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Newcastle Side Not Set In Stone – McClaren

9:40 am, Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 77 Comments

Competition for places is what usually gets the best out of players,  when they know that any slip in form could lose them their place in the side, and somebody else is only too willing to come in and play well for the side.

We haven’t had enough competition for places in the side over the last few years, and that can lead to some lackadaisical displays, and we’ve had far too many of those in the past.

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Steve McClaren on Saturday at Old Trafford

But with four very good players coming in already in this summer transfer window for close to £
£50M, there is some serious competition for places building up – at last.

Steve McClaren has said the players who will play tonight against Northampton Town in the League Cup are playing for their places in the side.

This is what the head coach has said in the Chronicle today:

“Our side is not settled or set in stone.” “The competition has to be fierce.” “The most important people to me are the 11 to 23.”

“When they have got to play, they have to be ready to make an impact.” “Tonight is an opportunity.”

“When you have a cup competition and the Premier League to contend with,  you wonder if you’ve got the squad to cope with both.”

“I would say we have the squad to cope with both.” “We have a strong squad with good players.”

“We have just played 11 v 11 out there in training and they are all much of a muchness.”

“They are all at the same levels with nothing to choose between them.” “Siem will play.” “It will be a strong team.”

“Moussa is progressing well and may be OK for the weekend.” “But we are taking that day by day.”

One of the big criticisms of Newcastle from the fans in the eight years we have had under  owner Mike Ashley, is that we don’t try to win the cups and we always field weakened sides – often packed with youngsters.

That’s in the past now, and McClaren has been charged with trying to win a cup for Newcastle, and this season would be as good a time an any to do that.

So we cannot have any slip-ups tonight, and anybody who comes into the side and does really well could keep their place for the tough game against Arsenal on Saturday.

Bottom line – we need to win tonight.

That’s good news about Moussa Sissoko, and maybe he will be fit enough to start on Saturday?

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77 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Whumpie // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    I wish I was up there for this game – and not just because it’s cheap 

    I just want two things from this:

    1. A win
    2. A reason to believe we have strength in depth.

    We have a lot of 2nd-choice players pushing hard for 1st choice spots and I just hope they give Maclaren a real selection headache for league games by showing their class tonight.

    Should be a great game – no excuse for not going if you’re local!

  • 2 SUTTY1978 // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    So he’ll be fielding a second string 11 then? Changed somewhat from “playing our strongest side”. If he back pedals any further he’ll be in the north sea

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    From previous, you’ve hit the nail on the head, the rigid policy which means “computer says no” that has had us buy Carrs third to sixth choice more often than not the policy hasn’t been as successful as they would have liked.

  • 4 Fostino // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Mcclaren starting 11 for saints and swansea vs reserve starting 11

    Krul..janmaat…mbemba ..colo…haidira. ..sissoko…Anita. ..colback…wini….Obertan. ..cisse
    Darlow. ..bigi…Taylor. ..lascalles…dummett….thauvin…tiote…Siem…perez…Aarons. …Mitro

    I think I’d pick the reserve team to win. This truly shows that Willo. ..elliot. ..vuckic…goofy…marvo…Fergusion are surplus to requirements. Also shows back up to rb is poor as I woukd also say bigi is surplus and haidira nor Pl standerd.

    Riverie I haven’t mentioned…he’s not surplus yet but def replaceable for something better

  • 5 Jib // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    I will be in the air when the game is on flying to sunnier climes.
    It could be worse I could have said Middlesbrough

  • 6 OneAlanShearer // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Ferguson is already out on loan.

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    The trouble with the clamour to sell Willo is that when Taylor inevitability breaks down we are left a man short. I would have a constantly fit Taylor over Willo all day but the reality is that he plays about 14 games a season. Curtis Good needs to go out on loan with Lascelles to a top Championship side with a good shout for promotion, if he’s not good enough to get that opportunity then he shouldn’t be playing in the PL for us.

  • 8 Jib // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Riviere has scored twice as many goals in the Cap1 cup as in the league.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    I don’t know how Bigi has regressed so much, he looked the part when we bought him.

  • 10 hibbit // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    jail my mate has always called him 10 game taylor never seems to get past a 10 game run

  • 11 chuck // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Here we go again, with McClaren becoming Pardew “mark 2” starting out with the same old excuses, we have to make sure everyone is ready to step up, is that not why sides have training sessions?

