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McClaren – Newcastle Fans The Most Important People

9:39 am, Saturday, August 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 145 Comments

It seems a little odd but this afternoon after being in the job almost two months Steve McClaren will manage his first game at St. James’ Park this afternoon when we entertain German side Borussia Monchengladbach in our final pre-season fixture.

Next up will be Southampton a week tomorrow and the Premier League season will start for Newcastle and we hope by then to have at least one more top signing through the door, and hopefully another top center-back.

stve McClaren at york

Steve McClaren and coaching staff

Newcastle have attracted three very good players to the club this summer so far, but we still need more – and in particular another top class center-back who can partner newly acquired Chancel Mbemba in central defense.

Steve McClaren is clear that Newcastle have always been a special club, since he moved to the Middlesbrough area to manage the Teesside club in 2001 after being assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, and at the time he was also an assistant coach to the England side.

This is what McClaren has said today about Newcastle:

“Players want to come here still and it was the same for me as a manager.” “I moved to this area 15 years ago and Newcastle is special. Even when I was at Middlesbrough, the games with Newcastle were always special.”

“The stadium was always special, the fans always special. Now to be a part of that, I can’t wait to get that kind of atmosphere back.”

“We have always stressed that the fans are the most important people, we want a good rapport with the fans. Win or lose or draw we need it.”

“Sometimes when you lose badly you still have to show your appreciation. It is good that we have been doing that so far this summer and we have to continue to do that.”

Steve has said the Newcastle fans are the most important people, and he demonstrated that by turning up at the last Fans Forum meeting in July, and essentially running the meeting and telling the fans representatives what he was trying to do at the club.

He also listened to what the fans wanted – and that was very impressive and even unusual for those meetings.

Steve has often talked about having everybody associated with the club pulling in the same direction, and the fans are the most important people in that regard.

We just hope the fans will get right behind the team and the coaching staff, and that we can have a good season like we had back in 2011-2012, when we finished 5th in the league table.

Newcastle badly need a good season after the last three years have been so poor,  and the living nightmare this year when the narcissistic John Carver was head coach for a completely disastrous five months.

Here’s hoping Newcastle can get back into the top eight in the Premier League next season.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Fans · Fans Forum · Head coach · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours




145 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jamseyd24 // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Thick and fast this morning Ed.

  • 2 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    ‘..Journal : reporting TOON have been in contact with QPR over Charlie Austin again this week..’

    Saying what precisely ?

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Slank
    TOON are front runners to sign Charlie Austin and have had further contact with QPR but remain reticent on the asking price and similary have had further contact with Marseille over Thauvin.
    And Abeid is generating interest from Bundesliga section divisio outfit Fortuna Dusseldorf.

    and that’s about it!

  • 4 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Oh and
    Looking forward to todays game and what the new players are like

  • 5 Lindisfarne // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Jib/Jane/Jim

    Perhaps a sign of optimism that you take a dig at a suggested player but nothing about an appearance in a League Cup final.

  • 6 wynsleap // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Slank @ 2 – Saying yet again (with great surprise):
    “HOW much do you want for Austin?” followed by
    “What’s the lowest you’ll accept then?”
    Bloody Jane Austen couldn’t have written this one.

  • 7 TudorCrisps // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    “narcissistic John Carver”

    Ed your too kind

    Personally I would of went with bell end John Carver but hey ho

  • 8 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nothing new then.

    wynsleap

    Eventually QPR will either take their phones off the hook or exclaim ‘you can ‘ave him’ or ‘bugger off stop bothering us’

  • 9 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Slank
    Nowt new – quite news day for the press rumour mill

  • 10 HUNTANUFC // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Cant wait to watch todays game, would like to see us play 4-1-4-1 / 4-1-2-1-2, i think that Gini and Siem will be an awesome pairing, although im not looking forward to watching what debacle will unfold at the back, but on the plus side we get to see at least a small amount of Mbemba.

  • 11 Derek // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    “Here’s hoping Newcastle can get back into the top eight in the Premier League next season.”

    We all hope we can sign another CB. We all hope Ashley has changed his ways. We all hope Newcastle can win the Premier League this season. The FA Cup. The league cup. Qualify for the Champions League and win it next season. We hope politicians don’t lie to us. We hope for world peace.

  • 12 alkinou // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    BBC Gossip column :
    “Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has decided to stay with his number 45 shirt at new club Newcastle because “four plus five is nine”. (Chronicle) ”

    Everybody knows the real source here is Ed

  • 13 WWSBRD // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Mvila to the mackems? I think we should be swooping in on that if true

    Shift out someone from our overloaded CMs and bring him in

  • 14 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    I wonder what Austin thinks of all the press speculation.

