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This Is What Steve McClaren Is Fearful Will Happen

10:26 pm, Sunday, September 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

Steve McClaren will know all about what happened last season at Newcastle with protests starting against Alan Pardew when we made a poor start to the season with just 4 points from our first seven league games and the Sack Pardew crew appeared.

And they got their wish at the end of last year when Pardew had had enough of all the abuse, and the Wimbledon-born manager left Newcastle suddenly half way through the season  with Newcastle in 9th place – and started what looks like a very successful career in London at Crystal Palace.

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Steve McClaren on the sidelines Saturday

And then with John Carver appointed in his place the fans turned again on owner Mike Ashley when our results started to go belly up, with this time  the Ashley Out crew and they wanted Newcastle fans to stay away from the games.

That was very reminiscent of what some fan groups asked for during our relegation season – there were demonstrations against Ashley before some home games (which we lost) and we were relegated.

That happened when Newcastle had gone on a terrible  losing streak which lasted eight games in a row, our worst ever run in the Premier League.

Given that backdrop from last season when things started to go wrong (again) at Newcastle, we saw Steve McClaren after the game on Saturday plead with the fans to stick together.

It looks like McClaren is fearful that protests will start up again, and he is savvy enough to know that will only make things a lot worse for him and for the players.

Steve McClaren has been adamant there is no crisis at Newcastle and he has explained that he and his staff have the experience and skill to turn things around.

Certainly the head coach will have a better chance of doing that as long as the Geordie  fans stay behind the team.

We hope the fans are patient, yes we know that´s hard, but who knows – we may even be in 9th place at the end of the year, after a rocky start.

After all, that´s exactly what happened a year ago.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press Conference

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Makro could do himself a big favour by stopping grinning inanely like a simpleton following every defeat.

  • 2 toon kk // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    What Macca should do is get all of our squad in a room and asked if they actually want to play for Newcastle, if not go home. What’s obvious when we play no one really cares and they all leave it to each other, then look and more or less blame each other when we concede a goal.

  • 3 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    You don’t get to ninth place with a crap defence led by shirley temple, a slow unimaginative midfield, and no goalscorer. You get relegated.

  • 4 croftus5678 // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    like it or not we have what and who we have untill jan !

    i’ll be getting behind everyone to try give them as much confidence as possible if they deserve it or not untill the window opens tbh.

    this chasing out every manager and player hasnt worked out for us so far ! i was happy with the backroom staff and players we got thinking they was a higher class of player that would push us onto the next tier so i aint going to cry and pretend i never.

    5 games in and many i didnt think we had a chance of anything its hardly time to panic and sack and call everyone so i’ll see if i can give confidence and see how the players react ! the way i look at it is certain players would be hard to do any worse.

  • 5 banjax // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    McLaren said to judge him after 10 games. He will get his wish because after ten games (30 points) if we don’t get even 6 points he should resign.

  • 6 jimmysmith // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Yeah, the grinning is disconcerting.It does make you think that he’s got no answers, and Thauvin turning up in a tux, for this match, under the circumstances, and in light of his performances so far, also worrying. That’s a player without the necessary maturity for the job at hand. A star recruit Ashley looks like he’s delegated poorly, and that of course is terrible ownership, which should hardly come as a surprise, and is a highly dystopian view, but 2 points from 18 is starting to ltake on a look of hard evidence

  • 7 toon kk // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    confidence is obviously low, but a lot of the players aren’t giving 100% and need to get there act together and quick. Or get oot of toon.

  • 8 croftus5678 // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    @6 jimmy

    i dont get the tux situation tbh buddy !

    how is wearing a tux/suit meaning anything than a proffesional image ?

    mbemba wore a tux and macca/club said it wants the players to be smart in there appearance.

    and tbh i have to wear black and whites on the doors but no one slates us for it nor does it offend anyone so i just dont get why people are offended ?

  • 9 toon kk // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Macca does resign mid season tbh if things don’t pick up.

  • 10 croftus5678 // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    @7 toon kk

    i agree not all look like they can be ar$3d but they wont be going untill the window opens ! dropped and not played maybe and i understand the frustration as i’m def no different as my past posts will prove me slating this person and that person so i’m def not blinded to the truth !

    may aswell get the best out of what players we have imo and telling them they are rubbish may be true but it aint the way you get the best out of them.

  • 11 jimmysmith // Sep 20, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    He’s not going to an awards night. He’s going to do a job of work, in front of a success starved crowd shelling out their hard earned week in week out and expecting to see a committed effort to turn around a terrible start to the season and what now is a real handicap. I don’t think he has much of a clue.

  • 12 wynsleap // Sep 20, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Who can blame the fans of Newcastle United for showing their displeasure and suspicion of the abilities of each manager (including the current incumbent) at this club?
    You can buy all the top players in the world but if they are not managed and coached properly you can forget it.
    Yes Ashley admirably spent nearly £50m in the close season but his biggest mistake was to not put in a top class manager at the helm to oversee them.
    For too long now we have had to endure second rate, non-successful managers and coaches like Souness, Roeder, Allardyce, Kinnear, Pardew, Carver and now McClaren.
    Instead of spending another £40-50m in the next window or in the summer the acquisition of a top class manager would be much more preferable. I’d also go as far as saying even the position and efficiency of Graham Carr should be carefully considered as I wouldn’t expect Ashley to be happy at all with the way his finally loosened cash has been spent this time round.

  • 13 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 20, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    The debacle at NUFC has come as no surprise in the Blackley household.

    As the flappy birds started to sing, Blackley was drawing parallels with the misplaced hope and excitement when we spent big on Beasant, Thorn, Hodges and Robertson.

    Lets face it. Its virtually the same squad as last year with two decent additions and a couple of questionable ones. And with a manager whose c.v. is less than inspiring and whom few fans wanted.
    Getting Austin was a must. Getting rid of Colo was a must.

    At least Makro has identified a major problem. Apparently, we have no identity. We need an identity. Well we’ve got one but it’s not the one anyone wants.

  • 14 Toon fm Exeter // Sep 20, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    I re-itterate what I said yesterday without the word foreign even though we only play with 1 Englishman we will get nowhere with these prima donnas. They are overpaid , do not put the effort in and are not fit to wear the black and white stripes. I have seen some dross served up since the mid 60’s but at least they put a shift in. There has to be something fundamentally wrong with our scouting system as we go for the same type each time and it does not work. We have no one coming through the ranks , we are doomed I tell ya doomed. I hope I am proved wrong but we will be cast adrift by late October and I can’t see where a win is coming from, the championship beckons.

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