Tuesday night sees the latest embarrassing comments from Lee Charnley, this time regarding John Carver and the fans.
After reading what Mike Ashley’s minion had to say this time, when I eventually stopped laughing, I wasn’t sure what the intention was.
Are Ashley and Charnley deliberately trying to undermine John Carver, or are they and their press people really so clueless?
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Charnley has the cheek to come out and say to the Chronicle that fans should get behind the team…
It is outrageous, what on earth have the fans been doing all season other than showing blind loyalty that has been ruthlessly exploited by Mike Ashley and those like Charnley doing his dirty work.
Why didn’t Lee Charnley and his boss show support for John Carver themselves?
Firstly they hung Carver out to dry for a month after Alan Pardew walked out, pretending to look for a credible candidate.
Then just before the transfer window was closing they gave Carver the job until the summer but by then he already had a millstone around his neck of three defeats and one draw, a run which included a pathetic exit from the FA Cup where John Carver made seven changes including leaving all of the best players out. Leading the vast majority of supporters to take for granted that he’d been ordered to play a weakened team, just like Pardew before him.
Then when it comes to the squad, what kind of ‘support’ do you call leaving the newly appointed head coach with only four fit defenders, which includes Mike Williamson.
Charnley/Ashley sell Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, get Santon, Ben Arfa and the Rangers five off the wage bill at least temporarily, bank the money from Pardew’s Palace compensation, then don’t spend a penny on the squad!
Lee Charnley talking to the Chronicle;
“What we have in John is an individual who is doing absolutely everything he can to achieve positive results.
“The staff and players have responded very well to John and the changes he has made on a daily basis.”
Carver shares our aims…;
“He is Newcastle United through and through and we all know how deeply he cares about this club.
“He shares the same aim as we all do and that is to finish as high up the Premier League table as we can possibly finish.”
Get behind John;
“On that basis we felt that some of the chants (‘Are you Pardew in disguise?’) that were aimed at him at the Crystal Palace game were not helpful or indeed deserved.
“What we would ask is for the final 13 games the supporters get behind John and get behind the team.”
Only a small group of fans…;
“We acknowledge that what happened at Palace was from a small group of fans, but we would encourage everyone to focus on getting behind John and the staff and team. It will make a real difference.”
There may have been only two and a half thousand Newcastle fans at Crystal Palace but when they reacted negatively to John Carver’s…negativity, they are speaking for hundreds of thousands of people who are fed up with Mike Ashley’s running of the club, then on top of that Carver taking off Newcastle’s two most attacking players and replacing them with a left-back and a defensive midfielder. Helping the team to end up with only one strike on target in the whole 90 minutes.
If Ashley, Carver and the NUFC press people honestly think that it is only a small minority who are fed up then they are more out of touch than anybody could imagine. Just because not everybody will rant and rave, doesn’t mean they are happy!
I honestly think that they see the fifty thousand fans turning up at St. James’ Park and watching in silence the rubbish served up, as some kind of silent majority showing their support for what is happening at Newcastle United.
Just about the only reasons I hear these days as to why fans are still intending to go is either because it is what they’ve always done, or due to the social aspect and meeting friends and family on match days.