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Another Coach Having Big Impact At Newcastle

8:45 am, Sunday, September 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

When Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off after only 16 minutes a week ago, it looked like the game was over for Newcastle, but we were impressed with the way the remaining 10 played,

No heads dropped, and 29 minutes later we were still level 0-0 at half time, and maybe like at Old Trafford the week before, we could get something out of the game.

steve black closeup at newcastle

Steve Black – consultant at Newcastle

We conceded after 52 minutes and it was a little bit of a fortunate goal for Arsenal, as the ball went off Coloccini and in off a post, and the lads went down only 1-0.

It was another strong performance from the team and they looked mentally strong.

We will never know how we would have done if we had 11 against 11 – but we could have had a famous result.

One of the jobs Steve Black is doing at Newcastle is improving the mental approach of our players, and in any sport that’s very important.

Steve was the personal coach of England rugby star Jonny Wilkinson, and one of our top young players – 19 year-old Rolando Aarons – has been singing his praises today in the Chronicle.

This is what Rolando has said about the new Newcastle coach:

“Steve is the happiest man alive.”  “He is always smiling, and personally I have a great relationship with him.”

“He helps me a lot. I like him.” “The mental side of sport is very important.” “People don’t know what goes on in our lives away from football, and it is hard to focus all the time.”

“Steve is important for us in that, and he is doing a great job.” “With missing a lot of games last season I am just buzzing to be fit enough to be in contention.”

“Everything is different this year.” “You can tell that by the way we play, and gel together.” “We play a bit more football now, and are a bit more patient.”

“We pick the right times to attack, and it is good.”

Those are good words from Rolando, and McClaren seems to have brought the team together,  after the trials and tribulations under John Carver earlier in the year.

rolando aarons portland

Rolando Aarons in action at Portland

This is Black’s second stint at his home town club, having previously been part of Kevin Keegan’s team in the 1990s, and his official title in Steve’s McClaren’s coaching squad is a consultant.

And Rolando is in the news today, with a report in the Mirror that he was offered in part exchange for QPR striker Charlie Austin on the last day of the transfer window last Tuesday.

It’s difficult to know if that report has any truth in it, but we’d like to see Rolando get a new improved deal to stay at Newcastle.

Comment welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Newcastle U21 · Premier League · Rolando Aarons

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sparky55 // Sep 6, 2015 at 8:46 AM


  • 2 Jib // Sep 6, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Big Aleks is 21 in 10 days
    He has played 161 career games
    The Arsenal one was his first straight red
    Therefore 10 of his yellows were 5 reds
    That is less than one yellow every 4 games
    Normal for a big striker I would suggest.

  • 3 sparky55 // Sep 6, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    If Aarons did get offered up as the sacrificial lamb for a deal for Austin then there’s no way he’ll stay now which is ridiculous IMO.

    This lad has got real promise and it was only last week I read somewhere he’s being offered a bumper deal to stay. Very confusing messages coming out of camp NUFC…I really hope the swap deal reporting is totally off the mark and we get to keep him

  • 4 Jib // Sep 6, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Shearer got 60 yellows half of them before he was 24 .
    He joined Newcastle at 26
    That would suggest that yellows are a young mans thing and as a player matures the yellows dry up.
    He also only got 2 career reds .
    That shows how much easier it is to get cards in general these days .

  • 5 Jib // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    A piece of crap journalism in a Sunday rag is NOT messages out of camp NUFC.
    Stop pouncing on every anti Toon message like some mackem and give yer heid a shake.
    (unless you ARE a mackem of course in which case have another chaysy cheep)

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    You are a tw@t, Gary Lineker never recieved a booking in his career.

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:11 AM


    Is it really necessary to swear first thing in the morning.

    Tut tut tut

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    How did Wales get on at the weekend ?

  • 9 welshgeordie9 // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    That’s probably why it’s been quiet on here anyway jail people like you banging on about Ashley every five minutes it gets a bit boring after while don’t you think.

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Playing tonight as it goes jail, we have qualified anyway.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    At least I bang on about something, moaning about people moaning doesn’t exactly make you an exciting read !

