Keep Calm And Support The Team


We’re probably going to hear the plans today or tomorrow about what the latest protests are planned for before and during the game on Saturday, when we play West Brom at home in our third last game of the season.

john carver in blue

John Carver – Newcastle head coach

Where we are going to get a back four from for that game we don’t know, so of the three games left this could be the most difficult one, and we’re sure Tony Pulis will have something worked out.

This game will be an extremely difficult one given how thin our squad is for this particular game.

But the club is simply tearing itself apart right now – and it’s clear to see if you take a step back – maybe we all need to calm down a little and look at what’s going on.

We seem to be helping Newcastle get relegated.

Yes, we know all about how Mike Ashley is killing the club – but hey – let’s not bite off our nose to spite our face.

The players and the head coach are struggling big time at the moment, with eight defeats on the trot and that in itself in any circumstances is going to be very hard to turn around.

We could stop the protesting and get right behind the team in our final three games of the season.

While this will meet with some abuse from a section of fans planning the protests, the silent majority support the team and always have done, and even in these circumstances they will be cheering the lads on.

Why can’t we have a full crowd in our final two home games of the season, and create an atmosphere that we could feel at Leicester City last Saturday, and that certainly helped the home team.

That would give us the very best chance of getting the points we need to avoid another relegation.

Let’s not tear ourselves apart  over the last three of weeks of the season, and then there’s a possibility we can stay up – small though that may be at the moment.

Then in the summer the fans can do all they want to get Mike Ashley out – he needs to change the way he runs the club or leave – one of two choices.

But please let’s support the lads to give them the very best chance of winning a game that could help keep us up.

Is calling for a truce through the end of the season really asking too much?


198 comments so far

  • Grafton83

    May 5, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    let’s not bite off our nose to spite our face.
    Stop the destructive protesting

    ffs, just stop it Ed

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Blackley…(From last night)…You haven’t answered BandB’s simple request from last night. No one else has raised this issue, just you, so it’s only reasonable you explain yourself in a simple way.

    You are saying in your post that Huddersfield are your second team. It’s totally not relevant. If you were a Geordie, that never had much of an affiliation with NUFC and decided to support Huddersfield, I’d consider you a Huddersfield fan first and foremost. I personally would never start categorising the level of your support when discussing what you had to say.

    However, let’s use your Huddersfield example. You’ve supported the toon for 30 years, decided to start following Huddersfield and have been watching them for 10 years. Now, there is a Huddersfield “native”, aged 15, has supported Huddersfield since the age of 5, he’s been a fan the same length of time as you and supported them as well as you those 10 years – is he a greater fan than you and has a better all round opinion, or at least one that should be considered more valid than you?

    The point is Blackley, you do criticise the natives, constantly. This isn’t about geography. Even by your own set standards,you do criticise die hard fans. Perhaps though, you need to respond to BandB’s request and clear up any misunderstanding. In fact, it would be most useful. Can you also explain your links to Huddersfield and west yorkshireman Les Kellett?

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  • jayphoto

    May 5, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Repost- Apparantly Toon are training with Coloccini alongside Ryan Taylor as a centreback! Really dread to think how little must be thought of Satka if he can’t get a game when there is only 1 defender in the back 4…..

    Fair play to any of you that go and sit through this! Dunno how you do it

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  • hibbit

    May 5, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    and our guest editor is mr keith bishop

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 5, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Too late Ed. Too much trust has been trampled on, too much hope extinguished by the current regime. It’s time for an exorcism, and if that includes relegation, so be it. Scraping through might be the worst thing that can happen. Time now to maintain the rage, and be brave enough to endure the consequences.

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  • BandB

    May 5, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Ibiza,

    Although he thrashed about it rather solemly, I wasn’t clear.

    It appears, from what I gathered, that fans divide into purebreds, mudbloods, and muggles.

    Given his death eater theories, I also wondered where Les Kellett and his support for Huddersfield fitted in.

