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Painful Times Necessary For The Long Term Good Of Newcastle

6:58 pm, Friday, September 25th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

At his press conference today for the game tomorrow against Chelsea, Steve McClaren took the opportunity to remind everybody that the club is going through some enormous changes  and change is always difficult.

And people don´t like change because it takes people out of their comfort zone and that can be very painful.

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Steve McClaren – change brings pain and takes us out of our comfort zone

Change is needed because Steve pointed out that since the 22nd November last year the club has won only 5 games out of 32 – and that´s a terrible record and does not bring confidence to anybody – including the players and including the fans.

This is some of what Steve has said at his press conference today:

“We’re going through change, and change is painful.” “This Club and this team has won five games in 32. Everyone has been clamouring for change – that’s what we’re doing and that’s why we’re here.”

“We have to change a lot; philosophy, culture, standards, training and some people adapt quickly to that and some don’t, but it’s necessary.”

“We’re changing our style of play, we want to be possession-based, we want to be attacking and that way can be hard for the players, but when it works it’s good and it’s very effective.”

“At the moment we’re seeing it in training but we’re just struggling at times to transfer it onto the field.” “In football you have to be brave and you have to show belief and that’s what we have to work on,” continued the former England manager.”

“Five wins in 32 does not bring confidence to a club and we have to change that. It takes time and it can be painful but we have to control it. It’s a process we have to get on with but you can’t rush it.”

“You’d like it to be quick and say in three months that’s the finished article and the team’s playing exactly how I want them to play, but they’re not and that will take time.”

“It won’t be easy and it won’t happen in three months, you have to stick to your philosophy and that’s what we’re doing and the players are buying into that.” “To get success sometimes you have to go through painful times, but when we get it right, it’ll be very good.”

“While it’s painful and there are ups and downs – two steps forward, five back – we’ve got to stick to our course and be strong. We go on and eventually we’ll turn it around.”

It´s a testing time for the players, it´s a testing time for Steve McClaren and it´s a testing time not least of all for the faithful Newcastle fans.

What we need is a spark from somewhere – maybe a shock win or a good draw – or something that shows we are really going in the right direction.

Just looking at the results it certainly doesn’t look good.

But some faith is needed – maybe it´s blind faith – but we want Newcastle to be great again.

It may take time – but Steve is right that a lot of things need to change at this club before we are to become one of England´s top clubs again.

Some of Steve´s last words today were that we all have to stick together – for the good of the club.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press · Press Conference

60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Anyone seen Moyle’s advert for X radio where he reprises Richard Ashcroft’s walk down Hoxton Street on BitterSweetSymphony – funny as f@ck

  • 2 yorkymag // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    You cannot be serious
    What a load of complete dribble
    And we like a bunch of mugs are supposed to lap it up
    Mcclaren “you don’t know what your doing”

  • 3 toon kk // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    He got one bit right two steps forward and FIVE back.

  • 4 yorkymag // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    The bit he hasn’t yet clocked
    2 steps forward five back sees us relegsted

  • 5 beefman13 // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Eventually turn it around eh, no probs Steve.

  • 6 beefman13 // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    This fella Mclaren is full of horsecrap, smoggy git.

  • 7 lesh // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Yes, we’re going through a period of change but change has to be managed carefully.

    Buying players that aren’t needed while not buying players for positions that needed strengthening is not, was not, what I’d call very clever.

    Clearly McClaren had little or no meaningful input into our buying this summer otherwise we’d have seen a very weak defence strengthened more than it was.

    Who the hell’s been leading our recruitment? If it’s Carr, then he needs his wings clipped and told to identify players for positions that actually need attention.

    The time for buying potential’s when we’re established as a solid, reliable Prem outfit. Last summer and this window was and isn’t the time to be buying desirables, it’s the essentials we need.

    However, McClaren’s got to try to make the proverbial silk purse from the sow’s ear he’s got to pick from.

  • 8 The next Mike Williamson // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Can’t believe he’s been comparing himself to LVG. If LVG lost 8 games in a row, you’d look at his past record and believe he would turn it around as he’s always succeeded. But with this dimwit, you just think he’s performing at a typical level. I’ve never seen McClaren implement a passing philosophy at any club. It was difficult to define his style at Boro and England, but it wasn’t entertaining.

  • 9 jimmysmith // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    I’m afraid, considering we might go down, supporting the side really is the only option at this stage. There has to be some tension, it can’t just be all tea and sympathy, but if McClaren, Ashley and co appear to be having a go, and while there are points to be had, then there is little else the crowd can do other than turn up and urge them on, but the team needs to put in a shift.

  • 10 Ian Toon // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    toon kk – The blog can often be a source of misleading information.

    You have distorted whether consciously or misguidedly the appearances of Aaron’s in the NUFC first team ie in PL, FA and League Cup games.
    Aarons (20 in November) has been plagued with hamstring problems and appeared in 2014-2015 season:

    -In 3-3 draw, at home in League to Palace coming on @ 67 minutes and scoring.
    – In 2-0 defeat, at home in League to ManCity coming on @ 74 minutes.
    – 1-0 win away in League Cup to Gillingham subbed @ 60 minutes.
    – 1-0 win home to Liverpool League Subbed @ 27 minutes.
    – 2-0 win home to Man City League Cup subbed at Half time and scored.
    He also was a sub against WBA in League without being used.

