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There’s No Team Spirit – Newcastle Like A Slow Car Crash

8:50 am, Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

Malcolm Macdonald has always been outspoken, and he’s come out today and said that there’s no team spirit at Newcastle at the moment, and he thinks that’s like a disease eating away at the club and spreading like wildfire – which planet is this guy living on?

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This is what Macdonald had to say in the Daily Star:

“I’m just telling it as I see it and it’s like a slow-motion car crash before my eyes.” “There’s no communication on the pitch. Players aren’t looking out for each other. There’s no team spirit.” “Okay, people who disagree will say Newcastle played well against Man City. Yes, they did and got beaten 3-1.”

“You can play all the best football you want and still get relegated. If Newcastle don’t snap themselves out of this dreadful situation my worry is that they will get relegated.” “They must put arguments aside and go about the job in a professional way. Put the club and the supporters first and not their squabbles.”

“Newcastle have Man United, Arsenal and Everton coming up – three of the top six. If they don’t buck up their ideas by the time January comes around they’ll be looking to bring in players.” “But they are not going to get the quality they need because players will look at the league table and say, ‘I’m not joining you, you’re going down’.”

“It’s like a disease eating away at the club and it’s spreading like wildfire.” “It’s a nightmare. Excuses are being made without people pin-pointing what’s really gone wrong.” “It seems to me as if there’s a battle going on between the French and Spanish – speaking players.”

“I’m seeing things on the pitch which don’t add up. I saw Gutierrez come in from wide left into center midfield and stand by Cabaye as if he was man-to-man marking.” “Cabaye gestured to get back to the left and Gutierrez ignored him. So Cabaye just shrugged his shoulders and went out to play on the left.”

“That was the first indication that something was seriously wrong.” “I’m just seeing people not getting on.” “You don’t have to like each other. But you go out on that pitch and treat everyone the same.” “When you have a dressing room situation, the first things to suffer are results and performances. And Newcastle’s have been dreadful.”

“One or two players are looking around thinking, ‘What the hell is going on?’” “Ben Arfa looks like he’s getting sick and tired of it all. He’s not joining either camp but is obviously upset with the situation.” “The divide is complicated but it’s cutting the cake into slices. It’s totally damaging.”

“The manager has got to sit down with the players and get it sorted. But he’s got one hell of a situation on his hands.” “How do you mend it? You need people wanting to work together. Just one look at the table tells you how serious it is. It’s there for all to see.”

When a team goes through a bad patch – which is what’s happening at Newcastle at the moment – there will always be tension on and off the pitch – that’s the way things happen, but we haven’t seen too much of what Malcolm is talking about, and we also don’t want to manufacture a problem that may not be there.

At the very least Malcolm is way overstating the situation in our opinion.

The win yesterday will have done the club and our players a power of good, and we are now looking forward to our lads putting up a couple of good fighting performances at Old Trafford and the Emirates in our next two games.

What do you think about Macdonald’s comments?

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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 RonVanDam // Dec 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Who is this idiot? I would take his comments lightly.

  • 2 Kekasa // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    RonVanDam – “idiot”?

    Are you serious? This is only one of the legendary Newcastle number 9s and a hero of the club (and mine) through the 1970s. Please give the man some respect, at least.

  • 3 BigKirky // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    I think Malcolm is inflating something which isn’t really a problem of magnitude he’s talking about.

  • 4 tequilamag // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Macdonald was a great CF in the 70s who jumped at the chance of joining Arsenal for more money(sound familiar). He was a great player but has had a lot of problems with the booze since he stopped playing. Sounds like this interview was conducted in the pub.

  • 5 check the toastie // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Strange Macdonald talking like that, not sure if he has any inside info. However he is clueless and dont really respect his opinion, he is well past it regards anything Newcastle.

    Team spirit looks Ok to me, we have some first class professionals, only concern i have is the continual selection of Jonas even though the rest of the players know he is offering nothing, if a player is being picked not based on performance bitterness can creep in, obviously Marveuax and Obertan will be pissed.

    If Ba is being the big time Charlie also and Cisse is a great lad in traing but getting the rough end of the stick, this will also cause disharmony, no different to most PL teams.

    Character wise i think the set of lads we have are pretty good, and i have to say i just love young Santon, the boy is utter class, and really seems to feed off the affection he gets from the crowd. Rolls Royce of a player the boy, would be a fantastic pairing with Marveaux or Obertan.

    Jonas must be dropped he is killing any attacking threat currently. Same applies to Simmo.

  • 6 eaststandgeordie1982 // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    I think this ba carry on is the problem the sooner its sorted out the better.

  • 7 Kekasa // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Having said that, I think he’s exaggerating. I’ve not noticed much dis-chord in the team, but on the other hand, they don’t seem to be giving their all for each other the way they did last season. I think BigMac has got it right to warn about it, even if it’s not (yet) as dire as he suggests. But if the slump continues, it could certainly become a bigger issue, and once that happens …

  • 8 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    I tend to agree with most on here with regards to this. Seems to be blowing up either a potential problem or a current small issue.

    Would be interested to know which game it was that he saw Cabayte getting wound up with Guti and going to the LW himself, anyone remember?

  • 9 blew // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Mac is a legend and as a top pro he will see things we dont. I have the greatest respect for him and he is Newcastle through and through.
    One of the expressions on Ba’s face when Shola scored makes me wonder if Mac is right,

  • 10 Marty-Toon // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Check the toastie
    I agree that Santon is a class player but you say he’d be better with Obertan or Marv in front of him.
    I agree the team would be better off with a pace winger there as these two can produce a ball but the reason Santon can roam forward is because Jonas lets him and he’ll cover him if we lose the ball but as we seen yesterday Santon never got forward after Obertan came on(apart from the goal that is :-) ),maybe this would stifle his runs into the box

  • 11 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Your spouting CRAP Supermac!

