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I Don’t Blame The Fans – I Blame The Players

9:21 am, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

Paul Dummett has told some home truths in the interview he has given in the Chronicle today and like the rest of us, he’s happy and even upbeat because we just managed to avoid relegation.

If we had gone down things right now would have been  almost unbearable – let’s change that – it would have been unbearable.

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Paul Dummett in action in final game

Newcastle would have missed out on some massive money in the Premier League, which can be used to help build Newcastle into a top six side again in England.

This is some of what Paul has said today and he’s talking initially about the Anita breakaway after about 83 minutes, when we had four players on the goalkeeper and the goalkeeper won – and we missed the chance to kill the game and go 2-0 up:

“I was just thinking ‘please score’ and when he gave it away I was like ‘oh no’ because I thought it could kill us.” “I didn’t really know the Hull score. I was thinking if they’re winning and we draw we could be in trouble.”

“Anita was thinking the same thing and he told me after the game that he thought it could have cost us.” “In the end it was written in the stars for Jonas to score that goal because of everything he’s been through.”

“The fans were the loudest they have been all season.” “Even when we came out to warm up you could hear them.”

“It’s something we haven’t had for a long while, but I can’t blame them because we haven’t been putting performances in on the pitch.”

“This club should never be in the position we have been for the last three months.”  “I think us as players have got ourselves to blame.”

“Luckily, we haven’t gone down and we need to build in the summer with new players and make sure we don’t get in this position anymore.”

“We have got a big summer with new players.” “There are a few players out of contract so there will be players to replace.” “Hopefully they will bring good players in to help us.”

“I am a Geordie, as are Jack, John Carver and Tayls and we know what it meant.”  “Had we gone down and been relegated John would never have lived it down.” (he may still  not live down what he did in those 20 games of shame)

“As a player I would never have wanted relegation. It would have hung over us all summer and you would not have enjoyed any holiday.”

“The main focus was survival and now we look at next season.”

The main focus is certainly next season and we really need to have a very good transfer season this summer.

But fans could suffer another let down this week since it seems Newcastle are not interested in any other coach than Steve McClaren with  John Carver as the assistant manager.

Think on the bright sire – he’s at least a lot better than John Carver (but probably not as good as Alan Pardew).

What a staid, unambitious and boring decision that would be – yet another one from the top executive at the club who seems to have no ambition whatsoever.

It’s all so very sad.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Paul Dummett · Pre-season · Premier League

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Why for once could we have not got an up and coming, technically progressive modern coach who would ”excite” the fans.

    I’m sick of a ”safe pair of hands” who play dull insipid unadventurous, defensive, long ball football and why does it always have to be an inconsistent or failed Englishman or Brit?

    Souness, Dalglish, Allardyce, Pardew and Carver have all stained the club terribly and yet all we seek is yet another highly inconsistent non-entity in McLaren, whose recent failures far outweigh some limited success he enjoyed a long time ago.

    McLaren’s day has gone and now sadly has any final remaining hope that anything will ever change for the better under the Ashley regime.

  • 2 JackButler // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:25 AM


    They are so short sighted is frightening. Carver is a bully-boy and is part of the problem at the club.

    Thats the issue I have with it all, we have stuck to the same formula that has failed for eight long, painful years and just as we are teased that things are gonna change we revert to type and opt for yet another safe pair of hands

  • 3 expatmag // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Spoke to a german friend of mine who supports Schalke about this bloke and he said he can be world class one week, absolute rubbish the next. He lacks consistency and concentration and cost them a lot of points last season.

  • 4 cestriasteve // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:29 AM


    But to them it’s success, 10th to 14th it’s great, remember Rob Elliott arguing that we are over expectant fans.

  • 5 Lindisfarne // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Protest at the next Fans Forum?!!!

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    I saw that photo, it was actually a person who works for New Zealand TV checking out the facilities and the stadium prior to the World Cup.

  • 7 NezzaNUFC // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Seems wierd with all this SM links but no other manager has been linked.

    Maybe SM links are a smokescreen?

    Has PV came out and said he won’t come here?

    Only paper talk says he won’t and PV knew NUFC were looking for a head coach and not a manager.

  • 8 JackButler // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:33 AM


    If the fans want to buy into that and belive that 10th to 14th represents a decent season then fine, but personally, I am disgusted and sickened by the constant lie’s that they throw out and expect us to buy them, the way they treat the people that love this club is beyond reproach

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    I think it would be hilarious if mclaren now knocked us back and we were left with carver.

    Nailed on for relegation with the best coach in the league, no players coming in, few remaining decent players leaving, season ticket sales bombing.

    Way to expose ash’s hollow speech about investment when Viera was blown out so soon.

  • 10 WLtoon // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Morning chaps, i would say good but it aint.
    Does anyone know how you can enter your own blog?, there are a few issues i would like to raise.

  • 11 Lindisfarne // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:34 AM


    It was only paper talk that said PV was in the first place.

