Newcastle legend Les Ferdinand has entered the Newcastle United fan protest debate.

The former NUFC No.9 (and 10!) says that United need to appoint a permanent manager as soon as possible to give the club a chance of moving forward.

Ferdinand believes the intentions of those who boycotted the Spurs match are correct but foresees supporters will find it impossible to stay away if there is any kind of initiative to boycott next season.

Les Ferdinand talking to BBC Sport:

“Frustration is starting to boil over, supporters are desperate for progress and I think they feel they have hit a crossroads in recent years and become a mid-table team without really challenging,”

“Mike has put a lot of money into the club, stabilised the club, but it’s pushing it forward that the supporters want and they don’t believe he is doing that.”

“Their (boycotters) intentions are right but we are nearing the end of the season and people will have two months away from football, they won’t be able to wait for it to start again, they’ll be back in numbers supporting the team.”

“I feel for John because I was thrust into that situation with Tottenham Hotspur and Tim Sherwood last season.

“When you come in as a caretaker manager until the end of the season and players know you are only there until the end of the season, you get some players that down tools unfortunately.

“Sometimes they down tools knowing this guy isn’t going to be the manager next season. It’s horrible to say that perhaps they are not trying as hard as they should be trying.”

“Part of the frustrations of the fans is because they haven’t appointed a manager.

“That’s added to everything else that’s going on. A new manager coming in, depending on who that manager is, the supporters will get behind them because they want to see the football club doing well.

“The sooner that appointment is made and everyone knows the way forward the better it will be all round.”



  • philrenner09

    Have still not met one NUFC fan who wants carver as head coach !

  • DZA187

    philrenner09 I can’t wait for clueless John to walk away from the club.

  • Geordie Zebra

    Carver is the one who wants Carver.

  • bill black

    “Mike” makes more money from Newcastle in one season than he spent on getting the club. Being just a fan I can say what I think and will not ask him for anything but to go, and the only way he will is if we take the p$ss out of him which he  has done to us for 8 year and now we are bit by bit coming together I think we will find it easy to hit him where it hurts him.

  • DavidDrape

    bill black it appears it is coming together Bill lets hope some don’t lapse back into it and get bored with protesting. battle of wills now

  • ToonBarmy

    I respect John Carver, he’s a decent bloke and a toon fan but needs to start job hunting as he is a number two at best.
    I would take a starting place in League 1 if it meant we were free of the horrible fat bstard who ‘owns’ our club.
    Power to those who boycotted and those who protested in the ground, those who did neither need to stand up and be counted, everyone needs to take part in getting rid of Ashley….

  • Chemical Dave

    Me, I want him. He could be the most important appointment Ashley has made since he bought the club.

  • Toon Magpie

    respect him for what? He is terrible and his excuses are straight from the Pardew book of pathetic excuses.

  • Toon Magpie

    Ferdinand is right, a new manager is a must, I know we are not getting a special manager but at least someone with experience and doesn’t come with bs excuses when we lose.

  • Toon Magpie

    There are some on here, I’ve seen them support carver.

  • Toon Magpie

    Troll

  • AP69

    Yes you have supported everything the regime has thrown at us until recently
    I think you have missed Chemical Dave’s point completely
    If he gives Charver the job full time the tide will turn
    The fans will be United again

  • PhilYare

    I love les but to get our pride back we need:

    a new manager
    new players
    a new structure
    a new ethos
    a new sponsor
    a new direction

    and that means we need new OWNERSHIP! because Mike Ashley is responsible for all of the above that is UNACCEPTABLE! its not complicated

  • IntravenusMP

    PhilYare Why do we need a new sponsor? Wonga are talking about re-branding but the deal will still be in place. 

    I’m not sure we are that attractive for sponsors anymore, the fans have a bit precious about Wonga for some reason and they could easily turn on another sponsor. we’ve not been that lucky recently, NTL were taken over, Northern Rock took the country down and Wonga have made losses this year. Perhaps sponsoring NUFC is toxic.

  • IntravenusMP

    bill black Does he? not sure how that’s worked out.

  • delashio

    What dit everyone expect when they bullied pardew into leaving? He was never the problem and you have just made things wirse. Idiots!