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  • hibbit

    May 5, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    jay…. satka is a long way off the first team playing him in a game like this could knock him back years…. the boy should be out on loan

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  • optimistic prime

    May 5, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #8

    I hear the team are scared of playing at home, the silence must be terrifying.

    Good job the crowd don’t scream and shout they’d have a nervous breakdown.

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  • N1CK06

    May 5, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Everyone support Newcastle Disunited Direct Enterprise Pty Ltd to stay in the Premier League for one more season!!

    Continue to watch terrible football live, for a lot of money! Then watch us get related in 2017 once star players Sissoko, Janmaat, Krul and Cisse are sold to other clubs!!! But don’t worry loyal fans, we will have a fresh new profitable group of youngers just few years shy of being potential targets for those really ambitious clubs, like Leicester.

    Keep it up with your support and don’t forget to shop with Sport Direct, number one sporting good store in the UK!!!

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 5, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Hmm, so Carver didn’t offer to resign after all.

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  • Toon Tang

    May 5, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Just been watching a couple of the MK ultra mind control videos getting a few ideas. I reckon if I can get Ashley to stare directly at me for just 17 seconds I will be able to drag us all out of this mess.

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  • lochinvar

    May 5, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed”John Carver made a decent start getting 9 points in his first 8 league games, but now it’s very much downhill with eight defeats in a row and most people think he is way out of his depth as a head coach.”

    Since when was 9 points out of 24 a decent start ? 12 points or more and wouldn’t be in the do do now. Getting 4 points off the Mackems would have sorted things in more ways than one.

    Reality is that we should confound the critics – we should fill SJP
    , wear black and white ( no Wonga ! ) , stand up for the whole game and make a wall of noise to ensure 6 points from our remaining home games. Bit of a Trojan Horse approach but after victory is secured we can turn on the perpetrators of chaos.

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  • Average_Contents

    May 5, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed

    The key words out of all that club speak is “silent majority”. Silent.

    Silence in the ground.

    Silence from the club, well up until yesterday anyway and even that was “we’re burying our heads in the sand”.

    Silence.

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  • lochinvar

    May 5, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    And Colo needs to open his gob and lead the team

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 5, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #15

    This is going to be cracking, the new Gazza documentary. Favourite player of all time by far for me. I’ll deffo be hittin the flicks for this.

    Check out the trailer here..

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/paul-gascoigne-football-film-watch-9182389

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  • Toon Tang

    May 5, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #16

    lochinvar, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that happen mate

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 5, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    The protests have never been about the team, although the disgruntlement did overflow towards them at Leicester, they are the players that we have for better or worse. The protests are against the way the club is run which remains basically the same and with nothing drastically new for a number of seasons. Ok the manager left but that only represented a change.

    To now put all the protests to one side is a wasted opportunity, the fans are being encouraged back into the stadium for a reason. So why not try to exploit that reason?

    The fear of relegation is for suckers. The decisions the club have came to were presumably made in the context of relegation being a possibility, so why turn to supporters now because of their mistake?

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  • Shot Bru

    May 5, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Should try Jonas at CB rather than Raylor…even so it will be a shambles whatever!

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  • Whumpie

    May 5, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Totally disagree Ed. Have you been watching these past 8 years??
    Why are you so keen to stay up?
    So Charnley can rebuild the squad and deliver us European football and silverware? REALLY?
    Or to keep Ashley’s businesss model viable – because that is all it will achieve. More years of carefully managed mediocrity.
    The only thing to do is shoot the whole thing theough the head so it can rebuild from scratch. Ashley isn’t in this for the millions, it’s just a cog in a machine that makes him billions.
    So break the cog and he will move on – £100m lost is nothing compared to the numbers he deals with.
    Crash the whole shitfest and rebuild.perhaps we’ll even get some fan ownership.
    Ir just keep turning up then whining that nothing changes…

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 5, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #20

    First of all, the ground is a library, and has been for many months and into years. So hope of ‘cheering the team on’ is pie in the sky because it hasn’t been done properly in a long, long time. You can strike that off the list of possible solutions. Ed, I assure you, the crowd is a different world to years gone by. It’s like experiencing a different club where there is very poor atmosphere.

