Asked to comment on the Newcastle United team against Everton, Phil Neville didn’t hold back, accusing the players of acting like they’d already finished the season and were on their jollies.

The former Manchester United (and Everton) player said this about the ‘flip-flop’ wearing players when commenting on BBC’s Match of The Day 2:

“They (Newcastle supporters) deserve more, it looks to me like Newcastle players are on their holidays – they have got their flip-flops on.

“To win football matches you have got to gamble, you have got to risk. All game they got into some really good positions but never really threatened or wanted to do that bit extra to actually go and gamble.

“I think for John Carver he has got nine games left to get his job at the end of the season and he has to do something now, something really drastic, to change that mentality.

Also on the panel/sofa, Martin Keown added an extra element, claiming that the way Newcastle are going they still aren’t totally sure of staying up:

“I don’t think that anybody just above the bottom, after that Burnley win, can put their flip-flops on.

“They have got to get back out to work – they are on 35 points but they need to get to 40 if they are to be sure to stay up.”

  • Andy Wardle

    Thing is… He’s reet

  • Conman

    Definitely not safe at all. 35 points will not be enough and I just can’t see where the next point is coming from.

  • DownUnderMag

    Yes we know the players are getting paid loads, yes the fans deserve better….we all know this.  But how hard must it be for the players to get themselves up for games with a caretaker manager, the cups gone, no chance of getting into Europe and fairly safe from relegation.  What is there to play for when half of them probably don’t even know if they will be here next season?  The only one who looks like he is trying is Sissoko and Janmaat who are no doubt trying to secure a move away.  

    The season has fizzled out into a farce once again, even if they club was saying how it wanted to strive for as high a place as possible for the prize money etc, or to give us a foundation for going for Europe next season it would be some incentive for the players.  Right now, they know it will be a case of same old same old next season as long as Ashley is there.  The only hope we seem to have now for inspired performances is if players are looking to put themselves in the shop window.

  • DownUnderMag

    Conman I think we may scrape a result against Leicester, but that is about it.  I don’t think you will need 40 points this season, and I think fatty is betting it all on that prediction.

  • Gordonthetoony

    Can’t see us finishing higher than 14th. This season is just a farce and the sooner it’s over the better. Our squad for next season will surely not have Perez, Sissoko, Krul, Anita, Tiote or Aarons in it, possibly Janmaat too. 
    We need a complete overhaul from coaching to management, the sooner the better.

  • Geordie Zebra

    Anita? No issue if he departs at all…

  • Lee Irving

    He had shoes on not flip flops and it was phil not gary

  • Peaco

    Sadly what we need and what will happen are two different things. Here’s praying that fatty chokes on his KFC bargain bucket….

  • Jail for Ashley

    Some people are blaming the players and of course they have a point. These are highly paid professionals who should be giving their all. On the other hand though who can blame them for giving up, they knew 100% that the season was over after that game against Leicester, they have a captain who clearly wants away and should have been released just like Joey Barton but that would have meant buying a new CB. There is no pride in the shirt, they are encouraged to put themselves in tge shop window, to tell the press what a great guy and coach JC is. Mike Ashleys lack of ambition has filtered through to a point where we are on the verge of breaking down.

  • Alsteads

    Theres a stench starting to come from one or two players now. Just like the season we went down when we had Owen and Co. I said it wouldn’t of been a bad thing then and hand on heart I’d swap 3/4 years in the championship and getting rid of FCB now to another season of complete waste of NUFC history and another year of my life not being able to enjoy/watch them.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually could generate some sort of protest/stand off call it what ever?? Everything has been pretty lame so far. Or what about thousands of us make a big effort next season and spend all our time, effort and money in supporting the Heed and see if out of a few years of crap under FCB some good came out of it and with a huge following Gateshead got promoted to the league and established. To be honest I’ve been to a few heed games and there genuinely is more effort!!
    Still love the toon though!!

  • Hez

    The usual 50,000 sell out at weekend and next season, fair play support the team but it’s not our team anymore, just a cash cow for Ashley and SD, personally won’t spend a penny on NUFC

  • Phildene

    Couldn’t agree more down downundermag. Football is a competitive game as all sport is and that’s what the players are-competitive, so it must be doing their soul cases in playing here. They must be very frustrated knowing they’re not going anywhere playing for this club. Plus having such inept coaching as we’ve got isn’t helping them at all.

  • partworntyres

    when jc took over i said i couldn’t see us winning another game – we have but from here it still looks uncertain.
    the ugly brothers can say what they like but most can see the mess that is nufc. if eggnog gives the smb a lift they could catch us, unthinkable though it is.