This Is One Of The Hardest Things To Change About Newcastle

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren says that in the last three months he has been trying to get to know the club, and certainly he has been trying to cultivate an environment that is both positive and upbeat.

Steve will have seen the negativity that surrounded the club under John Carver earlier this year, when John attacked his players too much in the press, and didn’t appear to realize it was his job to get the best out of the players he had available.

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Steve McClaren – on the touchline urging his players on

Carver didn’t seem to know the first thing about leadership, and his criticism and stupid comments to the press about himself led to almost a complete collapse of the team and we were almost relegated.

Steve McClaren knows all about that, but one of the things that is the hardest thing to do with any organization is to change its culture.

There are many reasons for that but the obvious one is that culture has been built up over many years and is essentially passed down through each generation.

It’s one thing we remember Louis Gerstner tried to do at IBM, when the company was struggling to survive when the mainframe gravy train started to collapse, and we were on our knees back in 1993, before going into the services industry and turning things around.

McClaren has been talking about the game on Monday night at West Ham, and he begins by talking about how the lads were applauded off the field against Arsenal.

Our 10 men had just fought tooth and nail and we were only beaten 1-0 after putting up a terrific rearguard performance:

“There are not many teams will get the reception that we did after the Arsenal game after losing at home.”

“What we have to keep showing is that spirit, togetherness and fight. We haven’t shown a lot else in terms of football because of the circumstance of being down to 10 men in two games.”

“Maybe we’ve been overly enthusiastic in showing that, but I think we had to do that.”

“We have talked a lot about patience, because we have looked at the fixture list and it was hard.”

“What we have to do is grow, although it will be slow for various reasons. There is a transition here, it’s trying to change the culture and environment in the club and the town.”

“I’m oblivious to some of the things that went on, so I’m a little bit naive to that coming in.”

“There’s a lot of suspicion around everything. We’re trying to dispel that suspicion.”

McClaren seems as straight as an arrow, but there are still some sections of fans who are at all not convinced about Mike Ashley, and therefore if we don’t start winning some games soon, some protests could come back.

We hope that doesn’t happen, but Newcastle have to start putting some points on the board.

It’s going to be hard for Steve McClaren to change the way fans react to things at the club.

Newcastle fans are usually either totally upbeat or the opposite – that’s caused by the high level of passion that has always surrounded Newcastle United – and we saw some of that last season – both the highs but mainly the lows.

It really hurts to be beaten game after game.

The way Steve can get the crowd behind him is to put together a very good team,  and they start to win games and always give 100% and shows guts and courage on the field.

As far as we can tell that seems to be what he’s trying to do, and Newcastle seem to have a decent squad this season.

Wins should follow, and if that happens there will by no problems.

None at all.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • toon kk

    Sep 12, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Make the most of our last season in the Premier league.
    Last season we had just about the worst defence, this season, we’ll score the least amount of goals, why we went for a 20year old hot head instead of a quality experienced goal scorer is beyond me.

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Mcca is trying to control our expectations which is a good thing. If we look solid again at Westham then I will say we are aorgainsed as a team. then I will look at our attacks then.

    We need intelligent players not headless attack. Let De jong and Perez start and we c. Pappis has already been tried out.

    Team For Westham:
    Sissoko………….De Jong………………Thauvin

    We need De Jong he has the intelligence of a killer pass and can score goals. For Perez he is the only player that can keep the ball for a long time.

    Sissoko and Thauvin shld get starting making some runs and dribbles respectively.

    Wijnaldum shld become a holding Intrllegent player like Yaya Toure. Colback shld b the tireless running Holding player.

  • chuck

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry don’t buy that, Newcastle fans are no different than fans anywhere (perhaps they are a bit more used to be taken for granted) and to say so is just nonsense.

    Every fan wants a winning side and many fans want to see a bit of flair, after all the game is a form of entertainment.

    As for a culture, nah! don’t believe that either, the attitude at clubs is set by the manager and coaches, a successful side believe in both manager and coaches and if that brings success, then there’s no reason for it not to continue.

    Of course most players want to play on champions league sides, which usuall includes, wages to match and many are unhappy when underpaid, after all football is on average a top wage earning period of seldom more than ten years.

    On the other hand, there are sides that are ambitious and where everyone is fairly content, playing on a decent side with management they respect and for most PL sides that’s a bonus, the question is can McM. make NUFC into such a side, never mind the fans , they will react appropriately according to play and results,but Newcastle fans are no different from fans in general.

  • sickandtired

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Ditch the 4-2-3-1. (aka 4-5-1 as we play it) It’s never worked for us and all we get is an isolated striker with no threat and a perpetual loss of possession higher up the pitch. Pardew brought this formation, Carver stuck with it as now is McClaren. Makes one wonder if it’s a Carr inspired long term plan rather than several individual ‘coaches’ who all seem to share the same tactics despite the fact it doesn’t work for us.


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