    Don,t know who this RELIC just thinks he is !

    His has more GOB than Brains!

  • 12 Marty-Toon // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Big Mac ain’t far off I’d say but it’s not a feud between players i think.
    I think players like Cabaye and Ben Arfa are peeved by the lack of quality in some areas that’s letting the team down.
    One of them being Jonas(although he’s improved in the last 3games)and Cabaye is probably wondering why he gets in the team before Obertan or Marv
    We have worked without pride in too many games and little fighting spirit.

  • 13 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    We are talking about a legend from the 70,s !

    His best is way gone! But any comments made by him about Newcastle should be taken with a pinch of salt!

  • 14 gfp13 // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Last season our team spirit was among the best in the league, we won some games on that alone. This season it hasn’t been great but that’s due to the recent run of results, which is understandable that their heads drop a little, but Malcolm is a bit off with what’s he’s saying. I’ll admit I didn’t read it all, I read the first few paragraphs and disagreed straight away. The only lack of speaking is probably between cisse n ba. I feel they don’t get on at all and are acting like children just because they are both in direct competition with each other. If they started talking on the pitch we would improve drastically in front of goal in my opinion

  • 15 beddersmag // Dec 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Thanks supermac this is really helpful you pompous tit. All based around one thing you picked up on at a game. Dick

  • 16 woolerbill // Dec 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Mac is right, this is what happens when it goes wrong, in fighting, players hiding. I don’t think the top players agree with par dew selection, just like some of us

  • 17 murvar // Dec 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I watched Macdonald at SJP throughout his time with us and I always thought him to be overrated. Sure he put in some great performances and scored some fine goals but his conversion rate of chances to goals wasn’t good enough and he didn’t have enough good games. We ended up playing too much long ball to play to his strengths – speed and power. So – not a legend as far as I’m concerned.

  • 18 littlewaster // Dec 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Some rubbish being spouted on here. Supermac is a hero. And his move to Arsenal was more to do with Gordon Lee than money. He WAS NUFC for a long period in the 70s.
    As a former player I would take his opinion seriously.

    Something is wrong on the pitch that is for sure – and it isn’t down to bad luck or even injuries – we were crap when they were fit.

    Supermac could well be on to something here.

    Supermac overrated! Ha ha ha! You’ll be telling me Shearer was crap next.

  • 19 weg // Dec 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    littlewaster,
    I agree that Supermac leaving was all down to that complete tit gordon lee (one of the worst ever managers we’ve had). They just didn’t get on and MacDonald went to arsenal because he was hot property at the time.
    However, I do think he has seen a couple of things on the pitch and attributed those to the reasons for our current slump. And I also think he has made a mountain out of a molehill. When things are not going right, people look for answers anywhere they can find them. What he’s probably seeing is just player’s frustrations coming out occasionally!
    But I do also think that Supermac deserves more credit and respect from some on this blog. He definitely earned it!

  • 20 murvar // Dec 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    littlewaster
    Just in case you come back on – no, there is no comparison between shearer and macdonald. shearer was a team player, not dominated by his own ego, who played consistently well and had a higher conversion rate than macdonald. he also had some defensive value (often at the near post on corners) whereas macdonald had none. He also had two good feet, whereas mac had one. Case closed, I think.

  • 21 ONLINE GUY // Dec 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Malcolm McDonald, from Hero to Ars*hole in 35 years .

    Does the Idiot realise that the January transfer window is open and this Sh*t no truth in it dream story he has had Published will go around Europe ?..

    This Guy has only his own agenda ..and that to get noticed. He has just been Sacked from Century (Real) Radio.. Maybe because of this sort of pie in the Sky Crap he Spouted each night.

    As an ex Newcastle player he should watch his mouth ..Its a bad time to be stirring the Shit ..He has some hidden agenda ..and he has never fought Newcastle’s corner jealously like a true man of the north East .

    He needs some attention in more ways than you can Imagine. He was a Hero to many and a fantastic world class striker .. A Gladiator on the pitch that gave his all for us ..Now ..Well now after hearing him on real radio last several years and now this ..He is lower than a snakes belly.

  • 22 stuart no9 // Dec 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    ron van dam—–your the biggest idiot on here!!

  • 23 Premiership Manager // Dec 23, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    McDonald may be over emphasizing the situation but he’s not far off the mark.

    The players have struggled with passing, set pieces, communicating and the team work, ethic, passion and commitment that was there last year when we we were flying high is sadly missing.

    We can’t even retain possession or score from set pieces so is he really that far off the mark.

    Regardless of what spin some may put on it there is no heart and no leadership on the pitch so there are one or two things going on behind the scenes that are unsettling the players.

    If BA and HBA go as reports suggest it will give the team time to settle however we need to bring replacements in and established players to strengthen the squad.

    The other thing is we need somebody to lead on the pitch and bring passion back into the side, I haven’t a clue who could do it but one thing is for certain there is nobody in the team who has taken on the mantle and that is something that needs to be addressed because if you look at every team who does well there is usually an individual who can rally the troupes and make a difference.

  • 24 mickg108 // Dec 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Whilst I agree,,Supermac was a terrific Striker,He proved to be a Shite Manager,,,Enough Said :;




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