Things Have Already Changed For The Better At Newcastle


It was a compete and utter nightmare after we had beaten Aston Villa 1-0 on the last day of February,  and were on 35 points in 11th place and presumably safe from relegation, but that didn’t turn out to be the case and in the next eight games we lost them all.

After that eight successive defeat at Leicester, when we were torn apart by a team lower than us in the league table,  an emergency meeting was held by Lee Charnley and we tried to get Steve McClaren at the club for the last three games, but he refused to come and so we stuck with John Carver.

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Steve McClaren – top coach can get the best out of existing squad

Luckily we got 4 points in those last three games with a massive 3 points against West Ham in our final game in front of a sold out St. James’ Park.

And that,in a strange way, made it a positive end to the season – because we were still a Premier League side – and the feeling was that we should never let that happen again.

Mike Ashley also came out before the game and spoke for the first time in eight years, and what he said seemed quite positive, but Newcastle now face a difficult summer to strengthen their squad.

Players would be a lot more willing to come to Newcastle if we had finished in the top ten last season, but we have now been fighting relegation for two of the last three seasons, so some top players will think twice before they sign on at Newcastle.

Actions have consequences and an eight game losing streak which got a lot of publicity in England, will make it more difficult for the club this summer – that’s a fact.

It was always going to be a difficult window for Newcastle and we have to do our very best to get five or six new players in.

The good news is that a lot of the players who were simply hopeless under John Carver are a lot better than what they showed in the second half of the season.

We put that down to a very large extent to the very poor leadership skills of John Carver and his almost non-existent man-management skills, and John making that last half of the season all about himself.

Both John Carver and Steve Stone were officially fired one day before Steve McClaren was appointed – so the decks were cleared for the former England manager.

Steve McClaren is a much better coach than John Carver ever will be, and McClaren also has excellent leadership skills and terrific man-management skills.

We’ve already seen that in action with Steve calling some of our senior players as soon as he got the job on Tyneside.

So the probability is that Steve and his coaching staff – once they come in – will be able to get a lot more out of the players we already have, than Carver was able to in the second half of last season.

But we still need maybe five new players brought in, but it could take most of the summer to get them through the door, and that will be unfortunate.

But Newcastle still have time (and money) to bring those players in this summer – and we now have a coach who is recognized as being one of the best.

That’s good news in itself.

Comments welcome.


201 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley out !

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Welsh

    Wasn’t me who brought up animal farm.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #3

    YCMIU surely Shaun the sheep would be more appropriate

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    And as far as the rest of your comment goes, well it’s kind of the equivalent of getting called a name, and replying with “no,you are”. Not clever, creative or funny. Why do you still come here still, you have given up all but the thinest pretence of being a nufc follower, and basically just troll everyone. I remember i used to try and talk to you about football, but it was never worth while in the end.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5

    TFL

    Aye thats a good one. Except my youngest loves watching that, so i am not sure if i want to sully its name.

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    welsh in then im oot
    divvy

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7

    blog scank

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    JT

    Good call. I am off too. Got to catch a bus soon anyway.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #9

    We won’t be making any transfers until McClaren sorts his staff out. Which is taking longer than expected. Don’t expect anything soon troops

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  • N1CK06

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Of course things are better.. We haven’t lost a game or had any injuries in almost a month!

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Fair point YCMIU not fair on the poor cartoon sheep

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  • Graeme

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #12

    The first 2 choices for his Assistant HC have both turned him down!! Its not just players who dont want to come to NUFC!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Bills son to star in Raging Inferno

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed…you are really laying it on thick with McClaren…the tone was a bit different before he signed on 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #15

    El “No Hay Cojones” Club.

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  • Slank

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #16

    bladeuser

    Must correct you.

    John Dahl Tomasson was a great striker before he came to Newcastle and after he left Newcastle. It didn’t work out for him with us in the same way that it didn’t work out for Luuk de Jong who is now doing fine knocking in the goals on a regular basis.

