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Steve McClaren Is Unhappy About Newcastle

8:51 am, Friday, September 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

News in the local press today that Steve McClaren was not a happy man after the 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Monday night,  and read the riot act to the Newcastle players in the dressing room.

Certainly the result and performance has led to pundits already saying that Newcastle could well be relegated this season, and when you look at our record this year, it’s simply hopeless – maybe pathetic is a better word – with just three league wins in 24 games.

We have 15 points out of the last 72 points played for.


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An unhappy Steve McClaren at end of game Monday
Slaven Bilic doesn’t look much happier – and he won

Steve McClaren’s poor start to the season has come after John Carver’s disastrous reign at the club – so things are certainly not good at the moment.

But hey, it’s nothing that a decent performance and a win will not put right tomorrow against Watford – the result tomorrow is all important.

Steve will give his press conference today, and we may hear more about injuries to Dummett, Williamson and Taylor, and he may give some hints about the potential starting line up for tomorrow.

Steve has hinted that nobody’s place is safe:

“After Monday, any player could be a bit worried (about being dropped),” he said. “We haven’t scored goals or looked like scoring goals.

“We need a reaction on Saturday – no excuses – we have to give that reaction. St James’ has to be a fortress and a difficult place for Watford to come and play.”

We are hoping it was just a bad performance in London, possibly caused by arriving at th ground 40 minutes late and the players  having had to walk the last mile to get there just 50 minutes before the kick-off.

That’s possible although it does sound too much like an excuse.

But it’s now up to Steve McClaren and the players to show they are a (much) better team tomorrow against a hard-working and well organized Watford side.

You can be sure Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores will make it hard for Newcastle to score – something we haven’t done in the league since August 9th, in our first game against Southampton.

What was the reason we didn’t sign Charlie Austin again – he’s scored five goals in his first six games for QPR this season, albeit in the Championship.

But he would have hit the ground running whereas Aleksandar Mitrovic will take some time to adjust the English football and not receiving so many yellow and red cards.

Newcastle should be planning now to get Charlie in during the January transfer window, and he could make an immediate impact for us.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bills-son // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    I’ve read Cisse is unhappy …

    He gets 13 goals in 14 games in his first season and starts the following season pushed out wide because Ba threatened to leave if he didn’t play in the middle (he did, and still left).

    Playing wide right affects his game but he still gets 13 goals in 47 league and cup games.

    He bombs in 2013/14 scoring just 2 in 24 league games but is carrying an injury.

    Last season he saves us from relegation with 11 goals in 22 games, many scored off the bench.

    Scores in the opening game of this season and quickly gets dropped for the unproven, but £13M buy, Mitrovic.

    Whilst I would never condone a bad attitude, I don’t think I would be a happy bunny in his position.

  • 2 WWSBRD // Sep 18, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Well bills u just stole my post

    Cisses best moment have been when he has had partners, in a 2 or a 3, but NUFC refuse to play like that and expect him to be a hold up man. If he had a bad attitude it hasn’t shown while he has been here so far, in fact on the pitch he is normally the one with shining attitude when we go behind when all those around him disappear

  • 3 Reyantoon // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    I’d go with the same line up.May be dropping Cisse for someone else.How much impact does that late arrival have at westham game?
    May be considerable,who knows..
    Sutty….do u mean he is a kind of player who can’t go out of his own half? or are u blaming the mgr for not allowing him to move forward as he like in those two games?

  • 4 Tsunki // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    I feel sorry for Cisse. Got slated after west ham performance but his head is down , new manager, shame shoddy treatment. McLaren needs to show Cisse he is the no. 9 and Nitro has to work hard and be a sub for a while. But there’s also the question of our mismatched and misfiring midfield, he’s been at the mercy of it for a few seasons now, and it has made him appear to turn from a great striker to a poor one almost overnight.

  • 5 jayphoto // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Not a cisse fan as i don’t feel he offers enough outside of a one touch finish and his movement isn’t great but i’d be interested to see how he fares with De jong playing as de jong links the play well and generally plays closer to the striker which would help cisses game.
    Not sure Sissoko has looked above average so far and i think colback and anita offer too similar attributes and only one of them should be on the pitch at a time.

  • 6 Tsunki // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Reyantoon – who would you drop cisse for? We haven’t got another proven striker. Not one.

  • 7 Mick // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Cisse should be left out imho, not because of his record with us which as bills-son has stated is good but due to the fact that he just cannot operate the loan striker role, Cisse is best playing on the shoulder of the last man whuch is why he often gets caught off-side, he is no good with his back to goal which is what we need with the way McClaren sets us up, Perez is not a target man but he does have a good touch and can hold it up and bring others into play, although Perez may not be ideal in that role he does offer more than Cisse, I would have young Heardman on the bench as well as he is a traditional big and strong CF, give him the last 20 minutes against a tiring team and you just never know.

  • 8 jayphoto // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    The isolated striker has been a problem since Hughton left really. We had nolan who got in support. Even the season where we came 5th the striker was pretty on his own, however for half the season it was Ba who could hold it up and battle defenders.
    We either need to bring in de jong or perez to play just off cisse or we need to turn that 4-2-3-1 into 4-3-3 and let the wingers stay higher with less defensive duties

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    bills son at 1

    He gets 13 goals in 14 games in his first season and starts the following season pushed out wide because Ba threatened to leave if he didn’t play in the middle (he did, and still left).
    – – – – – – –

    god we’ve had some sh-te managers here.

  • 10 Shaker Shakrah // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Voted that we’ll lose to Watford coz I am 100% sure
    we will

  • 11 mikeyconcon // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    This 4-2-3-1 malarky should stop. It didn’t work last season and it’s not working this. Newcastle, at their best, played 4-4-2. I’d drop some of these under-performing midfielders and at least give Cisse some support up top. He is our best striker (given that we know next to nothing about Mitrovic other than he’s a psycho).

    Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini Haidara
    Thauvin Sissoko Wijnaldum Aarons
    Perez Cisse

    would be my team (revised from earlier post)

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