Former Arsenal Super-Star Praises McClaren’s Newcastle

Newcastle looked a resilient side on Saturday at Old Trafford, and there was guts and courage for all the Newcastle fans to see in the way the side fought and hung on tenaciously to their clean sheet – the first clean sheet of the season after conceding four goals and getting only one point in the first two games at home to Southampton and on the road to Swansea.

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The result was the first time in  eight games on the road that we haven’t lost and haven’t conceded a goal.

However, those previous away games were under the woeful leadership of John Carver.

Carver was simply way out of his depth as Newcastle’s interim coach and he embarrassed himself and the club with his shocking and ridiculous comments on TV, and he should have been relieved of his duties long before he almost took the side down.

This is what Thierry Henry has said on Sky Sports, about what he saw at Old Trafford compared to what he saw under Carver:

“Away from home last year’s side were shocking. They were one of the worst teams I’ve seen.”

“I liked the way they played at Manchester United. They had a good shape, and a good idea of what they wanted to do, and got a good draw.”

Newcastle have 2 points from our first three tough games, and it gets no easier on Saturday when we entertain the Gunners,  who drew 0-0 with Liverpool at home last night.

And tonight we have to somehow beat Northampton Town in the League Cup, and if we are beaten it would not be good, and would be a hammer blow to the club.

So that mustn’t happen.

And it’s either a win or a loss tonight, with extra time and penalties taking place if necessary.

Newcastle cannot have any let down in our next two games before the two week International break – two wins would be great – and we must build on the display against Manchester United.

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15 comments so far

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Aug 25, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Nut meg from previous post Mitro is,a geordie he comes from anderlecht he worships alan shearer and he shops in sports direct he hates the ******* mackems and hates the boro to and if u cut him open hes black and white right through

  • hibbit

    Aug 25, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #2

    the broons…….. i like haidaira just think he is work in progress a lot on here forget how young he is needs a good run in the team without injuries can only get better

  • nut meg

    Aug 25, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Ha ha thanks for that,Mitrovic was impressed he had a song about him already.

  • the broons

    Aug 25, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4


    Couldn’t agree more, the lad is still very naive and sometimes is caught out of position but I generally feel like he beats Dummet in every single department therefore makes him our best left back.

  • expatmag

    Aug 25, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #5


    I accept your apology. Dont do it again.

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #6

    It is going to be like every cup – tie against 3rd Division opposition , they can only match us for fitness never for skill.
    Therefore you try to slow the tempo of the game down as much as possible by retaining control of the ball .
    Unfortunately our fitness levels are probably less than Northampton’s given our woeful preseason added to which the game on Saturday was quite draining .
    This is a tricky tie at a bad time with Arsenal 4 days after.
    A real selection headache for Supermac.
    I would go for an explosive start and try to kill the game off before halftime.

  • the broons

    Aug 25, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #7

    mind ya i’ll say this much about this “new era”
    I’ve never been this excited to watch toon play a league 2 side since I was just a little nipper.
    The prospect of seeing Thauvin flourish as well as others like Aarons who i dont think has had a fari crack of the whip yet is one i can”t wait for.
    Stay clear of injures and this could still be a big year for us toon fans.

  • toon kk

    Aug 25, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #8

    The broons
    Haidaira is championship quality and no more along with several other members of our squad that need to be shipped oot for us to move forward.

  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 25, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Haidara has all the attributes to be a cracking left back. He’s not the finished article nor are any of the players we are buying at the moment. He looks much better with Aarons playing in front of him, those two link up well going forward and unlike Obertan, Aarons comes back to help out. Could be a really good partnership on the left given time.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 25, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Mag52 // Aug 25, 2015 at 7:31 AM


    So we’re back to Pardew talk again, and there’ll always be those who will look for any reason to account for success he might have other than his own ability.
    Bit pathetic really.
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    Mag 52

    No you’re back to pardew talk again. I’m not sure who is more obsessed, you with AP or Toonbrother with Colo. very pathetic really.
    And you’re telling others to move on . . . .!!!

  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 25, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Not sure why our players would be knackered after Saturday, we were only playing on a half size pitch as we didn’t really get past the halfway line

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 25, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Blaydon toon

    Thats class it has to start with


  • Blaydon-Toon

    Aug 25, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Nut meg I got that from a Newcastle page on FB but I think it’s a cracking chant for mental Mitrovic

  • toon kk

    Aug 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #14

    your right when you say a lot of our players aren’t the finished article, but that is down to the regime at the club, so as soon as they are a very good player in MA/ the boards eyes they’re cashed in. Thats why we’re always a club in progress.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 25, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Haidara has potential. He was thrown in at the deep end with clueless managers and poor players around him, and he has struggled at times for sure. Injuries haven’t helped. He needs a good run of games to get into a rhythm. He might get there, he might not – but he has to be played to find out if he has what it takes.


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