Can Teenager Save Newcastle – Probably Not

Rolando Aarons played 45 minutes for the Newcastle U21 side against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night,  and seemed to come through the game OK – and that was his first game since November 1st – so he’s been out over six months.

Rolando Aarons, Newcastle United

Rolando Aarons – not match fit

Newcastle have completely crumbled in the Premier league this year under John Carver, and as fans protested in January he was a very poor choice as interim manager for the rest of the season and he has proved that.

This is a poll we put up on January 13th and about 17 in 20 fans didn’t want John to manage the club through the end of the season and they were right.

Do You Want John Carver To Take Over Newcastle Through End Of The Season?

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This is what Rolando Aarons has said about Newcastle’s current sorry plight:

“It’s hard as a fan to watch it, but it’s even more frustrating as a player, especially when you’re injured.” 

“I just want to be involved and try to help the team, and I’ve not been able to do that for six months.

“I’m raring to go and trying to build my match fitness up, so I’m ready to play for the first team when I need to.” “I’m not the gaffer, so it’s up to him to make that decision.

“Even right now, I wouldn’t turn down the chance to play for the first team.” “Rusty or not, I’m always available and I’m ready to play.”

“I’ve been thinking about returning ever since I got injured.” “It’s no different to how I was at the start of the season.”

“I always love playing for the club, and no matter if it’s three games or 30 games left, I’m always going to put my all in, so it doesn’t bother me.”

“St James’s Park is like my home, so it was a great feeling to play there on Tuesday, and I’m looking forward to doing it for the first team.”

“I was a bit nervous at the start on Tuesday, and I just wanted to kind of feel my way into the game and just test out how I feel, really.”

“As the game went on, I got a bit more confident, but I still felt really rusty, and I think those 45 minutes helped me.” “Obviously I need to get back where I was.”

Aarons was simply terrific and if had been fit most of the season we wouldn’t be in the plight we are in now.

But he was played when he was injured at Manchester City in late October and we have paid the price for that, and we have again been at the top of the Premier League Injury table all season – and we have a small squad to start with.

If we do go down at the end of the month we cannot blame anybody else but ourselves because of all the dumb decisions that have been made this season.

There will be books written about this season if Newcastle go down, but not by us.

It’s asking an awful lot of a young 19 year-old to come in and make an impact in the last couple of games of the season, with Newcastle in dire relegation trouble.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • NezzaNUFC

    May 7, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    795 mackems voted yes! Typical.

  • Mint

    May 7, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Anyone seen the new Avengers movie?

    The key plotline comes to mind.

    But then i think of another film with Keanu Reeves and this giant robot thing. Hmm, based on movies I have seen, i dont know if fans should protest or show support now.

    And thats science!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    What the club says on the matter doesn’t bother me at all. The wider media on the other hand are much more capable of ratcheting up pressure, and if the fans turn up, roar the side on and they still put in a gutless performance then their will be even less places to hide for all concerned. Couple that with protests before and after the game, and pressure will continue to build.

    Whatever the result, if the crowd turns up and roars them on whilst also continuing protests outside of the ground, then it can only strengthen the fans position in this battle in my opinion.

  • BandB

    May 7, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4

    BandB // May 7, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    The team slid into this mess watched by full houses.
    There is NO link between full houses and big performances with these players.
    The “you could save us from relegation” argument is a fraud
    The Colo letter is a crude piece of emotional blackmail delivered by a man who has been missing in action far too often himself.
    If Ashley crooks his finger and 52,000 Geordies run, he’ll chuckle, say to Charnley and Carver, “see, that’s how you do it boys!” and business as usual will continue.

    “Turn up or you are to blame for relegation.”

    Who on earth is falling for THAT!

  • Average_Contents

    May 7, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5


    Again, well said.

    The NUFC we love is no longer alive.

    It’s been replaced by a spectre, a rebranded cheap sporting institution that no longer wants to compete for anything not even pride.

    It’s a sham. Just like other brands he’s purchased, dressed up as the same but the quality is shite and the value is missing. Intentionally.

    Meet the new but not improved, the re-wrapped in chip paper, shite defect united. Quantity before quality guaranteed.

  • hibbit

    May 7, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    why is it important to stay in the prem we are not a prem team we dont have prem players we get beat week after week there’s no fun no pleasure no pride only hartbreak …………its important for ashley not for us but for sd thats what all this pr’s about the exposure in the prem is world wide very little in the championship ……its important for ed not for us but for his blog world wide fans wont see the game no feeds so wont comment less hits less income……. ed and ashley are ruled by one thing MONEY

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    May 7, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Put this out yesterday but no real response …. If you are going to the WBA game take some sports company logo (with no S***D***** connection) and hold it up throughout. The Decathlon logo would be easy to print on A4. Lets see how the FatMan likes free advertising for his competitors!

