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

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Captain Issues Apology To Newcastle Fans

Sunday, February 14th, 2016 · 5 Comments

Since Steve McClaren came to Newcastle the communication between fans and the club have improved somewhat, and before this season they had been poor ever since Mike Ashley arrived in the summer of 2007.

One thing we have seen this season is that captain Fab Coloccini, who has come in for withering criticism, is giving more interviews and talking to the media more often than in the past.

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Fabricio Coloccini in action on Saturday
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These Were Newcastle’s Best Three Players Yesterday

Sunday, February 14th, 2016 · 94 Comments

We are only now getting over the shock of what happened yesterday when the game at Chelsea was over after only 17 minutes when the Blues were 3-0 up.

We also have to realize that it wasn’t too surprising the Chelsea team laid off a bit in the second half and Newcastle did come back into the game a little – but of course by then we had lost the game.

But in particular it was good to see our two new Englishmen Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend having good games in the final 45 minutes and at least learning from the Everton debacle – which cannot be said for all the Newcastle players.

Andros also scored a terrific goal after 90 minutes after being given the ball by Jack Colback – and he made it look so easy – so maybe we will get more on the goalscoring side from the England International in future games – hope so.

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Andros Townsend in action yesterday – scored a great late goal
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McClaren On Defensive – Talks About The Rain In Spain

Sunday, February 14th, 2016 · 44 Comments

We don’t find much wrong with Newcastle going to southern Spain to get some good outdoor training in before the next game at Stoke City on 2nd March – just as long as they are fully prepared and ready for that next road game.

We were not ready for the last two away games at Everton and Chelsea and got 8 goals hammered past us – and it’s not good enough to keep losing away games like we did yesterday at Stamford Bridge.

It was also another completely unacceptable performance – when we need to get some away wins on the board.

We can appreciate why some hard-working Newcastle fans who turn up every single day for work may have some concerns about these highly paid  players having a trip to sunny Spain, after a number of them failed to turn up for work yesterday.

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Steve McClaren – shouldn’t need this gear in southern Spain

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Newcastle Have Good News On The Injury Front

Sunday, February 14th, 2016 · 72 Comments

Newcastle have recently had Steve Taylor finally return from injury and while he played well last week with little threat from West Brom, he was exposed by Chelsea yesterday and did not have a good first half – although not many Newcastle players did have a good first half yesterday.

Jack Colback is back fit again and he came on in the second half for Gini Wijnaldum after Steve McClaren had decided to go into damage limitation mode.

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Papiss Cisse fit again – can he get the goals for us?
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McClaren Clings To Job After Another Complete Shambles

Sunday, February 14th, 2016 · 339 Comments

Steve McClaren has become very adept at explaining in some detail the reasons why Newcastle have lost a game – and that’s because he has lost over half the games in the league this season  – 14 of 26 and so he’s had a lot of practice at it.

That’s a 54% loss rate and with only six games won a 23% win rate – and at any other club he would have been fired by now.

We remember famously one of the times we were taken apart this season away from home  at Manchester City when Steve said we played very well except for the 20 minutes when we conceded 6 goals.

Yeah right.

And yesterday at Chelsea we were 3-0 down after only 17 minutes and we were wondering how many Chelsea would score before the break – maybe eight?

It was simply a shambolic display from a gutless Newcastle side and the players should be ashamed of their efforts yesterday – there were too many bottlers in black and white shirts yesterday at Stamford Bridge.

And McClaren is the head coach and he has to take the responsibility (call it blame if you like) for that display.

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Steve McClaren reacts to yet another defeat
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