    Then the other excuses, our knackered side needs to be rested for the big game comming up, face it no one from the coaches through Ashley is interested in this crap cup and are preparing the fans for our exit, nothing has changed apart from the fact the club (Ashley) came within a hair of being relegated on two occasions lately and had had to upgrade the side to ensure PL membership with it’s big money rewards.

    Same club, same owner, same goals, mid table mediocrity, same bull***t, so what did you expect ?

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Just in case anyone hasnt seen it

  • 13 lesh // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:08 AM


    It’s not just Bigi who seem to have regressed having shown much promise.

    Could it be that the development squad coaching’s not up to the standard required to bring out the best in these kids?

    I wonder whether McClaren’s undertaken a full review of the coaching regime covering the very youngest through to and including the development squad?

    It surely must be on his to-do list if there’s a desire to develop a youth system along the lines of the very successful Southampton model which has produced so much talent over the years.

    No quick fix but….

  • 14 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:11 AM


    Did you read a different article from everyone else??

  • 15 Jib // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    I’d start with picking Janmaat make him captain and give him the opportunity to redeem himself.
    Dummett Williamson Lascelles De Jong Thauvin Aarons Sissoko Darlow Tiote Riviere Gouffran all NEED game time a mixture of those above with some regular 1st teamers should do it.

  • 16 SUTTY1978 // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Jail, Good and Lascelles are not good enough for a top Championship side. Lascelles struggled to get into a mid table one last year, Good struggled to get into Bradfords side when he was on loan there, mainly just used for cup games filling in at left back. Said last night that most of our younsters are crap and less than a handful will make it at championship level or above. In no way should these type of players get a sniff of a first team game for NUFC.

  • 17 jayphoto // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    nice to see we have a squad that can drop 4 or 5 players and still be strong tonight!
    I’d line up 4-4-2. Northampton play long and direct, tend to miss out the middle anyway…
    id go with Darlow in goal. A defence of ..
    Janmaat (needs match fitness, looked off the pace)
    Taylor (Could do with sharpness)
    Lascelles (good time to make his debut)
    Haidara (Theres no one else.)
    in Midfield id go
    Thauvin – adapting to england
    Tiote – needs fitness
    De Jong – needs fitness
    Aarons – Needs to be kept in the 1st team loop

    up top I’d honestly go with Mitrovic because he needs to get that first goal, good chance tonight and cisse. See how they do together. I’ve a feeling they might compliment each other.

    I’d have young Toney on the bench to get a few minutes. He’ll be desperate to play in this game and a taste of first team will motivate him to work hard for more.

  • 18 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    From what i can tell so far…. we are going to be starting with Mitrovic, Thauvin, Aarons and perez. Thats a strong attacking line up. Hardly on par with the teams we put out on recent years. Ok, Willo might start, but he has prem experience and surely even HE can handle the Northamptons attack?

  • 19 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:18 AM


    From what SM said above, sissoko isn’t ready for tonight, and I wouldn’t play goufran for the under 12s! But agree with the rest. Even Riviere

  • 20 SUTTY1978 // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Lesh, the difference between Southampton’s set up and ours is the raw talent. I thought since we were now Cat 1 that we would be hoovering up all the talent from the Cat 2 clubs at bargain prices, don’t seem to have done that at all. Liveool do that all the time and pass it off as great development of their own players, look at stirling.

  • 21 Transfer Sage // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    I don’t mind player rotation. I think it’s good to keep everyone sharp and on their game.

    The problem previously under pardew was that the same 11 (baring injuries) played every week in the prem and we rotated too many in the cups.

    At least McClaren has shown he is making changes and swapping a few in the league as well. It keeps everyone fresh and sharp and will hopefully prevent a few injuries.

    Also by only changing a few you get a better bid between the players as wholesale changes don’t give players a chance to gel.

    It all depends on the 11 starting tonight but i think there are plenty of strong players to come into the side.

  • 22 OneAlanShearer // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    YCMIU – I agree. As slow as willo is he will cope with long balls into the box. Stick Mbemba/lascelles alongside him and stereo at right back. Haidara at left back still.

