Top Striker Has Sympathy For His Coach

It looks like Papiss Cisse is fit to play for Newcastle in the final two games of the season,  after he came on with 20 minutes to go on Saturday in the 1-1 home draw against West Brom – and Newcastle finally broke their record-setting eight game losing streak in the Premier League.

John Carver has set some records at Newcastle – but not the ones we want to see.

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Papiss Cisse in action on Saturday

But Papiss Cisse seems to have some sympathy for John Carver, who he sees working very hard every day.

This is what our 30 year-old top Senegal striker has said about his coach:

“It is difficult for John because he works very hard at his job. I am not happy to have just one point but it was important for John to take something out of the game.”

“If you saw John on the bench or on the training ground you would see how important it is for him to have something good.”

John Carver will be desperate to save Newcastle this season, because the very last thing he wants is to be the coach who took Newcastle down for a second time in six years.

That would follow another Geordie – Alan Shearer –  who did that in 2009,  but the Newcastle legend  only managed the club for the last eight games of the season, and we were already in big trouble when Shearer came in – strangely enough on April 1st.

When John Carver took over we had 26 points at the end of the year after 19 games played, and we ere presumably coasting along and needed only 14 points to get to safety,  but in 17 league games since then we have only picked up 10 points.

It would be a complete and utter disaster if we are relegated again this season, but a certain great striker – Papiss Cisse – could score the goals in the last couple of games to save us

Papiss Cisse is fully capable of doing that and seems determined to save Newcastle.

That’s good.

Comments welcome.

71 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    May 11, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Reckon they’ll release Colo in the summer! He has no sell on value as he won’t go anywhere but Argentina to a broke club that can’t pay transfer fees…. he want’s to go so much he’s willing to accept a tenth of the wages to do so!
    He’s an 80k a week drain on resources and his decline this season has been startling although to be fair to him he looked a lot more solid when he’s lined up with Taylor or Dummett over Williamson!
    This squad needs so much work doing to it theres no way it’ll be all done in the summer!
    Only player I would keep for the first team would be
    Janmaat and de jong and Haidara if they can keep fit.
    For the squad of 25 id keep Darlow, Elliott, Lascelles, Dummett, Cabella, Colback, Abeid, Perez,Vuckic, Armstrong and Riviere (as a 4th choice striker.)
    Would like to see Cisse stay but with 1 year left on his deal hes off lets be honest. Can’t see sissoko, tiote or krul sticking around and everyone else isn’t good enough. That’s 12 players we’d need to bring in to bring our squad upto decent level including a first choice goalkeeper, 2 first choice centre halves, 2 wingers, 2 strikers, at least one starting central midfielder.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 11, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Is it sympathy for the coach or an honest assesmnet, that whilst a point is bang average, given we have JC as coach, it’s a great point?

    I think all he is saying is that John isn trying his best, but that his best isn’t good enough.

  • jayphoto

    May 11, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t like how our players constantly refer to him as John! Shows a lack of respect and a lack of an authority between playing and coaching staff.
    Never heard any of fergies players refer to him as Alex. They didn’t do it to Pardew either, it was always the gaffer, or the manager or the boss.

  • davis_toons

    May 11, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Hey Jay…

    This is a Player Market. NOT an Owner Market.

    ..United are facing a summer of upheaval and do not want to lose Janmaat, who is likely to be promoted to either captain or vice-captain next season depending on the manager.

    They have him tied down to a long-term contract and acting boss John Carver has said he would not want to see him go.

    However, the lure of Champions League and Europa League football will be strong for a player who was sold a move to England on the basis that Newcastle could be a platform.

