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Support The Team – Stay Calm – Manager´s Plea To Fans

9:01 am, Sunday, September 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 37 Comments

Steve McClaren must know of the nightmare Newcastle fans had earlier this year under the woeful and self-centered John Carver.

Every week we seemed to lose a game and get closer and closer to the relegation zone and after eight defeats on the trot we could have been relegated.

That came as a surprise after Alan Pardew had won six games in a row after getting only 4 points from the first seven games and when he left Newcastle we were 9th in the league with 26 points from 19 games.

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Steve McClaren on the touchline on Saturday

That´s when he was eventually forced out by the Sack Pardew crew.

Whan Steve McClaren and company came in this season we expected to stay away from the relegation zone, even if we were not fighting for a top eight position.

But in the first six games, and especially in the last two games we have looked little better than last season.

For Steve McClaren to start being compared to John Carver is not a compliment.

So when Steve McClaren asks for patience from the Newcastle fans it´s against that backdrop that this season has begun, and we don´t look to be much improved from last season.

Steve McClaren pleaded with Newcastle fans after the game:

“We have got to stick together. We are going to get a lot of criticism and that can be flying from not just media, but also fans, and in that dressing room we have got to stay tight, we have got to stay calm,”

“I am under no illusions, this is a hard job — everybody knew that and you know it. You want proof, we’ve got proof.”

“But we have got the experience in the backroom staff to deal with this. We are lucky that it’s early — it’s only two and a half months that we’ve been working with each other and there’s a long way to go and a lot of things to do.”

Obviously if we get demonstrations starting again like we had last season at this time, it will not help the players one little bit,  and it will not help the club.

That could be Steve´s biggest worry at the moment because it will not help the players.

And we see there´s an article in the Chronicle today saying we need more flair from the team.

Beggars can´t be choosers and the only thing we need right now from Newcastle are wins and points on the board however we can get them.

The very last thing we want to see at Newcastle at the end of this year  is to be in the bottom three as we are now.

This season we need to stay in the Premier League – that´s the number one aim right now.

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37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    “Does it hurt, Old Man?”
    “Only when I larf, only when I larf”

  • 3 Mag52 // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Ashley out !

  • 4 Average_Contents // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Ashley out!

  • 5 kimbo // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    We will be relegated,Ashley needs to act now and get rid of Carr,Charnley and the Wally.
    We need to prepare now to build a team to get us out of the championship. It is so sad but we need to face up to the fact we are doomed.

  • 6 HoboToon // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Here is the problem. I would have no problem if SM said the players need to get used to his tactics and so on but what i have seen in the past 6 games, it is really hard to get used to tactics of a manager who has NO IDEA what his own tactics are. This is a sign of a terrible manager. Look at slaven blic, has a clear game plan, defend as a team and break. What are we doing? Either 10 at the back or attack when we are behind. Are we playing counter attacking? Possession? Long balls? All SM seems to have done is move players around but no real tactics in my opinion. Its rich blaming our players but how can they play if they are taking orders from a manager who does not know what he wants from the team?

  • 7 toon kk // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    The top and bottom of the sad situation is Pardew new most of our squad was sh.t, Macca is just discovering how poor we are, many fans need to give them selves a shake, actually thinking we have a top eight side, No I don’t think so.
    We would really struggle in the championship.
    Poor scouting over years, playing with no pace and not one proven striker and not to mention a defence not fit for league 1.

  • 8 Ron Knee // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    With things not quite going according to plan, I wonder what Ashley’s reaction will be. How long will he give McClaren to sort out the mess? Will he be considering firing Charmless? Long overdue retirement for Carr?

  • 9 Graeme // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Come on, own up. Which 4 numpties voted for Colo as MOM??

  • 10 optimistic prime // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    De ja vue

    Judge us after ten games.

    Different puppet same catch phrase.

    One man to blame! Ashley out!

  • 11 Tsunki // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    The misery is all compounded by toonbotherers self-fulfilling prophecy. Yesterday Colo was found out because he made one pathetic gesture after another, like he’d given up.

  • 12 lesh // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    *Judge us after 10 games, not six* pleads McClaren.

    Well, after six games, we’ve got two points – an average of 0.33 a game. Mmmm, so keeping that rate up, we’ll be on three to four points after 10.

    Not clever.

  • 13 HoboToon // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Is there is still any doubt about who is our real leader? People saying he should not be captain because he is a LB. Giving him the pi$$ because he had a silly red card the other day. That was the exact type of perfomances every other player was giving the team last season. First thing im going to do in fifa is give that man the arm band. Anddddd sell obertan hehe

  • 14 hibbit // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    charlie my post was not aimed at you in fact i agree with everything you said i was think more of the one’s who think we spent the money so it will be ok you and i both know this is not an easy fix its more then money the club’s got it wrong from top to bottom and will need a big shift in the way we operate to change things for the better

  • 15 Malta Mag // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    I too can’t believe people voted for Cisse and Colocinni??? They surely must be Mackems having a laugh??? Absolutely absurd to start calling for the Manager’s head. Yes we were awful but I do believe he’ll turn this around given a chance but if the normal protagonists get their way and the demos start up again then you can forget it.

  • 16 AncientC // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Shame the club didn’t put as much effort into getting Frank De Boer as they did Thauvin.

  • 17 Jib // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    I thought when I read your first post
    Here’s another d@ckhead who has no idea about footy.
    Then I read your next post where you think Janmaat is a left back and had my opinion confirmed.

