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McClaren Truthful After Another Poor Display

12:29 am, Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

There is only so long that Steve McClaren can ask for time for his team to gel, and last night was another poor performance when  we were powder puff up front and Sheffield Wednesday were the better side.

So there goes a chance of winning the League Cup, although the Owls were drawn at home in the next round to the Gunners, so that would have been a difficult one.

Steve mcClaren owls 1-0

Steve McClaren last night on touchline
A picture is worth a thousand words

But we couldn’t even get through two home ties against lower league opposition, although we did beat Northampton Town 4-1 which is our only win this season in eight games.


Newcastle must improve the results soon, but we have Chelsea and Manchester City next up in the league, and our easiest fixtures have been the last three – but we have lost them all and played badly too.

So it’s not looking too good right now and the first eight games appear to be a follow-on from John Carver – although to be fair we were great at Manchester United and at home to Arsenal.

So where has that resilience and good form gone?

This is what  a truthful Steve McClaren said after the game last night:

“There are no excuses.” “We are back in the morning. We have Chelsea on Saturday and we need a fighting mentality.”

“We have got the quality, but we’re not producing it.” “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 feel sorry for yourself, but we can’t have that and we can’t make excuses.”

“I am not here to criticise individuals. Whatever I say will never be enough to vindicate the performance and the result.”

“The only thing we can do is get in the morning and prepare for Chelsea.”

It’s not easy to play for Newcastle or manage Newcastle so maybe our players are feeling the pressure?

But Newcastle need is to get some points in these next two games, as hard as that looks.

But strange things can happen.

Otherwise for the second International break running, Newcastle will be in the bottom three of the Premier League and maybe even rock bottom.

There’s even a chance we can lose six games in a row in all competitions since we have lost our last four games against Arsenal, Watford and Sheffield Wednesday at home and West Ham on the road.

It’s not looking good right now is probably an understatement.

But Newcastle and Steve McClaren can still turn this thing around.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League · Press

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toonacious T // Sep 24, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Nope. We definitely do not have the quality Steve.

  • 2 SPRINGY // Sep 24, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    someone mentioned on this blog about playing mbemba as def mid u think he could do a job there?…..we lack strength , pace and class there and may actually help take the pressure of the cb’s,….i said we need him in defence but grasping at straws to try and make something happen tbo…and thinkin it may be worth a look coz he ‘s played there for his country

  • 3 SPRINGY // Sep 24, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    those shouting for gini to play the def cm role might want a rethink…..been described as lost between def and attack and thats against second string lower league side….his best position is the one he played for psv..wide right of a midfield 3 in a 4-3-3

  • 4 Llort muw // Sep 24, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    I think it’s pretty clear that we are going to be relegated, like John, the board talked a good game… But how wrong we’re they?

    *sigh* how far we have fallen… 🙁

  • 5 usmagpie // Sep 24, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Sorry but one up fuc*ing front again, when is this idiot going to learn anything, Here you go Steve, here’s a test for you, go find a fire and put your hand in it, then with the same fire put in your other hand. Guess what Steve both hands are burnt. One striker again and we lost again, so Steve lets play this weekend with one striker and guess what Steve. The likely hood is we are going to lose, your like a clone of Carver did you not learn anything from his displays last season. Ok one to learn from last season, the last damn game of the year when we needed to stay up we won that match 2 – 0 and guess what Steve M we played with two strikers. For Fuc* sake buy a clue.

  • 6 Bobbybee // Sep 24, 2015 at 12:53 AM

    Springy, i’m sure he could do a great job there, but at cost of weakening the defence? It’s a tough call, but if he tried it and it went wrong he’d get crucified. He needs all the signings to start showing some form that justifies their fee. Saturday we’ll have the missing link in Mitrovic, to hold it up and bring the midfield into play further up, but of course, it’s Chelsea then City. If we at least start to look like a team with him in it, then all might not be lost. It’s pressure on the kid, but he’s a big lad. Needs to know Chelsea will try everything possible to wind him up. Masters of the dark arts.

  • 7 Llort muw // Sep 24, 2015 at 12:53 AM

    Team vs Chelsea

    Sissoko-Wijnaldum-De Jong-Aarons

  • 8 SPRINGY // Sep 24, 2015 at 12:54 AM

    i dont believe he’s strong enough to play 2 up front coz he does’nt believe the players are good enough or strong enough to compete as a 4…..cant hurt as nowt else seems to be workin

  • 9 sickandtired // Sep 24, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Judge me after 10 games………tick, tock, tick, tock

  • 10 SPRINGY // Sep 24, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    not sure if janmaat,haidara and aarons are fit….canny side other then that

  • 11 SPRINGY // Sep 24, 2015 at 1:01 AM

    someone put on earlier that we’ve only won 4 games this calender year….looking at the fixtures can anyone see us reach 8 before the new year…..on current form…..i cant…..thats bloody scary!

  • 12 NewcastleMole // Sep 24, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    He sounds as sick as us fans. So much negativity around and rightly so, but its a vicious circle.

    Final third we are impotent, we’re like a snake without the venom.

    Problems ‘ALL’ over pitch. Defence getting rid of ball thereby getting rid of responsibility.
    Anita ive defended abit in the past because he hadnt had a good run in the team, now i cant defend him he just constantly puts himself in positions where he’s not required he enables others to make mistakes when he should remove himself from situation.
    In attack theres just not the movement or the urgency.
    Basically no leaders in that team whatsoever, too much of the individual not enough of the team.

  • 13 Bobbybee // Sep 24, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    He won’t play 442 against Chelsea, it would be suicide anyway. Tonight was a 442 game but we had no strikers on show first half. Confusing.

  • 14 geordie157 // Sep 24, 2015 at 1:05 AM

    Actually where was Aarons tonight!

    The only toon players to get any credit tonight were Gilliead and Gillesphey for Carlisle.

  • 15 SPRINGY // Sep 24, 2015 at 1:08 AM

    id like to see mbemba and lascelle at cb….2 young ambitious lads with something to prove big strong and pacey(mbemba)and decent in the air(lascelle)…..then maybe push colo up as a holding midfielder along side anita or colback

  • 16 Grumpy // Sep 24, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    Then buy some premier league players.

  • 17 SPRINGY // Sep 24, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    or sissoko

  • 18 SPRINGY // Sep 24, 2015 at 1:11 AM

    geordie 157
    apparently had a strain ….not sure where

  • 19 Blofal // Sep 24, 2015 at 1:32 AM

    I’d try this. nothing to lose. I would like to see us play with out and out wingers for a change because Mitrovic can actually head the ball. Colback and Anita should be dropped. Holding midfielders that can’t hold are useless. And I’m only persisting with Wijnaldum because he was dutch player of the year and in the right team should be good enough.

    Janmaat – Mbemba – Coloccini – Haidara
    —-Wijnaldum – Sissoko – Perez

  • 20 arpeco19 // Sep 24, 2015 at 1:46 AM

    We need a total change of formation…. It’s just not working at all this 4-2-3-1!!!!!
    I suggest 3-5-2 it’ll suit all our players who we have down to a tee… If all fit I’d play


    ———-Mbemba-Taylor(c)- Lascelles—–

    Janmaat———— Sissoko—————- Haidara

    ———-Wijnaldum——— De Jong———






    ————-Sissoko -Tiote

    Janmaat ——————————- Haidara

    ————Wijnaldum – De Jong


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