  • 23 martoon // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Transfer Sage @21 – I agree – we’ve said many times that our bench is pretty strong these days so why not give them some game time? We’ll not be playing kids we’ll be playing players on the fringe of the first team – big difference to Pardew (and Carver). Quite honestly these players should be good enough to beat Northampton!

  • 24 OneAlanShearer // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    The comment from their manager of they aren’t coming to Newcastle to tickle any tummies makes me think we should have men not boys in defence at least. I would give fringe players a chance but play a very strong attack.


    Sterry mbemba/lascelles willo Haidara

    Anita tiote

    Aarons sdj Thauvin


    Kill the game off then bring on obertan to keep stretching them, perez to have a run up front or cisse or switch to 442 and bring on toney.

  • 25 OneAlanShearer // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Also giving mitrovic and thauvin a chance to get on the scores heel is very wise…momentum is everything.

  • 26 OneAlanShearer // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Sheet not heel

  • 27 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:50 AM


    Yeah exactly. It’s not as if they are bairns. A couple of our fringe players were 1st team constants under Pardew, so they should easily cope with lower league teams.

  • 28 jayphoto // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Fact is, from our fringe/squad players , even as far down the squad as Bigirimana, Kemen or Toney would walk into Northamptons team and probably be the best player. The fact we are at home helps too.
    I think McClaren can realistically make up to 8 changes tonight but he needs to keep some experience in there to guide the result home.
    I’d play Janmaat, Taylor, Tiote, De Jong. That’s 4 experienced pros.
    Whether Lascelles is good enough or not for PL, he’s definitely a step up to league 2 and hes a demon in the air. I’d play him.
    Darlow has been good enough to notch 100 games for Forest, No real concerns about him or 3rd choice Elliot.
    Perez looked lively. Would keep him in the first team as he possibly will drop to the bench at the weekend.
    After this I’d possibly play Aarons because I’m desperate to see what he can do.
    Thauvin and Mitrovic are still adapting and this game might help. Mitrovic needs to get a goal as all strikers do to get off the mark. Thauvin missed preseason with us so could do with the game to help raise cohesion with teammates.
    Anita, Gini and Colo ran themselves into the ground on Saturday! Probably will against arsenal too, id rest them

  • 29 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 25, 2015 at 10:53 AM


    Yes, EVERY prem team in this round puts out a mix of first team experience and promising kids. It’s nice for us to actually be in a position to do that, and SM should be the right man to get that mix right.

  • 30 SUTTY1978 // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Jay, Toney wasn’t Northampton’s best player when he was there, so not sure why after four weeks of working with the much maligned Beardsley he suddenly would be!
    Most of our previous cup failures have been as much about attitude as the team we have put out. On paper we should pretty much always have won our early cup games but that hasn’t been the case. I’d be putting out as strong a team as possible and looking to annihilate them from the off. McClaren keeps saying the new players we have signed are winners, time for them to step up.

  • 31 jayphoto // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    See Cabaye has said no big clubs offered for him. Sounds like he didn’t enjoy his time at PSG.
    Looking forward in years to come to see what actually happened when he was rumoured to go on strike.
    Heard a few times that Newcastle players of the last few seasons have clauses in their contracts forbidding them to talk negatively about the club when they leave, personally wouldn’t believe anything Llambias or Kinnear say.
    The fact that Pardew was manager when Cabaye supposedly went on strike yet still rushed to sign him at the first opportunity to me suggests Yohan might not have played things how Kinnear let us believe…

  • 32 will die for the toon army // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Analysis for the game:
    Mcca is right we have a depth is squad. Fans shld not boo Williamson he is a NUFC player and he representing our club.
    it is how good they can b not filling positions shld come b atleast as goos as the player who is rested or can try to produce something similar.

    Let me hop the club has trained penalties. I wld keep Krul on the bench for that. Make only 2 subs during the game.
    My Team for the game:
    Thauvin…………….de Jong…………..Aarons
    Krul, Dummett,Obertan, Perez, Torney, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic.

