McClaren On Why Players Need More Than Fire In Their Bellies

Steve McClaren has said he will talk to Aleksandar Mitrovic about his red card this week, as he had talked to Daryl Janmaat after his red card at Swansea two weeks ago.

Steve will also address the topic with the first team squad.

aleksandar mitrovic recieved red card

Aleksandar Mitrovic receives red after only 16 minutes

However, the three match ban will not change his transfer plans – but hopefully if there was anything going on to let Papiss Cisse leave the club before Tuesday night, that will not happen now,  even though Papiss Cisse is not happy at not starting.

This is what Steve told the local press after the game on Saturday:

¨We’ve just got to get that ice in their head in certain situations and be a bit more sensible instead.¨

“We’ve got good staff here and we’ll deal with it. The players will also. It’s something Mitrovic has to look at.¨

“We talked also with Daryl Janmaat about it after his red at Swansea City, and we’ll talk with the group about it.¨

“It’s going out there with fire in your belly and ice in your head, that’s what we want. We don’t want to lose that fire.¨

“If we do, the crowd will be down to 20,000. That’s what they want to see and they’ve seen it on Saturday.¨

¨We’ve just got to get that ice in their head in certain situations and be a bit more sensible instead.¨

“I just thought it was harsh, even the yellows.”

McClaren said that 20 year-old Mitrovic tried to speak to him about the incident after the game, but the Serbian seemed to still be in a daze about being sent off.

Steve McClaren will decide whether to appeal the red card, but there’s almost zero chance the FA would overturn the decision.

Once the head coach has looked at the video of how Mitrovic was ¨over the top¨ in his challenge on Coquelin, there will probably be no official appeal from Newcastle.

That’s even though two in three fans think it should not have been a red card.

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52 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Aug 31, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Dont know about having ice in their heads SM you need to put brains in a few of them

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 31, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Losing Cisse with no replacement is disaster. He’s the only proven goalscorer we have who will guarantee 12-15 goals.

  • lesh

    Aug 31, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #3

    When reading McClaren’s comments, they remind me of Carver’s.

    Do our managers work from a script?

  • lesh

    Aug 31, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #4

    You’re a hard man Jack B


    Aug 31, 2015 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #5

    8 times out of 10 that challenge when viewed in REAL TIME is not a red card. Zero intent, his eyes was on the ball.

  • WestOzMag

    Aug 31, 2015 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #6

    50 mill spent 2nd bottom Jog on!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 31, 2015 at 4:29 AM

    Comment #7

    I’v got a good feeling with the next 3 games, think we will pick up some decent points. We will do Watford and Chelsea at home, west Ham I’d take a draw.

  • toonaus

    Aug 31, 2015 at 4:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Man why do newcastle sign players that spend the whole year out or have a temper and dont play much as a result of that reckless temper. Waste of transfer funds only see a slight improvement in the team would have been better of buying austin then a guy who will be suspended most of the season. All we bought were bench warmers.

  • Santon03

    Aug 31, 2015 at 5:13 AM

    Comment #9

    There are a lot more nasty challenges against us that only get yellow for example Wigan’s Mccarthy on Haidara which is definitely leg breaking challenge only got yellow. Cockuelin really made a meal of it even Thauvin’s challenge on him which he rolled around then went straight back up when Thauvin said something to him.
    If Arsenal players did exactly the same challenge as Mitro, I doubt they will get red especially that early in the game.
    Mitro’s red card could be a blessing in disguise for Perez or Cisse.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 31, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    Comment #10

    I still think the important thing is to hold the Refs / FA accountable if transparency is not restored and the same standards is not applied to everyone.

    I would consider taking this to the EU. For me it has nothing to do with the Mitro challenge – it’s s small part of the problem we face with football.

    I might not think it was a red card, but as long as it sets precedence for what the Refs will allow then I’ll have to accept it (that’s just not the case)

  • JDdubai

    Aug 31, 2015 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #11


    If you mean McManaman’s tackle on Haidara he didnt even get a yellow card. I dont know which Thauvin tackle on Coquelin you mean also.

  • Toon fm Exeter

    Aug 31, 2015 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #12

    In this day and age where they are trying to make football a non contact sport the ref got most things right, what we need to get now is the refs to be consistent. The defence have surprised me last season going down to 10 would have meant a hammering, just got to sort mitros head out and things may begin to take shape

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 31, 2015 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Toon fm Exeter …I think you might confuse rugger with assoccer 😉

    …football as far as I remember was never a contact sport! Maybe that’s the part that confuses some!

    But I agree we need consistency and transparency!

  • Santon03

    Aug 31, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #14


    yes, mccmanaman. thx for correcting.

    the one that Thauvin got yellow for it.

  • Santon03

    Aug 31, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #15


    ??? physical contact?
    football not a physical contact sport? contact sport category you mean like boxing, then no it’s not contact sport. it’s 22 players fighting over 1 ball, yes it’s confusing.
    if not a contact sport then there is no foul, only fault like tennis or volley ball.

  • cyprus

    Aug 31, 2015 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #16

    Someone suggested Shearer should work with Mitro as he too was hard and on the borderline with refs but didn’t see too many reds.