  • 12 Blofal // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Absolutely no way we would sell Aarons for Austin. Offering him on LOAN as part of the deal would probably been a good move. The whole story sounds bollocks.

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    For your information Sherlock i haven’t moaned about moaners for a while.

  • 14 firebug666 // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    This Aarons for Austin story is a bit like Jib without Google, there is no substance to it.

  • 15 Ian Toon // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Welsh – I am listening to BBC Radio 5- One of your all time greats is on Cliff Jones. Quite an education listening about Wales John Charles and the early 1960’s Spurs double winning team. It’s still on.

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Besides if talking about Ashley excites you, don’t you think you are quite obsessed with him.

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    If you were placed in a circular room and told to sit in the corner you would have a nervous breakdown!

  • 18 Jib // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Thinks if you call someone a name it makes an interesting read
    Ha ha ha ha ha
    We all know that you know less about footy than Welshies granny and you just come on here to forget about the stench of the oil rig
    lavvies – seagoing plumber ha ha ha

    As for the Lineker thing
    Rooney currently has 93 yellows
    explain that clever clogs

  • 19 SUTTY1978 // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    JIB, pretty sure Mitro got sent off for nutting someone previously, perhaps in Belgium that’s only a second yellow! Wish the refs were more like that here

  • 20 welshgeordie9 // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:29 AM


    John Charles is a legend, I watched him in a documentary a few years ago, playing for swans and Real Madrid, his nickname was the gentle giant, for a big lad the opposition would kick the hell out of him but he would never react, I don’t think he ever got booked.

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Rooney as obviously committed 93 bookable offences while Lineker didn’t, did that really need explaining ?

  • 22 welshgeordie9 // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:32 AM


    I’m so laid back so am pretty sure i wouldn’t have a nervous breakdown, as you bite a lot i think you would have one before me.

  • 23 SUTTY1978 // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    On Aarons, someone posted earlier that we might be playing Obertan ahead of him because Aarons wont sign a new contract therefore no point in playing him ahead. Doesn’t really make sense as he has nearly 2 years left on his deal and Obertan is out on his ear at the end of the season.
    Personally i think he’s not being played because McClaren is a tool and sees Obertan as a safe workhorse option, much like the great Pardew once did.
    Safety first, experienced players first, senior figures first. Only use the young players if you are down to the bare bones or its the cup

  • 24 WWSBRD // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Stories of the day are Aaron’s and Mitrovic eh?

    Aaron’s situation could be a lot of things tbf but NUFC will want him on another contract asap due to the clubs agenda, if he doesn’t sign one it’s likely his choice (maybe because he believes what the fans think of him over his coaches who knows)

    Mitrovic card count is impressive but not exactly a shock to the club? Just google him and it’s not hard to find the info on it loose cannon I’ve seen used to describe him a few times. He needs to get out of it soon no question, seems to lack control over himself which is a worry

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:39 AM


    Wrong team, I meant Juventus not Real Madrid, although that would have been good.

    Ha ha ha

  • 26 WWSBRD // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Rooney has 113 yellow cards

  • 27 Ian Toon // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Welsh – He was described as the best footballer ever to play in Britain. Patrick Barclay who’s a very good journalist was also on and he was very descriptive about his talents- he played for Juventus and Roma. Blazed a trail to Italy before Greaves etc. It’s got to be an exciting time for the Welsh. I’m still getting over being humiliated by Swansea- still England have still got Shelvey!!

  • 28 anthc // Sep 6, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    I thought aarons was poor against Northampton. He needs to keep his feet on the ground and kick on as all this talk of Liverpool man city etc may of gone to his head. One good season of cameo appearances doesn’t make you a Messi or Ronaldo. I hope he comes good but he is still just a young inexperienced youngster with potential.

  • 29 lesh // Sep 6, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    That Mirror report has got to be tripe.

    Even offering Aarons plus £10m gives QPR as much if not more than the £15m they wanted for Austin.

    Signing the lad on for another couple of years and loaning him out to QPR for a year would have made more sense.

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