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Former Player Still Worries About Newcastle Being Relegated

Peter Lovenkrands is still worried about Newcastle getting relegated this season, and with only six games to go, if we lose against Spurs on Sunday and that seems likely, and other teams win at the bottom, it would be only six points we are above the drop zone, and things could get dicey in the last few games.

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Peter Lovenkrands while at Newcastle

While it’s still unlikely that will happen,  if Newcastle cannot start to get some points on the board soon, it’s certainly possible and there’s a chance – a small chance – we could be playing in the Championship next season.

If that happens to Newcastle this year, then what we did – or didn’t do in the January transfer market – will be a case of what not to do at a football club.

And will show people at the top running the club really don’t know how to run a club – only how to run a business to make money.

Peter Lovenkrands in his Chronicle article today is still worried about possible relegation for the second time in six years:

“The team isn’t performing and I can understand why they want to boycott the Tottenham Hotspur game.” But by the same token, as a former player it is a shame it might come to this.”

“I get that the fans are frustrated with what’s going on but I don’t know if it will help the situation in any way.” From a team point of view you want to see the supporters come out and get behind the team because they really do need the points.”

“As a player it can be tough when there is unrest.” I played at the San Siro in Italy once when the supporters were banned.”

“Whatever the crowd is or for whatever reason they aren’t there, you still have to do your job the best way you can.” “That’s what Newcastle players will have to do anyway against Spurs whether it was in a full house or not.”

“They aren’t picking points up and if they don’t be careful there are teams that can catch them.” “It’s time for the players to get their fingers out and start performing again.”

“You can’t say it’s not the head coach’s fault because he has to get the right team out too.” We now move on to Tottenham Hotspur at St James’. I have a feeling they can’t keep losing and they need to get something.”

“Even Aston Villa went to Spurs last week and got a win, so this could be the right time to get something.” Even if they don’t lose they have something to build on.”

Spurs are not playing well at the moment, and as Peter says they were beaten 1-0 at home last week by Aston Villa, who are now just 3 points behind us, so if Newcastle can show some form tomorrow we may be able to get something out of the game.

That’s a big “if”.

But whether you like it or not a boycott will not help the players, and at best it will have little or no effect on them,  but it’s hardly going to be helpful – it’s hard to argue how i can be helpful to the players.

And one thing that worries us is you can hardly accuse our players of being tough mentally this season.

We are still hoping for a win tomorrow, but readers don’t think we have much of a chance of getting 3 points.

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17 comments so far

  • Pokat

    Apr 18, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t worry spurs will crank up the gas against us we’re the leagues very own season rescuers for all out of form clubs.

  • N1CK06

    Apr 18, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost from previous thread:
    one fine day,

    Exactly, if anything a love for football is the reason for the boycott. Football is a competitive sport and at present competitive is one think Newcastle United are not.

    I find it hard to believe Carver is this stupid/arrogant/ignorant. I reckon Ashley has him right under control and is ordering him to play dumb regarding any questions about the protests.

    I’d bet if Carver steps out of line and speaks any truth about the situation we’re in then he can kiss next season’s coaching position goodbye..

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3

    His mates a proper fan because he goes home and away and I’m not because I only got to two games a season when I lived in Australia. His mate the proper fan couldn’t come up with the fact we needed a couple of CBs or shouldn’t go a year and a half without buying players, he might have mentioned the tacky shirt sponsors or the stadium name change, he might have brought up the subject of a captain that no one outside of the training ground and Aspers have heard talk. He might even have said the nit so proper fans are sick to death of being lied to and treat like mugs

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 18, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Want to revive your season? Come to NUFC. We’ll give you a helping hand!

  • BandB

    Apr 18, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #5

    If you are going to the protest tomorrow and want to bring a bit of added value, AshleyOut.Com are still looking for people to hand out leaflets.
    The more the merrier.
    We need to get a wiggle on over this….get in touch with Ibizatoon as soon as the coffee takes hold.


  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 18, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Come on lads and lasses, put your time (and your hands) where your mouth is…

    Lots of fans on the blog have been asking what they can do to help the boycott protest.
    So we asked Ashleyout.com, and this is what they say.
    “We urge every Newcastle fan to join us in this peaceful demonstration of unity and strength to show the world that we want a club to be proud of once again.”
    They are specifically appealing for our help with volunteers to hand out leaflets at the protest from 3pm on Sunday.
    If you want to help, please get in touch with me at ibizatoon2015@gmail.com……the sooner the better, but by tomorrow lunchtime at the latest.
    The more the merrier.
    Bloggers CAN BE choosers. Let’s support each other now.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Having 52K turn up doesn’t seem to help them either.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Lens ton made a good point last night and it’s the first time I’ve really thought about it.

    The only time Ashley and his cronies have made any real effort to converse with fans is when he first came, he was happy for to tell everyone as often as possible how bad the previous regime had the left the club in financially.

    Since that very little is said, coincidence or propoganda?

    Until recently we heard from the club before matches only, now cavers giving interviews faster than we can say Ashley out.

    The only time the club speaks is to fill is with spin, as fat as I’m concerned the whole lot should STFU.


  • BandB

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #9


    You are going aren’t you?
    Can you not shake a leg?

    I don’t want to presume to post Ibiza’s personal email. It is easy to find on most recent threads.

  • nufcursed

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    FACT: carver is an idiot, not good enough for HC job

    if asshley had any ambition he has to go out and do whatever it takes to get klopp in. then buy some very good players and in a few seasons we could become a big club again!!

    the problem is so easy to solve and it starts with a decent manager..
    too bad our owner doesn’t give a F! anyone against the boycott is NOT a newcastle fan!
    FCB needs to go our take his final chance to make things right.
    no excuses are valuable anymore, we have plenty of money but no ambition.

    it’s so sad i’d even be glad if mcclaren was appointed (hell i’d even take pardew back if it meant carver would get out of my sight)


  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11

    In a scene the antithesis of the film ‘Sparticus’ will the real friend of JC please stand up?

  • BandB

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #12

    The more times those going into the ground are offered a leaflet on the way, the less sure they will be that they are the overwhelming majority. The real fans. The less inclined they will be to think they can ignore “a few malcontents”.

    If you can hand out leaflets you will be doubling the effect of the protest.


  • SuperShearer

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #13

    Carver is so desperate to get the job full-time he’s sold his Geordie soul to Ashley. You should be ashamed of the way you talk about us Fans John, utterly ashamed. How would Sir Bobby feel about the way the club is run and the way you are blindly refusing to see how much we have fallen?

  • Pokat

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #14

    If 50,000 still turn up we deserve Ashley all right.

  • hibbit

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #15

    john we have a job for you a job mr bishop yes read this to any one who will listen i am so pleased i have a friend like you mr bishop ……….cannon fodder and he is to thick to see it ASHLEY OUT

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #16


    I contacted them myself and offered my services with no reply.

    Yeah I’ll email Ibiza when my brain kicks in, poor nights sleep.

    I’m a bit of a socialiser 😉 so I know a few of the pub owners and managers round the ground, I might as well get some posters and drop them in each pub.

    I’ll hand a few out whilst I’m in town, who’s going to say no to the angriest hippy in the world?

    They’ll do as I say if the want my custom to keep them in buisness ::)

  • BandB

    Apr 18, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #17


    Good lad,

    They are trying to catch up with a lot of individual offers of help. They want us to supply some volunteers.

    You know how the argument will go on Monday “there was a few handing out leaflets and getting pelters and a whole bunch of young kids and thugs standing about watching. Pathetic!”


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