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McClaren Identifies What´s Needed To Turn Newcastle Around

5:37 pm, Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 83 Comments

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.

Tags: League Cup · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press · Press Conference

83 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 5:39 PM

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

  • 3 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    “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.

  • 4 Ibizatoon // Sep 22, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    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.

  • 5 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    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

  • 6 croftus5678 // Sep 22, 2015 at 5:50 PM


    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.

  • 7 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Win games Schteve?

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

  • 8 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    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.

  • 9 cyprus // Sep 22, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Taylor injured?! Shocking.

  • 10 geordie157 // Sep 22, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    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?

  • 11 Ibizatoon // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    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.

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Tsunki…define involved?

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

  • 13 Jib // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM

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

  • 14 croftus5678 // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM


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

  • 15 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Strongest team tomorrow?

  • 16 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:04 PM

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

    Welcome on board 🙂

  • 17 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:04 PM

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

  • 18 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    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!

  • 19 nufc 11 // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    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.

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:07 PM

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

  • 21 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    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!

  • 22 lochinvar // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    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

  • 23 Jib // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    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.

  • 24 banjax // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:26 PM

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

  • 25 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    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.

  • 26 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    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.

  • 27 Belfast // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:34 PM

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

    Jib told me.

  • 28 mindshaft // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    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

  • 29 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    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
    Stoke City
    Leicester City
    Crystal Palace

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


    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?

  • 30 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    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.

  • 31 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Silent not Solent. Cry me a River, autocorrect.

  • 32 Belfast // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    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.

  • 33 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    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

  • 34 lesh // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    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……

  • 35 Belfast // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:40 PM

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

  • 36 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:40 PM

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

    I don’t believe that at all.

  • 37 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:42 PM


    Who, Colo?

  • 38 Jib // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    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

  • 39 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    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.

  • 40 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    So cry me a River Jeff. Cry me a River

  • 41 bladeuser // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    S Mac out after ten games as we won’t win any in the epl

  • 42 Belfast // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Skunki is a bit slow on the uptake Jib. I’ve found that.

  • 43 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:47 PM


    Oh aye, I remember that!

    Wasn’t he jumping up and down dancing at a San Lorenzo game during his recovery? Hahaha. Brilliant.

  • 44 Belfast // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Probably the medication to be totally fair to him. 🙂

  • 45 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    tads…yeah that was so the club didn’t have to buy another CB (well I think that was their thinking)

    …and for some reason they put their blind faith in the likes of Cisse and Tiote! How well that paid off!

  • 46 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    If you were to bully up a bit on your wiki, jeff you wouldn’t be tempted priapically to jump into ridicule – a snippet for you :-

    Originally a river valley, the Solent has gradually widened and deepened over many thousands of years. The River Frome was the source of the River Solent, with three other rivers — the Rivers Avon, Itchen and Test — being tributaries of it.[6][7] Seismic sounding has shown that when the sea level was lower the River Solent incised its bed to a depth of at least 46 metres (151 ft) below current Ordnance Datum.

    Ooh that must hurt jeff! How many times have you been owned today? Was that the worst? : D

  • 47 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Sorry Belfast looks like the owning caught you in the wake ha ha

  • 48 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Problem is where do we get that win?
    Norwich are a bogey team for us
    Mackems will get there now regular 6 points of us
    Stoke look like a 14 yr olds football manager team
    Bournemouth play fast fluid football much like Watford
    Leicester look brilliant this season
    And Palace are bound to win and we’ll have to endure the onslaught of the Pardew w*nkfest!

  • 49 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Aye Colo

  • 50 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    It seems I do see ha ha jeff

  • 51 Belfast // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Oops I’ll get me coat.

  • 52 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Reading Mark Douglas over the weekend it seems Tiote has been feigning injuries so he doesn’t have to play
    Which is baffling as to why he’s still here (6 year contract and high wages I’d imagine!)
    When you look at the reasons the club have given for ostracising some players over the last few years you wonder just how the hell the likes of Cisse Tiote and Colo have avoided the axe, can only think it’s their wages

  • 53 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    It’s funny how we have added to the squad and created a bit competetion for places, then players have went in a huff causing mischief rather than knuckle down and battle for their place.

    They have been guaranteed a start for too long regardless of performance and now they don’t like it if you ask me.

    I can just imagine the quotes coming out of Sissoko’s camp if he was benched for the next 5 games. Ahh, dosn’t bare thinking about..

  • 54 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Wait so is Jeff know Jib?
    I’m well out the loop now!

  • 55 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    It would make a welcome change from the champions league b0llox that normally spews out of camp Sissoko

  • 56 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Tsunki…I don’t know you could be right…again you could be completely off your mark there as well 😉

    …I think it’s the easy thing to believe! Remember even some have suggested the appointment of Macca has been arranged back in January (more or less)

    If you are right then what is the logic of the four man board? What’s their role? We all know Charmless knows nothing about football.

