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Mike Ashley´s Personal Message To Steve McClaren

11:30 pm, Saturday, September 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 62 Comments

Newcastle came back well today from our shock 1-0 defeat in the League Cup last Wednesday night against second division Sheffield Wednesday.

There were hardly any similarities  between the two displays, with Newcastle being hopeless against Sheffield Wednesday.

steve mcclaren - cheslea had just equalized

Steve McClaren taken after 86 minutes in today´s game
Willian had just equalized

Today we looked a completely different side, so one thing Steve McClaren has to do is get some consistency into the side, although the return of 21 year-old Serbian Aleksandar Mitrovic made a huge difference today.

There´s news in the People that Mike Ashley sent Steve McClaren some words of encouragement after the disappointing defeat in the League Cup.

The message was just two words:

 “Stay strong.”

A source close to Mike Ashley has said the following:

 “Mike is a man of few words but the message sums up his feelings.” “Sacking his head coach is not on the radar. What would be the point?”

“His view is that McClaren is his head coach and he has the backing to do what he has to, to put things right.”

“Ashley’s business success is built on loyalty. Don’t forget, when Alan Pardew was being attacked last season, Mike stood by him.”

Steve McClaren mentioned yesterday that Newcastle is going through changes from top to bottom and that fans will need to be patient this season.

This display today was very good and while we conceded two late goals this was still one of our best performances this season.

It´s just a pity we couldn´t have registered our first win.

But we didn´t and we´ll just have to move on.

Comment welcome.

Tags: Capital One Cup · League Cup · Poll · Premier League

62 responses so far ↓

  • 1 angelswithdirtyfaces // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    or you’re sacked

  • 2 jane // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    that was nice of him

  • 3 angelswithdirtyfaces // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    no irony there Jane ?

  • 4 jane // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    none at all 🙂

  • 5 angelswithdirtyfaces // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    I reckon one of our Dutch guys shud be captain.
    If Mitro does nothing else but spread some passion through the side (I thought he’d given Perez a lobotomy in the goal celebrations)he’ll wake up the journeymen… like Colo

  • 6 bettyswallocks // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Very emotional day. Such a great feeling to know we can compete at last. Mitrovic was immense , his energy raised fee standard of the wkole team and his hold up play creates space for the midfielders which we haven’t been getting.

    Mbabu also made a great debut , fully committed and not overawed at all.

  • 7 bettyswallocks // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    The not fee.

  • 8 JP...from The Rock // Sep 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Great game today at last. Mbabu what a debut from the young lad! He has to be a starter now after that excellent display. Just hope he doesn’t dissapear like Aarons now.

  • 9 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    evening or morning all
    what a turnaround in attitude today….despite the result what a great performance…and mbabu was brilliant…if he can play that way week in week out he’ll never be out the first team…..what debut

  • 10 Munster Mag // Sep 27, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    Wudnt mbabu and aarons have some energy down the left together? Great stuff today. I havent seen the full game but most of it. This is encouraging and i hope it shows the players what can happen on tyneside with the right energy and bravery. I wudnt write off wini from central midfield as many are suggesting. Not at all.

  • 11 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    if ya still on here you were right about this lad on that showing…..great debut… fantastic attitude by mbabu and the whole team….unlucky with the late goals but cant complain

  • 12 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    they would mate….explosive energy
    got to say nitro was cool,calm and as strong as a bull today…3 games out and comes back with that performance……well done mate…..outstanding

  • 13 stuart no9 // Sep 27, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    stuart no9 // Sep 27, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    a hard fought draw against man u, a hardfought game against arsenal with 10 men, played well against chelsea ( untill they woke up and upped it a notch) crap against , west ham, watford , swansea, sheff wed. theres a pattern there ( a worrying pattern i think ) why cant SM get them fired up for the less glamorous games.
    jose is bang on – for some reason they turn up when they feel like it. If this team were motivated by SM today then i would fully expect him to work his magic against the lesser teams . We shall see.
    Ok we did ok in the first half however , we all know that up till now chelsea are having a night mare start to the season , so maybe we played them at the right time and to be honest they should have nicked it really, but , apoints a point, even though its against a chelsea side that havnt reached 3rd gear yet

  • 14 Mister Tuff // Sep 27, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    Young Mbabu had an exceptional game -did not appear phased in the slightest to be playing against Chelsea’s all stars. Really getting stuck in – tremendous attitude. He’s earned a place for the next game.

