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Keep The Faith – How Newcastle Can Turn This Around

10:30 pm, Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

It is very difficult for Newcastle fans at the moment – extremely difficult — because it seems like we are all weary with fighting relegation last season and losing so many games this year already – it´s been a terrible 2015 so far with just over three months to go.

To recap briefly – to keep the level of pain under control –  in 25 league game this year we have won 3, lost 16 and drawn 6 and in 3 cup games we have lost 2 of them.

So in total we have played 28 games, lost 18, drawn 6 and won 4.

That is not a good record.

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Steve McClaren – going through hell and high water right now

And that? why there is battle fatigue with Newcastle fans and one thing we should point out – just less than 34,000 turned up for the game on Wednesday night – which was phenomenal.

Newcastle must get back to playing how we have played already this season against Southampton, Manchester United and Arsenal and especially in those last two games – we were resilient – something we haven´t been for a long time.

So it?  not like the lads cannot do it – and it was also true last season when in the last game our players were little short of magnificent in such an important game.

Remember with just five minutes to go we were still in danger of possibly being relegated – until Jonas scored.

In particular, Vurnon Anita and Jonas Gutierrez were great and particularly the Argentine who had the game of his career in his final game for Newcastle United.

Jonas was a hero that day if ever there was one.

We need all out players to stand up and be counted – and if nothing else against Chelsea this Saturday show the courage, passion and determination they have already shown a number of times this season.

If they do that then who knows they may even find some of those skills they possess.

Newcastle´s team is far too good to be where we are right now in the league – but that´s here we are – and that´s where we have to fight from to get up that league table.

The next two games against Chelsea and Manchester City will be very difficult.

But it must all start with our players deciding they will give everything for the shirt.

In the past things can be turned around if the players can do that – and if they do that great support from the Newcastle fans will be there.

But it takes courage, determination and guts coming from our players.

Keep the faith – even though it seems almost impossible at times – given our very poor start to the season.

I was watching the Pope Francis (what an inspiration) on TV today in Washington  – and he seemed happy enough even though San Lorenzo have lost two of their last three games.

As we said – let´s try to keep the faith – it´s much better for our players than any of the alternatives we have seen.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Had to be done.

  • 3 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Ian, that’s your opinion, I put it to you it’s not as plausible as you think. The Geordie ‘hospitality’ as you deprecatingly put it, is just fine. It kept Pardew employed for years longer than most managers would have been. And I’m sure he is on record as saying that he, his wife, kids, pets and his accountant never felt threatened. And to think he was an afterthought of the Palace chairman and not a long tapped-up shoe in is highly naive.

  • 4 Belfast // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    ‘Cause I’ve gotta have faith
    Unh I gotta faith
    Because I gotta to have faith, faith, faith
    I gotta to have faith, faith, faith

  • 5 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    “Newcastle´s team is far too good to be where we are right now in the league –”

    Can anyone help me with the name of one good player?

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    How can Newcastle turn this around, well that’s easy.

    Bring back Pardew.

  • 7 jimmysmith // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    I think Newcastle can turn it around, because there is money and there is a desire to, but it’s a huge problem when half the squad knows the writings on the wall for their Newcastle futures, and half of the rest are here for either a jolly, a pay day, or to attract the attention of a big club.

  • 8 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Blackley I never said Pardew didn’t know what he was getting into. Quite the opposite is true – he was willing to accept the Axis of SD’s imposition and lived with it until he realised he had run his course and was heading towards his last payday. I think the trade off for a long contract was to accept being a patsy which he dutifully obliged.

    Steve McLaren I believe was told the job, but in the classic sense didn’t quite ‘get’ just how much coach and how little manager he would be. He probably imagined himself as a potential messiah, however he’s being bailed up right now.

  • 9 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Nailed up

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    If fact we should make a banner and have it something like this.


    That should do it.

  • 11 Mag52 // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Ed have you lost the plot ? The Pope’s into cricket.

  • 12 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    If people couldn’t stand your puerile interjections before Welsh, I doubt they can stomach them now. You were a better turn doing your Dick Dotty ” knock knock” jokes.

  • 13 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    It wasn’t funny the first time.

  • 14 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 24, 2015 at 10:56 PM


    I liked Chris Mort, he probably seen everything coming and bailed also. Im not sure it would help though as footballers are greedy, especially the French players who fancy themselves as superstars. But it is a short career, can’t blame them.

    We are used as a stepping stone to double their wages from what they get in France but sooner or later they want the 80-100k contract or as close to it as possible.

    They spew on about Champions League and trophies but it’s really all about the money. Ba, Remy, Debuchy, Cabaye, Sissoko sooner rather than later.

    The sooner we start paying 80-100k a week out to quality players and start to compete with other clubs in our bracket, the quicker the problems will heal at the club. I really believe that. Proven Premier league players because the balance is well off in the squad. We need a massive dose of experience integrated into the squad quickly for me.

    No more young potentially good players, no more bedding in times either. Im going to crack on at work I’ll try and pop on later.

  • 15 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    I notice Niall and Biffa have nicked my ” blind leading the blind” tagline. Good job my stuff is royalty free 🙂

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Pardew over mcclaren any day of the week, i said from day one that they won’t find a better manager once Pardew left and i will still think that until Newcastle start getting results.

  • 17 James RS // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Steve McLaren is a good coach but not a good manager/tactician unlike Alan Pardew wasn’t backed at Newcastle by Ashley after they finished 5th or at all for that matter how he would have loved 50 million to spend. Pardew proved he can work with a poor squad doubt whether McLaren could. I think McLaren is past his best. With Chelsea Man City and Mackems away to come . I’d change the manager ; scout and Charley right now.

  • 18 sickandtired // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    @ james – you’re off your rocker, mate.

    Pardew had a win rate, overall, of 38%. That equates to approximately 43 points per season – one win above the expected drop zone normally.

    If you think one win from safety equals greatness then I suggest you pack up, move South and follow your Messiah.

    And it’s obviously passed you by, but McClaren didn’t spend 50 mil, Carr did. He’s not a manager here either, just as Pardew wasn’t. They aren’t allowed to be and you have been clearly told by the Club (as they have) that they DON’T want a Manager. Just a ‘coach’ for Carr’s signings, sanctioned by Ashley, and then sold under the same decision making.

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