    He has potential and will benefit from going out on loan.

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    The most disappointing thing of all for me is the lack of commitment by the supporters to get Ashley out. Rallies bring a few hundred or a couple of thousand people. Boycotts are dismissed out of hand. But what happens when people just keep going to the matches and buying Ashley kit? What happens is what you get now. Complete failure. Foreign players who are too young and inexperienced to deal with the Prem. Poor management for year after year. An owner who is completely disengaged and wouldn’t know how to own a winning team if he was handed Chelsea. This won’t work under Ashley. It hasn’t worked and it in fact is getting worse not better. Carr is past it now. He should retire. But until we have a proper owner none of this will happen.

  • 12 toon kk // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Ian toon
    I agree Aarons would benefit from going out on loan if we had a competitive team, but we haven’t and need his pace, with game time he’d be one of our best players whether people agree or not thats there opinion. He needs to play imo for us now.

  • 13 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    The Next Mike Williamson @8
    Hahaha. My thoughts mirror yours.

    The funniest part of that interview is his reference to two steps forward and five back.

    I wonder if Lucky Lee, Makro, Costco and old man Carr are sitting together on the sette with a few nibbles to watch Charlie Austin on Sky tonight. Boy, they sure called Sir Les’ bluff and taught him a lesson.

  • 14 GeordieTwo // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    The board is another farce. We need proper engaged football people on the board, and a decent football plan going forward which would involve competing for a top quality manager, and several experienced Prem players. We were better off with Barton and Nolan than we are now with Sissoko and Thauvin. Cabaye was a move in the right direction but he wanted to leave when he saw there was no chance of winning anything or getting into Champions League with us. The owner got a nice profit out of it but then tried to repeat the same process with Thauvin and Cabella before him. This isn’t going to improve under McLaren with Carr and Ashley. We are unlikely to get out of the bottom six this season and yet Ashley will follow the same plan again if we aren’t relegated. Time to vote with your feet lads. Boycott or wait for relegation. Your choice.

  • 15 Ian Toon // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    toon kk
    September 25, 2015
    When p45 was here he always had the most success when Aarons was fit and in the team.
    I bet pards snaps him up when he eventually goes. Personally I think the lad has real potential but can our board see it? I dowt it.

  • 16 Ian Toon // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    You won’t win credibility that way. You’ll be viewed as a usual suspect.

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Mclaren keeps dropping not so subtle hints that our problems lie from what has gone on before, his refusal to join us in January and a shambolic pre season ruled out the chance of a honeymoon period of sorts. He’s talking about change but the only visible change is that the club are sending e mails out, the same transfer policy that has held us back is still very much in place only more money was spent this time, Mclaren needs to start winning a few himself before sounding out how bad it was before while putting up with the same shyte as the last lot.

  • 18 Jib // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    I was hoping winning the Capital One cup would get us into Europe.
    We’ll have to do it with the F.A.cup 🙂

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Ian Toon,
    Stop blethering, what self respecting Geordie calls his Ma, mum !

  • 20 Ian Toon // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Jib – Well it won’t be through the fair play league.

  • 21 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    I wonder if Makro will be asked to leave the room when the Board discuss whether to sack the manager? Or whether, when they check the rules, he is needed to make a quorum?

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Who’s Cassandra ?

  • 23 Tsunki // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    So if Carr is the heart of the problem how do we solve it Blackley? Anyone?

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    What a bizarre situation that would be, Steve can you leave the room while we discuss your sacking but we’ll need you back for your vote on it !

  • 25 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    “We’re changing our style of play, we want to be possession-based, we want to be attacking and that way can be hard for the players, …”
    “It won’t be easy and it won’t happen in three months, …”

    Hard gor the players? Why’s that? Put good players in their favourite positions and let them play their own game in the way they want. Don’t try to stamp your own philosophy on them, especially if it’s something that professionals need months to get to grips with.

    Let players play to their own strengths and build on their positives. The manager should simply be helping them with a little guidance here and there. Of course, you need good players first. But if you haven’t got them, they’re not going to implement your philosophy anyway.

  • 26 LGFUAD21 // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    McClaren is right. Change is painful and takes time.

    But didn’t expect to see a club in free fall.

    I didn’t expect us to suddenly start playing champagne football. I expected some tosh that got us the odd win.

    I’m concerned. I think the squad is so used to loosing that it lacks belief that it can turn it around.

  • 27 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Not easy to solve the problem of Carr especially when he’s sitting round the table. Hahaha.

  • 28 sickandtired // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    @Ed – it may take fekkin time?

    9th season of Ashley and we get worse and worse each one. Our biggest threat to ever becoming a Leeds or Weds etc has always been him – despite what some brain dead happy clappers have been spouting so often.

    How many ‘5 year plans’ are you all going to let him get away with?