  • 15 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    said for a long time this team are a bunch of big time charlies….think they are better then what they are…think they only have to show up against the lesser sides to win and shit themselves against the bigger teams and show frightened they will be embarrassed….things have got to change attitude wise

  • 16 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    mister tuff
    agreed should start the next game…..big strong quick and clued up for his age……impressive

  • 17 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    every game should be played with today grit and determination…..not just when it suits

  • 18 Mister Tuff // Sep 27, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Springy – hopefully none of this rubbish about introducing him slowly/he’s not fully ready/blah blah blah. The lad showed he’s ready.

  • 19 Munster Mag // Sep 27, 2015 at 1:01 AM

    Agree tuff, let the lad learn quickly by playing. He has it physically and didnt seemed fazed at all. Good spot bobbybee

  • 20 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    did’nt realise the lad was so big or quick!….truly surprised everyone around me with that performance…and considering he’s a right back/cb looked incredibley comfortable playing that position….got to start the same side for me next match

  • 21 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 1:08 AM

    excuse the spelling!lol

  • 22 brklyngeordie // Sep 27, 2015 at 1:15 AM

    What a difference when we have Mitro and Mbabu as to Cisse and Haidara the ladder must stay away from starting 11 as long as possible.

    Mitro will always bring passion that can’t be said for all our players love that about him

    De Jong is a complete waste really had high hopes for him when we brought him in but the guy is Mr.Glass team must prepare for January now with direct replacements for him Cisse, COLO, Haidara, Tiote, Williamson and Taylor all deadwood

  • 23 brklyngeordie // Sep 27, 2015 at 1:16 AM

    What a difference when we have Mitro and Mbabu as to Cisse and Haidara the ladder must stay away from starting 11 as long as possible.

    Mitro will always bring passion that can’t be said for all our players love that about him

    De Jong is a complete waste really had high hopes for him when we brought him in but the guy is Mr.Glass team must prepare for January now with direct replacements for him Cisse, COLO, Haidara, Tiote, Williamson and Taylor all deadwood the sooner the better

  • 24 Bobbybee // Sep 27, 2015 at 1:27 AM

    The one thing that people are forgetting in our performance is the crowd. Superb backing from start to finish and once again, it lifted the team. It’s no coincidence that our better performances are when we make lots of noise. That has to be intimidating for rival teams and that can lead to mistakes. Scare the b@st@rds to death 😉 you know it makes sense 🙂

  • 25 Sav // Sep 27, 2015 at 1:38 AM

    ‘Stay strong’ means ‘and don’t chicken out when we are playing at home and you are telling your players to walk off slowly or playing short corners to waste more time with seconds to go. Show the same sort of guts you demand of your players’,

  • 26 Sav // Sep 27, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    And amid all the euphoria of a pretty decent performance, what on earth were those substitutions about? I’m sorry, but if de Jong needs to show one good thing to justify all this leadership and goal prowess hype. We’ve all seen lightweight Eredivisie flops and its looking like we may have another.

  • 27 Bobbybee // Sep 27, 2015 at 1:49 AM

    Sav, be fair mate, we were pretty knackered by the end and just recall, how many times in the past few seasons we’ve gone for it at the end, only to get punished on the break. We’ve lost whilst drawing and drawn when winning several times, just by pushing too hard and being over exuberant instead of cautious. We’d worked too hard to risk throwing it away by crossing those last two corners. Imagine the psychological damage if we’d crossed the ball, they got it and scored on the break – and that’s to both players and fans. A bird in the hand, as they say. 🙂

  • 28 Bobbybee // Sep 27, 2015 at 1:53 AM

    Sav, we heard the crack from the stands mate, that would’ve floored tyson futy 😉 he got chinned by a shoulder, but it looked painful from where we sit. 🙂

  • 29 Bobbybee // Sep 27, 2015 at 2:06 AM

    If I’m honest, I think that message sounds pretty genuine and far from what I’d expect from Ashley – it’s almost human 🙂 Looks like Macca’s going to get the time he asked for anyway, which is better than kneejerk reactions. I haven’t been despondent up to now and neither am I going to get over elated by this performance. Long way to go yet, but if this is a sign that things are coming together, then I’m feeling better than Wednesday night. Mitrovic was the missing link by the looks of it; bringing the midfield into play makes a huge difference when he holds it up. Mbabu is a great addition to the first team squad, being able to play literally in all defensive rolls. Wonderful full debut.