    I agree the signings are players scouted and marked as potential targets before Macca had his first work day.

    Personally I think Macca has been consulted and given his approval of the players so to speak. I don’t think it’s really that controversial 😉

    But we can all agree they (whoever made the call) has under cooked it massively!

  • 57 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Tads jeff is one and the same he used to be Jeff from Benwell a persona derived from an individual with learning difficulties who called a late night phone in and was ridiculed for it. Jeff overboiled his insults to the point of saying done pretty nasty stuff, so disappeared. In the very hour though, in came jib….same style same insults same mean spirited attitude.

    He is now, unfortunately the Blog Wile E. Coyote, as coined well by BandB. He is always trying to lay booby traps for fellow bloggers, but unfortunately almost always falls afoul of his traps. “For ’tis the sport to have the enginer
    Hoist with his own petard, an’t shall go hard” as I think Shakespeare once put it.

  • 58 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:10 PM


    Haha aye! Would be uproar.

    Who is going to fill in for Haidara then tomorrow? Colback at LB?

    If Colback takes a knock were all out of cover then.

    Here we go again with the injuries.

  • 59 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Jesper the four man board is a two man gang with their arms thrust manfully up two puppets.

  • 60 Mister Tuff // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Tads – Jib Jibberish ( the blog pest) is Jeff from Benwell as previously posted. He now brags he has an insider at the club for the latest griff. (supposedly a contractor to the club) The insider has been christened “Uncle Peanut” as his contract is probably as a peanut seller.

  • 61 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Tsunki…so McClaren’s a puppet 😉

    *I actually think Charmless is the one easily swayed!

  • 62 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    tads…I think you’re on to something there!

    We didn’t really move anyone on and God knows we have alot of deadwood (it seems no one wanted the financial burden 😉 )

    Why we didn’t just bring in the players we wanted and left those not wanted unregistered is beyond me!

    There’s s reason (maybe a few) why we are rock bottom

  • 63 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Jib Jibberish is also known in these parts as Pennywise the blog Clown!

  • 64 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Newcastle’s Steven Taylor out two months after surgery on hamstring!

    Dear Lord and we kept him as well!

  • 65 Toon fm Exeter // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Overpaid prima donnas and McClarens last 20 games 3 wins only got to be a hell of a turn around.

  • 66 WWSBRD // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    If only someone somewhere could of predicted Saylor not lasting a season…

  • 67 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Costa got a three match ban

  • 68 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Yo…that was a hard one to call…the lad was just unlucky! 😀

  • 69 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    In Fifa 16, have a guess who the highest rated player is at NUFC and what the rating is…

  • 70 WWSBRD // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Haha oh yes

    Gini 80 ?

  • 71 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    I’m beginning to feel like Marvin the android.

    If we can’t get a few wins out of the next ten games we might as well turn St James Park into a parking lot or something equally useful.

    I’m so depressed!!!

    Don’t think I could take another 60 years of the same.

  • 72 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Ah! Thanks for the re-cap, how is B and B? Still posting i hope

  • 73 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:42 PM


    Have you just cheated and looked.. Haha! Or have you came across it?

    Colo and Krul joint second at 79!!

  • 74 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    I tried searching the sky bet market to put a tenner on Tayls getting injured before 10 games!

    Actually think Colback has picked up a knock hasn’t he?
    Also, had EA access early release so would be cheating to say Gini 80!

  • 75 toon kk // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Once we’ve been knocked out of the cup tomorrow night we can at least concentrate on the premier league, maybe we can at least try for a draw instead of inviting defeats.

  • 76 Jib // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    It is a bit unfortunate that the prima donna millionaires in EPL footy like Costa are performing at the same time as the Rugby World Cup , the comparison and contrast is dramatic.

  • 77 Tsunki // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Tads BandB is posting with usual reserve. I think Belfast can attest to that. Eek.

  • 78 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 22, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Tads, WWSBRD,

    Yas are cheats!

    Reet lads im off to work i’ll catch yas later, enjoy 😉

  • 79 lochinvar // Sep 22, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Costa banned for Newcastle game – does that improve our chances especially if Mitrovic behaves himself

  • 80 toon kk // Sep 22, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    what do you think? Is mirovic our saviour or will his frustration of no service draw another foul.

  • 81 toon kk // Sep 22, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Sunderland 0 city 4

  • 82 WWSBRD // Sep 22, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Haha I actually didn’t cheat just a guess

  • 83 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Sep 22, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    the ONLY logical way to solve the injury crisis is to loan out lac and not bring in another defender in Jan. It would be nice to have no cover at all back 4 positions for the 2nd year in row

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