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News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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Why Steve McClaren Is Not Suited To Newcastle United

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 · 94 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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Poll Results – Can McClaren Turn Things Around At Newcastle?

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 · 9 Comments

We still have only around 3700 votes in – one vote per reader – on whether Steve McClaren can turn things around at Newcastle – but we want to get as many votes in as possible.

At the moment about 88% of fans don’t think Steve McClaren can turn things around at Newcastle.

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Steve McClaren – under pressure

The easiest thing for everybody concerned is that the players get their fingers out and listen to what Steve is telling them and start to deliver during the matches.

Something they haven’t done in the last three games.

But on the other hand, we cannot have too many more bad defeats before the end of the year – so there’s still some hope.

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Newcastle’s Situation A Big Test For Upper Management

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 · 16 Comments

It’s hard to think we could be in any worse shape than Newcastle are right now in 19th place in the league table above only Aston Villa.

We have 10 points from 14 games and Aston Villa have only 5 points in bottom place, but both Sunderland and Bournemouth moved above us in the league yesterday.

The question now is what will Newcastle do if anything to try to correct the situation before the end of the year, and that’s especially true if we get nothing from our nest two games against in-form Liverpool and Tottenham.

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Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
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McClaren Admits – This Job Is Getting Tougher By The Week

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 · 74 Comments

After the capitulation by Newcastle for the second game in a row – this time against Alan Pardew´s Crystal Palace in south London – it was always going to be difficult for Steve McClaren in his interviews after the game.

And it´s also not surprising that his face looked completely stressed out as his players again let him down and let Newcastle United down with another inept and gutless performance.

Steve and his players will be in training today and it’s more like a punishment for the players as Steve tries to find a way of wakening them all up and getting them to do something near to what their jobs are on the pitch.

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Steve McClaren – his body language tells it all
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