  • Mint

    May 7, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree with BandB
    Its not correlated. even if half showed up, they should still be professionals and play to 100% of their ability.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    May 7, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Rest him for the Championship.

    No fullbacks, no CB’s, no confidence, no goalscorer.
    Coached by Carver.

    Pulis will bombard them, they’ll fold after the first goal, could be a cricket score.

    Joey will have QPR fired up. They are a better team than their points suggest.

    West Ham probably the best bet for a point. Players back?

    Who cares?
    I’d love to cheer them on, but I think relegation hurts Ashley in the pocket and that has to be good.


  • Ibizatoon

    May 7, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Lil…With all due respect, what the club say is hugely important imo.

    If the media can’t get their heads around that fans have been patient this long, then they’re never going to get it.

    More and more journalists do realise the situation. We even have articles doing the rounds about how they believe relegation could be in our interest (i’m not saying I agree one way or another here).

    The interest and information is now there.

    I don’t think you can expect fans who are simply disgusted with the club, from top to bottom, to turn up and recreate the atmosphere of yesteryear. It’s playing right in to Ashleys hands imo.

    What if we’re terrible, the fans heads drops, they start booing another rubbish display.

    Relegation will be their fault? I think we’re allowing their call too much head room. Treat it as what it is. Manipulative PR.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #11

    You know there is no correlation, I know there is no correlation, and most sensible folk know there is no correlation.

    That the club tell us there is offers an opportunity to strengthen the fans case though. A gutless showing gives them no hiding place with the media. A great performance shows the fans are very important to the success of the club and will then lead to questions on why they aren’t treating fans better to keep them on side.

    None of it is really connected, but the fact the club have tried to make it that way can backfire on them.

  • Macas

    May 7, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m not sure what the big problem of fans turning up to support the team is for the last 2 games? Most are season ticket holders anyway so it’s not going to make much difference to Ashley financially if the fans are there. Those fans who want to protest can do before and after the game, so the protests won’t have stopped. Surely it’s the best of both worlds?

  • BandB

    May 7, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #13

    They could have easily said:

    “Come along to the last two home games and sing us to safety. The lads desperately need to it. Do that, help us out of this mess, and we PROMISE that this summer we will give you a team to be proud of.”

    But they haven’t have they?
    Instead their focus is on getting two full houses from us.
    Mike, and Lee and John can then say the fans have voted for them with their feet.
    Fake, fake and fake again.
    Take, take and take again.

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    May 7, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Maca – a full stadium looks good for SD around the globe – an empty stadium ……..

    It all about money

  • hibbit

    May 7, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #15

    lil with respect there’s more atmosphere in the weat road cemetery then st james this season like you say a lot of the vocal fans have been moved on

  • Jesus1983

    May 7, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #16

    We need to play De Jong, Cisse and Aarons, even if half fit… the rest are simply not good enough.

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    May 7, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Its not as if the 45K that turned out for the last game made much noise – pro or anti …. other than the 34min show of red cards – reminded me of the miners strikes with the that amount of passion 😉

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    May 7, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #18

    I think NUFC fans attacking his other brands. Generally making a nuisance of themselves in his life is well overdue.

    Spreading word that the brand names he owns are really tat, and nearly everything in his shops is mis-priced on purpose.

    Slazenger, Dunlop, Lonsdale all sweat shop rubbish. Priced to make it look you are getting a huge discount.


  • Lew Davies

    May 7, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #19

    I used to think ‘Fan Ownership’ was the way forward, but now I know it will never work.
    The in fighting would be out of control
    We can’t agree the best way forwards from this mess we are currently in
    UNITED we most certainly are not.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #20

    If they are terrible despite the fans being there and backing them then there are no further hiding places for anyone. If the fans don’t turn up the club will blame it in the fans anyway. If the fans turn up and they are still rubbish then any accusation of it being the fans fault will hold even less traction then it would now. It should hold none, but it will be given some regardless.

    It isn’t about whether the media have or haven’t already got it, another 10,000 off the attendance will have less impact then a full house and protests outside SD. We all know SD is the most important thing to Ashley. That is the only time the club have chosen to comment, when SD comes under fire.

    Yes those in the ground have to make noise, and that is the biggest ‘?’ in this whole scenario. This boycott will be smaller I’d guess, because those marginal fans will decide to back the team. Better to call off the boycott and back the team whilst holding other protests.

    Anyway, got to go for a meeting now. Will catch up later, or tomorrow morning.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 7, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #21

    Hello again readers of Ed’s blog,

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

    There’s a view that the protests should now stop and we should get behind the team as it battles relegation.
    That’s the appeal of an open letter attributed to Captain Colo.

    And there is a view that the protests have been so successful that the club is desperate to stop them, hoping they can claim to have proved once and for all that fan protests don’t work. Therefore the protests against Mike Ashley’s ownership and stewardship of the club should continue.

    It’s a hot topic. Hot enough that HWTF thinks it deserves a blog poll on the issue.
    The call has generated a lot of responses so far, some enthusiastic, and others with reservations.

