Jet Lag Catches Up With The Newcastle Players


It was asking a lot of the Newcastle squad to finish a game in California at 5:30 am local Newcastle time, and then get back over 47000 miles and deal with the jet lag of an 8 hour time difference – and then play the game today.

I did a lot of traveling around the world in my time at IBM, and it can be very tough, especially for the players – who are not used to long travels across multiple time zones – and they are athletes too.

Siem de Jong scores agaisnt sheffield united

Siem de Jong scores Newcastle’s second today

It takes it out on the body a lot,  so in that context it wasn’t too surprising the lads looked a little bit lackluster in the second half  today.

Steve McClaren was quick to point that  out after the game as he said this in the Chronicle:

“This was always going to be a difficult game. I remember watching a game at Sheffield Wednesday last year after coming back from New Zealand and I expected the same type of game with the players having a slow tempo and the travel in their legs.¨

“I think it showed in the second half at Sheffield  United. We started the game very well and looked very comfortable.¨

“Then at half-time, coming out you could see the effects of the travel.¨ “We (the staff and press who travelled) know how that is, although we don’t have to run around and express ourselves.¨

“So I am delighted with the attitude. It was a tough second half but we got through it and we have a few days to recover.¨

“We have Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday and we are looking forward to it.”

The team did well and Georginio Wijnaldum is already looking a very good player for us, and we look good going forward.

But as we know from over the last three seasons it’s our defense that needs reinforcing.

But it could be difficult to have new players on who can play in the first game at home to Southampton on August 9th – two weeks today.

Chancel Mbemba’s deal has been delayed with the FA will unable to give approval until next  Thursday when a meeting has been arranged.

With just over a week’s training as a Newcastle player its hard to think that Chancel would ready for the Saints.

We could see a Williamson – Taylor combination for that game, unless Jamaal Lascelles can fight his way into the side.

But today, it would be harsh to criticize the lads too much in that second half – they were all probably knackered.

And we’ll not even mention the coaches and the local journalists, who must have been suffering too.

😀

Comments welcome.



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275 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #1

    I think we’ll get Abdennour from Monaco
    His agent Abdelkader Jilan has met with Barca (his preferred buyer) but of course Barca have a transfer embargo in place so the agent suggests a purchase and loan back to Monaco.
    However having put the idea into Jardim’s (Monaco’s manager ) head and already having an offer of €25 million from NUFC on the table Monaco are now trying to persuade the Tunisian into joining us.
    My personal opinion is that for not much more we could get Alessio Romagnoli (the new Nesta ) from Roma

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #2

    JIB
    You are truly a world football anorak. The blog should be grateful to have you on board.

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  • seantoon

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #3

    I hope it was the jetlag because we where awful in possession most of the time. We knocked it about around defence ok but as we moved up the field it was bad. Fringe players such as Anita, Williamson were really really poor. People where laughing when Williamson got the ball asif to say wow what’s he going to do next! I don’t really find it funny I’d much rather him of played Lascelles or Satka our future players than someone we want rid of! Cisse is finished too he barely touched the ball. Sorry to moan but the game was just depressing. We’ve a lot of work to do this week especially on the training ground.. I know Sheff Utd have a week on us due to starting preseason early but there shouldn’t be as much difference as we saw today we was miles behind!

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  • switch365

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #4

    repost from last thread

    I desperately hope McC and Carr are at an advanced stage of talks to bring in 2 quality cb’s, or we really are in the brown stuff.
    It also needs to be impressed upon Cashley that they need to come in BEFORE sales are made, not contingent on sales.
    There should have been at least 2 cb’s, signed and bedded in for the past 3 weeks, yet once again we are way behind where we should be and may end up suffering for it.

    It’s all well and good being linked with the likes of Abdennour, Matip, Rüdiger, van Dijk etc. but linked doesn’t improve our team, only signings do.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Ian,
    He ain’t our player anymore and he did do his tantrum thing.

    But, all that aside, I still think he wasn’t as good as we believed. I may be proven wrong if he has a stellar career at… Palace 🙂

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  • cyprus

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Sean,
    we should actually be brushing aside such teams.But, in fairness, this is a new coaching team, ALL players are been given a chance, superstars just blending.

    Let’s hope it works out because I’ve been thinking CL 😉

    Not on this kind of showing, I hear you say.

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  • Ian Toon

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Jib- We do always seem to drag our heels in the transfer market. We’ve known for some time that we need to revamp a mediocre squad. It does take time to blend and bed in particularly defenders. ST are more instinctive. We had Cabaye signed up in June- maybe matters were delayed by Macca having to assess the squad. Managers are still judged on the quality of their signings

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Makes no sense giving Willo more time in pre-season than Lascelles.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Perhaps they shouldn’t have gone the entire circumference of the planet before starting their journey home again. That distance would jet lag anyone.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #10

    no excuses for our defence i’m afraid steevie !

    it shows our attacking midfielders are doing there jobs with rolando getting 2 and 2 assists wijnaldum getting 2 and siem getting one.

    cisse scored 2 but tbh they was penalty’s and hairdryer had 1 assist for the own goal and 1 assist for the penalty.

