Since relegation became even a remote possibility, Mike Ashley has stayed away from the Newcastle matches.

The consensus amongst fans is that whilst he gets minions such as Lee Charnley and John Carver to tell the fans they should be going to the games to support the team as it is their duty. The Newcastle owner clearly sees that this disgraceful failure in the second half of the season is something that would cause even more damage to both his reputation and that of Sports Direct if he turns up.

Ashley’s dereliction of duty is of course a disgrace, taking the coward’s way out he has stayed away and left the likes of the clearly incapable Charnley and Carver to sink or swim.

Journalists though gave John Carver a noticeably much harder time than normal when he dealt with questions ahead of the crunch West Ham match.

With one reporter pointing out that John Carver has talked about collective responsibility a lot and yet the owner doesn’t bother turning up.

The question being whethe Mike Ashley will show on Sunday:

 ‘You say it’s a collective responsibility but Mike Ashley hasn’t been here for the last few games, is he planning on attending the West Ham game?’

(Carver) “To be honest, I don’t really know.

“What I will say is that before every game he has spoken to me and wished me all the best, gave me his backing one hundred per cent and that was encouraging for me.”

John Carver was also pressed on his claim that he expected big performances from his big players, the obvious question being that if this was the case then why hadn’t they done it in the last ten matches:

‘You say you expect big performances from big players on Sunday, why do you think they haven’t done it in the last ten games?’

“Well in the last ten games I think some of them have, I think we have been inconsistent, that’s for sure.

“But it’s not as if in the last ten games we have not had performances out of the big players.

“But it’s now all about that one game, this one cup final as we all keep talking about – the winner takes it all.”

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  • Baldwin69er

    First class, top draw idiot. Deserve to go down does Ashley United

  • Sickandtiredstill

    That’s another reporter added to the banned list then! 
    Now, didn’t Carver say recently he’d only spoken to Ashley once, and otherwise it’s Charnley he hears things through?
    Can’t lie straight in bed this man.

  • fireflyuk

    “The winner takes it all.”????? He’s been listening to too much Abba. What exactly do we win if we beat WHam? Does not getting relegated constitute a victory in the eyes of NUFC now, can we expect an open top bus round the town? He talks such utter rubbish, he isn’t fit to run a pub team.

  • Paul Patterson

    fireflyuk  More like Money, Money, Money . .

  • fireflyuk

    “I think we have been inconsistent, that’s for sure” I think losing 9 out of the last 10 is pretty consistent in my books. Hopefully his last press conference.

  • Milo79

    If we’d been ‘inconsistent’ we wouldn’t be in this mess. We’ve been very, deeply, horribly consistent.

  • kuromori

    Oh gawd. He’s labelled it a ‘Cup Final’ again. That’s us f**ked then. Didn’t he get the memo? We don’t do cup games.

  • Michael Maximus Moose

    Mike will be there bet on it

  • toon tony

    Mamma Mia, this could be our WATERLOO Man.Utd can you hear me ..S.o.S…..let’s hope the DANCING QUEEN Ameobei isn’t playing and doesn’t ask Carver to Take a chance on me,and by the way Carver Does your mother know that you’re out.

  • scotty63

    toon tony noooooooooooooooooooo…..

  • magpiefifer

    Hate to say it,but the Mackems have shown us how to do it – appoint an experienced (tho not Prem)/motivational manager who can turn things around in 7 matches.Oh,of course Ashley would baulk at having to shell out on an extra salary when he can have Carver as head coach – how shortsighted/naïve/stupid can he get!?
    Ashley deserves relegation,we fans don’t!!!!

  • v0ices

    Michael Maximus Moose agree he will be there counting the money hes saving in free advertising on national tv and laughing at the stupid geordies turning up promoting his product.

  • Sickandtiredstill