  • geordiesteve520

    May 11, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Strange going ons a foot at Schalke, 2 released and another suspended. Wonder what has kicked off? One of the is Sydney Sam, who I am pretty sure we were linked with…

  • cyprus

    May 11, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #6

    I have sympathy for JC as well. As a person, he has tried to keep it together, he finally got his chance and it didn’t work out.
    BUT, he has been disastrous for the club. Maybe the players relaxed, maybe they weren’t good enough, maybe the coaching has been playground level, maybe MA has an evil plan to destry Geordieland, I don’t know. But the bottom line is there, in danger from completely safe…
    If we go down, and the chance is very real, he’ll stay and the club will get lost on the wilderness as the ‘big’ players will go.
    If we stay up, the new HC will have some good first material to work with.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 11, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #7


    If MA were to continue with the ‘crushing’ as he has up to now then it is more likely that the protests will continue to get stronger. My opinion does not suggest that the protests should stop, but in the eyes of the outside world their reason for taking place has weakened in respect of an improved performance against WBA. If fans were to now protest and the team loses, the link between the two would be made, whilst not protesting means all the momentum dissipates.

    I therefore suggest that in light of the brilliant support that produced a positive result, that severe but reasonable demands could be proposed and if neglected by the owner the protests become valid once again in the view of the outside world.

    I maybe over thinking the situation and the scenario I suggest does appear to boil down to bluff and counter bluff. As any demand to boycott the last game will probably not have a great impact and damage the continued efforts, the three demands that I suggested did seem to offer a stimulus to strengthening the hand of the protesters in the form of a resolution.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 11, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #8


    We are SD, SD United
    We are dismal and we are bad
    We are the sh#test sports wear retailer
    The world has ever had.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 11, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #9

    We have a leader, whos really fat
    He comes from London and is a twat
    He has a chopper and lots of money
    But he keeps his Mum, in a dirty council flat.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 11, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #10


    That would work. If we sing that when the cameras are around the media will pick up on it for sure.

    I remember a jeweller called Gerald Ratner declaring all his stock as shit at a dinner and the shares plummeted and ruined his business.

    The situation with Ashley is like you say impossible to resolve or a compromise found if he won’t communicate. So we need to lure him out of his lair.

  • Graeme

    May 11, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Sympathy eh?? Its in the Dictionary, between Shit and Syphilis!!

  • bettyswallocks

    May 11, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Sports Direct needs to be Shite Direct . People will hopefully react if we promote it somehow.

    Rayners were a famous high street brand. That finished them completely.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 11, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Ratners not Rayners.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 11, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #14

    His TV ads are very basic and cheap. Sports Sports repeated over and over.

    How about if we just chant Shyte Direct dot com. Repeatedly over and over again inside and outside the ground.

    That will surely provoke him and the shareholders if it hits the media.

  • jayphoto

    May 11, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Papiss is just happy hes not playing right midfield!

  • martoon

    May 11, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Despite everything I actually quite like John Carver, he is NUFC through and through and calls a spade, a spade. However he is massively out of his depth as head coach in terms of tactics, man management and dealing with the media.
    I am hoping in the Summer we will get a decent Head Coach but that Carver is retained in some capacity. (I think Kath the tea-lady is due for retirement soon 🙂 )

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 11, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Boy Done Good,
    Were you the independent researcher that workqed out that cup runs were detrimental to our league position.

  • BandB

    May 11, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #18


    I don’t agree with you. Not one tiny bit.

    You have never supported the protests and now you are suggesting ways to disarm them.

    Anyone who wants to should write to the Fans Forum, Ashley, the football ombudsman. And the best of British to them.

    You have in your hand a piece of paper I’m not going to tell you what you should do with it.

    I’m off to cut the grass………

  • John Tudor

    May 11, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #19

    ride on bnb

  • optimistic prime

    May 11, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #20


    Haha, I was thinking the same 😉

  • Mister Tuff

    May 11, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Tudor – very quick.
    I hope it’s not another ride on cyclomower.

  • davis_toons

    May 11, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Jorge Jesus will be Newcastle Head Coach.

    Sources have it. MA is going to bank in..Good times..

    Getting praise for Newcastle out of Jesus has been like getting blood out of stone over the two legs of this last eight tie.

    Yet he was prepared to offer up this: “They have a better team than they show in the table. They have great players. We have great players too, but I’m not prepared to reveal my line-up.

    “Benfica have reached four quarter- finals. We will use the best XI players.”

    Jesus is understood to be keen on a job managing in the Premier League next season according to reports in Portugal.

  • davis_toons

    May 11, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Jorge Jesus will be Newcastle Head Coach.