    Filling the ground back up also sweeps under the carpet what a shambles the club is in. It let’s them off the hook and makes things appear normal. Well, it is far from normal, far from serving a purpose of cheering the team on. All this has been done before and to no effect.

    Incompetence from the owner and the coaches has led to our demise, and it doesn’t matter what support they have from the stands. If we don’t have the size of squad (not only through not buying players, but giving them away as well) or a competent coaching basis in place, then we won’t get very far. What a surprise, we’re not getting very far.

    Action against this carefree owner needs to be cranked up. Making it look like a regular game where everyone is very poorly ‘supporting the team’ inside the ground won’t do that. That’s exactly what Ashley wants, everyone to focus their attention on the team, pay their money, eat the food, buy the goods, doing a routine thing of turning up and going home under the misleading guise of ‘supporting the team.’

    The longer Ashley stays, the longer the hurt at the club goes on. The longer those who don’t take action have their heads in the sand, the higher the likelihood he will stay on. If you do not want him there, then what are you doing? You are just prolonging his stay. Congratulations, you are exactly the fan he wants.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 5, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #21

    Prodigy,
    I think it is very much a moot point. They aren’t likely to advertise it if he did and they failed to replace him cause nobody would take the job. It all comes from ‘sauces close to the club’ and Lee Ryder. More likely that they want that message out there regardless of it being true or not.

    Beer,
    Sorry, had to do some work. Yeah, I remember Pardew saying that, but when I checked it isn’t listed as a post he holds.

    http://companycheck.co.uk/company/02529667/NEWCASTLE-UNITED-LIMITED/directors-secretaries

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  • dannitoon

    May 5, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #22

    F off…. support is a two way street… they treat the fans like @#$/ so why should we support them back… cashley has succeeded in turning the fans on each other and the players… I’m staying away for good until he leaves…

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  • John Tudor

    May 5, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #24

    lets just drop to the bottom ashley will fcuk off then

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 5, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #25

    As far as Ed’s stance, it is a fair one to back the players, it is utterly baffling to attach any blame for our predicament to the fans. You could argue that the anti Pardew protest were the reason for inspiring our good form earlier in the season. Same way that at the end of the previous season, our 3-0 win over Cardiff came with the backdrop of a toxic anti Pardew atmosphere against Cardiff

    There have been protests for 3 matches, were the fans to blame for struggling in the opening 8 matches? Or the heavy defeats suffered around the Xmas period? Or the 25% of matches lost by 3 or more goals in 2014?

    Ed, if you are to blame people look at the players, the coaching staff the board, and last, but most certainly not least, the owner.

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  • croftus5678

    May 5, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #26

    siem and cisse will be an awsome so i’ll go 9-0 win over qpr ^^

    no seriously though i’m willing them to win with my mind one win and we stay up i reckon and qpr is the one i’m most confident about ! i would have been more confident had janmaat been playing but still.

    wba we will get a result also “toon army”

    then onwards with new class manager and atleast 8 signings ready for our cup win and 6th place next season !

    i’m too depressed i need something to smile about so maybe if i wish upon a star it’ll come true.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #27

    Hello Toon fans / readers of Ed’s blog,

    Are the boycotts and protests a good thing or a bad thing?

    Ed has given his verdict.

    He says: “Will we now calm down just a bit and support the side 100% in the last three games, so we can at least stay in the Premier League next season?

    Read that quote again. It says: “Stop complaining or you sent us down.”

    It’s his blog. It’s his view. But in the past he has often used a poll to gauge fan opinion on hot topics. What topic could be hotter than this one?

    Every week we have asked people to post HWTF to show where they stand. This week, instead of HWTF, we’re asking you to post the following in a single box:

    “Give us a poll Ed”

    We want a poll. Do you support the Ashley Out campaign? Yes or No.