    We’re asking you to post the following in a single box:

    “Give us a poll Ed”

    We want a poll. Do you think the protests should stop? Yes or No.

    Let’s hear what the fans think.
    We want to conclude this with a Poll Petition to Ed this evening. Please support us.

    Howay the fans.


  • scout

    May 7, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #22

    I wonder if the people in the sweat shop celebrate every defeat like a double bubble sunday if they even knew what that was.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    May 7, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Is the owner going to come to cheerlead on Saturday?
    Are we going to see him waving his scarf and roaring the boys on?


  • BandB

    May 7, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #24


    This blog is largely very united.
    That it appears less so is because of a small group of people who believe that you have no right to criticise a billionaire unless you are a billionaire yourself. The view has little to do with the well-being of Newcastle United.

  • firebug666

    May 7, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #25


    I will protest and support all boycotts for the following reasons.

    1. Nothing has or looks like changing at the club.
    2. The club have no respect for any of the fans.
    3. The club has shown no ambition.
    4. The club will not compete in cup competitions.
    5. The club feel mid-table is the only requirement each season.
    6. The club has shown incompetence for the past eight years.
    7. Each fan as a separate entity it treated as a cash point for the club.
    8. The team is the worst we have had in many years.

    The thing is, it does not matter what division we are in, we have no ambition to be all that we can be, the only difference between the fizzy pop and the premier league is the money Ashley will rake in.

    I can understand fans worry about what Ashley will do if we go down, but what does it matter? The club is already a dead shell of what it once was, what else can he do to us?

    Regardless of what division we end up in this season nothing will change, Ashley will continue to exploit the club and it’s fans for the benefit of his other interests.

    Boycotts must continue, Pressure on Ashley must increase not decrease. The time has never been better for sending him the simple message….Enough is Enough.

    Ashley Out!

    Give us a poll Ed.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 7, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #26


    Been good chatting with you.

    As I said earlier, for me it’s really simple. Fans who want to go, will. It is down to them to do their bit inside the stadium, they say they’re there to support the team, not the regime. Then they need to do that.

    I for one don’t believe the protests or boycotts have had anything to do with our league position and / or possible relegation.

    By caving in to those pathetic attempts of emotional blackmail it sends a very mixed message imo.

    Have a good one

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 7, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #27

    Blackley posts from SJP to fellow bloggers to make yourselves known. BandB writes Blackley’s here to knock bloggers’ heads off.

    Blackley writes that an obnoxious boycotter thrust a leaflet into him and said have that. BandB writes a boycotter offers Blackley a leaflet and Blackley shoves it back hard and calls him a little sh!t on the internet.

    Blackley writes he supports the retention of Trident. BandB writes Blackley wants to nuke Russia.

    Blackley writes he disagrees with multi culturalism. BandB writes Blackley doesn’t like people of different cultures.

    If you can’t win the arguments, play the man not the ball or distort his comments to shoot at an easy target.

  • RUNAWAY777

    May 7, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #28

    come on ed lets us have a poll or has your bottle gone

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    May 7, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #29

    Open letter from the owner? Wendy?

    He’s written off the club debt?
    Promised to spend 50M a season for the next five years?
    He’s promised to be a good boy and pay for his adverts?
    He’s put the club up for sale?


  • lochinvar

    May 7, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #30


    Good ideas – Ashley’s nemesis is JD Sports but unfortunately I think he owns nearly 15% of them as well so promoting JD works to a point.
    Decathlon would make the French lads feel at home.
    Celtic scarves might work but would scare our players into hiding.
    Only solution is retro blacknwhite gear from the pre-Ashley era , only problem is not many of us will fit into it 10 years on !!

  • Pop n Wyn

    May 7, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #31

    Wow, can a 19 year old save our season after 35 games played, and someone who has been out of action for 6 months, that is the state of things at SJP, only at the toon.

  • Sav

    May 7, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #32

    We can demand Ashley out, but that means a sale of the club which we can’t bring about. We can’t demand a buyer and we have no control over who it is. Not many potential candidates are sports fans or philanthropists.
    First, get rid of Charnley.
    Like Carver, he was a cheap, lazy option, promoted unqualified and totally inexperienced from within. He was Ashley’s choice and that choice has set the tone for the disaster that has followed. Like Carver, his main attribute is a willingness to say ‘yes’ to whatever he thinks Ashley wants. Charnley is the main man charged with appointing a new manager and in a position to influence the way the club is run. A geordie but clearly, not a fan, he makes even the odious Llambias look like an improvement.
    Only with someone competent to do the job can we expect a top quality manager to be brought in; someone who not only can manage financially but who is passionate to succeed with a good knowledge of football and strong contacts within the game. It doesn’t look as if Charnley has done any research or preparation for Carver flunking so badly. Now there’s panic when there should have been 3 months of work behind the scenes. might have more chance of success.


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