    It mustn’t be very comfortable for him knowing that no club has rushed in with an acceptable offer and the prospect of playing in the fizzy pop league draws ever nearer.

    I’m surprised he or/and his agent haven’t made a big song and dance about the evaluation of £15M that QPR have put on his head which has put off all prospective buyers.

  • 15 GS // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Ed: Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a pool and drowned, I think Carver’s reflection would have turned him to stone.

  • 16 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Mehdi Abeid’s move is big news in Algeria

  • 17 nut meg // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    slank
    Austin was reported to have asked Sir Les to reduce the asking price a few weeks ago. Didn’t seem to do much good.

  • 18 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Nut Meg

    Could he ask for a transfer ?

    How would that effect things ?

  • 19 Liverpool Mag // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Slank

    It may be possible that he has a release clause of £15 mil, would explain why the club is sticking to it and he’s seemed a little indignant on twitter regarding links. Especially if part of that fee goes to him…

    Alternatively perhaps he doesn’t want to cast himself in a bad light

  • 20 Liverpool Mag // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Never mind, nut meg has corrected me lol

  • 21 Reyantoon // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    As far as i know,Evans agreed to join Everton for £8m.They are waiting stones move to chelsea before bringing him officially.
    If Austin comes,which i expect will happen next week,Cisse will move to that Turkish club.
    Looking at our defence,i think coloccini is well experienced to lead the back 4,with good ball playing techniques,despite half poor season last time out.If he goes to palace,he should be replaced by equally experienced big center back,like Bruno-Martins Indi or Mamadu sakko!
    Otherwise,It’s better keep Coloccini for one more season!!

  • 22 nut meg // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    slank
    Not sure what happens now if you ask for a move.Probably lose a percentage of the transfer fee but there’s so much involved with transfers now & so many people involved in it.I’m sure somebody on here who is much more savvy then me can put you in the picture.

  • 23 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Jonas could be playing in Greece

  • 24 SUTTY1978 // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Does anyone else think that Colo is refusing to play? Some of SM’s comments seem to insinuate that he is fit but Isn’t playing even though he wants him to.

  • 25 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    We will sign Austin 1700 hrs Tuesday September 1st for £10 million

  • 26 TudorCrisps // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Possibly Sutty, some thing fishys going on

  • 27 jane // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    I’m not one for crusades usually because they are often fuelled by a follow the crowd mentality eg Pardew out, Ashley out, Carver out (actually I agreed with that one once it was done) so I am a bit suspicious of the ‘we need another centre back’ bandwagon which is being over-emphasised.

  • 28 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Magpies24/7 part 4 is out – good watch

  • 29 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Reyantoon @ 21

    That seems a reasonable analysis.

    I think McClaren will keep Colo.

    Whilst many fans on this blog keep quoting various centre backs they would like to see I don’t see McClaren risking getting another African unless he is very confident that during ACON 2017 Saylor, Lascelles or Good (as Williamson had left) could cope in the heart of our defence.

  • 30 expatmag // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    QPR will need to do sonething shortly because if he refuses to sign a new contract, they need to sell him this window as they will get little or no fee in January.

    Because they need to raise as much money as possible to pay off various debts and imposed fines, the likes of Austin and Phillips will have to be sold soon. They will also need to replace them adequately and cheaply if they want to come straight back up.

    This will go down to the wire and I can see the likes of us, WHU, Southampton and possibly Sunderland playing the waiting game.

    We need a winger too. Why not put in a bid of 15million plus Vukic for them both.

  • 31 Offkey // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    I’m not one for crusades usually because they are often fuelled by a follow the crowd mentality eg Pardew out, Ashley out, Carver out (actually I agreed with that one once it was done) so I am a bit suspicious of the ‘we need another centre back’ bandwagon which is being over-emphasised……..because I really rate Willo, Good and Satka. Saylor will play 30+ games like he does every season and Collo……..well he has always just been class……seriously

  • 32 Liverpool Mag // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Jib

    Does it have Mitrovic in it?

  • 33 expatmag // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Reyantoon

    Gave you watched Sakho playing for Liverpool at all? They paid 15 million quid for him and he is a total liability.

    Talk sense, man

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Evans’ errors would be much more exposed with us than at manu where he has world beaters left right and centre. we need better than him even if he is better than Willo, saylor and colo. Then again how hard is that….!