    I wld rest Taylor because of his injury history

  • 33 jayphoto // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    @Sutty – think you’ll find after xmas Toney was their first name on the team sheet and finished 2nd top scorer.
    He started the season making sub appearances but become fully fledged first 11 member by halfway through the season

  • 34 calvinzolamakongo // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Think macca sayin in regards to squad r second team should be good enough to beat northhampton for eg darlow dumnett willo JL ?
    Tiote kemen
    Thauvin sdj aarons

    That team is still decent all prem players except kemen i would say

  • 35 jayphoto // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    @will die for the toon army – I know Krul seems to have a good reputation for saving penalties because of the world cup but truthfully his record at saving them in a Newcastle shirt is absolutely horrific!

  • 36 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    i put a team out yesterday i thought should start but after thinkin about it and the fact its an early kick off sat against the arse i’ve tweeked it a little
    keeper= darlow
    defence=janmaat colo lascelle dummit(if fit)or haidara
    def/mid=tiote kemen/anita
    at/mid=perez de jong aarons
    subs mbemba haidara?taylor thauvin toney colback wini

  • 37 SUTTY1978 // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Fully fledged first team player is a bit different to being on a totally different playing level to them and being their best player though, Marc Richards was their player of the year. I think they will give us a tough game and can see them scoring first if we go out in our usual cup tie malaise.

  • 38 will die for the toon army // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:17 AM


    Spot on.

  • 39 SPRINGY // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    ost of these players ive put in as they need playing time and should have more then enough about them to get the job done…..also kept mitro in to try and get him scoring coz he will be even more of a menace after scoring and perez deserves the start after sat

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    All games are different and good performance in one game should not by design guarantee you a starting place in next game.

    What should happen at Newcastle is we will have 23 players all performing (some will slip at times and then we pick them up) and all getting there fair share of games, because we need them and because every game is different!

    Some will be in form and we should of course build on that momentum…and that means no one keeps their place regardless not even the captain!

    This is not what I usually see happening at Newcastle – will SM be the man to change that (he didn’t do it at Derby)

  • 41 will die for the toon army // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Tactical Analysis from the Big 4 teams.

    All the teams play a 4-2-3-1 formation.
    The one thing that interested me apart from Manure all pushed an attacking midfielder to the holding role and put besides him a very hard working amd good CDM.
    Man City = Toure-Fernardinho
    Arsenal = Carzola – Couqueli
    Chealsea = Ferbrigas – Matic the
    NUFC = Sissoko – Colback

    This has made them b able to use the forward players they have at disposal by losing one. And besides wen u look at the players benched they are not better than wat is at the pitch.
    Man City = Fernardo, Delph, not better than Toure
    Arsenal = Arteta Flamini not better than Carzola
    Chelsea = Ramirez, Mikel not better than Farbigas
    NUFC = Tiote, Anita not better than Sissoko.

    Those players can change defence to attack in a short time thru a long pass (Fab) or thru counter attack (Toure, Carzola) Thats why I choose Sissoko over Wijanaldum. The CDM stays put to protect the Back 4.

    Mcca shld introduce it at NUFC.
    ……………………Sissoko. ………..Colback
    Thauvin……………….Wijanaldum. ……………..Perez

    Man city:
    ………………….Toure. …………Fernandinho

    Ramsey. ……………..Orzil………………Sanchez


  • 42 will die for the toon army // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Even Liverpool does the same

    Milner uses the long pass.

  • 43 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Can’t believe that we have got rid of Abeid and Cabella. Abeid will be starting next to Michael Essien in midfield. He’ll have a great season. We still need to get rid of these players:

    Shane Ferguson

    Selling Abeid, Santon and Cabella were mistakes.

    I’d love us to sign Guerriero and Abdennour.

  • 44 will die for the toon army // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:48 AM


    I believe that too players shld be played according to the game.

    Start Willo & Taylor wen we are going to play West brom.
    Start Colo & Mbemba wen we play Arsenal.

  • 45 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Guerriero would be an excellent replacement for Santon and would add goals. He is like a speedy/skillful Riise.

  • 46 Jib // Aug 25, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Abeid won’t have Essien beside him much.
    He only played 20 games out of a possible 65 for Milan and is 33 in 3 months.

  • 47 Jib // Aug 25, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    The Mags Team

  • 48 jayphoto // Aug 25, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    No matter what abeid goes on to achieve in his career, and I did like him, he wouldn’t have done much had he stayed! Too many players ahead of him for his preferred position of attacking midfielder. His progress would have stalled and moving was the right thing

  • 49 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 25, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Abeid was ahead of Colback and Tiote in my opinion. He’s much better than them.