  • 30 lukes26 // Sep 27, 2015 at 2:26 AM

    I don’t understand people’s instant love for new players.

    Mbabu was excellent defensively obviously, and I prefer him to Haidara. But he’s a LB Danny Simpson. Strong defensively, liability going forward.

    A step up from Haidara, but I don’t see him being a long-term solution

  • 31 Bobbybee // Sep 27, 2015 at 2:38 AM

    He’s not a new player luke, he’s come up through the academy and U21’s where he’s excelled and thoroughly earned his place today. He was motm last friday for the U21’s and was today for the first team. He’s still a bairn, despite looking older than he is and today he thoroughly deserves every bit of praise he receives. No doubt if he has one bad game he’ll get pelters, but today’s not that day. This isn’t anything new, he was brilliant for the academy until he got crocked badly. He’s no flash in the pan and we’ll see more of him this season.

  • 32 Bobbybee // Sep 27, 2015 at 2:41 AM

    Luke, he’s not even a left back, he plays right back and can also play centre back – so anywhere he’s required really. Terrific for the squad. 🙂

  • 33 terencelim // Sep 27, 2015 at 2:52 AM

    Mourinho is spot on.

    Absolutely shocking when the team tried to get a point instead of 3 in the stoppage time.

    8 years and counting the club is going nowhere and keep fighting for relegation under Ashley.

  • 34 lukes26 // Sep 27, 2015 at 2:52 AM


    I agree. I meant he’s new in the sense supporters havent seen him play. I’m justing saying some pessimism is healthy, especially for a newcastle fan 🙂

  • 35 Bobbybee // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:03 AM

    Luke, I’ve seen him play loads of times mate, he really will make the grade imo.

    Terence, how many times have we lost games chasing a late winner? Too many. At that point, Chelsea looked the more likely to score than us, the team were knackered. For a team joint bottom to get a point off the champions, is worth more than risking losing that hard earned point. 90 mins of good, entertaining football and you prefer to mention injury time. You are a hard taskmaster indeed 🙂

  • 36 Munster Mag // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:16 AM

    Terence daft comment. Back to fifa for u.

  • 37 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:30 AM

    Overall I was pleased with the game up to a certain point. Mitrovic’s touch was seriously impressive at times and when he’s aggressive in a porting manner he could be fantastic. The Chelsea goals were brilliant and unlucky. I was quite impressed with the performance….

    ….Up until those last few moments when we got a corner and Mclaren shouted over to just keep it in the corner….

    I couldn’t believe that. We had one final chance to win and we took the cowards route. Wijnaldum had just scored from a corner!! Imagine if we’d got the winner! There was barely time left for a Chelsea counter attack anyway- it’d have to be one of the best the league had seen.

    It left me disappointed after an overall good performance.

    You don’t often see such a sample of unambition.

  • 38 stuart no9 // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:42 AM

    theres nothing wrong with pushing for the winner when playing at home. that last 3-4 m,inutes was shocking really, that just shows we were scared of them and wernt at all confident in getting a late goal – well to be fair to the team , our manager has just taken our striker off – good idea when youve been 2-0 up , been pulled back to 2-2 and a chance of getting a win?? over a not so brilliant chelsea side. that attitude will get us relagated ..
    teams have to take chances , playing it safe will only attract more defeats , untill we play brave football we wont develop our confidence. 2-0 up , playing well , looked confident for a while in the first half , lost it in the 2nd half and ended up playing so negative , we nearly lost it. get brave maclaren , thats the only way the team will succeed and its the only way you will stay in a job,

  • 39 Blofal // Sep 27, 2015 at 4:07 AM

    Very pleased. Mitrovic made one hell of a difference. Just his presence drew 2 defenders leaving space for our midfielders to attack into. Mbabu was a breath of fresh air and although he tired at the end his work defensively was outstanding against Hazard and Pedro.

