Because of our demise over the last three months some good news on one of our players has gone unreported to a large extent and Jonas Gutierrez has made a terrific and brave recovery from his testicular cancer, and has been one of Newcastle’s best players over the last several weeks.
Jonas in action last week at QPR
In fact Jonas will probably be playing his last game for Newcastle tomorrow and he could be a key player for us against West Ham.
Jonas has tried to protect John Carver from the responsibility for the mess we have got ourselves into over the last three months as he has said this today:
“John Carver gives us the education to get the points. Then, on the pitch, we have to take responsibility for what is going on. Now we have to be together.”
“We are the players on the pitch – we try to do the best.” “I don’t like to think who is at fault,” “We are the players that are on the pitch, and we have to think what we’re doing wrong and to change it.”
“We have just one week, and we have to be focused.”
Newcastle have taken just one point from a possible 30 and it’s our worst run ever in the Premier League.
The players have to take responsibility for the mess because too many of them have not given 100% in our games this year.
And the responsibility also lies with Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley for not reinforcing the side in January when we had money available, and knew the squad was paper-thin.
But John has to take the responsibility for not being able to get the best out of the players available, which is a coach’s main job,
When you look at our six game winning streak under Alan Pardew in October and November (he’s made that seven wins in a row in his press conference yesterday), we were using essentially the same players that John Carver has had available for the last five or six weeks.
So John blaming the players is a bit disingenuous, and certainly not what leaders or good coaches d.
That’s one reason coaches often talk about “we” when they are referring to the team – so the coach is linked in with his players and they are all responsible.
So the responsibility for our terrible demise this year lies in different ways – at all levels of the club.
However, now is not the time to go on about this too much – because the fans at the game tomorrow are going to be very important.
They have to get right behind the lads tomorrow and try to roar them onto victory, which would save us at the death.
As John Carver has said – there will be an inquest at the end of the season as to what went wrong – but we first have to ensure we are still a Premier League side.
If we aren’t, it will be an unmitigated disaster for the club – make no mistake about that.