Shearer Reveals The Truth About Carver And Ashley

It’s good to see that former Newcastle captain and legend Alan Shearer is speaking out about the debacle that has been Newcastle United Football club this year, since Alan Pardew left at the end of December to save Crystal Palace from relegation, and the untried and untested John Carver – the cheap option – took over.

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John Carver – averaging 0.6 points a game

This is some of what Alan has said in his Sun column this week:

“The fact Newcastle are part it is a terrible indictment of the players.”  “They don’t seem to have an ounce of pride wearing the famous black-and-white shirt. Shame on them.”

“Why? Because the players look like they simply don’t care.”  “Watch Swansea’s third goal again – nobody made the slightest of effort to stop it. Pathetic.”

“That’s seven defeats in a row now for the Toon. I feel sorry for John Carver.”  “He was only ever in temporary charge and the players have taken advantage of that.”

“I was in a similar position in 2008/2009. There were a number of players who lacked the drive to stay up and we ended up going down.

“I keep hearing about complaints about Mike Ashley, most of which is warranted.”

There are two things that Alan has nailed in those comments.

One is that John Carver was never going to be the permanent head coach in the first place – unless he averaged say 2 points a game – and he’s averaging 0.6 points per game – definite relegation form – and  he could take us down.

And the second point is the criticism of a certain Mike Ashley is warranted.

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Mike Ashley – decimated Newcastle United

After the complete and utter mess made of things in January it’s hard to know how Ashley can survive as the owner of Newcastle United – fans should protest to the Premier League about him not being fit to be an owner of any football club – let alone Newcastle.

Ashley only wants to use Newcastle United to advertise his Sports Direct business world-wide, and he’s not interested in the Newcastle team one little bit.

He’s shown that enough times over the last few years and Newcastle are now a shell of the club we once were.


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149 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    “I feel sorry for John Carver.” “He was only ever in temporary charge and the players have taken advantage of that.”

    Ermm, is that so, Alan? Fairly sure the club have said they would review the HC situation at the end of the season, but the job was John’s to lose?

    The players should have more professional pride without a doubt. As you go higher up the chain, you just find more responsibility for the mess we find ourselves in however.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2


    The form now is only marginally worse than it was with pardew last season at this stage and the season we finished 16th.

    i think it’s fairly obvious the players do the absolute bare minimum for carver. Shearer called it right and carver’s excuses are getting worse and more bizarre than pardew’s.

    They clearly do not put the effort in, maybe perez and abeid aside. Long ball hoofs to perez as the only game plan would have sbr turning in his grave and 2 of swansea’s goals were nothing to do with the set plays we can’t defend.

    JC’s managerial win % record at Leeds United, Toronto FC, Sheffield United and Newcastle United wouldn’t get him a job at an ambitious conference team.

  • Ciaran

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m surprised Shearer isn’t more robust in his criticism of Mike Ashley but at least he’s coming out with an opinion.

    Mike Ashley is feeling the pinch, the underlings beneath him are reacting, and reacting badly, we have them on the ropes, and while they have money, power, and influence, we have the numbers, and if more and more of us simply believe, there is no telling what can be achieved.

    These past few weeks have re-instilled my belief in the Geordie nation, be those natives, ex-pats, or blow-ins like myself!

    Our club is a special club, and it has been through a tumultuous time of late (past 8 years!). Keep fighting, keep believing, stay together, and we’ll come out on top!

    Anyway lads (and lasses), hope you all have a great day, I’ve got work to do!

    Much love! x

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    The fans have the perfect opportunity to harass the slug at the minute.

    All eyes are on him and us, we need to ride this wave and increase the pressure.

    No retreat no surrender


    Does no one else think Fridays meeting with the fans is PR BS?
    Aren’t we away for early kick off at Leicester? So Is JC going to meet them Friday morning before leaving or chat to them on the bus?

    Mark my words it will be cancelled!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    In fairness to Shearer, he has criticised Ashley in the past. I think he probably feels the players also need a kick up that arse and is trying to do that. If we beat Leicester on Saturday I’d expect Shearer to turn his attention to Ashley a bit more.

    He isn’t untouchable, but I think if we learnt anything new last night it is that protests targeting SD, and bad press for SD is a much more effective tool than boycotting or protesting against the club.

    Took one hour to release a statement yesterday, and the fans forum response came after plans to target SD were released and happened. NUFC is largely irrelevant to him, and targeting the club will be far less effective than his other ventures.