    We started off 4-2-3-1 like so…

    Janmaat – Mbemba – Colccini – Mbabu
    ————-Colback – Anita

    In attack we then went to a 3-5-2.. though often with only one of the full backs committed so it ended up looking more 4-4-2

    ————Mbemba – Anita – Coloccini

    And in defence we reverted to a 4-5-1

    —-Janmaat – Mbemba – Coloccini – Mbabu
    Sissoko – Anita – Perez – Colback – Wijnaldum

    To play like that we need a target man which Cisse is not (but Riviere is) and to be honest there is no place in this team any more for Cisse. Mitrovic’s passion was unreal. Finally we have a player who I have the feeling will bleed for the club. He might have started the season a bit over aggressive but we need that. He controlled it today.

    We have some winnable games coming up after Man City. If we play like that we will be ok.

    In January I think we will buy another striker – Probably Austin. I think we will also be looking for an upgrade on Anita. Somebody in the mould of Tiote in his prime. We will also buy another Centre Back who will slowly be introduced to replace Coloccini. It’s very telling that Gouffran and Williamson are fit but nowhere near the first team.

    Mbabu is actually a Right Back and on todays performance I am more than happy to be the back up for Janmaat if he keeps that up. He was much better defensively than Haidara. Big kudos to McClaren for giving him a go and for the player stepping up. McClaren giving Toney a go shows he is not afraid to give the youth a crack. Something I thought was missing under Pardew.

    But that team setup today is how McClaren wants to play and I do like it. That is also very similar to how we played against Man U although much more defensively in that instance.

    With the right acquisitions in January we might finally have some stability.

  • 40 davis_toons // Sep 27, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    Janmaat should do better for the 2nd Goal. As always he is not as strong in Defensive than Offensive.

  • 41 lesh // Sep 27, 2015 at 5:34 AM

    Even Ruud Hullit was purring about the great football the lads played. Is there really hope that McClaren’s getting somewhere?

  • 42 Premiership Manager // Sep 27, 2015 at 5:47 AM

    Colback for me was immense in the first half before he go injured, if he’d stayed on I think we’d have ground out our first win. Abeid would have filled the gap nicely but with Tiote out we are lacking cover for both Colback and Anita.

    Mbabu had a very good game however when he tried to take on players and go forward he did lose possession, that apart he was superb.

    Perez needs to be one of the first players on the team sheet, he had bags of talent and works his socks off.

    Janmaat also looked dangerous and if we had another right back he would be immense in midfield on the wing, far better than the other options we have.

    The verdict is out on Mitro he had a good game was very enthusiastic but was lucky not to get another card early in the game. He also nearly broke Perez in half, he’s a bit like an annoying big kid in a playground but we do need some passion and he’ll only get better.

    As for McCLaren both he, the board and the team need time. Henry summed it up when he said Newcastle is like a soap opera, one disaster after another. We need consistency, leadership and commitment. McClaren will do the job but he can’t do it overnight. I said we’d be near the bottom of the table come October although I had hoped for a few more points.

    Hopefully we will be able to build on yesterdays performance and for me making Colback captain would be a good start. I can see Cisse going in January but we should keep hold of Haidara as too many people forget how young he is and that defenders come into their prime at 26. We have a young squad and any players we buy in January should be experienced with proven track records to steady the ship, otherwise we will start to struggle as usual after the Xmas break.

    It’s not going to be an easy season as it will take McClaren at least a year to build the team, its confidence and experience and it won’t be until next year when we start to see the benefits of the work done this year.

  • 43 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 27, 2015 at 5:55 AM

    De jong his a/is a liability. He made of glass and he looks so poor. We made a mistake.

  • 44 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 27, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    Isn’t it nice 😉 imagine to work for a guy like MA – you can screw up big time just like Pardew did here and Charmless last season and this season without your neck being on the line! 😉

    …you can literally doing anything. The review will always reflect “mistakes were made but put in order and now we are looking to the future”!

    What the mistakes were will never be spoken of again and there will be no consequences! What a feeling…to be loved…

  • 45 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 27, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    Alot of spot on things being said by Savage (never thought I would be saying that) but ruined by usual xenophobic crap we are getting accustomed to on here as well!

