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Why Newcastle Fans Are Just A Little Bit Worried Right Now

8:30 am, Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Newcastle haven’t made a very good start to the season, just like a year ago at this time, but we seem to have a better squad than last year  – with four new players having been brought in over the summer for a cost of over £50M.

And while Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Mbemba and Thauvin should make a (big) difference, they will take some time to settle in.

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Steve McClaren – hopefully things will be better soon – very soon

Add to that the fact we have a new coach in Steve McCalren and an almost completely new coaching staff and it’s almost all change at Newcastle from a year ago.

Then we still had Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve Stone as the main coaches.

We had a very poor season last year, and a bad start when we picked up only 4 points and no wins in the first seven league games, but then we won six games in a row and at the end of last year we were in good shape.

We were 9th top and had just beaten Chelsea at home  for the third year running.

But then the Sack Pardew crew had their ultimate impact, effect and Pardew left the club, and John Carver came in for the last 19 games of the season and we got only 13 points and were almost relegated.

It was touch and go in the last game of the season, but we managed to beat West Ham 2-0 and we were safe.

We see headlines these days about how John Carver saved Newcastle and he got the job done by getting 4 points in the last three games.

That’s nonsense, and while some may want to rewrite history (like John himself for example) – the truth is his reign was a complete disaster for the club.

The fact we are in the same state as we were last year at this time is worrying to Newcastle fans.

We don’t know if it’s because the side simply needs to gel and once that happens we will be OK and Newcastle  will start to play well and pick up the wins.

Or, that we may be in for another terrible season and struggle yet again, which we’ve basically done over the last three seasons – and that’s far too long.

Fans are just getting over the living nightmare that was last season, and have been under some stress for a while.

You could see that with the over-the-top reaction to the poor display and another defeat at Upton Park on Monday night.

We hope it’s only because the players still need to gel and once they do we’ll be just fine.

Let’s hope that’s the case, but after what happened when Alan Pardew left,  we also know anything is possible at Newcastle.

It’s small wonder fans are just a little bit nervous at the moment,

A win at home against Watford on Saturday will help calm the (already frayed) nerves.

Yes – that’s what we need – a 4-0 win.

I feel a lot better now.


What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Other News · Prediction · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 16, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Can’t understand calls for dropping Mbemba and Gini. Mbemba has done okay so far, Gini has struggled a little, but he shouldn’t be playing in the position we have him and should be dropped deeper in midfield. They are both still adjusting.

    Thauvin looked very poor against West Ham, but I would probably still persist with him for now. Again, he has had 2 games, one with 10 men for most of it. He may be better eased in, but there are others who should be out before him in my opinion.

    I’d be inclined to start Aarons, as I said earlier, but more likely at Sissoko’s expense then anyone else at the minute.

  • 2 will die for the toon army // Sep 16, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Jesper when you put a team out with De Jong and Perez starting our bench starts to look very
    weak. That plus his agent was making noises about how he “ wants to play for a club that want
    him ” . Sounds like they were trying to placate him .
    In saying that I think McClaren knows of Cisse’s weaknesses and that is why he started Mitrovic
    instead against Man U and Arsenal . Don ’ t have that option now .
    Look at our bench if we play this … .
    —————— – Krul
    Janmaat – Colo – Mbemba – Haidara
    ——— – Sissoko – Wijnaldum
    Thauvin——- De Jong ——– Aarons
    —————— Perez
    Subs : Darlow , Colback , Anita , Tiote, Cisse, Obertan , Taylor
    That is our best team with our best on pitch . It looks like Sissoko and Wijnaldum have improved
    on their winning the ball ability .
    Sissoko looked confortable at CM wen he was there at Westham and Wijnaldum is an itelligent
    player . Those 2 players are very energitic and hardworking .

  • 3 Shearer.Milburn // Sep 16, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    I can understand the calls to drop cisse but gini and mbemba!? Probably 2 of the few players who have actually offered something this year…

    On thauvin, based on his cup match I would give him the benefit of the doubt vs west ham but maybe ease him in as Lilongwe says.

  • 4 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 16, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    When I addressed a post to “Lil” last night I meant “Ibiza”. Old Mr Carr once wrote “Luuk” on his list for Charnley when he meant “Siem”. This happens when you get old. Bobbybee can vouch for it.