  • one fine day

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Think I will reserve my vote until after the midweek games .
    A sad indictment on us
    If Leicester get anything against chelsea then we will be right in the s$$t
    What scares me right now with the exception of janmatt and colback the players have the same care factor of 2009

  • croftus5678

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #7

    its certain individuals that dont want to play for carver not all the team as janmaat/cisse have improved and tbf pards had the under avg players playing like avg players so credit to pards for getting the best out of a bad bunch !

    however imo pards couldnt get the best out of the best players apart from sissoko which he did imo.

    now siem is back and cisse the game after with rolando and dummett (in place of anita) i cant see us losing every game and i’m 70% sure we will stay up 😉

    survival comes before bickering /pointing / accusing / faults atm plenty of time to do that when we are safe and not going down.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8

    I assume Leicester has an SD store. Pre match protest outside of the Leicester store this week?

  • mecannylad

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    I am sure there is an inventive and respected sporting lawyer out there somewhere who could weave ‘a fit and proper’ claim against Mike Ashley’s ownership of NUFC on behalf of a registered Fan’s Body or even the City Council.
    This could go to the FA, the EPL, the Footballing Ombudsman, The Minister of Sport etc.
    Now that would set a few hares running …

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Repost. I’m going to add to it by saying – Ed. Please can you remove the picture of that fat scumbag as I’m liable to crush my phone in my hands. Fcuking leech.

    I’m sure it’s been said before so if it has apologies (haven’t checked the previous comments yet)

    Only an hour after the documentary about SD is aired the club issues a statement in regards to the £3.4m in income SD derives from NUFC merchandise saying its not true then say they will issue another statement tomorrow (today) not a bad word can be spoken about our beloved leader and his shops of shite and how he’s taking us for a ride.

    (FYI, the £3.4m has been previously discussed and is/was common knowledge) but now it’s on TV it seems to of hit home to some. Shock and awe. What did you expect from a lowlife scumbag anyway.

    Yet it takes them the best part of a week to respond to their OWN fans concerns regarding the direction of the club?

    Two statements in less than 24hrs? We’ve had ONE in three fcuking months!!!!

    Talk about not actually giving a shit.

    If that’s not proof enough that he couldn’t give two flying fcuks about the club and it’s fans and he’s only interested in shite defect then what the fcuk is?

    I haven’t watched the documentary yet but it’s recorded on my planner. I’ll have a gander before I get my head down.



    Fat Fcuking twat.

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Just looking thorough all the social media outlets and Ashley is taking an absolute battering after that program. So many more more people who weren’t in the know about SD are having their eyes opened.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    So from Carver saying in one interview all of them are giving everything, he has supposedly said this to the Chronicle.

    “What I will say is – and I am not going to talk about individuals – one or two of them are giving everything, but sometimes that is not enough.”

    So now just one or two are giving everything? That seems more accurate.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Oh and the telegraph story about penfold, Carr and “honest” john (of which two shouldn’t be under threat because they shouldn’t be in the fcuking roles in the first place) being under threat is clearly a diverting tactic aimed at relieving the pressure on the slug, pleasing the masses so to speak.

    Look, Honestly! Honest! They will be held accountable. Heads WILL roll.

    It’s as clear as fcuking day.

    I’m angry. You won’t like me when I’m angry. Can anybody tell 😉

  • sickandtired

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15

    A sadder indictment of all this is that some ‘supporters’ actually believe, and champion, Ashley as being good for the Club.
    Nothing new in that documentary last night and Simon Bird simply repeated what he published after the SD AGM meeting he got into.
    In full below.

  • croftus5678

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16

    @12 lilong

    spot on buddy.

    @10 ac

    if i can read between all the cursing you’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head there imo.

  • mecannylad

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Talking to my (non footballing) wife about the Ashley fiasco. She makes a decent point.
    “You just don’t want him out badly enough; won’t go that extra mile …. or somebody would have nailed him by now”

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #18

    I remember when we were told heads would role and there would be an inquiry and changes made after finishing 16th. That all happened didn’t it….

  • beermonkey

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #19


    2 statements I got last nights one have I missed another

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #20

    I’d argue that just one or two giving everything is not going to be enough more often than not.

    Anyone who can’t be bothered to salvage a modicum of pride in the remaining games should be jettisoned from the starting 11 pronto. The malaise starts from the top, but it doesn’t excuse it at any level.