    But it’s there for everyone to see that:

    a) we hired the wrong manager

    b) we under cooked the transfer window again, and

    c) the team is so unbalanced and without leadership

    But can you really expect leadership to rise out of this? Isn’t the club just getting back what they put into it.

  • 46 davis_toons // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    If you think Mitrovic make hell of a Different, wait til we get in a Stronger Midfielder.

    Jan Tranfer Windows – Someone with some creatively or passing abilities in him.

    I hope MA dont screw us up this time.

    Even if we have lost the game we have a improve alot on our movement and there is alot motivation.

    McClaren for me than AP.

  • 47 davis_toons // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    We kinda smell the win..but its a fair some have mention we really needed a stronger bench.

    Our Young Striker Man Marking was Poor.

  • 48 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:10 AM

    Our team was immense. I see goals coming for Perez. Where do we go for Mitrovic? Get Wingers to cross those balls. I wld try:

    ………… . ……..Krul

    That is a balance team with some crosses for Mitrovic.

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    Got the day off so looking forward to motd, I was gutted yesterday, I watched the first fifteen minutes then had to travel home, 2-0 when I switched my phone back on and I thought the game was just about over, at least we know that it’s not a totally lost cause in the dressing room now, shame we never had easier opposition next up.

  • 50 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    Graham Carr we shld give up on French players wastage of money.

    Sissoko is also sh@t now and he has lost it.

  • 51 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Sorry Jail.

    It was a lovely game. gave me encouragement.
    Sissoko is a lost cause. Anita and Colback balance the team defensively. Wijnaldum is very good but not sure his best position.
    Mitrovic and Perez we have our attacking is balanced now.
    Mbabu was immense defensively very poor going forward but was brave.
    Colo is an on and off.

  • 52 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Looking for what to put on my Jersey this season: Failed to choose btn. Mitrovic, Perez and Mcclaren.

  • 53 cyprus // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    ‘Stay strong’ is a powerful message, more so than Tag Heuer’s ‘Don’t crack under pressure’. Hats off.

    Now, Steve, your response in the end was bitter-sweet. .I get it why you defended for your life in the last 2 minutes as a defeat would have been detrimental. BUT, shout to Mitro to walk slowly off? And, we had a corner man. Leave 3 people behind, I get it. But defend from a corner when we could’ve snatched it? The subs were also dead wrong, especially that of Obertan. So, your grade: 10 for inspiring the team, -1 (to quote Mourinho) for subs and bottling it in the end.

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    See Van Dijk scored, a goal scoring CB ?

  • 55 davis_toons // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Sissoko like Obertan, he is what he is.

    He is no Yaya Toure. We cant be overly expecting.

    MA got to dig deep into his pocket and bring in another quality powerful midfielder.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    So how come Obrotoron got the nod over Thauvin ?

  • 57 IrishMagpie // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Am I the only one to think we were right to hold the ball up in the corner and protect the draw? If we had crossed it in and they scored on the counter, we’d all be gping crazy and saying we should’ve held onto it.

    It was a good game, a great result against the champions and I was happy with everyone other than Sissoko.

  • 58 Dondatta13 // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    I look forward to Perez being rag dolled by Mitro every time the toon score hahaha

  • 59 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Sissoko is just a poor midfielder. Maybe he can go on and become a yaya toure with another club but with us right now, it’s best to part ways. He looks completely hopeless.

  • 60 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Sissoko is not good any more.

    We shld try out:

  • 61 Blofal // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Irish I agree.

    Chelsea had the momentum and our legs had gone. We could have chanced one final attempt from the cross but they had pace in Willian and Ramires relatively fresh and waiting for the counter. And a loss in those circumstances would have almost done our season in in terms of moral.

    Better to salvage the draw but thats just my opinion.

  • 62 davis_toons // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    A Draw is definitely good for moral..remember JC got us playing a bit of a attacking football at the start but just couldn’t hold on to a win which totally destroy the team then on..

    With a Draw there is something to build on for the players that works their socks off. But a lost will definitely effect every little thing that is currently building.

    Until MA deep deeper and get us a stronger bench.

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