    That’s the point, exactly, though not the one you make 🙂

    Some players get away with more than others. Had it been Rooney or Gerard (or Shearer), this would probably not even be a yellow. A ‘severe’ talking to would’ve sufficed, sometimes.

    Shearer would bully defenders, when he jumped defenders would almost expect an elbow in the face. He’s our hero and we loved it.

    Mitro is a loose cannon, he needs to stifle his aggressiveness, true, but let’s not ‘sell’ him already, like some people have done.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 31, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #17

    Santon03…No, football is a non contact sport mate!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 31, 2015 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #18

    We are in the same category as Basketball!

  • Santon03

    Aug 31, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m confused. so.. every contact should be a foul?

    what category for Volleyball? net sport?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 31, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Santon…that’s why we have categories! To make it easier to distinguish contact sports from non contact sports and so on.

    Refs are there to make sure the are minimum contact and to penalize if needed (with in the rules)

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #21

    Santon…do you have contact in volleyball?

    I don’t know why this confuses so many!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #22

    Football is a contact sport mate. There are four generally accepted categories; Collision, Contact, limited contact and non contact. Football falls in to the contact category.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #23

    Volleyball is a limited contact sport

  • toonbrother

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #24

    2nd bottom omg
    This is bad

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #25

    Good morning, Lilongwe
    After four matches we’ve obviously become more organised in defence but we seem to lack any attacking intent. This is worrying. Did you watch the match on Saturday?

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #26

    I think the red at the weekend has something against our team , IMO it was only a yellow and some of the other cards weren’t even yellows , but what does not help the refs is the play acting by the players, it’s worse than fouling in my book ,

    Arsenal are a good footballing team, but are possibly the most light weight team in the league , and for this reason alone they will not win the league , teams like Stoke and wba will just bully them out of points, let’s face it, it took an own goal to beat us.

    I’m still positive about this season,

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #27

    Last but not least:
    After the Mitrovic sending off overall I was happy with the Newcastle performance. A valid point was made no out ball provision but this would have been at the expense of maintaining a solid defence. We defended well with 10 men and were a bit unlucky to only concede with a deflection . Defensively this season we look far more solid and resolute as a unit. Last season we would have lost heavily. Mbemba looks a great addition and was arguably our best player.
    We’ve played four of last seasons top eight sides so it was never going to be easy what with changes to transform our style of play and to bed in a number of new players. I am generally encouraged that the quality of the football will be far better than last season and that we will have a good season. Matches against West Ham and Watford will be better indicators of what we can reasonably expect.

  • sparky55

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Ian toon

    how many points do you seeing us getting from the watford and west ham games?

  • sparky55

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #29

    I would still sell Cisse…Perez with SDJ tucked in just behind will be fine

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #30

    Sparky – 4 . I am going to the WHU game to lend my support . They have not played well at home being jeered off against Bournemouthbut they won away at Arsenal and Pool. I would like to think we can win there but we might have to wait to beat Watford at SJP.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #31

    Selling Cisse this window – The club must be F***in mad – he’s the only goalscorer we have.
    For F’s sake we haven’t scored a goal in over 300 minutes of Premiership Football


  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #32

    Lilongwe…no mate, it’s in the same category as basketball!

  • Mag52

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Big test coming up in the short term, for the ‘new regime’ to see whether they will allow Cisse to go without getting in a replacement, and for the longer term, to see whether our new manager can rein in the over enthusiasm of Mitro to the extent that he stays on the pitch for 90 minutes, without taking away his passion for the game.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #34

    I watched on Saturday, thought we looked organised and compact, but after the sending off we were always going to be up against it, and I can’t really fault them.

    The red was borderline, a bit on the harsh side, but you see them given occasionally. Not just Mitro though, there were a few daft and needless tackles that went in which players were booked for.

    Yeah, we have lacked attacking intent, but we have played against 4 teams who, based on last season, would expect to have the lions share of possession and dominate us. It isn’t great, but I think the next 2 games will tell us a lot more. If we don’t show an intent to go and attack against Watford and West Ham then I think we should be taking a long hard look at what is happening.

    I had hoped for 3 points from our first 4, and a further 6 from our next 4. Not a great start, but reasonable based on who we played. I still wouldn’t rule out us getting the 9 joints from 8.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #35

    Lilongwe…I’ll assume it depends on your definition of contact then?

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 31, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #36

    I only saw motd so am not in a great position to comment but Ian and Co why so optimistic? We may have lost a player but we didn’t create a chance v arsenal? At home. Even 10 men usually do more. Mitro is a loon. Steve stereotyping of Serbian and Northern English….if carver said that we’d have said he was an idiot.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 31, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #37

    Lil West ham could murder us. If we lose badly there we need to start wondering if mclaren peaked as a manager years ago and we have got the weaker version.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 31, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #38

    Basketball is classed as a contact sport….

  • sparky55

    Aug 31, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #39

    Ian toon

    Can’t see us getting 4 like…west ham will be cock a hoop after the liverpool result and Watford have only lost one game and are playing well.

    not looking good.

    I had us with 5 points after 8 games…not sure we’ll even get that TBH

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 31, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #40

    We could lose against West Ham, I doubt they will murder us though. Equally we could beat them as Bournemouth and Leicester did.


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