    I wouldn’t be too hasty in dismissing Riviera.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Graeme…can you blame ’em 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Bills also to appear in Geriatric hatrick

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  • BandB

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #19

    What’s your argument there Slank?
    That Riviere will also start knocking them in when he leaves?

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Slank you are right, I reckon Riviere just lacks confidence

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #21

    “New Supreme Leader of Great and Wonderful Newcastle to lead Brave Squad of Mighty Sportsmen into Glorious New Dawn of Victory! All enemies will Perish! All Opponents Will Fall in Terror and Quiver at his mighty Coaching Prowess! He Banishes all Foes to the land of Mist and Ghosts of their Restless Ancestors! All Hail and Kneel Before The Punishing Exactor Emperor McLaren! ”

    Bit of a long title Ed but it’s something to work with for your next one.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Slank I’ll hand it to you, you deliver consistently. The point even you are making is that we had to dismiss DeJong and Tomasson and logically will need to dismiss Riviere for the same reason. I mean this well, but, have a think first next time ha ha ha

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Good point nick06. Reasons to be cheerful, part….

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #24

    4YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    And as far as the rest of your comment goes, well it’s kind of the equivalent of getting called a name, and replying with “no,you are”. Not clever, creative or funny. Why do you still come here still, you have given up all but the thinest pretence of being a nufc follower, and basically just troll everyone. I remember i used to try and talk to you about football, but it was never worth while in the end.

    How have i given up then Sherlock, so if I don’t agree with something on here then I’m a troll, life would be very boring if everybody agreed with each other, I’m always asked why do I come on this blog I could ask that question to about 90% of the people on here because they don’t get asked that question, I wonder why.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #25

    I must say I like what I saw of Riviere gets into good positions linked up well with Perez and led the line well when on his won (must have suffered with a bad neck with all the long high balls he had to deal with) but sadly could not finish.
    With another season in the premiership and with a new manager and coaching team – hopefully they can work on his confidence in finding the back of the net.

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  • N1CK06

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Tsunki @21,

    Hahahaha that’s great but you forgot to mention the world-class, top, excellent, young, determined and valuable signings that our supreme leader will be able to offer immense support, encouragement and advice to.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Slank thinks that those North Koreans are an ungrateful bunch, they get three meals a day (most of the time) and because they only have one media outlet at least they know what’s going on in the world.

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  • BandB

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Charlie,

    It certainly seems the club is setting a lot of store by McClaren working wonders and sh*tting miracles with the current squad.
    I think he is the horse Ashley means to bolt to the cart.
    It me makes me wonder, then, why they had such a high opinion of Pardew.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail 🙂 sorry about the smiley but 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #30

    BandB to be fair, it may have been a lack of bolts that was the problem. Couldn’t get them out of Carvers neck.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Nick06 I would have but I designed that title to fit into the average smartphone screen 🙂

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #32
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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #33

    BandB
    Don’t know if Pardew was a good manager/tactician – but he seems to have been very good on the man/management side – players/most liked him but his tactics were one dimensional- thats why quite often in his second season at a club he got found out – and substitutions you could read him like a book always brought the same players off at the same time, always the 70th minute

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #34

    TFL I think in the Dutch translation there were a few words picked out like ‘pole’ ‘ten’ ‘barge’ and ‘foot’

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Tsunki if that’s the title how long is the article?? 🙂

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Probably so Tsunki lol

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  • Thump

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #37

    top coach can get the best out of existing squad

    Oh how the mighty have fallen.

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  • BandB

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Here’s a thought.
    Next time the season ticket deadline is extended, what are the chances of McClaren being cattle-prodded out in front of the media to explain that poor ticket sales are hampering our chances of paying top money for players?

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Why do I keep reading Alexandre Pato is being linked to us? surely not true!!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 19, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #40

    This Blog….Mamma Mia!!!

    https://youtu.be/G29DXfcdhBg

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