Only days ago John Carver dismissed suggestions that the demonstrations and boycott against Mike Ashley might have affected the players.

Now the Newcastle Head Coach has…blamed the boycott and demonstrations for affecting the players and himself.

Anybody watching the feeble defeat to Spurs can’t have thought it was any different to what had gone before.

That defeat made it six in a row under John Carver, with his overall record being 2 wins in 15 matches since he took over from Alan Pardew.

When including the former manager’s final matches, Newcastle have won only 3 of the lat 20 matches in all competitions.

John Carver says he is relieved that demonstrations are planned inside St. James’ Park for the Swansea match, with a stand-up demonstration planned in the 34th minute to signify the £34m that sat in Newcastle United’s bank unspent at the end of the latest financial accounts.

The Newcastle Head coach’s relief at protests being inside the ground may not last long if he and his team perform as they have being.

The mood in the stadium will be poisonous if Newcastle feebly hand over three points yet again.

The only way for the mood of the crowd to be onside is if the players earn it first.

“I didn’t want to use it as an excuse for players but…. I think it did affect people.

“It does affect you, it affected me slightly and it certainly affected some of the players.”

At least protests are inside the ground this time…:

“I know that there is another one (protest) coming this week but at least people are coming in the stadium and if it is a protest for one minute, and it only lasts one minute then we’ve got 89 minutes to get on with the game.

“I don’t have a problem with protests, people are entitled to do it, but at least people are coming into the stadium this time.”

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