  • 50 Jib // Aug 25, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    The last time the Cobblers were at SJP

  • 51 pspelectrical // Aug 25, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Kets 9
    You seriously are numb As a goat mate, crazy statement!

  • 52 Reyantoon // Aug 25, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Hmmm,so it’s true that some live in yellow submarine ha ha ha ha…

  • 53 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 25, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    He honestly is. Colback is useless. Tiote just gets yellow cards and doesnt do anything.

  • 54 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 25, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    At least Steve is playing Anita (who is our best DM).

  • 55 will die for the toon army // Aug 25, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Abeid has no clue. Showed glimpses of being good

  • 56 SUTTY1978 // Aug 25, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    I agree with Kets that abeid is a better player than Colback and is also better than Tiote has been over the past 18 months. Was statistically the best tackler in every game he played for us. I remember one game where he was hooked at half time, he’d made 7 tackles in 45 mins. Haven’t looked but can almost guarantee that no nufc player did that in 90 mins last season let alone 45.

  • 57 VanBasten // Aug 25, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    I hope Carr has also taken notice of Michy Batshuayi of Marseille when he was scouting Thauvin. I think he would be a great complement to Mitrovic with his pace and technical skills. He is also quite big at 6′ 0″.

    He is only 21 and from Belgium and I think he would fit perfectly in with our current squad that now also have some influence from the Begian league with both Mitrovic and Mbemba. Would love it if the club showed some interest and would not mind selling Cisse and replacing him with this gem.

  • 58 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 25, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    “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”

    Ed’s 1001 ways to bash Carver, no matter what the topic of the article. This one’s on Henry’s assessment of our performance at Old Trafford. You don’t think you could be overdoing it a little Ed? It’s funny but it’s beginning to detract from your articles.

  • 59 will die for the toon army // Aug 25, 2015 at 1:34 PM


    I thought I was e only one seeing Ed bashing A fellow Geordie who worked his @$$ off. But Carver got one off Shearer.

  • 60 WWSBRD // Aug 25, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Abied is alright certainly worth of a start last season but this one? Mmmm

    Pretty sure he wanted to leave anyway by all accounts and hes away to Greece on a short contract so its not like people were battering down the door for him. I rate Colback higher though I would have him in the squad ahead of Anita (whom I just dont rate). Ideally our CM partnership would be Colback and Sissoko but Sissoko is poor there and looks lost (add to that he is prone to his head dropping and him hiding) so unlikely he will fit in there unless someone uses some voo doo on him, so likelyhood is Colback/Anita until further notice

    As for tomorrow a few players need to start those being Tiote, Janmaat, de Jong and Aarons, Lascelles needs some game time and is Dummitt fit yet?

  • 61 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 25, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Will Die 4
    I can just picture Ed in a straight jacket hitting his keyboard with his nose. Someone wheels his chair away from his desk and looks him solemnly in the eyes:

    “Leave it, Ed. Carver’s gone now. You don’t need to worry. He’s gone, Ed and he won’t be coming back. Look at my lips Ed. Carver won’t be coming back. Do you hear me? Gone. Only punditry for John now.”

  • 62 WWSBRD // Aug 25, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Carver was terrible as our ‘manager’ but there was so much more to the story for him, I hope for nothing but good things for him

    Far more so than I hope for Pardew, atleast Carver is a likable sort

  • 63 Rotonda heights // Aug 25, 2015 at 1:53 PM


    is that the same carver who offered his own fans outside on at least 2 occasions. yeah really likable!!

  • 64 Rotonda heights // Aug 25, 2015 at 1:56 PM


    not sure what games you’ve been watching but anita has been great for a while now. if anything colback is the weaker player, certainly technically.

  • 65 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 25, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    It’s tonight not tomorrow here. Where are you?

  • 66 WWSBRD // Aug 25, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Ive heard a few stories of him offering players out for a fight in the heat of the moment then would be taken out for a drink by said player

    Have u never had a friend who would lose his/her cool?