  • 35 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    nut meg @ 22

    I guess for Austin it may eventually boil down to either money or club.

    Contracts can always be skewed towards compensating him for a loss of a signing on fee. It sounded like the Mitrovic contract was very inventive.

    Where there is a will there is a way.

  • 36 expatmag // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Sutty

    Could be the same situation with Tiote.

  • 37 nut meg // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Sutty
    My guess is that he’s away as soon as we bring in another CB.at lest that’s what I’m hoping. He’s wanted at Palace according to reports so if a deal is in place neither party would want to put that at risk or he maybe he is injured.

  • 38 JackButler // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    There is an air of optimism at the club and I hope it continues with a few more additions.

  • 39 Rotonda heights // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    any links or streams today

  • 40 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Liverpool it’s from the Sacramento game right up to Mbembas medical.
    Mitro and his family Ma , Pa , and yes that guy was his brother , all looking round SJP.

  • 41 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Perfect TV pic no ads or shyte
    Commentary in Khazakhstani

    http://kazsport.kaztrk.kz/online

  • 42 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    SUTTY1978 @ 24

    I don’t see it that way.

    I see it that McClaren wants Colo uninjured for the start of the season and saw no reason to risk his injury on pointless preseason games.

  • 43 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Austin and Thauvin story is all the same bull sh&t No news. All in all let e season begin and I will have wat to look up to every weekend. NUFC speculation is hard to follow coz the management give u nothing so we listen to e papers who also have nothing.

  • 44 Liverpool Mag // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Jib

    Oh cool, I was hoping that it would have Mit in training but I guess that’s too much to hope for lol. Now to wait until they put it on youtube

  • 45 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    will die for the toon army @ 43

    ‘..the management give u nothing..’

    Quite rightly. When dealing in millions and someone’s career. No different to any organisation buying assets or a HR department conducting interviews and making job offers.

  • 46 corkypants // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    jib is it defo on that site if so good work sir great picture and thankyou for that link yesterday pal

  • 47 overtheline // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Jane

    No its not, its really not.
    Our cefence has been wodeul even in the 5th place finish year we had the worst GD in the top 8 clubs.
    We need to shed at least 15 goals a season less than we have been or the new STs work will be in vain.

    We need two top quality CBs always available and we have Mbemba and Colo. Nuff said.

    Our hopefuls like Lascellles etc. are still really development level +, or crocked like Good – and will take a couple of years playing occasional first team games a season to shape up.

    Willo and Saylor are not sufficient backup – a couple of 4-0s and 5-0s whehnn our first choice pairing is out and we’ll drop two or three places in the final league table. As Colo is going to leave in the next two windows – surely now is the time to get in the top CB who will eventually partner Mbembe. It’s called forward planning. Then the 3rd guy will be one of the younger guys coming through. Simples.

    Ships being spoilt for a h’apporth of tar come to mind.

  • 48 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Colo and Durmett are no longer in the sick bay according to physioroom shld I b optimistic?

    My team I want a diamond formation of;
    ……………………..Kru
    Janmatt…….Mbemba……Colo……..Haidara
    ………………………..Colback
    ……………Sissoko………………Wijnaldum
    ………………………….De Jong
    …………..Mitrovic………………….Perez/Cisse.
    If not we go 4-2-3-1
    …………………………Krul
    Janmatt……..Mbemba……Colo……..Haidara
    …………….Anita/Wijnaldum. ……Colback
    Sissoko……De Jong/Wijnaldum. ..Perez/Aarons
    ……………………Mitrovic/Cisse

    4-3-3 or 4-5-1
    ………………………Krul
    Janmatt……..Mbemba……..Colo………Haidara
    …………………………Colback
    ……………..Sissoko…………….Wijnaldum
    Perez………………….Mitrovic…………………Aarons.

    You Choose.

  • 49 Transfer Sage // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    I’d like us to get Austin, don’t think we desperately need another forward as we have 5 (mitrovik, cisse, perez, Gouffran, riviee) already but he’s a goal scorer which is vital.

    I’d still like to see us go after another CB, ideally a one which is proven to be reliable in the premier league but I can’t see it happening as we have 5 on our books plus dummet who will be a last resort there.

    We seem set for central midfielders but could do with another winger who chips in with 5-10 goals a season as I can see us just playing one out and out striker so goals will need to come from elsewhere as well.

    Ideally we’d ship out a few of our centre backs and replace them but I doubt that will happen. We have a few too many players who will be contributing very little and won’t be pushing the starting defence for their positions.

  • 50 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    The season starts next week and we’re still waiting for the horse.