    Let’s hear what the fans think. Isn’t that what the blog is all about?

    It says so in the mission statement home page.

    Howay the fans.

    #HWTFNUFC

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  • remember69

    May 5, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #28

    Being a Newcastle fan has never been easy, but I can’t remember a harder time to support the team I love.
    Let’s face facts, we are in trouble and no-one likes it other than the teams below us. As fans, we have 2 options;
    1) Protest and let Ashley & co (including the team) know our feelings.
    2) Support the team and do whatever we can possible to help them get results over the next few games
    Human instinct would go with option 1), but what would this gain us? OK, the team drop a division, would Ashley then sell at a much reduced price? I doubt it. Plus we would likely lose our best players, perhaps the likes of Carr and would find it difficult to bring in quality given the drop in revenue.

    No matter how much we hate Ashley our best/only option is to throw ourselves behind the team and play the twelth man at home games. If we feel it is OUR club then we have to play our part in helping the team perform the bet they can.

    Let’s put the daggers to one side until we have got what we can from the rest of the season and do our damn best to keep this club where we want them to be. AGREED?

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  • Magpie Season

    May 5, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #29

    The players themselves have had the full backing of 52,000 every single match. None of these protests are directed towards them but upper management.

    Earning in a week what most people make in a year, growing up have an occupation that you love & others dream of, as well as fans behind the team should be enough motivation for them to at least make an effort on the football pitch & not walk back when the opposition is on a pacy counter-attack.

    The fans will always be behind those that wear the black & white shirt on the football pitch. What have they done for us should be the question.

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  • John Tudor

    May 5, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #30

    you buy shite you get shite

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  • toonbrother

    May 5, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #31

    Raylor and Colo in central defence? lol

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  • John Tudor

    May 5, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #32

    4-0 west brom

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 5, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #33

    This club is a joke rotten to the core. There is no skill, desire nor fight. We will go down.

    I for one don’t know if to care anymore. It doesn’t even hurt as much when we lose.

    So many years supporting the team to be entertained and it has been a disaster with no highs anymore. All those years and for what, so it can end like this?

    Everything is negative from the matches, to the players, to the manager, to the transfer windows to the fckuning twat of an owner.

    We are a disgrace and nowhere near Premiership material. Even Leicester thrashed us and showed us how to play football. We’re pathetic and can’t even string 3 passes together, we truly deserve to go down.

    This is all down to one idiot and one idiot alone we all know who he is and is despised by thousands.

    He will lose a fortune and we will lose even more, our status, our pride and the soul of a once great club.

    This sleeping giant is all but dead now a few more stabs will do it and only a miracle will save us now.

    HWTF!

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  • BandB

    May 5, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #34

    Ibizatoon,

    I suppose it’s easy to blame those fretting noiselessy in the ground while failing to put your money where your mouth is on here.

    GIVE US A POLL ED.

    Please.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #35

    Give us a poll Ed

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  • John Tudor

    May 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #36

    bandb
    no need for a poll

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  • firebug666

    May 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #37

    “Give us a poll Ed”

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #38

    “”Sort it out or we may briefly consider not renewing our season tickets. Briefly, like””

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/picture/2015/apr/07/david-squires-on-mike-ashleys-reign-at-newcastle

    Says it all !!

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  • Setchell

    May 5, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #39

    I do actually agree with Ed,who actually wants to be relegated? People who think this will make any difference to Mike Ashley are deluded, at the end of the day he still won’t sell he will just attempt to get back in premierleague. Then run us exactly the same let’s wait til West Ham game finishs and do something about it then. Literally as soon as the game finishs have a protest at sports direct or on the pitch or something similar? The majority of players will not be here come next season whether we are relegated or not but let’s keep OUR team in one of the best leagues in the world!

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  • John Tudor

    May 5, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #40

    he cant get back if we drop far enough
    the spend will far outway the gain

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