McClaren Makes Startling Revelation After Owls Defeat

After the 1-0 defeat to Championship club Sheffield Wednesday last night at St. James’ Park, Steve McClaren has admitted that Newcastle may be close to a crisis.

Another one.

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Steve McClaren – has to turn it around somehow

We have now lost our last four games in all competitions, and the team is not playing well.

The players have to start taking some responsibility for these poor performances and the position we are in at present.

And the results tell the story – it’s simply not good enough.

The pressure appears to be too much for some of our players.

This is some of what Steve McClaren said after the 1-0 loss last night:

“Is the job harder than I thought? Absolutely. Without a doubt,” “People say it’s a crisis and it’s getting very close to it.” “We deserve to be criticised.”

Next up is Chelsea at home on Saturday,

And dare I say it – we have won these last three fixtures at home against Chelsea and Jose Mourinho has never won a  game at St. Jame’s Park.


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Here’s hoping it stays that way.

Comments welcome.

63 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Sep 24, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #1

    there is talent in the squad but there’s no back bone.

    A leader at cb and in centre mid is a must.

    Colo, Sissoko and Cisse should have been moved on with players who perform consistently in the premier league.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 24, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Why is it startling? The media have been calling it a crisis lately – hence the question. If he’d said it wasn’t getting close to one, he’d be accused of wearing blinkers. Bit of a no win question! 🙂


    Sep 24, 2015 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #3


    something like that

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 24, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Springy, that would be ideal, I’m not convinced Lascelles is ready though. That’s definitely the future way. Chelsea and City aren’t games to try it either 🙂 Is Collo really mobile enough to play there? Maybe he is, maybe not. Anyway, I’m away to my bed. I was going to say it might look brighter in the morning, but who am I kidding? Later mate.


    Sep 24, 2015 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #5



    Sep 24, 2015 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #6


  • Blofal

    Sep 24, 2015 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #7

    When things are going bad Williamson often has a good game. Maybe we should try him? He has experience in playing in these situations thats for sure! I can’t believe I even just wrote that.

  • John Tudor

    Sep 24, 2015 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #8

    sack the lot of em

  • John Tudor

    Sep 24, 2015 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #9

    disgusting ffin shambles
    a poor excuse for a football team

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 24, 2015 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #10

    It’s going to be interesting to see what has unfolded by January, assuming things continue as they are. Will Charnley be gone? McClaren? We are obviously stuck with this hopeless, dysfunctional squad until then so you can only see changes happening at the management level. Despite his fighting words Ashley took the soft option by leaving Charnley in place and hoping for the best. Not your best move, Mike. I wonder how long he will put up with the embarrassment of NUFC as it is? It really will be interesting.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 24, 2015 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #11

    McLaren may talk the lot.. but players are not responding to him. It looks like no ones bothered.

    I think he has lost the dressing room. Maybe. There’s no cohesion whatsoever in this side.

    I still believe McLaren is not the manager for us. He looks out of his depth ready.

  • Toon fm Exeter

    Sep 24, 2015 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Absolute load of toss, at least I saw us lift the fairs cup, you younger supporters have got a long wait. Can’t even get decent odds on us being relegated which looks a certainty. Might be wort a punt on lowest points level and lowest goals scored in a will probably be an extra 10 against after the next 2 matches. Try in the cups what a joke, no bottle, no heart no team spirit boy am I pissed off with this bunch of overpaid prima donnas

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 24, 2015 at 3:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Yea I think this season we’ll set a record for lowest points accumulated and lowest goal scored.

    Can we just relegate directly to league 2? We are disgrace to be gracing the top 3 divisions.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 24, 2015 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #14

    We need Carr sacked and accepting responsibility. The team he has formed here is pathetic. These are his players and all are failures.

    Thauvin looks worse than cabella. Carr recruitment has been utter failures .

    He can take McLaren with Him out of the door .

  • Derek

    Sep 24, 2015 at 3:27 AM

    Comment #15

    There is nothing startling about this at all. Just an attempt to get more clicks from Ed.

    No point listing the players who are not good enough to save Newcastle from relegation because it’s much easier to list the few who we should keep.

    Keepers: Krul, Darlow

    Def: Janmaat, Mbemba, (keep Dummett and Lascelles as backup only)

    Mid: Aarons, Thauvin (only to give him a chance to improve), Wijnaldum, De Jong.

    Att: Perez, Mitrovic (give him a chance to calm down, but if he can’t score goals or fix his attitude get him out asap)

    So that leaves 12 out of the 28 man squad who are actually worth keeping. Can’t imagine how long it will take Cashley to spend the amount required to replace around 16 players. IF Ashley spends the same as last window on 4 players per window until our squad is decent, it will take until mid-2017 costing 200m plus to do this. I really don’t see many clubs to paying much for those players we should let go, so with Ashley’s profit-minded approach I really don’t see that happening. Sad times indeed.