  • 51 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Can anyone even hear clippety clop in the distance?

  • 52 Transfer Sage // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Over the line

    I think Saylor is (maybe was as not seen him since injury) a good enough player to play CB in the prem. His main issue is injury and his fitness/weight which he seems to let go when injured.

    I do agree though that another top CB would be the next port of call. I think the current squad could be top 10 and then when a few contracts for our CBs are up this summer we may bring better in next year.

    I don’t expect everything this summer, Ashy doesn’t ever give me that confidence, as long as we keep improving I won’t worry too much. Hopefully the cycle of one good season then 3 scrapping at the bottom can be broken.

  • 53 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    My gut feeling is that Austin probably decided weeks ago that Newcastle was his first choice, and the delay is both clubs playing hard ball on the fee. Really there hasn’t been any credible talk of him going elsewhere in a while, that I’ve seen. It’s as if everybody in the know has accepted it as a done deal, and moved on. It’s just Lee and Les playing “mine’s bigger than yours”….

  • 54 TudorCrisps // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Not a thing B&B

  • 55 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Slank

    Not even a hint.

  • 56 TudorCrisps // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    The overrated frenchman

    haha lee and les playing mines bigger than yours

  • 57 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    We needed at least a dozen out and a dozen of better quality in. What is Carr doing? I trust he’s simply giving Mc time.

  • 58 Our Toon // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    We still discussing Austin? Villa have made some very good signings been impressed, just realised Stoke have signed Ibrahim Afellay on a free from Barca. I’d have taken him here

  • 59 Our Toon // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Blackley

    Carr has done his job, the targets are there but it would seem the cheque will go missing.

  • 60 OneAlanShearer // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Can someone tell Ashley we need a racing car not a horse and cart.

  • 61 Graeme // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Blackley – no Klop for us mate – we have Schteve!!!

  • 62 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Transfer Sage

    Rivere and Perez arent strikers they wont get u goals that u need. 10 and above. Wat I believe they are no. 10 or wingers. So that’s why we need Austin.

    For defence we have a good CB in Colo and S. TAYLOR to partner Mbemba but one looks like he doesn’t care or passed it and one is a sick note. So we jst feel like we neeed one more. For Durmett is going to b taken as CB coz he isnt a mcclaren FB not attacking.

    A CB of Mbemba S.Taylor Colo Durmett and Lascales aint bad but has issues.

  • 63 corkypants // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    i seriously think after tony that will be it until jan!

    think about it guys we have added to the spine of the squad with real decent players who have the potential to be world class, we have a brand new manager and coaching team who have the ability to turn our under achievers around, I think colo and mbemba will be a decent pairing with either taylor or lascelles to fill in when the injuries hit. ideally we could have more experience in depth at the back put i wouldnt be too upset by this. the deadwood or the majority of it will be off loaded by the end of jan so i can see us adding a couple more defenders and maybe a winger then!

    these things take time guys, we cant just chuck a jumble of players together and expect them to play like steve said they need to be the right type of player with the right attitude they also need to be able to take us forward

  • 64 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    will die for the toon army – I admire the fact that you can find a new way to misspell “Lascelles” every time you mention him. Very creative.

  • 65 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    We really didn’t need an overhaul. All we needed was to get moral into our players coz I believe they were not that bad u dont get ubeaten for 7 games if u r that bad and we beat Chelsea Liverpool and Spurs in that run. Carver syndrome jst happened.

    We did that without Aarons or De Jong. Now we have Mbemba Wijnaldum and Mitrovic to add to that. Our team is full of Internationals.

    Aston Villa has bought a new team. Lossing their best players from last seson in Delph Clevery Vlaar and Benteke. We still have our players that we relied on last season Colo Taylor Krul Perez Cisse Colback Janmatt and we have added new players and you say we r going to struggle.
    NUFC supporters are really hard to impress. I now agree with Souness.

  • 66 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Liverpool

    Sorry I was away – there is actually footage of Mitros first day training.

    At first he looks a little lost .

    Guess who makes a point of welcoming him?
    Tim Krul with an arm around the shoulders and intros to all.

  • 67 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    The overrated Frenchman

    I failed to spell his name but I believe I have never got it right.

  • 68 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Our next captain should be Dutch. Seriously. A few good candidates.

  • 69 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    TS…ideally I think alot of things should have changed regarding our squad, but sadly it hasn’t!

    …we seem to have gotten a manager with the same flaws as Pardew but might play more attracting football!

