An insight into what happened behind the scenes of Wednesday night’s shambles has been revealed.

NCJ may be banned but clearly their journalists still have the odd source/sauce (player) who is happy to let them know the score.

The Chronicle have revealed the following ;

alan pardew conductPardew was thinking of bringing Dummett on for Santon even during the first half, rather than waiting until half-time. This is a player who only days ago the manager was lauding as some brilliant midfield general. According to the Chronicle, the Italian defender/midfielder then did a runner when he was substituted at the break.

The reports also claim that in front of all the players, Pardew tore into Ben Arfa and Marveaux for their ‘contributions’ after coming on in the second half.

The manager also alleged to have told some (unnamed) players that they didn’t care about playing for Newcastle United….I think we’d all worked that one out!

The Chronicle also quote one player as saying;

“It is obvious Newcastle miss Yohan Cabaye, he heloed the manager to restore some order and that’s been a big miss.

“The manager was loud and clear in that he wasn’t happy and when he said the day off on Saturday was cancelled, some players were far from happy.”

While clearly the players have to take massive responsibility for what happened against Spurs, I do think there are other angles that need to be acknowledged.

The only players missing on Wednesday were Coloccini, Tiote and Remy, the latter who isn’t even ours. The team looked weak before the match kicked off, never mind during it.

Surely if Pardew is going to be slaughtering the players he should equally be standing up to the one person responsible for such a transparently thin squad.

The fact that clearly the Newcastle manager will in no way be strong when dealing with Mike Ashley and then reserves all the blame for the players, makes me think of your average worker getting a hard time of it from his boss at work and then going home and giving his wife a tough time – because he can’t/won’t stand up to his boss.

Maybe the effort wasn’t there from certain players against Spurs but at least equally the ability wasn’t there, and that is a direct consequence of Mike Ashley’s desire to generate profits form transfer dealings, rather than invest in the squad.