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McClaren Issues Personal Plea To Newcastle Fans

8:43 am, Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren was calm enough during yesterday’s press conference and he was realistic about the two poor displays over the last two games and pointed to some positives.

There has been a huge negative reaction – from the national press – that Newcastle are second bottom of the league after six games and they have been laying into the club and putting the boot in where they can.

And there’s been too many opportunities for them to do that.

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Steve McClaren – tough start

Newcastle fans are worried – very worried that this season could be yet another one where we are fighting relegation and that does nothing for the image of Newcastle United.


It also does nothing for the good health and attitude of the fans.

Steve McClaren has tried to slash through all the negativity surrounding the club at the moment and he has asked Newcastle fans to stick with the team and give them their support which will only help the team get back on track this season.

This is some of what Steve has said in the Chronicle today:

“As always, supporting a football team can be very, very difficult.” “And sometimes you have to have blind faith.”

“You have to just believe that these players will give what they’ve got and give their best.” “Sometimes that might not be quite good enough.”

“But we have to stay with this team.” “That’s what we believe, we need faith and trust.” “Fans are the same.”

“You could see something on Saturday after the second goal, was the stadium really believing if we could come back?”

“Let’s rally the players and get them focused on coming back.” “We knew it would be tough.” “Both internally and with what we went through with the squad.”

“We knew externally about the pressure and expectation, and the size of the crowd.” “We have enough experience to deal with that.”

This year has been very extremely  difficult for our fans – it’s been a nightmare – apart from the summer months when things looked to be picking up a bit.

Let’s hope the club and the team can get back on track very soon and a win tonight against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup would be a good start.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Sep 23, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Steve McClaren – we’re reviewing what we need to do in January

    – – – – – – – – – – –

    Find a manager like Tuchel or similar.
    Find a competent D.O.F / MD
    Find a new scout
    Find a new CB
    Find a new LB
    Find a new CF
    Ditch Wonga.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Sep 23, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Ashley Out !
    Post last thread !

  • 3 blew // Sep 23, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Despite who is manager, he will have
    to cope with the players Carr signs.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 23, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 23, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Yeah, some hit the ground running but others are slow burners and take time to adapt. I don’t think it is to the football necessarily, but also the change in culture and lifestyle. Still, Cabaye, Cisse and Tiote all came in and did well instantly, can’t think of many others since.

    A few of those who have hit the ground running were those on Carr’s lists as well. Someone posted an article yesterday saying Carr provides three options for each position, but due to age and cost the club have often asked him to provide a fourth.

    On topic, the only way we will spend big in January is if our transfer policy is completely overhauled and requirement and need is put above value and pound for pound. The other issue being if things don’t pick up drastically, which top players are going to join a club that is battling to stay up? This was why more needed to be done in the first window, rather than splitting it over three, and a few of us mentioned this at the time.

    I’d imagine talk of British players could lead to Will Hughes bids – particularly if Derby don’t start turning draws to wins – and Sam Byram bids. Can’t see Austin being available unless he kicks up a major stink in January, even then, would he join a side battling at the bottom again? I think he will know he will have bigger and better options come the summer, without the risk of getting relegated again.

  • 5 catchy in norway // Sep 23, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    i like the players we have signed, i think chancel has look class every game he has played, i think taylor would be a better partner for him,

    i think it has been a hard start to the season for other reasons than the new players coming in, i believe its more of a culture at the club thing that needs the most work done to it, we are a team that is used to loosing games, but i have see a big difference in the way we approach games and what our game plan is, we are a lot more tighter as a team defending, so i see a lot of work has gone into that,

    our first 8 games were always going to be hard, its been well documented that we had the hardsest start to the season on paper and it is proving so, people looking at Watford as our easy game to win, yet i believe its was just as hard as playing Man u, this team has just came up and has this fresh winning mentality and are still riding on this wave,

    our biggest criticism is not the new players , its with the likes of Cisse, Colo, these guys know the prem and know what they face, yet these let us down.

    i think we will be ok

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 23, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Steve, the support will always be there for the team, but you have to meet us halfway and at least show signs of changing from last seasons drab style and tactics. Everyone knows it won’t all be fixed in an instant, but so far I think I preferred watching Carver’s side, and he had to play a number of games with just one or two fit defenders, no real striker and without £50million worth of additions.

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 23, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    I agree re the culture at the club. It has been drummed into the club, staff and fans over the last few years by Ashley’s actions, and Pardew, Llambias and Charnley’s statements and sound bytes. Statements like we can’t compete with such and such, or success in cups leads to relegation etc. Basically telling the club and fans that we aren’t up to it. That gets into the mind set of the players and we end up hoping to nick something against garbage. Add that to the heartless and gutless players like Sissoko, Colo etc and it is a recipe for disaster.

    More should have been done to ship out certain characters that aren’t up for it. The bad start to the season has lead to the poor mindset of the old players counting, and it will have an effect on the new players, and the youngsters coming through.

  • 8 cyprus // Sep 23, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Spot on Steve.
    On the previous post, I like what you say re 3 windows. Shows you (they) mean it. But don’t fall into the we need ‘British’ players propaganda. The best players in the PL are foreign. And, when they’re really good, they don’t even need much time for this league. It’s full of international players, it’s not like it’s the foreign boy amongst the locals. More the opposite.

    Just sign good, clever, pacy players. Dig up a young Aguero or a Suarez (I assure you they aren’t British) , we’re set.

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 23, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    *continuing, not counting

  • 10 cyprus // Sep 23, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Carr, the pressure and spotlight is on YOU man. Too many duds, and the buck stops with you. Hire some strappy young scouts who are willing to scour the WHOLE world.

  • 11 spitfire_ // Sep 23, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Not this again… that was pardew’s job… to speak about his plea to the fans in every couple of weeks. I was sick of it. Now the nightmare start all over again…

  • 12 cyprus // Sep 23, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    To quote a manager who (wrongly) hated foreigners, on another matter:

    “Players lose you games, not tactics. There’s so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes.”

    He’s right of course. If you’ve played football with really really good players, they don’t need a manager to tell them what to do. So if we hire a few of those, we’re set.

    Of course, having said this, to win, our lot will need a little coaching and tactics.

  • 13 jimmysmith // Sep 23, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Yes, it does have an all too familiar ring to it. Suggesting the previous 7 years were either a sham or a failure. With that in mind, it’s more than a little insulting or at least condescending to ask for “blind faith”, or perhaps Mac isn’t quite up to speed on our more recent history.

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