    It’s a start I suppose but I hardly think we are in for a treat this season. Nothing so far has really changed – beside the people doing coaching (it’s welcome of course 🙂 but alot more needs to happen I think)

  • 70 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    will die – correct on both counts. you’ve failed and you’ve never got it right!

  • 71 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    will die for the toon army @ 65

    You make some good points especially the lack of confidence. Players don’t lose their skills. Players with confidence have that extra speed, greater determination and are not hesitant about trying things, being inventive and giving it a go.

    I’m sure our new coaching team would have instilled a lot of confidence in most, if not all, of our existing squad. Of course the test will be on the pitch.

  • 72 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Krul or Janmaat for captain! We won’t change those positions anyway and Newcastle has a tendency to play the captain no matter what!

    …silly if you ask me! And who has a team with only one leader? I am glad McC is rectifying that at least!

  • 73 Our Toon // Aug 1, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Will die for toon

    Positive spin on things mate but in all reality we are woefully short in some key areas. Unlike other teams we only just survived on the last day, we need to add more than just 3 players to the team who are good enough for the starting XI

  • 74 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Jesper dont compare our current backroom staff to the one before: Its an improvement big improvement.
    McClaren vs Pardew – McClaren
    Simpson vs Carver – Draw
    Cathro vs Stone – Cathro
    Simon vs Woodman – Draw

  • 75 Ron Knee // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Charmless has made a start – a good start – to the transfer business but the job is nowhere near finished.

  • 76 Our Toon // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Siem De Jong is the only leader we have, the only sensible choice for captaincy. If he’s injured then his vice can deputise

  • 77 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Corky pants
    Nobody wants a jumble of players. We have a head coach set up. That means someone other than Mc is responsible for assembling the squad. The targets and the outgoings should be well considered (months in advance) and the business should have been done. I’m all for Mc having as much input as possible, but very little has happened. Things need to happen quickly as this is virtually the same squad that nearly had us relegated. There are many worse players than Jonas who need to be shipped out.

  • 78 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    We haven’t even seen a horse and cart arrive to take way the deadwood.

  • 79 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    It must be myth time again.

    Woefully short in key areas – nonsense

    Only survived on the last day – if West Ham had beaten us 5 – 0 we would still have survived.

    We seem to have gotten a manager with the same flaws as Pardew – what are you waffling on about Jesper

    We needed at least a dozen out and a dozen of better quality in. What is Carr doing?
    Blackley what kack

    Come on everyone challenge these posters and their negativity.

  • 80 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Will Die
    Like Pardew, you probably thought the squad at the start of last season was good enough for a tilt at Europe?

  • 81 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Our Toon @ 76

    I agree with you that Siem De Jong is the only leader we have and the only sensible choice for captaincy.

    He is in the right playing position between defence and the attack. From the glimpses I have seen he appears very vocal.

  • 82 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie

    I think the whole system changed wen we got a new board everything has to pass thru the board not one man.

  • 83 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    JIB
    You’re not seriously arguing that we did not survive on the last day? And because the win didn’t matter, we don’t need a complete overhaul?

  • 84 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Jesper @ 69

    ‘gotten a manager with the same flaws as Pardew ‘

    Then name them

  • 85 dannitoon // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    http://bundesliga-streams.net/

    Sick of scrolling through crap to get to post section.. please put it at top… SBR article was ruined by “fans” talking crap

  • 86 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie

    The team really looked good then De Jong Krul Cisse Aarons Tiote happened and I think they had to b our best players that season.

    The injuries we had last season were crazy. The first team got injured and even the back up got injured how do u explain that and how can u perform.

  • 87 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    dannitoon

    Freedom of speech every one is entitled to his opinion at the end of the day we all want the best of NUFC. If u dont like it u r free to leave.

  • 88 SUTTY1978 // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Wonder if Tones will play this afternoon – Trialist A

  • 89 geordiesteve520 // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    I really believe that one of the reasons Colo has looked so out of depth recently is playing alongside Williamson. We’ve known for ages that he’s not got pace but reads the game well and distributes well too. Now, hopefully that there is a player who is quick, strong and supposedly good in the air (Mbemba), it should allow Colo to sit a little deeper and mop up anything instead of getting dragged about and highlighting his lack of pace.

  • 90 SUTTY1978 // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    *Toney

  • 91 JAMSHA // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    http://sportlemontv.eu/?watch=Y52imJmsY6KZq2OdmKqdmJmjY2VoamhtaGOoraSZY6ijmJW

  • 92 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Will Die
    Injuries is one big problem. We say it every season. The best way to cope with injuries is to have a strong squad. So, for example, we need to get a centre forward like Austin. Get the deadwood out, like Riviere, and keep the better strikers, like Cisse.