  • 18 Jib // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Lesh he actually said 12 games

  • 19 Tsunki // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    The blog seems noticeably devoid of blue sky thinkers and the Jam Tomorrow Collective are taking a sabbatical. If we do turn things around it won’t be according to some higher – thinking long term plan, but the week on week pressure for these inept fools to pull their finger out and do something positive. Maybe the Eternal Optimists and ” Real Fans” who know better than all of us what being a proper supporter is by rolling on their backs and emptying their pockets out for the Fat bully, have the awful sound of ” Pound for Pound Value” ringing in their ears, the realisation is this is the bottom line of what SD and MA running a top tier football club is all about. Buy cheap, cheap as you possibly can. Invest in minimal infrastructure. Empower lower echelon inexpensive staff to attempt to punch above their weight. Incentivise them to try to do so against all odds. BUT still ask for the top money, the TV cash of a top quality side, the full gate money of a top tier side, the merchandise peddling of a top tier side. Mike’s played his trump card with the ” Winning something in my time” video. The PR tide is ebbing and there are no propaganda jokers left to play. Your move, Mike.

    Ashley Out! Out! Out!

  • 20 Barton // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    This is wat Tubbs gets for buying yes men,and wat i mean by that,players with no character,who wont rock the boat or speak up,ie leaders,Barton,Nolan,Smith,Harper the list go’s on,oot the door and lets get some frog in who does not speak a word of english and he wont rock the boat,well its coming bak to bite tubbs & penfold on the backside,while the team and we fans suffer,Leadership is wat we are lacking and i am very,very worried.

  • 21 Tsunki // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    The Lowering of Expectations plan has been completed. Now we are softened up to the point where there will be unbounded joy if we can reach the Haven of mid table. ” Winning something ” type joy.

  • 22 Tsunki // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Hobo – don’t mind jeff/jib – it’s his job to pick up on a typo and use it to ‘prove’ that you have inferior mental capacity to him. When you realise that’s impossible, it doesn’t really bother you that much any more.

  • 23 Blofal // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Well I suppose the good news i Sheffield Wed will count as Mitrovic’s third banned game so he will be available for Chelsea.

  • 24 bobby mango // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    I hate to be a fairweather fan but it is humiliation and depression being a supporter of this club. Therefore I withdraw my support. I’ve tried to do it before but loved them too much. Now I feel it’s achievable.

    Didn’t watch the game against Watford but had given them an ultimatum after the disgusting performance against WHU that ultimatum was win vs Watford (a reasonable expectation) or lose my support.
    They couldn’t even muster a f****g draw (at home to a promoted team)

  • 25 Tsunki // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Barton – those players didn’t buy into the plan set out for them, which is why they had to go.

  • 26 Blofal // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    After Man City we have

    Leicester City

    Surely we can win one of those!

  • 27 Jib // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Strange you should refer to Mike Ashley as the fat bully , as that is the mental image I have of you.

    There is something weird and distasteful about a self declared Toon fan glorying in and being so gleeful about a NUFC defeat.

    You are in your element with post after post it is quite abnormal.

  • 28 smoke beer, drink tabs // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Can anyone tell me why we spend 12m on thauvin when he is clearly no better than Aaron’s? Would much rather see Aaron’s start. Another cabella in my opinion

  • 29 Barton // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    You mean they would not signe the players bonus contracts,and got the rest of the squad to refuse to signe them as well,the only time in premiership history it has happend.Mr Tubbs did not like being embarrassed like that.

  • 30 anthc // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    The only saving grace at the minute is sunderland are now bottom. No points from our next 3 games, I sense an embarrassment off the scum.only six games and my arse is twitching like a rabbits nose. Judge us after ten games? Well steve after ten games you’ll be lucky to have 5 points. New players new managers is not an excuse

  • 31 Ron Knee // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    They’re good at lowering expectations. (Have to be good at something, I suppose.) Remember how relieved we were when Carver didn’t get his contract renewed?

  • 32 KevinLee // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:07 AM, please create it

  • 33 Belfast // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    All together now
    All together now
    All together now
    In no mans land, together!!!!!

  • 34 HoboToon // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    My bad, RB. No dont get me wrong i am not calling for the managers head, all im saying is how can the players know what they should be doing until the manager sets out a gameplan for them to follow. All im saying is steve looks a little lost at the moment and that will transcend down to the team. We will not start playing well or be a good team until steve sorts himself out, that is all i am saying really and would you disagree? And on my Janmaat post would not agree that once again he is the only player who has shown character when times are tough?

  • 35 SPRINGY // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    morning people…..would of said good morning but that would optimistic!
    ron knee
    u ask how long will ashley give macca?
    i would say 15 games…..if u look at the fixtures i can only see 1 or maybe 2 wins(norwich and stoke home) and maybe 2 or 3 draws(mackems,bournemouth away,leicester home) on current form…….cant say im optimistic at the moment….thats not a lot points for 15 games so he myt get the bullet then…unless things turn round

  • 36 c-dog // Sep 20, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    I think, like everyone, I was optimistic about the summer signings. Why? Because we paid biggish money. But really they were 4 nobody’s who have achieved f*ck all and in all honesty they have been sh*te. It’s going to be relegation this year, no doubt. We simply have not got good enough players.

  • 37 bladeuser // Sep 20, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Welsh out and in 4 games time
    Wally with the brolly out

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