McClaren Identifies What´s Needed To Turn Newcastle Around


This big news at Steve McClaren´s press conference was Steven Taylor being out for at least two months with a hamstring strain and he has had a small operation on a tendon to assist with the recovery.

There is a growing crisis growing at Newcastle and it will last until we pick up our first win in the league – and just like last season – once we get our first win we are hoping Newcastle will be OK through the end of this year.

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Steve McClaren – gave his press conference for Wednesday game

Steve is asking Newcastle fans to show some faith in the team, and even asks for blind faith at this point – and there has been criticism coming from all sides at McClaren and the team after two successive defeats when the side did not play well at all.

This is some of what the head coach said in his press conference today:

“Blind faith is needed.” “A bit of blind faith and belief that we will eventually get it right, turn it around, and win some games. We need that from the club as a whole.”

“It is always a test coming into any club. You always have at some stage, testing times. It has come early and is not unexpected.”

“It is par for the course. It is football. We have the patience and calm to deal with it.”   “A lot of work is going on behind the scenes.”

“The big thing we are trying to turn around is a club last season that had to win the last game to stay up. There is bound to be baggage.”

“Our first four league games they showed fantastic spirit. Last two games, we have conceded goals and not come back from that and the reaction has not been right.”

“That is belief, a bit of “Here we go again.” We have talked about it and addressed it. We have to put up a reaction.”

“We put up the last game of the season and the fight showed as the benchmark for what is needed. We have to keep the spirit and belief going.”

“We concentrate on performance and fight, and results will follow.” “If you are not winning you are not confident. They are all tough and we knew it would be. We have enough experience to do that.”

Let´s hope the Newcastle fans will stick with Steve, his coaches and the players, so we can turn this thing around – just as soon as possible.

It´s similar to last year at this time and once we beat Leicester City 1-0 at home for our first win of the season, in our eighth game – we went on to win the next six games on the trot.

Similar things could happen this season.

It´s important Newcastle are (far) away from the bottom of the league by the end of this year.

Comments welcome.


83 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Well we’ve had the blind leading the blind for so long now it actually makes sense.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #3

    “The big thing we are trying to turn around is a club last season that had to win the last game to stay up. There is bound to be baggage.”

    Baggage indeed, Steve.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Tsunki…I don’t have an issue with what he says here at all. It appears to be honest and makes perfect sense.

    It seemed to agitate someone the other day when I mentioned that surely there is an element of blind faith needed at this stage.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Ooh who was it Ibiza? Hmm let me guess. No. No you’re going to have to narrow that one down for me ha ha

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  • croftus5678

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #6

    @tsunki

    if you mean by new cabella on our books being thauvin then no bud.

    i like thauvin ! i think he’s good and dont see what other see from him in games as he like rolando is imo one of the very few game winners we have atm.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Win games Schteve?

    Hopefully with Colback and Cisse out we’ve half a chance!

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Croftus – I see. But hasn’t Cabella gone the other way in the Thauvin deal? I may be wrong but I think my great Grandads dog will return before him.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Taylor injured?! Shocking.

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  • geordie157

    Sep 22, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Drop colo, sissoko and cisse for tomorrow bring in lascelles, aarons and de jong.

    Wonder if marv will make the bench.

    Also how is cabella doing back in France?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Tsunki…I’m sat here wondering whether if I mention his name it will cause further upset / bad feeling. Which isn’t my intention.

    The blog can be a funny place. I’m trying to work out where the line between discussing ideas / opinions crosses over to being abusive and insisting people do things your way.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Tsunki…define involved?

    Who do you think made the judgement call on transfers and what are the role of the four board members? 🙂

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  • Jib

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Sometimes
    What am I saying ?
    A lot of the time , Tsunki misses someones point by miles .

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  • croftus5678

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #14

    @tsunki

    cabella went on loan as far as i’m aware ! i’ll look into it buddy.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #15
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #16

    tads…it’s a long time since I have seen you on the blog.

    Welcome on board 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Geordie157
    Drop Colo Cisse and Sissoko full stop, and by all accounts RC is having a mare at OM

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Areet Jesper
    Yeah after having very mixed emotions about our summer business as in buying good quality but not enough and not shipping out the rot, then viewing our opening fixtures i really have started to lose the will to talk about the same old!

