McClaren – The Media Over-React – Sensationalize Everything

The was some wild reporting going on after our 2-0 defeat at West Ham earlier this week, even though we have played only five league games and former striker Andy Cole seemed convinced Newcastle would now be relegated in one of the most negative pieces we have read for a long time – and that´s saying something.

And Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher always like to produce headlines – that´s what they get paid for – and they said Newcastle had wasted £50M in the summer transfer market.

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Jamie Carragher – Sky Sports pundit

Total nonsense, but it´s a lot more impactful than saying – Newcastle have a new team and they will need some time to settle down this season.

Sports and even the news these days are hyped and sensationalized out of all proportion,  and if you want to keep your feet on the ground you have to realize that.

Sometimes after watching the evening news on TV I go outside and look at the sky – just to ensure it´s still there, so negative has the news been portrayed – as if the sky is falling in.

This is how Steve McClaren reacted when asked in the Chronicle if the pundits had gone too far:

“Absolutely. But there has been no over-reaction here.” “We don’t like losing games. We didn’t like the reaction after the second goal, that needed to be better.”

“We look overall at five games, in four of them we have shown fantastic spirit in them for 95 minutes. I think it was just unfortunate that we chose to have a bad reaction after the second goal when we were on TV.”

“And obviously what follows is an over-reaction from the media and from the TV.” “That’s football, that’s Sky now and the TV.”

“They sensationalise everything.”

“We have to be the ones who keep our feet on the ground and stay calm.” “We have to stick together and find out after every game what went right and what went wrong.”

“That’s what we did after West Ham.” “We were very unhappy and so were the players.” “I said, ‘Look – the only thing you can do is give a reaction’.”

“Now that is what everybody will be looking forward to, ourselves included.”

One reason today´s game is so important is that our next two games are at home to Chelsea and away at Manchester City and then we have the two week International break so we don´t want to still be bottom of the league.

We have won the last three home league games against Chelsea – and Jose Mourinho has never won a game at St. James´ Park yet.

That´s worth remembering.

The news these days is not about the news,  it´s about the ratings and the bottom line is about money.

So what´s new?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • JamesToon

    Sep 19, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1


    I agree, would like to see SM go for his derby setup,

    i personally think the coaching team are trying to lay out the foundations of the style of play (i.e. splitting the centre backs and dropping a CM in) it will work, however we are currently in a transition from being a long ball team to becoming a possession based team. We’ve seen teams over the years transition from long ball teams to possession based teams, for example when martinez took over from moyes at everton, Hughes from pulis at stoke etc. however the difference is with them, they already had the foundations of a solid defence and all they had to do was just build on the attacking phases of play etc. e.g. all hughes had to do was build on Pulis’ disciplined defence, martinez just had to build on moyes’ disciplined defence. HOWEVER we evidently do not have these foundations. Mcclaren is coming in on the back of the carver/pardew era where we’ve had one of the most leakiest defences in the league, meanwhile constantly hoofing it up to a 5?9 striker. This is why i think our transition is going to take a lot more time, and it is clear that SM/Cathro are working on solidifying, organising the defence first and how we cope out of possession, judging by our performances against man united & arsenal (under pardew/carver i think we could have easily rolled over in those games and conceded 3 or 4) and now i think they will be working on how we create chances in possession, however this is all going to take time to build on.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 19, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    I shall be watching, with my defibrillator at the ready!

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 19, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    We beat Chelsea at home last season and nearly got relegated. Chelsea went on to win the league Ed.

    That’s worth remembering…

  • NezzaNUFC

    Sep 19, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4


    I also favour the 442 but SM won’t use this due to SDJ and Winaldum, even though SDJ can play as striker and Winaldum can play on the wings I think Winaldum was promised AMC role and probably no doubt become unhappy playing on the wings

  • NezzaNUFC

    Sep 19, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Jamestoon I commented on that post on previous thread ( I’m on my phone which I can’t copy and paste or I don’t know how to )

  • toon kk

    Sep 19, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    On one of the previous threads, macca saying Newcastle’s regime won’t change, we’ll always buy unproven youngsters from abroad.
    What a pathetically stupid excuse for a football club we have turned into.
    we’re sat bottom of the league on two points, we have the worst team in the premier league, and will be more than likely showed how to play football by Watford. Sad.


    Sep 19, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Not sure we should infer that a formation wasn’t worth it simply because Pardew didn’t use it, tactical genius he is not

    433 fits the team imo and offers Cisse some actual support which he has been starved of since Ba left

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 19, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8


    Hence my little winky face bud 😉 haha

    I think Nezza is right in that the likes of SdJ and Wijnaldum are more No 10s and wouldn’t take too kindly to playing out of position, but we do have the personnel for a 4-3-3, especially if you factor in Sammy and Aarons into the equation of players that can play on the wings.

    I think Perez would work best off a biggers striker, so if Mitrovic sorted out his head Mitrovic playing CF with Perez as a No 9 playing off him could be a decent shout in a 4-4-2 formation.

    All of this is academic unless we sort out the shambles of a midfield we have at the moment though.

  • toon kk

    Sep 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    We did waste most of the money we spent in the transfer market, where’s our proven striker and our real pace our lacklustre squad is crying out for.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 19, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10


    I wasn’t claiming that 4-3-3 wasn’t worth using because Pardew didn’t use it, I was mainly saying how poor the football has been that we can all readily recall the last time we played any decent football and what formation we specifically used to bring that about.

    How many teams fans of their teams can recall a formation for a 5 game stretch going back over 3 years…?


    Sep 19, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #11

    By all accounts Gini is experienced in the CM slot (from what I have picked up on from those who have apparently followed him for years, personally I’d barely seen him before we signed him) and de Jong won’t be a big issue once his lung pops again in a few weeks so I don’t fret about him

    CM is poor atm for me Anita is out Colback plays DM beside Gini and Sissoko or Sissoko relives his glory days as DM with Gini and de Jong beside him

    But team will be much the same that faced West Ham


    Sep 19, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s true mate but other teams tend to have more frequent moments of entertainment whereas we had Ashley in charge

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 19, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #13


    Can’t say I’m all too familiar with Wijnaldum either, I’ve heard his name tossed around for a few seasons, and my brother tends to watch football from around the world and reckoned he was a very good player but aside from that my knowledge is lacking.

    In CM, I don’t rate Sissoko given that he hasn’t played more than 5 decent games per season since joining us and as such should play DM or not at all. Anita is just not good enough or physical enough. Colback…is just uninspiring and has literally no, what’s the word…ability. That’s it.

  • one fine day

    Sep 19, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #14

    James toon @ 1
    Completely agree
    The damage done by Pardue / ash / and to some extent carver can not be sorted out in 5 games.


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