  • 29 bladeuser // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    So what u r saying wally brain is it could happen in say 9months when these useless players get the hang of what u r trying to achieve let us know if it works well in the championship then Steve ad we have.nt got f@@:@@@ months u idiot

  • 30 toon kk // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Basically Macca is trying to get championship quality players playing like Real Madrid.
    Good luck.

  • 31 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    So we want to be possession based? Nice one Makro. Because in football you don’t always want to be possession based, do you? Indeed, some top managers prefer it when their teams don’t keep possession and they give it away.

    Let’s think about what Makro is actually saying? WTF is he on about?

  • 32 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Old Blackley is in Aspers, Sports on Stowell Street tomorrow from 3pm. If Expat is in town, he can inspect my ST. Will post my attire tomorrow when I check the weather. Other bloggers welcome.

  • 33 toon kk // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    The emails Charnless is sending us is the beginning of panic stations, worrying attendance to SJP will start to plumit. People are used to watching dross so he needn’t worry.

  • 34 Le tooooon // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    My god some of you are stupid and pig nosed. Stop complaining, stop your constant lack of respect for any philosophy/style of football because you have no idea what you are talking about. Behave and support the team or go somewhere else with your negativity.

  • 35 NezzaNUFC // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    McClaren wants possession football here at Newcastle?

    He needs to learn how to set up a solid defence whilst in possession.

    He needs to set up attacking philosophy whilst in possession.

    He needs to set up closing down philosophy whilst in possession.

    He needs to set up a proper formation ( 41221 ) whilst holding possession.

    Up to you Schteve!?

  • 36 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Le tooooon
    Hahaha. Nice of you to bring your philosophy of heat not light.

  • 37 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:09 PM


    Love this place!

  • 38 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Le Tooooon
    I’m pleased you’ve dropped in. What does Makro mean when he refers to his philosophy of possession based football?

  • 39 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Le tooooon
    Where can we take our negativity?

  • 40 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Le toooon
    I’m a recent convert to Non Possession based football. Just as Makro wants to bring us possession based football. Just my luck.

    Have you heard of Non Possession based football, fella? It’s going to transform the game in the next few years.

  • 41 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Cassandra is my name on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Look out for me in my gold sparkly number in Aspers.

  • 42 toon kk // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Le tooooon
    if the club was run correctly, with top quality signings and us as fans were watching good competitive football we’d be on this blog talking about great goals being scored how well someone played ect ect but we’ve had to make do with disappointment for years. Even one win lifts moral, but those are very scarce these days.

  • 43 jane // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Newcastle possession stats for info
    v Southampton 54%
    v Swansea 39%
    v Man Utd 39%
    v Arsenal 35%
    v West Ham 55%
    v Watford 54%

  • 44 GeordieTwo // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    If we can’t beat Wednesday with 10 changes in their lineup from their normal Championship side how will we compete with Chelsea, who badly need the points?

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    3-0 to Chelsea tomorrow. Our fearless leader Mike Knackersley will be nowhere to be seen. A very uncomfortable time for Lee Hopeless as well.

  • 46 GeordieTwo // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Reverse clean sheets are going to be a very decisive stat for us this season. How many will we get I would think we’ll be held scoreless at least 12-14 times this season. That’s the kind of scoring power we have. It’s these types of statistics that we can dominate. With Mitro we can possibly finish with most red cards as well. Bring Tiote back in when fit to take care of the yellow card record. You see mates we can dominate in certain aspects of the game…. 😯

  • 47 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Im going to say 1-0 to the Toon tomorrow

  • 48 jane // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    GeordieTwo your agenda is so obvious.

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Tres bon Le tooon! For supporters of teams with 2 points we’re actually considered to be very optimistic. You probably support some fabulous French side like Montpellier?

  • 50 Jib // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Hooray the Canadian pig nose has arrived

  • 51 GeordieTwo // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Thank you Jane/Jib/Jeff. I didn’t really want to confuse anyone.

  • 52 GeordieTwo // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Better a pig nose than a donkey’s arse like you Jane/Jib/Jeff.

  • 53 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Sounds like Mac is preparing us for relegation

  • 54 toon kk // Sep 25, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Toon prod
    lets hope you’re right.

    Is there a cup for the most cards collected? We maybe in with a chance mate. Ha

  • 55 Mister Tuff // Sep 25, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    A gold sparkly number you say – should stand out from the crowd;-

  • 56 SUTTY1978 // Sep 25, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    What other football board would consist of two pensioners, a failed championship manager and a former tea boy?

  • 57 SUTTY1978 // Sep 25, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    G2 – i think we will hit 20 reverse clean sheets, we’re on a roll!

  • 58 angelswithdirtyfaces // Sep 25, 2015 at 10:27 PM


    As far as the Toon’s defensive abilites are concerned they’re called dirty sheets

  • 59 davis_toons // Sep 26, 2015 at 4:13 AM

    I’m worried of what you have mention.

    McClaren only reminds me of Juninho and Ravanelli.

    I’m not too sure of his football philosophy but i liked what he have said.
    Boro Against our very own Entertainers..

  • 60 davis_toons // Sep 26, 2015 at 4:27 AM

    Sorry the video should be belonging to Bryan Robson Middlesbrough.

    So..McClaren didnt really leave a deep impression on Boro…omg…

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