  • 5 NOVA2967 // Sep 16, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Well, I think its easy to see whats wrong. The WH game proved it.

    * Anita and Colback might be the worst CM pairing in the EPL, well maybe Bournemouth with Gosling and Surman… MAYBE. Either way think about the drop of from Tiote and Cabeye

    *Are transfer dealings are that of a kid playing FIFA. Mitrovic, Thauvin, Mbemba and Gini are the best young talent around. There ratings/value will continue to increase.

    * Spending money on these type of players never work unless you already have a solid squad in which you can brings these young talents in slowly and with guidance of quality players around them.

    *The WH game proved that we haven’t bought players to better team but to again, increase in value. Poyet 28 y/o and quality, Thauvin… the best young player in FIFA… Cabeye… much better than GINI but older… its really simple

    * Lastly, with all these young talents bought for $50 million. Its a very risky game. They won’t all flourish and succeed but spending $15 mill a pop is just stupid. When we don’t have a spine/squad to complement them. I bet if we had sent $50 on talents like Cabeye and Payet. Filled the team out with depth with cheap but decent back ups like a RB to Janmaat. Then we could slowly buy these young talents to come in and compliment the squad and prove there worth.

    Its pathetic… it really is and all you have to do is look at Liverpool and Tottenham to see that buying players doesn’t just work. Then look at Swansea and Palace and see the mix of youth and experience to see how it really works. Build a squad to win, not for a game of FIFA

  • 6 NOVA2967 // Sep 16, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Lets talk about everyone favorite player… Gini aka just another Sissoko

    Everyone wonders, why can’t we play a simple game. WELL, because all we have is counter attacking players. Gini is a talent but he wasn’t close to what we needed. Colback and Anita can’t unlock an open door.

    Gini has physical traits that people love, pace, power, skill but can he play the beautiful game soccer. Can he shoot, pass, tackle… control the game… NOPE

    When he played for Holland, he was basically what Colback is but much better. You need a DM behind him and a creative passer next to him. Gini can complement a midfield with a couple short passes and then add that pace and power to the midfield but he can’t control the game.

    De Jong came on and looked rusty but he flicked the ball into the box and you could see he knows how to play. We should make all these physical stouts run circles around De Jong and let him season up and run the show.

    Its just an ugly squad and we look just as bad as last year. Im sure it will get better and the players will improve but its just not how to run a team.

  • 7 NOVA2967 // Sep 16, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Im not sure if its McClarens fault or just the reasons I stated above. I was never against Pardew but he did get a little repetitive with his resilience talk.

    Its all in the squad and in Pardew defense. He did do wonderful getting us to 5th… 2011-2012

    2012-2013 The next season we had the Europa league and struggled like every other team does and Cabeye had a few injuries. The recruitment, replace Guthrie with Anita. So yes, bad year but a nice run in Europe and we barely lost to Benfica. Lets see how he does the following year. Mean while we are signing the FFF to keep fans alive

    2013-2014 We started the season GREAT. No European games and we are back at it. Beating Arsenal, Chelsea, ManU and the rest. Look a really good team again. Well done Pardew, I knew the European slump was the reality of the season prior. Then…. what for it…. Cabeye is sold… wait what… no replacement and the team lost it soul and wait the world cup was more important for Remy and Sissoko and the entire FFF we had. So yes, the struggles come back and the team didn’t even try which cost us getting Luuk De Jong because he came into a team that wasn’t playing for anything

    2014-2015, After the WC, the team and squad is still weak and our signings that summer have all failed not *Perez, Janmaat. So basically, Pardew has to do the best he could and although he struggled at first…. he brought in a bunch of youth players like Abeid to steady the ship and produced a solid unit for what we had. Got some decent results and kept us alive with a pathetic squad.

    The fans grow in rage after a year of poor displays… who to blame but Pardew.. The squad is depleted and we want a new coach. The END

    Pardew wasn’t the best coach in the world but he is solid. All the people saying he will fail at Palace are just wrong. He has an owner that will build the team he has and doesn’t just strip it naked.

    This all said, i think it will be hard for McClaren because again… we have no spine or nucleus of a team. The new young talent is just put out on a pitch and told to make something happen just like sissoko and gini are expected to make something out of nothing

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