These Two Things Will Make Newcastle Stronger Next Season

We couldn’t quite believe just how poorly the team played in the second half of last season under John Carver, and as well as having injuries, we also picked up some stupid suspensions – such as Papiss Cisse getting banned for a massive seven games for spitting – and that didn’t help at all.

As well as injuries and suspensions, the team played very poorly and the players played nowhere near their best – and nowhere near how they played earlier in the season.

We had a six game winnings streak and then a few games later we beat Chelsea 2-1 at home – the third time running we had won that fixture in the league.

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Steve McClaren – new head coach at Newcastle

That was Chelsea’s first defeat in the Premier League last season and also their first defeat since the previous April, when they were beaten 3-1 by Atletico Madrid in the semi-final second leg of the Champions League.

So the players were pummeled in the press – especially in the Chronicle – but a coach’s job is also to get the very best out of the players he has available – and nobody can accuse John Carver of being successful in doing that.

We don’t want to put the responsibility too much at John’s door,  and the players have to take responsibility for their terrible form and even their attitude was poor, as some of them seemed like they couldn’t care less at times.

That’s simply unacceptable at a club like Newcastle – and if they don’t want to give 100% for Newcastle – they should leave or be sold this summer.

John Carver and Steve Stone paid for that terrible run of 13 points from 19 league games, and they were both fired earlier this month.

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Ian Cathro – Newcastle assistant manager

That leave a clean slate for Steve McClaren and it was a bit of a coup that we have signed 28 year-old Scot Ian Cathro as the assistant manager – and he is highly respected in coaching circles for one who is not yet 30.

Steve is also likely to have a (very) strong coaching squad, so they should be able to get the best out of the players we already have., never mind the new players we will be bringing in this summer.

We have to remember that in the first 19 games last season we still had 26 points after a very poor start, so if we had kept that up and got 52 points for the season, Newcastle would have been in 10th place and made the target of a top 10 finish – but Alan Pardew had had enough and left quickly at the end of last year.

So the players we have cannot be that bad,  and we think Steve McClaren and Ian Cathro and the other coaches can get the best out of those players, and can get the lads much better organized than they were this year under John Carver.

That’s one reason we are fairly confident about next season.

Last season was one of the worst seasons ever for injuries,  and we were again easily at the head of the injury league, where a club gets one point for every game a player misses.

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Steve McClaren is bringing in Alessandro Schoenmaker as head of Sports Science (or whatever his title will be)  and he’s been with McClaren at the other clubs he’s managed.

Schoenmaker’s top job will be to reduce the large number of injuries Newcastle always pick up in a season.

Most of the injuries tend to be hamstring problems, and it’s been a bane at Newcastle for at least 10 years.

We remember Graeme Souness thought it was the training pitches that produced all the hamstring problems, and he had the lads train on the Academy pitches – but we still picked up injuries.

That’s an area and problem that just has to be solved – and just imagine if we had few injuries such as Chelsea had last season, we could have fielded a much stronger team and picked up more points.

So that’s the second reason we have confidence about next season.

And the lads seemed to be short of confidence and inspiration when playing under John Carve, and the good news is that Steve Black is coming back into the club as part of McClaren’s coaching staff.

Steve is also among other things a motivational speaker,  so hopefully he can persuade the lads they are the best players  in the league at their positions – before the games and during the week.

That should get improved performances from them.


But the main two reasons that should make a big difference next season are much better coaching and organization,  and hopefully a huge decrease in the number of injuries we pick up.

Comments welcome.

81 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Has Cathro been confirmed yet?

  • jazzyp

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #2


    I think he will have his work cut out trying to get anything out of the likes of Willo……Gouffy and the usual suspects.

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Well, this “new era” of Newcastle is looking remarkably similar to the old one.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #4

    When we had that successful run before Cabaye was leaving our midfield 3 of Tiote , Anita and Cabaye were immense and on the wings were Sissoko and Gouffran who were also quality

    We need to get back to that formation but with a better left winger than Gouffran and also a fit De Jong to replace Cabaye

  • check the toastie

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Everything is complete shite until it isn’t

  • SUTTY1978

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Looking forward to the first corner of the new era, bet it either doesn’t get past the first man or its flipped up to Willo at the back stick

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Reasons to be cheerful, 1,2…..

  • check the toastie

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Its still shite, until it isn’t, it still is…

  • toon22

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #9

    I could beleve that in 100 years time some toon team somewhere will still be hitting it long to the back post for Willo long after he died.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #10

    I would like to ser this “new coaching staff” before I believe it!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #11


  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #12

    good goal from the French lass

  • lochinvar

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #13

    These Two Things Will Make Newcastle Stronger Next Season
    9:32 pm, Friday, June 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison ·

    If signing UHU and Bostik from Spartak Moscow makes us stronger why not.
    We need to stick together with McLaren and the team next season.

  • AndyMac

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #14

    “These Two Things Will Make Newcastle Stronger Next Season”

    A lack of Pardwho and Pinocchio ! Thankfully now out of sight

  • lochinvar

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #15

    And maybe Greggs could subsidise Sakos wages then he would be “Greggs Bakary”

    (Sorry folks , it’s been a long day and sometimes my mind wanders )

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Ian cathro. Is he confirmed? Or are we all jumping the gun?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #17

    The fact we are starting pre season without Carver or Pardew is probably the best news I have heard in years !!

    Its funny I read an article about when Rio Ave totally shafted us in a friendly and Pardew was clueless and it was Cathro who set the master plan up to totally exploit us !!

  • Belfast

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Has Blackley been banned? very quiet today after people where mentioning a ban.