  • mecannylad

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #21

    I now support vigilante justice in our fight with the NUFC hierarchy.
    Inside the law of course … but sod any guidelines.
    Sounds familiar that Mr Ashley?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #22

    The second is meant to come today. It will tell us how wonderful our relationship, and it is only because of this merchandising agreement that the club could afford to pay the electricity for the floodlights during the winter months.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #23

    If anyone thinks the club felt compelled to release a statement after the documentary then they better think again.

    That is, without a shadow of a doubt come from the fat fcuk himself.

    I need to go lie down now. I’m gonna explode. Can’t watch that dispatches programme just yet I’d end up frothing at the mouth. I bet the slug lovers will be on soonish defending him. They are just as disgusting as him.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #24


    bishop will be earning hid feed today

  • beermonkey

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #25


  • Average_Contents

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #26


    They said there going to release another today so it will be two in 24hrs mate. Obviously once they release it.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #27

    He has been earning it for a good number of weeks now. Unfortunately for him and the powers that be, less and less people are buying it.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #28


    Spot on. The problem being is people believe the guff.

    Sick Sickandtired

    Sad isn’t it. They’ve got their head that far up the slugs arse he’s got two ugly heads.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #29

    A half hour walk from the SD store in Leicester to the King Power stadium. The train station isn’t far from SD. A couple of thousand dedicated and vocal away fans outside the store would probably also get some backing from locals who watched the program last night.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #30

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Playing Kemen is more a nod towards giving any youth player some first team match time, in limited numbers. Despite not being his position he needs to start somewhere and the full back is generally a safe-ish option, it is where Beckham started! Granted I have no professional football experience.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #31


    there is a wave of discontent at the moment and its got the makings of a tsunami and bishop wont be able to stop

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #32

    JC says “”but sometimes that is not enough”” I understand to mean that some players are not good enough despite giving their all.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #33

    Surely it would be wiser playing Sterry or Satka who are actual defenders! Even playing one of them at full back and giving them the protection of Janmaat in front of them. I’m reluctant to move Janmaat into central defence as he is (depressingly) our most creative player.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #34

    Possibly but to have just one or two putting in a shift, as he says in the Ronnie article is equally not enough.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #35

    What’s the betting the revised Fans Forum meeting is brought forward to the Thursday just before the West Ham game, we can then have your Boy done good and his type saying that the club never lied and that the meeting was brought forward to before the end of the season.

  • croftus5678

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #36

    @20 lilong

    i agree.

    theres not a lot of pride to play for our club from the players atm.

    janmaat is a pro and a leader he will always try imo.
    krul has lost a lot of confidence imo.
    cisse is just gormless and will always try his hardest no matter what.
    siem is a true pro and leader and will always try hard.
    colback has pride to play for us.
    rolando wants to break through so will play his heart out (however if he gets chance to jump ship i expect him to)
    cabella wants to be a star so will try but he tries far too many silly tricks with no main striker to show off his assists.
    sissoko has given up imo.
    abied tries hard just lacks experience.
    anita pffft
    raylor acts like he’s 90yo
    sammy purley isnt good enough but will be under a decent development manager.
    colo lost it.
    wilo never had it.
    dummett is a tryer but isnt inspireing.
    perez another tryer but needs experience and a striker to play alongside.
    river should be a winger imo but will never be prolific and not good enough imo.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #37

    I think it’s time I activated sniper mode 😉

    Visual of target: Visual confirmed.

    Confirm target: Target confirmed.

    Target acquired: 800m.

    Crosswind: 1.2 clicks.

    Elevation: 3 clicks.

    Allow for movement.

    First pressure on trigger. Steady.

    Breath in, breath out. Pulse rate drops.

    Target still in sight.

    Breath out. Second pressure on trigger. Fire.

    Target down. Target down.

    Party’s everywhere. Dancing in the streets.

    If carlsberg did assassinations….

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #38

    I’d prefer triers who aren’t that good to people who don’t try that also aren’t very good.

  • midweek weekend

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #39


    Haha thats brilliant, he’ll push someone too far one day

  • Sav

    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #40

    The club is paying the price for allowing to develop a squad of players who know they are being let go, who know they will be sold or who have had enough and told their agents to get them out of here. The lack of ambition of the hierarchy running the place like a discount outlet has infected the place like a disease and its name is Mike Ashley.


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