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McClaren Identifies What’s Now Required At Newcastle

8:35 am, Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

It’s difficult to believe that we have got ourselves into a bit of a mess this season after just eight games played, after all that happened earlier this year and after owner Mike Ashley had said we will make out own luck from now on.

But the Newcastle players are simply not producing anywhere near their best form and the coaching staff are certainly not getting the best out of the players they have available.

Steve McClaren and Owls Carlos Carvalhal

Steve McClaren and Carlos Carvalhal last night

That’s exactly what happened in the second half of last season under John Carver – who was inexperienced and not up to the job.

But Lee Charnley and Graham Carr made their decision on who would be the new coach and they went for Steve McClaren, who was their first choice as soon as Alan Pardew left Newcastle in early January.

It would not be good if Lee Charnley, who is running the club for the owner,  has made another poor choice of head coach for the second time in six months.

Steve McClaren has said in his comments after the game what must happen and what his players must do to turn things around.

But our next two games against Chelsea and Manchester City will be difficult.

This is how McClaren responded when asked why things were not working:

“It’s hard to put your finger on, but we have to find it.”

“It’s a mentality thing. You can go into those games and finish those games and feel sorry for yourself.” “We can’t have that. We can’t have that and we can’t make excuses.”

“Whatever I say will never be enough to vindicate the performance and the result. The only thing you can do is get in tomorrow morning and prepare for Chelsea.”

“We have got to have that fighting mentality rather than that victim one.”

“That’s football. This is, for me, a challenge. We have got to start using our experience now, and we have got that.”

“We have got to find the solutions. Mentally, technically, tactically, we have got to find the solutions.”

“It’s in that dressing room, we have got to find it and we have got to find it quickly.”

We don’t think Mike Ashley will sit back for too long if the defeats keep piling up and we remain in the bottom three for too long.

There’s too much to lose and staying in the Premier League has to be the most important thing for the club this season.

But if things don’t improve we could be in a for another long hard season, which seems to be all we have managed to achieve since finishing in 5th place back in 2012.

Things must get better soon, and we know what’s going wrong, but it’s now up to Steve and his coaches to fix it and turn this thing around.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hibbit // Sep 24, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    chelsea at home is going to be interesting i think the honeymoon is over if we just rollover st james will be a war zone a lot of very unhappy people last night no pride in the shirt from most of the players just going through the motions

  • 2 Lindisfarne // Sep 24, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    If words could win football matches we might be at least one position higher in the league. Unfortunately the words I keep hearing do not have any actual merit in reality, they do not explain how the game is to be phyically won.

    Ian Cathros interview to the Spanish Sky Reporter described how he trys to enable the player to find their own solution. At the moment it looks like there are 11 different strategies on the pitch, no cohesive momentum and a fear of failure that abdicates personal responsibility.

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 24, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Beer Monkey
    Laschelles did OK maybe should have a run in the team alongside MBemba can’t do any worse than Coloccini’s last effort
    MBemba did OK
    Toney liked what I saw had some good touches closed their players down linked up well, touch looks good
    Satka – looked raw when he came on
    but with him and Toney on we showed a bit of urgency going forward down the right

    or as many fans were calling them last night F.C. F**cking Clueless

    Miss-management, dodgy owners from Stan Seymour, Lord Westwood to the present day owner including the – Hall’s and Fat Freddy, Ashley et-al and 32 plus managers, player managers, stand-in managers in their different ways and disguises have since my first game in 1963

  • 4 The next Mike Williamson // Sep 24, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Baring in mind that Colo, Sissoko & Colback are undroppable, and McClaren hasn’t got it in him to think of another formation, I’d play this this lot:
    Sissoko——-De Jong——–Perez

    Lascelles will give us better pace and ariel ability at the back allowing us to push higher up the pitch. Colback will stay back more than Haidara which will make us less vulnerable to counter attack. Coloccini is bigger and stronger in the tackle so will give us extra steel infront of defence. He can also drop back to form a 3 man defence when our fullbacks go forward (as they do) Thauvin & Aarons can come off the bench to give us pace towards the end of the match.

  • 5 Lindisfarne // Sep 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    If you were to truly start with a fresh slate, rather than a clean slate and did not pick players that ccontinue to fail. Then the starting 11 may actually look like this:


  • 6 banjax // Sep 24, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Spare the same old claptrap ‘drawing a line in the sand, we’ve got to find solutions..’ This all crap and its churned at the end of every defeat. It is Mike Ashley who needs the ring the changes, starting with hiring an experienced chairman and then professional management of the club. Time to put the plans in place ready for the international break to implement. The next two games are lost anyway and there’s no need to put supporters and the club through more than necessary.

  • 7 lochinvar // Sep 24, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Answer ” a take over “

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