  • Blofal

    Sep 24, 2015 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #16

    @ilovetoon8788 exactly.

    This is Carr’s team. Ashley set things in motion with the declaration that he would buy players on the cheap and sell later. Charnley implements this for him.

    But Graham Carr is effectively the DOF. He was rumoured to have many fallings out with Pardew over player recruitment. The targets are lined up by Carr regardless of whatever manager we have. Charnley sets the budget and Carr picks the players.

    As McClaren said… when he arrived he had a look a the transfer plans for the next 3 windows (and was supposedly impressed). But Carr is the one with the vision for the team. He has been recruiting the players he wants at the club. He has an extremely large question to answer in the way our current squad looks.

    McClaren might have been impressed with our future transfer plans… but I don’t think he realised how poor the squad was to begin with. Especially with that useless pre-season schedule.

  • chicousa

    Sep 24, 2015 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Didn’t get to see the match. From the Best Player vote it appears that Perez and Janmaat were among the top 4 in votes. Youngsters Toney and Lascelles also in top 4. So what is up with Gini, Thauvin and de Jong??? Did they put in any effort at all??? This actually looks like what happens when you throw a bunch of talented players together who have absolutely no bond to each other and no pride or commitment to the team or fans. Each has their big contract and are looking out for their next move to a “Big Club”. I thought we had Steve Black on the payroll precisely to help motivate the players and work on their psyches?? Nobody should escape responsibility!

  • Blofal

    Sep 24, 2015 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #18

    We are going to panic buy in January. I’m sure of it.

  • Toon fm Exeter

    Sep 24, 2015 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #19

    GK CB CM CF form the spine of your team get them four positions sorted and you have half a chance of making a team, we have been crying out for a commanding CB for years but we spend our money on lightweight prima donnas who have no bottle. I’m still well pissed off
    Prima donnas oot

  • Sydney Toon

    Sep 24, 2015 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #20

    So very disappointed with the display.

    I actually believe that MacLaren has done a lot of good for the club, there is something very wrong with the players. Has the effect of Pardew and Carver taken more of a toll than we all thought? The talent is definitely there, all these players would walk into quite a few starting sides in the PL and elsewhere, our system looks to be better, it is purely going to take so much longer than expected. Besides Northampton, Sheffield and Watford, we have had a very tough start. We should ahve won against Watford and Sheffield though. It is more about getting that PL win that will bring more confidence. If we won against Southampton, I believe our confidence is better. Get a win and things should get better!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 24, 2015 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #21

    Hold on, but Carr has only just been able to bring in players over 10 million in the past few months.

    And then he has had to find players that would sign for 40k maybe 50k or less a week and are under the age of 26? Then they will be sold if they perform well enough and we start over. It’s not just the players coming in it has been the neglect and lack of building of the squad for a long time.

    Ashley has gave Charnley the instructions and Charnley has passed them onto Carr. All Carr and his team do is make the list of players which are available within these limits. It’s not Carr who signs the players and it isn’t his fault Charnley goes for the cheapest where wages are concerned. Carr is seeking the players out but if he were able to branch out past the limitations set for him we would see better players coming in im sure. He is also resigned to certain countries where wages are pretty low. How many experienced players of this league have we seen in the past however many years? This is a huge problem which dosn’t involve him. It’s penny pinching from upstairs with wages.

    I think it’s pretty good going he has found Wijnaldum, Cabaye, Debuchy, Janmatt, Sissoko, Anita, Perez all within with the limitations that have been set for him. They arn’t world beaters bit what can we expect given his limitations?

    The whole recruitment structure needs to change. The clubs we are supposed to be competing against are snapping up all the quality foreign players because we won’t pay their wage demands, instead we gamble on young kids with potential, that just dosn’t cut it in this league. We need a mix of experience in and BOTTLE aswell.

    Until the recruitment policies change managers will struggle and we will see a bundle of players needing time or not making it at the club.

    It’s all just holding us back and putting pressure on everyone involved, players and coaches included.

    The mess is down to recruitment first and foremost and that is Ashley and Charnley who sets the rules.

    Bring in some experienced leaders and players of this league and pay them their 80k’s a week with no age restrictions. Then pick some of Carr’s first choice players WHO McClaren WANTS and NEEDS.

    It’s the only way to fix this mess Charnley and Ashley have created.

    It’s took 8 years to do, it won’t be fixed over night but atleast make a start.