  • 67 jayphoto // Aug 25, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Not Carvers fault he was given a chance to make all his dreams come true! I’ll be honest, if Charnley comes calling in the future I’ll be accepting the Newcastle job too and you’d have to pry the job out of my cold dead hands once I’d got it. And I can assure you, with the experience of playing Aston villa up to u16’s as a player and a season goal keeping coaching u11’s in Staffordshire I’m a lot less qualified for the job than JC 😉
    Problem was, is and will probably always be, the man that put Carver in that position in the first place! JC as a fan could never turn that job down, the fact is he shouldn’t have been offered it. Hoping hes getting an easy ride in town and such! By accounts I’ve seen he seems to be taking it with a smile

  • 68 Rotonda heights // Aug 25, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    will die at 55

    that comment suggests you are totally the one with no clue

  • 69 swisstone // Aug 25, 2015 at 1:59 PM


    I agree and I’ve made this point before. Ed takes every opportunity to have a dig at Carver.

    We all know he was out of his depth, in part due to being hung out to dry by the regime. He has paid the price, but no one could question his love for the club – he just wasnt good enough, simple as.

    So i think its time these constant references by Ed should stop.

  • 70 Rotonda heights // Aug 25, 2015 at 1:59 PM


    in personal life yes but not when managing NUFC. Could you imgine SBR doing that.

  • 71 WWSBRD // Aug 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    A while now? 4 games bud, time will tell I dont rate him as I said didnt call him out on his recent games, though at Man Utd we were lost in the midfield so not sure how he can be said to of had a good game

    Ah nuts it is tonight isnt it? Apologies am too used to Wednesday games it seems

  • 72 Rotonda heights // Aug 25, 2015 at 2:01 PM


    i think no one could question his love for himself. the best coach in the league don’t you know.

  • 73 Rotonda heights // Aug 25, 2015 at 2:02 PM


    even his biggest detractors can’t deny anita looks better playing for SM than clueless pardew and carver.

  • 74 pawl250 // Aug 25, 2015 at 2:04 PM


    Normally would agree that I prefer Colback, but so far this season Anita has been the better player. More composed and his passing was accurate.

    Besides Obertan, Colback was our worst player against Man Utd given silly balls away in his own half. It happened several times in the first half his pass back to one of the centre backs was simply not hard enough and Man Utd were away.

    He works hard, but I would put Anita as a starting DM over any of our current players in the same position. He just seems to have taken to the way SM wants us to play. Against Southampton our team crumbled when he left the field.

    Also game is tonight mate. Not tomorrow.

    For me our team should be

    Janmaat – Mbemba – Coloccini – Haidara
    Tiote – Colback
    Thauvin – De Jong – Aarons


    1. I would swap Thauvin and Aarons several times througout the game to swap the coming inside to crossing the ball.

    2. Tiote/De Jong need match fitness.

    3. Our back 4 still need time to gel so need more game time together.

    4. Aarons and Thauvin need to be pushing for places. Especially considering Sissoko has been out and is just coming back and Obertan is our worst starting player.

    5. Dummett, Perez and Sissoko (if fit) coming on to get some match sharpness themselves. Dummett needs to start pushing Haidara

    Should be enough to beat Northampton. I still feel we need a back up right back before I am content entering a full season. Janmaat is always liable to yellow/red cards. His fitness does not seem to be as much of a worry, which is not a bad thing.

  • 75 WWSBRD // Aug 25, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    True but Carver should never of been managing NUFC, he was never up to it and we all knew it, Id argue the players knew it as well, he went from being the man who the players could go to and complain about the manager to the man half way between both points

    I cant remember anyone who has actually met him saying a bad word about him

    And in all honesty the Carver moment that sticks out in my head is during that Wigan game where Haidara’s career nearly ended

  • 76 WWSBRD // Aug 25, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    I agree Anita looks a lot better under McClaren than Pardew but I still dont think he is a good PL CM, hes not the major weakness in our squad and he will do a job this season but for me he isnt a long term player

    Personally I think Colback has more to his game than Anita does, thats all am saying. Anita has done well so far but there are far better players out there…Personally if Tiote refinds some form and fitness he is in my team over Anita

    Haha yeah Blackley collared me as well over the day confusion, hands held aloft I got lost in the days

  • 77 toonbrother // Aug 25, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Willlooooow !!!

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