I thought Alan Pardew was shocking in terms of the rubbish he would come out with on behalf of Mike Ashley.

Whatever the NUFC owner did, Pardew was happy to cover for him by talking any old nonsense to confuse the issue and/or to point the finger of blame elsewhere.

Step forward John Carver.

He has clearly taken careful notice as Alan Pardew’s assistant but appears even more desperate to keep his job than Pardew was.

Carver just oozes desperation and sadly he has sold his soul to the devil in the eyes of the vast majority of fans.

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You may have heard the odd rumour that Newcastle are short of a defender or two.

Mike Ashley of course selling Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and loaning out Davide Santon in January, despite Newcastle having next to no defensive back-up and Steven Taylor already confirmed as out for the season.

Despite this not one player was allowed to be signed, even on loan, leading to the current circus of having to play our best players, Colback and Janmaat, out of position and the subsequent defeats.

Mike Ashley just presses a button (or does he ring a little bell?) and John Carver leaps into action.

This is what he (John Carver) has suddenly volunteered about the situation surrounding Davide Santon leaving in January:

“Let me tell you something about Davide Santon….Davide Santon had been out injured for a long time, seven months I think it was.

“He came back against Leicester in the FA Cup and wasn’t prepared to wait to earn his right to get back into the team – he thought that he could go straight back into the team.

Davide Santon’s fault:

“He drove the situation, not us – not the club, he drove it.

“After the game on the bus, he was onto his agent, saying he wanted to get out, that he wanted to go and play.”

Players who don’t want to hang around:

“I’m not saying anybody has got a divine right and I am not saying he wouldn’t have been in the team within two or three weeks.

“If you have got a player who doesn’t want to hang around and fight for you, then that is an issue for me.”

Of course Davide Santon’s partner made very clear at the time that the Italian didn’t want to leave and was being forced out.

Those in any doubt only had to wait for the March NUFC Fans Forum when the club were quite happy to make clear that getting Davide Santon out of the door in January was purely to ensure they could loan him with a view to sell, with no concerns about the fact it left the squad down to the bare bones in defence.

From the NUFC Fans Forum minutes:

‘In relation to Davide Santon, with the player having only a year of his contract remaining in the summer, a decision had to be made with regard to his future and the board accepted a loan deal which it did not feel would still be there in the summer window.’