  • 93 Bobbybee // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Getting ready to go watch the mags v the munch bunch. Good thing with these games is we get tickets bang in the middle, on the halfway line. Not that i dislike my normal ST seat, but you get my drift 🙂 will be interesting to see if Wijnaldum gets his wish to play in the middle of midfield. I’d play him there and let him and de jong pull the strings. Mitrovic and Cisse can play together I’m sure, slightly staggered (not drunk!) Then again, why try to second guess Macca? Whatever the line up, I can’t wait to see how we perform. If collo can’t make his mind up, I’d make it up for him and bring in another CB and sell him. (Nobody out until a replacement is in situ remenber). This will give us a chance to see the likely line up v the saints, so I hope there’s no wholesale subs. Treat it like a PL game, but without the injuries! I’ll settle for a good perotmance with lots of evidence of the new football philosophy, but a win wouldn’t go amiss. Most excited I’ve been since… ashley took over. Come on you mighty magpies!

  • 94 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    JAMSHA
    That site looks rotten with viruses !!!
    It asked to update my video codecs before I even tried to access anything !!!!!!

  • 95 SUTTY1978 // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Colo does not read the game well, it’s a myth, how many times did he charge into midfield last season to try and win a ball he had no chance with? This left a huge gap filled only with the floundering Magic Mike W. I can’t

  • 96 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    geordiesteve520 @89

    We will find out soon enough.

    Colo is still our best central defender (in the absence of evidence from Mbemba). He appears to fit the mold that McClaren wants from the team.

  • 97 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    GeordieSteve
    Colo has lost his bottle. Flinches in the face of a shot and not brave enough to head from a set piece in the oppo’s box. Time to get rid and replace.

  • 98 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Sutty
    Stand on the mark over there please.
    Right – I’m going to pivot you through 180 degrees , don’t be alarmed.
    There you go.
    See how much nicer it feels looking forward not back.

  • 99 Offkey // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Uncle Jib – Its realism time again

    Woefully short in key areas – Lets play midfielders as back up full backs. Lets add only Mbemba to our defence that has proven to be woefully short of quality and numbers in recent times.

    Only survived on the last day – our survival was not guaranteed until the…..errr……last day of the season

    We seem to have gotten a manager with the same flaws as Pardew – well, I dont really agree with this one myself although some actions of his can be rightfully questioned e.g. purposes of team selections during pre-season.

    We needed at least a dozen out and a dozen of better quality in. What is Carr doing?
    Carr is part of the problem but I wouldn’t say it all ‘rests at his door’. Further, I dont think 12 is that ridiculous, we have 11 in their last year on NUFC.com and there is an amount of dross on top of that. 12+ over the next three windows seems right. Personally I thought it should be 6+ this window.

  • 100 JAMSHA // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Jib

    its not just install ad blocker plus on ur chrome or firefox… dnt download anytng it says ..wen the match starts .. close those sign in x dats all, it doesnt req any player o codec

  • 101 Liverpool Mag // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Monchengladbach are streaming the game on fohlen.tv but it will require a paying abut 5 euros

  • 102 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    SUTTY1978 @ 95

    That is a valid point about Colo charging into midfield last season to try and win a ball he had no chance with but how many times did he win the ball last season doing the same thing ?

    Did he charge up the field because the players who should be protecting the midfield had gone walkabout ?

  • 103 JAMSHA // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    or this link

    http://www.vipleague.tv/football/317723/1/newcastle-utd-vs-b.-monchengladbach-live-stream-online.html

  • 104 bettyswallocks // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Jib………. Do you know if that link will work on iPad ?

  • 105 SUTTY1978 // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    JIB so you think Colo will be better this season than his performances over the last three years? Time to cut our ties with a player who doesn’t want to be here and plays like that’s the case

  • 106 geordiesteve520 // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    I dunno Blackey, I am all for 2nd chances and I think there was a case of mob mentality at the club last year; everyone’s performances just falling to the lowest common denominator instead of someone (who, I admit should have been Colo) rolling up sleeves and dragging everyone with them. I do think that Satka is the future, having seen him a few times on trips back north but he needs to bulk up a lot. Having seen Lascelles a lot over the last 2 seasons I am sure he will become an integral part of not only NUFC but of the England set up – I rate him that highly. He just needs a bit of experience at the top level, he has all the attributes necessary.

