Each match we ask fans to nominate which eleven players they would choose and the selections against Everton threw up some interesting pointers, especially with regard to Hatem Ben Arfa.

We ran out of time to get the results up ahead of last night’s match but below you will see what percentage of fans voted for each player.

interesting to see that despite being repeatedly ignored for some bizarre reason, even as a substitute in recent times, Massadio Haidara was seen by fans as a slightly better bet than Paul Dummett.

hatem ben arfaHowever, it is Hatem Ben Arfa that stands out a mile, with a massive 86% of supporters thinking he should have started against Everton, while only 33% thought playing effectively a fifth hard working midfielder in Luuk De Jong was the right way to go.

Several thousand vote and so it gives a decent cross-section snapshot of fans’ views on who they think should be in the team and certainly in the pub before the match, there was a massive consensus that Hatem should definitely play.

Against Palace there had been a shocking lack of creativity and only Ben Arfa’s late intervention cut them apart, while against Everton sadly we saw next to no threat until again Ben Arfa was introduced only in the second half, but this time the difference being that Newcastle were already two down and the game was gone.

99% Krul

99% Tiote

97% Sissoko

96% Coloccini

94% Williamson

94% Cisse

88% Gouffran

86% Ben Arfa

85% Mapou

79% Anita

55% Haidara

52% Dummett

33% De Jong

12% Armstrong

8% Steven Taylor

7% Marveaux

6% Shola

3% Gosling

2% Obertan

Should Ben Arfa have started against Everton – tell us what you think.


It takes time to go through the 80 applicants they supposedly have. Must be hard to find a cheap yes man with no backbone or pride who is desperate for a low paying job while being the buffer for abuse aimed at fatty


Sadly its the same old same old and it will take a lot for it to get through to some S.T buyers that nothing is going to change. What is needed is a new chairman who knows what he is doing as clearly Charnley does not, M.A should know this by now and by default admitted it by saying he was shocked to be in that situation at X-mas ( or that was my interpretation ). We need a new chairman with football acumen a new coach, anyone other than Carver. If Carver stays IMHO it will further destabilize the club ( and its bad enough already ) and cause problems with recruitment and retention's, who wants to work or come under this regime? Great article and yes time is ticking away just like the feeling of support for the regime. M.A said he would maintain the investment, well £YY x 0 = 0  and always will do, so no investment then. I only hope those who would by S.T's wait until there is some positive investment and something to look forward to next season, as buying now just fills his wallet again as usual. This need to change. Blanket waving and singing songs has no effect at all on this owner, so think before you buy.


The club is banking on us to renew season tickets before anything is done, just on his word of mouth, I hope most will hold out till at least we know who's going to be head coach, if it's carver then I can see very little sales of tickets, I'd be more happy if chumps comes out and states carver won't be considered for head coach, at least that would be a start, the longer it drags on the less chance it's going to be someone else, personally I wouldn't wait till carver gets back of holiday, he should have cancelled it till we find out who it is going to be, but sounds like he already has the job, if so that's me finnished with club till he's gone,


well said Dean that is the reality in my opinion. I seen a couple of ashleys puppets come thru the station on sunday heading off back to London 1st class. well served from a  great day out. running some/part of this sinking club 280 miles away. this demonstrates the total lack of interest. Is Ashley really happy with the job charley is doing? I wonder what is charnleys brief re his job description? Lots of things have to start happening now to change things for the better and this involves the big man opening the purse strings, however, the fact is we do not have the staff to get all the jobs done. I will wait another few weeks when everyone is back from their holidays. The fact remans that any new manager won't be able to concentrate on the technical side 100% because the amount of help and support just isn't there.


The key to everything that will happen is the appointment of a new coach, Charnley has been publically given the responsibility, he needs stop delaying and get on with the job. He won't because 'John Carver and his staff were on holiday and it wouldn't be fair to them to appoint somone while they were away' or some other lame excuse. I suspect out of all the rubbish Carver came out with, him and Charnley do like each other and Charnley would like him to continue. The Chronicle amazingly suggested Charnley might stick with Carver and "hope he makes a good start to the season"

I can't imagine why though, it seems to me Charnley's head is firmly on the line, he got away with January's decision to appoint the village idiot , I suspect his lord and master will not be happy if he stuffs it up again.

I've said it once and keep repeating it, we could buy a team of world class players in the summer and Carver wouldn't be able to make a team of them. He's an incompetent bully who will never be successful.

Michael Maximus Moose
Michael Maximus Moose

The complete structure of the club is Shambolic, Charnley hasn`t a clue what to do & Carver is Toxic when it comes to the football side of things



Tend to agree. Depressing isn't it. It suddenly dawned on me this morning that the policy of no net spend doesn't really sit well with Ashley's 'I'll continue to invest' line from the recent interview does it. I can't see anything changing soon so I certainly won't be buying tickets, merchandise or anything else. I've decided that I'll be an NUFC MOTD supporter next season, and give my money to my local league 2 team instead - at least I'll know it's going back into the club, rather than an aggressive, tacky and exploitative sports retailer.


Good article we must not ease the pressure on them to act. Having said that you wouldn't expect a running commentary you can't do business like that. I don't have the know how but we need one of those daily countdown things to keep the them honest... Did I just say keep, I meant force them to be honest for a change sorry.