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  • nufc 11

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #19

    It was some risk to give Colo a new deal and kept as capo macca will rue that one big clubs big and hard decisions the time for half measures and talk has passed.mercenaries will rarely fight for the cause only their own squad is packed with wage colectors.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #20

    tads…yeah it does get a bit pointless at times!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Jesper
    The most baffling decision this summer was to not only keep Coco as Captain but reward him for his unwavering loyalty and and lionheart performances with a contract extension

    Canny decision that!

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Eva Carneiro: Chelsea doctor leaves after Jose Mourinho row

    Now if a Club is ill they clearly need a Doctor to help things turn around and there’s no transfer window to worry about it

    Sounds like a plan

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  • Jib

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Obertan , Williamson , Marveaux , Taylor , and , Elliot all have contracts that run out June 2016 .
    I believe if they all act as back up without complaint this season , they will all be rewarded with free transfers.

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  • banjax

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #24

    From my previous post – McLaren said to judge him after ten games – and that is what should happen !

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #25

    I can only think they kept Colo on because of the lack of leaders and experience at the club, not that he is one but it’s apparantly the closest we have to one.

    I don’t think they fancied blooding in a new untested CB partnership either. One at a time does seem logical in a footballing sense but then again the way the season has went so far it couldn’t of really been any worse haha.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Sometimes
    What am I saying ?……

    That’s where you should have left it Jeff, anyway it’s obviously not your point I’m missing as you clearly don’t have one. Give it a rest and go magnifying glass something else Sherlock.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #27

    I don’t like to gossip but he was kept on because he’s best pals with the chief executive.

    Jib told me.

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  • mindshaft

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Here we go, players feigning injuries – they are a joke. When the going gets tough they go running to the physio complaining of hair out of place

    Does anyone else think it’s a bit mad we let so many players run down their contracts – surely we could have gotten a million for Marvs last summer

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Banjax
    7 games in, next 3 are Sheffield Wednesday Chelsea and Man City….

    Think a bigger reflection of where we are as a club comes in the run of fixtures after Man City through til the end of November

    Norwich City
    Sunderland
    Stoke City
    Bournemouth
    Leicester City
    Crystal Palace

    Need a very very good run through these 6 fixtures as our December run in is a mixed bag playing

    Liverpool
    Tottenham
    Villa
    Everton

    Those 6 fixtures surely have to be the key to how we approach December/Jan in terms of strengthening the squad and even any management changes that are needed pending results?

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Jesper – I think half or more of the transfers have been agreements under way from seasons ago. I also think if he had any say in Jonas he would have still been here when he took up the job. The Coloccini thing was a mistimed and misjudged PR gaffe, I don’t think McLaren really buys into this stuff about him being the solent but deadly ‘Mr Newcastle’ thing at all. And I seriously doubt he had any impact on buying defenders. He’s just feeling his way in his new job, and he’s found a lot of lost luggage.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Silent not Solent. Cry me a River, autocorrect.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #32

    I have a hunch it wasn’t McClarens decision to be honest.

    He probably would have liked another centre back and would have been happy to see him go.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Prodigy
    Can’t see it, the Chron and several other journos seem to have been informed he was as good as gone, he wanted to go, the club wanted him to go, but they didn’t want him to go on a free

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  • lesh

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #34

    McClaren reckons it’s never easy going into a new club.

    Let’s qualify that and suggest it’s never easy when a manager’s had little or no input into incoming transfers – as was the case for McClaren.

    You’ve just got to look at Watford, Leicester and others to see that where the manager defines needs and players, the difference in results is quite noticeable. I chose not to include Pardew as an example.

    I think we can see that with Carr and Charnley having sway over transfers, we’re never going anywhere other than down.

    McClaren’s arrival wasn’t perfectly timed but if Charnley had paid out compen to get him early, he could have had some say in transfers but……

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  • Belfast

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #35

    The fixture list is a bit depressing tads. Although a win would make it less daunting.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Cisse hurt his back trying that overhead kick against West Ham?

    I don’t believe that at all.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Tads,

    Who, Colo?

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  • Jib

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Tsunki
    The Solent is the strait that separates the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England. It is about 20 miles in length and varies in width between one and four miles.
    Not a river
    Do you see
    Ha ha ha

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Toon prodigy – it sounds like exactly the same excuse Colo used when he cleared a ball overhead and it sadly made him miss several key games and the derby…. but not a holiday on his Ranch.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 22, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #40

    So cry me a River Jeff. Cry me a River

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