  • 107 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Colo is still our best defender with Mbemba there. Mbemba is jst an executioner and Colo is is e judge.

  • 108 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Jib/jeff/jane/will die…/slank…to name just one SUTTY who’s from Derby (or live in Derby) named one for you lot earlier!

    …it’s funny how both Slank and Jib are always at it…hmm

  • 109 geordiesteve520 // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Slank @102, I agree mate. Also how many times did we get turned around with one hopefully ball due to having to play a flat line due to no pace – should change a bit this season.

  • 110 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Sweaty
    I believe so

  • 111 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Jib

    Are you always at it and if so what is it ?

  • 112 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Will die…if you read my comment again I never compared the two (only the managers)…and I stand by that!

    I said the only real change was the coaches (a welcome one). I am reading what I wrote as we speak 😉

  • 113 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Colo and Mbembs shld play together and we judge from there. Before we go rushing into buying a new CB we still have a month to go.

  • 114 Tinman // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    If mochen are streaming it online then it will be available for free on another site. Interested to see the team selection. We seem to have an imbalanced squad and you can see that by people’s team selections.

    Keep an eye on De Jong folks. Don’t write him off yet!!

  • 115 Bobbybee // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    This is a new start with a new philosophy, with five quality players who didn’t feature last season. The window ain’t shut yet and we’ve got a whole new coching set up with people who know what to do for a change. It would be hard not to like, but we’re in for a far better season than last with better football to enjoy. Glass half full with optimism, or half empty with pessimism? Mine’s getting on for 3/4 full of smiles. Howay the Lads!!!

  • 116 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Betty @ 104

    I can rarely, more often than not never, find a live stream for an iPad.

    If anyone can, please tell all – well me and Betty.

  • 117 bettyswallocks // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Jib……. Thanks

  • 118 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    GeordieSteve
    I’m all for giving youngsters a chance. They need experience and theres only one way to get it. Carr obviously rates Lascelles, so let’s see what he can do.

  • 119 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Jesper

    I dont think Pardew and Mcclaren are e same. Mcclaren cld have lost it of recent but he still gat it.

  • 120 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Sutty
    You are reading too much into a player who fluctuates (which WILL be rectified by the new coaching regime).
    I was at the Hawthorns last season and he OUTSTANDING against WBA.

  • 121 hibbit // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    will die for the toon army………………..have you not watched him over the last 2 seasons our best defend. judged against what willo and taylor

  • 122 Offkey // Aug 1, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    I think Darlow and Lascelles are seen, at best, as back up. I dont see either starting unless there are serious injury concerns to a number of players, I hope I am wrong and they really shine here but I am not so sure.

  • 123 JackButler // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    If we were to go into the new season with what we currently have, how happy would people be?

    We’ve made some very good signings and spent decent money, but for me it’s still not enough, we need another three additions to have any chance of attacking 8th place

  • 124 OneAlanShearer // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    An injury to Krul and saylor&colo leaves us with darlow, elliot, lascelles..A terrorising prospect. We simply need better alternative options an current defensive options but we shall see if they tackle those risks or ignore them…again.

    Yes I want austin.
    Yes I want another quality centre back but we are exposed if any of our key players get injured. We have to improve now.

    The problem with doing it over 3 windows is if players do well other clubs will want them. Get them in now build from here. Then sell the dross or let it go.

    Also the new tv deal will push prices and wages up further next season so it’s false economy to wait plus we are at risk now nog in two windows time.

  • 125 SUTTY1978 // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    JIB, I also remember him being taken apart in 80% of our games last season. I remember him having one good game alongside dummett when he played RCB rather than his usual LCB. Proper coaching will not change his poor decision making which has been his hallmark in recent years. Nor will another year make his legs move any faster or enable him to get more than three inches off the ground when he jumps. I’m just offering a critical opinion here. Just on another note, he also played as many hopefully punts forward as Willo last year, with only slightly more success. Now that is something which could be coached out of him.
    Just on a general note, our best runs of games defensively over the last couple of years have been when Colo has been out, coincidence?

  • 126 Offkey // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    JB – It depends, if we make some signings before the close of the window its not ideal but I would be happy. I would be unhappy if this is it. We may get lucky and have a run without injuries or suspensions that sees us through to January, but its a gamble……again.

  • 127 JackButler // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Offkey

    I think until the two lads from Forrest are tested we will have no idea what role they can or will play, but personally I’d be very worried if we were forced to rely on either of them this season

  • 128 Jib // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    OffKey
    We have been warned it is a 3 window task

  • 129 hibbit // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    our 3 cb’s are bad all for different reasons but bad just the same taylor willo colo need to go….we will never improve with any of these 3 in team

  • 130 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    What happened with us on injuries was crazy with injuries and suspensions.