    You there blackleg? 😉

  • Belfast

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #20

    I have a hunch this centre back is being touted around to everyone.

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Belfast said same thing earlier and was told to shhhh lol

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #22

    For God’s sake don’t tempt fate.

  • Belfast

    Jun 26, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Would love to see his email correspondence with ed lol

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 26, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Belfast – I would imagine a very short and to the point communication, possibly :-
    “How Blockhead ya banned now p*** o**”.

  • Keith in France

    Jun 26, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #25

    A pal of mine on the Sky Sports team is saying there is a problem on the deal with Cathro signing – that’s why nothing has come from NUFC .

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 26, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #26

    Just sign someone, anyone.


  • Keith in France

    Jun 26, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #27

    A pal of mine on the Sky Sports team is saying there is a problem re the deal for Cathro due to terms etc that’s why nothing has come out of NUFC.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 26, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Slightly premature here ed. A picture with the caption “Newcastle assistant manager”?

    Any official confirmation. Nope. Be good if he were to come in, IF being the operative word. Jumping the gun much.


    Something to do with SD vouchers I’ve heard 😉

    Wouldn’t it just be fandabbydozzy if one of the brightest coaches in Britain who is currently unattached to another club and would improve us tenfold, declined our offer of employment (if there ever was one in the first place) because of a few quid and the bean counters deemed it too expensive.

    Can’t see the wood for the trees and penny pinching of the highest order.

    Bunch of clowns.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 26, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Keith – no great surprise -Penfold will be repeating his stunts and trying to get people to sign for peanuts.
    I would imagine -eventually – they will back track and Wally will get his team.
    Cannot believe no backroom staff – with everybody returning on Wednesday – they have to rectify this on Monday or Tuesday.

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 26, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Ze Germans lucky again

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 26, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Obviously with Penfold so busy deciding where he wants to relax on holiday and which teabags to take, shteve unable to assess the current squad because he’s not met them (pretty clear what we’ve needed for fcuking ages so I can’t see how that’s a factor tbh) poor graham with delayed ferry departures and moncur unable to find his way out of the toilet, is it any wonder we’ve signed no fcuker. Not really.

    The’re far too busy to be appointing No2’s and players who’d improve an already threadbare squad. Yes sir. Far too busy.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Jun 26, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #32

    WTF does Penfold do to earn his keep. Getting Cathro in would be quite a coup considering, so why doesn’t Penfold stop haggling over a few pennies here and there and give Cathro a contract to sign ASAP.

    It really wouldn’t surprise me with this club’s hierarchy at the moment if this was still going on until August, and then Cathro and several of our alleged targets end up elsewhere, and all because of being a tight arsed cheap skate run club.

    Anyway rant over for the day/ evening

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 26, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #33

    Cathro hasn’t even been confirmed yet..

  • Keith in France

    Jun 27, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #34

    Despite what the Chronicle and other media are saying it is by no means a done deal with Cathro and other back room staff – it’s all a question of contract terms according to my pall at Sky Sports – that.’s why no announcements have been made despite S Mc saying he wanted his team in place last week! Also Charlie Austin deal is dead in the water – apparently there has never been an approach .
    My pall is a junior member of the sky team but he is reporting what he has heard.

  • N1CK06

    Jun 27, 2015 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #35

    No doubt the lack of action on Newcastle’s part is frustrating, but what really gets my blood boiling is reading Ed’s articles where he continues to believe some kind of fairytale is awaiting with no evidence to back it up.

    The two reasons he gives that WILL make Newcastle stronger are the appointment of Cathro and Schoenmaker which hasn’t even been confirmed. Just like every single player we’ve been linked with this window. Even IF we get these two new additions, it’s not going to make much difference when we don’t have any new players.

    Stop believing the hype FFS.. It’s exactly what Ashley wants fans to do, and that’s exactly what is going to send the team down.

    We just need to be patient and wait and see what happens over the next 2 months.. If then we see some great signings and start with some great results, then be as merry as you like. But until then there is nothing but hope.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 27, 2015 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #36

    Last 2 weeks McLaren has said he wants his, backroom staff in place. Another week has passed and nothing is moving. McLaren should just Shudup perhaps.

    Or he only now understands how charnley and Ashley works??

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 27, 2015 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #37

    @35 of now, with the current squad, we are nailed on for relegation.

  • Blofal

    Jun 27, 2015 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #38

    At this stage it looks like we are going to be starting pre-season with a new manager, only half the coaching staff in place, a severely depleted squad and no new signings.

    Lee Charnley really knows how to get the fans off side doesn’t he?

  • willowdalerez

    Jun 27, 2015 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #39

    Pre-season training starts Wednesday and McClaren hasn’t got his staff together let alone a new player signed!

    Ashley talked about hitching a cart to a horse but it appears the plan is to start by pushing the cart down a hill and then hitch the horse on halfway down… anybody think that may not be the best way to go about it?

    Honestly I don’t know what to think… yesterday Cathro had agreed in principle with only the final details to be sorted and even that hasn’t been firmed up let alone a new player.

    McClaren’s going to have his hands full but he keeps on optimistic as ever so it remains wait and see as the papers and bookies flog rumour after rumour like mirage sightings on a hot day in the Sahara…

    I’m sick of idle speculation. I want announcements, I want excitement, I want a buzz on this blog and about the new season and Ashley has 6 weeks to do it… 3 extra if you count window time after the season starts but he can’t possibly wait that long here’s a look at available season ticket seats off the official website… a sea of green ;-(

  • John Tudor

    Jun 27, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #40

    take another two weeks off lads till i sort sumit out or just play amongst yerselves have a game of world cup the french lads play shooty down the best


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