  • AP69

    Aye Pardew never went on any disastrous losing streaks did he?
    Wait a minute
    Plant
    Get Out Of Our Club

  • AP69

    Aye no decent sponsor would touch us
    I mean we don’t have our games televised around the world
    It’s all the fans fault
    Plant
    Get Out Of Our Club

  • delashio

    Yeah brilliant, get rid of pardew and replace him with carver. Genius!!

  • IntravenusMP

    AP69 I’m sure we’ll get another sponsor after the Wonga deal ends but I suspect we’ll not be as attractive as some others. 

    For some reason, some fans were ‘outraged’ about Wonga and it got some negative press which will not help. Despite yesterday’s Wonga profit figures, Wonga are not going out of business so I don;t think we’ll need to panic and source another sponsor just yet.  As I said, the FT suggested Wonga may look to change their name as they re-brand and we may see another logo on the shirts which will help shirt sales.

  • AP69

    So keep Pardew regardless of the downward spiral he has taken us on?
    He was a symptom

  • AP69

    It was just another tacky gesture by the fat man
    We are bigger and better than that
    And part of the premier league brand

  • delashio

    just getting rid of him was never ever going to change anything. You can argue all you like but if you think replacing him with carver is a step forward you need your head examined!

  • IntravenusMP

    AP69 tacky gesture? Not sure what you mean.

  • delashio

    If that was the case everyone would be behind him now but the aren’t. Why would it make a single bit of difference whether he had been given the job full time or not If that was what the fans wanted? He has proven that he is useless and not up to the job so your thoughts that the fans would support that, get behind the team and be united are nothing short of laughable. You are obviously a mackem.

  • IntravenusMP

    Toon Magpie Looks like moves are afoot to resolve that situation. http://i.imgur.com/2xzBfRX.jpg

  • AP69

    Find me a post where I or any newcastle fan wanted Carver
    Anyway the puppet left for palace out of choice

  • AP69

    Everything about the club is cheap and tacky now

  • AP69

    Only one muckems here
    If Carver gets the job then all fans will finally be together in wanting rid of Ashley
    If I was a mackem I’d have loved it if the puppet stayed
    Look at his record
    Get Out Of Our Club

  • delashio

    no wonder after all the abuse he got and what did you think ashley would do? It doesnt take a rocket scientist to know he would take the cheap option rather than get a big name in. You need to start using your head before shouting your mouth off and making demands.

  • delashio

    Rubbish!

  • AP69

    We have been on the slide since the 5th place finish with Houghtons squad
    Look at his record
    And you think we Shouldnt ask for better?
    I know the fat man put Carver in but we still had the right to demand better performances from Pardew
    Remember it was the strongest squad he’d ever had

  • IntravenusMP

    AP69 Sigh, with that level of intellectual analysis, I can’t compete.

  • AP69

    Sorry to dumb it down
    On 2-10 shift so just replying when I can
    You have to admit though everything about the club seems tacky and cheap
    It’s where he made his money I suppose

  • IntravenusMP

    AP69 My opinion is that MA does not have an ulterior motive with NUFC, he simply does not want to shell out loads more. 

    I don’t care who sponsors us,  for the majority of my time, we were sponsored by a brewery in an industry that has created as much misery than any other (it’s also got many of us laid more often than we deserve) industry.

    Has the club become tacky? I’m not so sure. I argued wit a lad over Puma. Arsenal fans love their Puma kit, the lad i spoke to said our Puma kit summed up Mike Ashley (who, if nothing else,  has no interest in having a crap kit)., The arguments are getting silly, we’re going to finish in the bottom 8, that is not good but as long as we stay up, we can move on. Ashley will prefer us being up top but we aren’t.

    we will buy, we will ave a new manager and we will finish top 8

  • AP69

    I only wish I had your confidence in the owner
    I remember the uproar when we went to greenhalls as the sponsor and I understand your point about alcohol sponsorship for a club giving out a bad message
    This is newcastle playing in the premier league a brand televised to a world wide audience
    Why can’t we have a blue chip company on our shirts?
    Imagine what he could do with the club if it was not marketed solely to make money for SD
    He could have a giant on his hands and it could run itself
    In the right hands we could be massive
    At the moment we have wonga and sports direct pulling in about £10m a year
    Just imagine.what we could be
    Newcastle United that’s what