    When Terry and Cahill get injured and Zouma suspended they stay with ?????

    Falcoa and Costa injured they stay with Remy and ?????

    Thats wat happens wen injuries and suspensions become too much that is wat happened with us.

  • 131 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    As things stand, my first choice CB pairing would be Mbemba (I’ve not seen him) and Dummett.

  • 132 JackButler // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Whereas I think SM is a better coach than Pardew and I believe his new back room staff are also an upgrade on Carver and Stone the old saying of “you can polish a turd, but it will always be a turd” comes to mind when you think about our centre halfs.

    If they are not on the treatment table they are invariably on their backside watching the ball being put in our net. Mbemba is one good addition but he’s not enough, we need more and sooner rather than later, we are still carrying to much deadwood

  • 133 expatmag // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Just off topic. Watching Van Dijk playing for Celtic at the moment and he looks a class above anyone else on the pitch.

    He is bringing the ball out of defence besutifully and playing in his wingers and forwards.

  • 134 lochinvar // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Nice!
    Dear Mr. Ashley,
    Please take note and ditch both Puma and Wonga.
    Adidas know what they are doing.
    Maybe Wylam brewery could be the Brown Ale logo equivalent .
    £750 million deal over 10 years – as long as my season ticket .
    Imagine what you could do with the cash, sell up maybe ?

    Manchester United have become the latest club to launch their new kit, the first of a record-breaking deal with Adidas worth £75m a year.
    United announced the 10-year contract in July 2014 but could not release the kit until a 13-season deal with Nike, worth £23.5m a year, expired.
    It is the first time Adidas has made United’s strip for 24 years, with the club saying it was a “classic design”.

  • 135 Tsunki // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Jeff I see what sutty means and I don’t see how Colo’s evident desire to leave will be rectified except by granting his wish. Having said that he is easily our best choice of CB and though some fans go in to toonbotherer mode and criticise his positioning etc, his game usually suffers because he is stretched by covering the deficiencies of those around him, whether nurse maiding Santon or Dummet, or Raylor….. in the right unit he can be commanding and have the time to show he us very confident playing from the back.

    But on sutty’s point, he has got himself injured before nearly every derby in the last three years, shamefully politicised a move back to Argentina and threw in the towel when it all went swirling down the pot last season. He should be replaced asap.

  • 136 JackButler // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Expat

    I’d love to see him here, surely we could get a deal done with cash and some of our fringe player?

  • 137 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    As far as I was concerned, after the horse and cart speech, I expected Willo the donkey to be put out to grass. Only when he is gone can we begin to say lessons have been learnt.

  • 138 Tsunki // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Lochinvar yeah but they are a big club in the North West, while we…..

  • 139 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie

    That’s good but does Durmett consider himself a CB or LB.

    Durmett is faster and throws himself at everything more than Colo. Mbemba and Durmett is lovely hadn’t thought abt it.
    Jannmaatt…..Mbemba……Durmett….Haidara
    Good.

  • 140 hibbit // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    blackley by all accounts willo is the only cb we have had interest in

  • 141 Tsunki // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Doesn’t look like we are doing well convincing anyone to take Willo off our hands. He’s worth well shy of the purported £2m we asked for. I suppose we could double his value by sellotaping a packet of hobnobs to him. That might make him a more attractive purchase.

  • 142 Tsunki // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Will die – who’s this Durmett we’ve bought? 😉

  • 143 expatmag // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    Jack

    I know it is only the SPL but his quality shines through.

    Mind you, playing against a defence minded Ross County doesnt test his skills as much as against a rampant Chelsea but I tell you what, he is a classy performer.

    For a big lad, he has great balance, quite quick and 2 good feet. He has just slalomed his way through 5 opponents in a 50 yard run, only just losing out to the 6th.

    He can score goals as well. Apparently 10 last season, 5 the season before. Not bad for a centre half

  • 144 JackButler // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Expat

    Agree mate, I’m just surprised no one has moved for him before now, not sure how much the lad would cost, would imagine around the 10 million mark, but he’d be a massive upgrade on what we currently have

  • 145 JamesToon // Aug 1, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    @lee_ryder: #gladbach team: Sommer, Christensen, Herrmann, Dahoud, Raffael, Stindl, Traore, Wendt, Schulz, Jantschke, Xhaka #nufc




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