    Jesus is understood to be keen on a job managing in the Premier League next season according to reports in Portugal.

    He is On his Way to the Airport

  • geordiemark

    May 11, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #24

    tell the truth am not happy with a point v WBA it should have been 3 we were at home end of the day, for starters at home why do we have to have a flat back 4 why cant they not go 3-5-2 is beyond me most teams play that way now days, carver cant say he cant do that I could pick a team that would play that way out of the squad no bother at all, players forget there paid by the club to play for the club I don’t care who the hell they are and to me they have to much power and decide when to play or not if I was head coach I would go ballistic imagine brian clough would he put up with it like hell would he they all should be ashamed of themselves for putting the club in this positon they owe it to the fans and themselves to put it right in the next 2 games

  • John Tudor

    May 11, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #25

    it may be just a buzzing flymo or it could be a throbbing 4-stroker

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 11, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Starting with Cisse
    Not sure but certainly not a full game as on Saturday he was far from being up with the pace of the game – another weeks training will help but a long way of match fitness.
    Dummett look up to speed on Saturday and hopefully Janmaatt will fit in the back-four

  • sweendog

    May 11, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Davis toons wheres the source, hope it’s true

  • Ibizatoon

    May 11, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Tuff – You have mail.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 11, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #29

    The way the team played on Saturday I was wondering if they did play 3 at the back in a weird 3-3-2-1-1 especially second half
    Anita, Coloccini, Dummett – defensive 3
    Taylor, Colback Gutierrez, – defensive/holding midfield 3
    Sissoko, Cabella – attack midfield 2
    Perez – free role linking up midfeild and
    Riviere up front

  • John Tudor

    May 11, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #30

    when he finds out the constraints his reply will be
    i know my name is jesus ,but i cant work miracles

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 11, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #31

    I’ve heard that we couldn’t get Jesus so we’ve gone for Billy Graham instead, cheaper option.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 11, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Lads Schalke have released Sidney Sam and Prince Boateng with immediate effect
    Sam is a long term target……balls in your court Fatman…..

    Glad to see pundits finally pinning the blame at the feet of MA
    Merson maybe unrealistic in thinking Klopp or Rodgers would look at us but the point is valid
    At least it would show intent instead of going guns blazing for a failing Championship manager

  • Pokat

    May 11, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Davis toons oh yeah ok what sources?

    Martoon I on the other hand hope that come the last match there will be no more mention of Carver, Charnley Stone etc etc as they are booted into the car park and their cones bibs and water bottles thrown on top of them. Loveable geordie types well maybe so but a pestilence at the club no doubt about it. Get shot I say, get the new guy in and get his own backroom staff in, along with a nice clear out of the dross and some decent players in. Dreamworld of course lol big Mikey won’t allow all that going on.

  • Pokat

    May 11, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Toon army down south weren’t they released because they wouldn’t follow tactics training or something? I don’t think they’ll cut it here when they find out it’s Willo at the back stick or hoof it long to our midget forward “line” haha

  • Pokat

    May 11, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #35

    it’s long overdue but to the chant of Toon Toon B&W army it should be
    ” Hoof, Hoof – Willo at the back stick!”

    Repeat ad nauseum.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 11, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #36

    From what i can gather they’ve been scapegoated for the clubs poor form, the fans seem less than happy
    KPB not to fussed on but Sidney Sam? I’d drive there meself to pick him up

  • MrNUFC

    May 11, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Don’t normally post, but just to back up davis_toons I have also heard from a good source that fatty is gunna flog up in the summer and buy Rangers. Source was the brother of a current prem player. Don’t shoot the messenger, just what I got told.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 11, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Really don’t know what we can do with Ashley

    Maybe we should hollow him out and make a canoe.

  • Belfast

    May 11, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Yep Jorge Jesus is going to leave a champions league club to manage relegation candidates in the premier league.

    My source says that’s absolute nonsense.

  • toon kk

    May 11, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #40

    I still think we’ll be relegated, we are on a par with QPR, so we should have a tough game with them. Hull still have more fight so could easily get a win.. also lets face it we have the worst defence in the league and really struggle to score.
    We are poor.


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