    It’s no good Ashley giving Charnley 50 mil to spend if he can’t pay the the going rate for top players wages. Young with potential is just nee good at all! One or two in the squad at a time maybe, not every player that comes through the door!

    That’s my rant over, you can tell im bored at work! Ha ha.

    Catch yas later.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 24, 2015 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #22

    Dear me, that was a monster post, didn’t feel like it. Sorry bloggers!

    I’ll sleep well today now!

  • Llort muw

    Sep 24, 2015 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Lets be honest, our players are utter shite.

    Colback couldn’t even get into the Sunderland midfield regularly yet he is a perminant starter for us there.

    Anita has never been good enough for us here, he looked really good against West Ham last season, but 1 good game?? Like seriously??? And he starts????

    Sissoko is way too inconsistent and usually offers his better games against teams he would like to transfer to.

    Coloccini is clearly past it, we never look solid with him there unless we play with 10 men behind the ball.

    Haidara is shocking going forward and at the back, he is still young but man is he poor.

    Janmaat is the one of our only players who tries to make a difference yet he is our right back, his quality in the final third is lacking but at least he does create something.

    Perez is also another player who tries to make a difference and he also always looks our best player when he comes on.

    Thauvin I’m undecided on but man does he look bad, can still come good when adapted but he lacks real quality(as most suggested).

    Wijnaldum I’m really disappointed with, he goes missing way too much and for £14.5million you just can’t do that.

    Cisse please just get out of our club, he offers absolutely nothing and now it seems like he can’t score… So what does he have??

    De Jong looks good but I haven’t seen enough to make a judgement.

    Mitrovic really needs to calm down fast if he wants to help stop this ‘crisis’. Looks as though he offers more than Cisse, but everyone does.

    Mbemba I have been impressed with, reads the game well and amazingly we would be doing much worse without him… Imagine that!

    Krul again is inconsistent, but the most painful thing about him is his distribution, which looks like it can’t be fixed.

    So out of these lot I’d say I’m only happy with 3, WOW!!!

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Sep 24, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #24

    I don’t understand why Perez is used so sparingly by Mclaren. I know some on here disagree but I think he is definitely a striker. He has a poachers instinct with his movement and tends to react really quickly in the box. Last season, he got quite a few little unglamorous goals out of nowhere where he just reacted and managed to steer the ball in- like his flick with the heel goal and he got a couple near post glancing headers.

    I’m also not convinced by Colback, but we just don’t have anyone else to play. His passing is seriously average.

    Thauvin is a talent but I can see him going the way of Cabella just because it seems to be so hard to integrate smoothly into such a chaotic squad which is basically the footballing equivalent of a jumble sale.

    It’s a weird mismatched collection of leftovers. It’s such a weird group of players, I see them all as making up the numbers types from other teams, there’s no main men who are obviously the star players. I mean relatively star players.

    Stoke have their Bojan,Shakiri, afelaay and then the rest.
    Everton have Barkley, Lukaku, Coleman and then the rest.
    Swansea have Williams, Montero and Sigurrdson.
    Palace have Zaha, Bolassi and Cabaye.
    Etc. Etc.

    Most teams have their star performers and then the rest to back them up, I call our squad leftovers because all the ‘star’ men have been sold on leaving just the rest with no one to back up.

    We lack the match winner players. We just have play-it-safe chuggers (Pardew’s type of player) like Colback backing up nothing.

    Our strikers are embarrassing. Cisse who is a bizaare player seemingly controlled by the moon with his strange patches of fortune and Mitrovic who’s promising but seemingly a bit dim, that or so insecure that he’s desperately trying to carve out his own reputation.

    Then players whose role seems to simply be a name on a list like Riviere and Gouffran.

    It’s just without any cohesiveness.

  • terencelim

    Sep 24, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #25

    It’s proved again and again that Ashley simply not good enough to own and manage this club.

  • Reyantoon

    Sep 24, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #26

    We definitely are in crisis and i don’t think SM can cope and change it around based on history.Hope I’m wrong.It’s true,something is wrong behind the scene that is hidden.
    Seriously it’s worrying time..
    He now looks just a good talker!

  • cyprus

    Sep 24, 2015 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #27

    “Most teams have their star performers and then the rest to back them up.”

    Good call there. This team is crying for HBA or someone like that.

    Anyway, Steve is right, now we must concentrate on the next game. And, forget records. We are playing the champions, with a team which has no confidence.

    If this season doesn’t work out at all, Carr must be sent home, along with Steve and (lo and behold!) that kid.

  • cyprus

    Sep 24, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #28

    I don’t get it. How did Ashley just prove that, in THIS case? Really, please explain.