    7 goals from 5 games against pretty poor opposition tbh but the fact remains that if we had not given away so many soft goals the look of things would be a lot brighter.

    hopefully macca has the makings of his starters in his mind now and fingers crossed they wont include certain people.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #11

    I fear that Williamson is the arch blackmailer from Sherlock the way he has some mysterious hold on coaches.

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  • seantoon

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Williamson just infuriates me! I was walking out of the ticket office today and the team bus pulled up! All the players jump out all the kids screaming there names. Williamson doesn’t even acknowledge anyone until he realises most of the rest have stopped to sign autographs then he suddenly turned back! I think he actually thinks he’s brilliant

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Blah blah blah, multiple posters, blah blah blah!!!!

    People new to this blog are going to think its a multiple poster blog instead of a Newcastle United blog. That’s all everyone talks about!!!!

    Jail

    Your obsession with Ian Toon is slightly worrying, that thing you posted about him was 3 YEARS AGO. Talk about keeping a grudge! That’s the main problem with this blog, arguments between posters last for f**king ever!!!

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  • firebug666

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Well we know our defence is no better than last season, and that we will not get Mbemba until Thursday at the earliest, so therefore the simple answer is get someone else signed up now.

    We may look good going forward, and may even score plenty of goals, but all that counts for nothing if we cannot keep them out.

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  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Arsenal yesterday looked really in the groove which surprised me because this season they are straight through to the group stages of the CL.
    It will be interesting to see if they have peaked too early.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Are you a multiple poster Burnley? 😀

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #17

    I knew that was coming… -.-

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  • roblee7

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Burnley = Multiple Poster

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  • Belfast

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #19

    I was only joking though

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Jet lagged, it’s a whole new defence that played today. Close to a whole new team

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  • Belfast

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Ian you better have been pulling my leg about Belfastmagpie.

    I’ve aged like a fine wine.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m not a multiple poster 🙁

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Jib, they’re looking pretty good again today

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  • Ian Toon

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Belfast- it’s not your round.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #25

    jimmy smith have you been on the sherry

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Jib

    I’m assuming that’s from an article you’ve read regarding the Monaco lad, firstly we won’t bid 25m euros for him and of its reported we have then to me it’s a lie. Barca have bought Arda Turan he’s going out on loan until January, if they buy Abdennour then the same will apply with him aswell.

    If barca are truly after him it’s best to move onto another target!!

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  • Belfast

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #27

    I don’t actually think Sheff United are a week ahead of us this season Sean. The two divisions start on the same day this time.

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  • firebug666

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Young magpie is not a multiple poster…. He’s just using a different name! 😀

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  • toonbrother

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #29

    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/newcastle-united/fabricio-coloccini-on-his-way-out-as-newcastle-draw-with-sheffield-united-1-7378139

    Fabricio Coloccini on his way out as Newcastle draw with Sheffield United

    I pray he goes to palace and ruins pardew’s project over there

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 26, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #30

    He’s managed at West Ham, Reading, Southampton, us under Ashley, and Palace. What has anyone achieved at those clubs over the last twenty years. His record is by no means bad for a guy whose never had the resources to win anything. The crowd should have been howling at Ashley, but Ashley of course, just wouldn’t have bothered to front.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 26, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Let’s keep this short Burnley.

    What was your old name? Why did you change name? Have you changed your name before? Do you plan on changing your name again?

    Thanks

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  • Jib

    Jul 26, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Our Toon
    It’s from Fernando Baquero who seems to have an inside line at Barca.
    Don’t shoot the messenger 😛

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  • Ian Toon

    Jul 26, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Belfast – Your the only one still speaking to me. Can’t afford you to be identified. I will advise Ed that it’s an unfair accusation – you’ll need someone to confirm your innocence – mind that could be a problem. It’s a bit like McCarthyism in the 1950’s . It’s stopped raining maybe I can arrange a barbs for absent friends and former school mates of yours.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 26, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #34

    YoungMagpie
    Blog-itics mate

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  • Ian Toon

    Jul 26, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Belfast at 31- hilarious.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 26, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #36

    Jib

    That’s why I didn’t shoot you mate. I have no doubt he has the inside scoop on barca but he clearly knows very little about us if he thinks we’ve made a 25m euro bid for him

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 26, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #37

    The fact barca can sign players this window is an absolute joke

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 26, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #38

    Everybody’s opinion is valid. It’s when people refuse to respect that, that it turns into ‘yes it is, no it isn’t’ that drags on. You put your point, they put theirs. Discuss for a while then simply agree to disagree if it goes nowhere. With opinions, nobody is right or wrong – IT’S AN OPINION, whether right or wrong. If somebody won’t respect your opinions, walk away and don’t give them the pleasure of insisting they’re right and going on and on about it.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 26, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #39

    so…the bad news 😉

    steevie just done an interview with sky in which he said he’s happy with the squad he’s happy with the 3 new signings and he doesnt know if there will be anyone else and he’s happy with what he’s got !

    oh and he expects colo to stay as he says he wants him on the pitch.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 26, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #40

    jimmy smith you have been on the sherry

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