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:35 AM


    The tragedy is 50000 lap it up no matter what and portray the thick geordie stereotype!

  • 13 NezzaNUFC // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:37 AM


    Aye mate true, I don’t think Newcastle have approached anyone atm because other candidates contracts have not run out yet.

    Carver won’t get the job.

  • 14 cyprus // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Sorry lads, trying to work and have a conversation and Ed keeps switching venues. Will repost, then I’m out…

    I read you. Still, I’d gladly take Carroll ON condition that… (you said it).

    On Carver: please, all, relax. There is ZERO chance that he’s getting the job, trust me. Unless they’re morons, which they aren’t.

    On Mc: Poor man, crucified before he’s given a chance; which, if you ask me, he won’t be. The man’s on hols (probably in Cyprus) he hasn’t even been invited for an interview.

    I think, those two at the top will come up with three names. They will show them to MA and he will point at one of them. Won’t be Mc (who will be one of the 3)

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    There has been nothing official from anyone on any of the speculation, McClaren, NUFC, Vieira, Carver etc. Everything is media led, and it is like the blind leading the blind.

  • 16 JackButler // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:39 AM


    It’s sad mate, as we portay ourselves as the best fans in the game and yet we have been treated like mugs for eight years and we’ve sat back and taken it all while watching our club slowly being destroyed while we’ve lined up to buy back in year after year.

    For the most part we deserve what’s happening to us as we’ve done nothing to stop it

  • 17 WLtoon // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Judgeing by the reaction of the bloggers on here i doubt mant believed the crap that was getting banded about.

  • 18 sickandtired // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    More Bishop spin.

    Anyone seriously believe that Dummett would come out and say relegation would have ruined his holidays???

    FFS man, this is so laughable yet it’s actually happening!

  • 19 WLtoon // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Many i meant

  • 20 cyprus // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    It’s tempting for all of us to do this but…

    Always be careful about stereotyping others because one’s self may be a stereotype…

  • 21 Mister Tuff // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    I think there was a bit of a false dawn when Tubbs gave his interview on Sky. I think a lot of fans did think he was going to change -however the carry on with McLaren/Carver suggest that it’s just going to be business as usual – no ambition to reach for the sky -mid table mediocrity – thus guarenteeing the TV dosh.
    Will we be spending – of course we are -plenty of money in the bank.
    Treatment of the FF is disgraceful -but the club are reverting to norm.
    As others have said AO should be taking some initiatives now -create the news -not follow it.
    Same old same old I’m afraid.
    McLaren ……………………………OOT.
    Carver ……………………………….OOT

  • 22 Lindisfarne // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Rotonda heights

    The most frustrating thing about the current situation as a whole is that we have swallowed the policy of austerity in the belief that a brighter dawn was being slowly prepared. Incremental improvement was alluded to by the business minds in charge of the club, however we are left with an absolute mess and no one willing to take charge. The post-mortem supposedly being undertaken to explain the near failure of this season should reflect on all the decisions taken since promotion and not attempt to put a sticking plaster on the gaping wound currently sapping the club of any ambition.

  • 23 Lindisfarne // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:48 AM


  • 24 dave 1961 // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    We as fans are to blame for the way the club is we put too much faith in a 70 year old who’s career highlight was managing Blackpool in 1990 before being sacked, now he wants to install one of his mates as manager, at his best McClaren was average, he’s now past it, football past him by, we could still challenge the top four but it would take a long term plan to do it, like man u did we need a manager with fresh ideas and we need the best youth set up we can get. Sadly its business as usual, the short term business.

  • 25 Rotonda heights // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:54 AM


    I think I can hand on heart say I am not a thick geordie stereotype.

    I gave up my ST a long long time ago now and don’t regret it at at all, but for those who still support Ashley and parting with their hard earned it’s getting harder to view them in any other way.

    Apart from Ash’s placating speech before the whu match, they’ve even told the fans to their face they have no ambition.

    No club the size of NUFC would ever employ the likes of Llambias, Charnley, Wonga, JKF twice, pardew, Wise, Carver et al.

  • 26 toonfan76 // Jun 3, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    The worst thing about times like this is that the media have no clue what is happening behind the scenes at Newcastle so they make up the usual b.s linking us to this one and that one. Until its official we know nothing. Hoping for a pleasant surprise but certainly not expecting one.

  • 27 mikeashleyisamackem // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Ed just makes stuff up
    There is no reports anywhere to suggest the garbage ed is writing
    He has a complete negative spin on everything he write s

  • 28 mikeashleyisamackem // Jun 3, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    In fact it is ed and his negative articles which is pArt of the problem
    He fuels the doom merchants .week in week out
    If you have nothing with solid foundation ed then don’t post it
    You are exactly the problem Graeme sourness was on about

  • 29 mikeashleyisamackem // Jun 3, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Am I the only person who is sick to death of reading this dross

  • 30 mikeashleyisamackem // Jun 3, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Wait and see what happens with the manager situation ed
    I have a feeling you may have egg all over your face and not for the first time

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