or soul.

    The club may well have needed financial help when he arrived, now we need help in almost every other aspect of the club…and the finances still.

    All hail King Ashley and his ever changing band of merry men.

    Do you think part of the interview is to see if you can pass a lie detection test?

    “Oh yes, not a twitch, the needle just sits there, yes, you’re the man for me”

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #16

    optimistic prime

    Very good, I am sure you have your own things you would like to say. But perhaps you could point out that it may be more productive for John to speak forcefully to his bosses boss.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #17


    I was glad to see Riviere and Cisse paired up, but I did not see much link up play between the two either. In fact the front three, including Obertan, when we beat Villa looked like they had never really seen each other before.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Apr 27, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #18

    You didn’t do everything on Saturday. You didn’t do enough running or fighting. Sunderland are going through a bad spell too but look at what a bunch of non triiers our team comprises.


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