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Long Steve McClaren Statement Directed At Mike Ashley

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 · 12 Comments

Steve McClaren’s interview after the terrible display and embarrassing defeat for the second time in a row on Saturday is no doubt directed at Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner.

Ashley cannot have been too happy with the pathetic performance of the team over the last two games when we have been thrashed by Leicester  City and Crystal Palace.

Both those teams we would have expected to have beaten this time  last season because in the first half of the season they both struggled with relegation nd were propping up the league at the end of last year.

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Steve McClaren – under the microscope at Newcastle
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Video – Newcastle On-Loan Striker Scores Again

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 · 30 Comments

Adam Armstrong scored the first goal for Coventry yesterday in the 2-2 draw at the Ricoh Arena against Doncaster Rovers – but the home side threw 2 points aways with some terrible defending that allowed Doncaster to get their two goals in the second half.

But they still remain top of League One one point ahead of Gillingham.

But it’s now 13 goals in 16 appearances for Adam on loan at Coventry – and it’s very unlikely he will be recalled to Newcastle when his loan spell ends in January.

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Adam Armstrong 13 goals in 16 appearances on loan

Here are the highlights of the game with Adam scoring the first goal after 30 minutes and almost setting up some others.

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There Was A Game Plan And It Worked Perfectly For 15 Minutes

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 · 43 Comments

Alan Shearer questioned last night on BBC Match of the Day whether Steve McClaren had a game plan for yesterday’s game at Selhurst Park and how they were going to stop their two top wingers Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Saha.

And Steve McClaren in his interviews after the game yesterday said there was also  a reaction from the Newcastle players after the embarrassment against Leicester City – and you may have missed it – but it was in the first 15 minutes – according to the Newcastle manager.

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Jack Colback challenges Wilfried Saha
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Why Steve McClaren Is Not Suited To Newcastle United

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 · 130 Comments

It wasn’t exactly a popular appointment at Newcastle to hire Steve McClaren as manager and it looked more like Steve was more than willing to come in and manage under all the restrictions the Newcastle manager (or head coach) has placed on him because of the way the club is run under owner Mike Ashley.

It as also surprising that Newcastle still went after McClaren in June after he was apparently the first choice in January after Alan Pardew left – but he had just been fired by Championship club Derby County.

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Steve McClaren – things not going well
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Top BBC Pundit Worries About McClaren

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 · 21 Comments

Two minutes into the second half yesterday when Crystal Palace went 4-1 up against Newcastle, BBC Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker sent out the following tweet.

As it turned out – in the second half Palace continued to dominate and they added a fifth goal in stoppage time to complete a 5-1 rout of Newcastle – following on from what Leicester City had done the previous week.

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