  • cyprus

    Sep 24, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #29

    We do have the expensive players, but no real game changers. Unless Thauvin and Mitro are that.

    The Widji goal I thought was the shape of things to come, but it was a one off.

    We need to get rid of 7-8 players (you know them, and I don’t mean your pet hates like Sissoko or Colback or whatever, come on) and bring in 7-8 pacy, young, tricky Latin Americans (or whatever, from whenever), in hope that half that will work out.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 24, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #30

    How to survive supporting NUFC: set expectations level at zero.

  • davis_toons

    Sep 24, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #31

    “mbemba as def mid” can be a very good move.

    We will need Williamson back as he is more reliable Defender.

    So we are back to Colo and Wilo in Defence ..(haha) the most reliable back for us. ..(STaylor? haha..ask his doctor)

    I really hope that SDLung can come good …but my guess is he is not going to make it as well.

    We might even need Obertan back for his crossing abilities and “strong runs”. to relief some pressure in the middle and attack on the wide.

    Previously, we have bring in too many Disappointing Squad Players that are not usable at have causes our down fall.

    Past is over Present is Now.

    Krul (GK)
    Janmaat (RB) Williamson Coloccini (CD) Colback (LB)
    Mbemba (DM) Sissoko (CM)

    Thauvin (RAM) Wijnaldum (ACM) Perez (AFW)
    Mitrovic (ST)

    (Sub: Paul Dummett*, Aarons, Obertan, Anita, Cisse* SDJ )

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 24, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #32

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next transfer window. Will there be a wholesale clear-out, including Board and players? I’m assuming we’ll still be bottom then.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 24, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #33

    Fatso should wield the axe now so the new Board can prepare for January. Highly unlikely I know!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 24, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #34

    “Ron Knee // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    How to survive supporting NUFC: set expectations level at zero.”

    They would find a way of letting you down still….

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 24, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #35

    It’s the only thing they’re good at!

  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 24, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #36

    Just thought i would recall this little nugget from Jib.

    Jib // Aug 29, 2015 at 10:04 AM



    He’s the bright spark that posted ———-

    SUTTY1978 // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Think of virtually any winger you like from France or Holland and you could buy them for less than we are paying for this useless turd.

    Think i was right in the first place.

  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 24, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #37

    He wasn’t very happy with my initial assessment of Thauvin

  • Mag52

    Sep 24, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #38

    It’s time to pack up and go Mike.
    You’ve had your bit of fun. The laughing has now stopped.
    You’ve won your trophy – a wooden spoon for disappointing/betraying the most loyal fans in the country with last night’s shambles. You’ve nowhere left to go with this club.
    Get out now while you can sell NUFC as a premiership club because if you leave it much longer there’ll be no chance of doing that. Bagger off and good riddance !

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 24, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #39

    After the game the Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal said, “We picked these players to show a different face in relation to the last three matches. We tried to play more compact, block all the ways for Newcastle and with four very quick attackers.”

    I can’t think of the strategy McClaren would reveal.

    Same old same old, yet again, too vulnerable when having to play on the front foot. We can not hope to counter every team and need to be able to make and score goals in our own right.

    Why do NUFC perform so poorly?
    a) An uninspiring Captain
    b) A lack of goals from Forwards
    c) An opaque Midfield
    d) A terrible Defence
    e) All of the above

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 24, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #40

    Didn’t see or hear the match last night so can’t comment on specifics, but Sheff Wed sent out a second string virtually and still beat us. Very worrying, for us given the players and side we sent out. It should have easily had enough to get the job done.

    Time to be brave McClaren. A fresh start was required during the summer with a number of personnel changes – it didn’t happen. That side of thing isn’t McClaren’s fault that is on Ashley, Charnley and Carr.

    However, he is responsible for the continuation in style of play and negative mentality that they go out with. So he has to take responsibility, and if he isn’t able to change style, mentality tactics then he isn’t right for the job.

    Now, third section of people at fault, the players. Abject so far this season. I won’t lay into Gini, Thauvin and Mitro just yet time is on their side. Mbemba has been one of the few positives alongside Janmaat and Perez, funnily enough the only two that could hold their heads high after last season. Most of them need to take a long hard look at themselves. If they can’t be bothered, then don’t pick them. We cut corners in the summer at boardroom level by doing far too little to move out certain ‘characters’ (characters in inverted commas as it is the character that is totally lacking from them). The fact they are still here is eating away at the rest of the squad and the new players and will drag everyone down.

    Sadly, unless we can ship off Cisse or Tiote (or any other of the squad) to the Middle East sharpish, then we can’t bring in any experienced players who have a bit of nous, and bite as we named the full squad of 25.


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