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It´s Been Like World War Three At Newcastle

11:49 pm, Sunday, September 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

There has been over the top criticism about Newcastle during our terrible four game losing streak – and most of it came from the National press who just couldn´t resist the (big) opportunity  to put the boot in on the famous north-east club.

The fans have battle fatigue after the nightmare that was the second half of last season and we only just survived in the Premier League on the last day of the season.

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Steve McClaren – wondering when World War Three will end

Steve has termed the criticism over the last 10 days as like World War Three – so yes – it’s been biting criticism that has become far too personal.

Whatever happens with Steve McClaren let´s not forget he is good man doing his very best to make Newcastle a good side again.

He may succeed or fail in that endeavour but we hope he can be successful – and it´s been a really difficult start for him and his staff.

And very difficult for the fans.

Steve was asked after the game if a weight had been lifted – and this is how he responded:

“Yes and no.”

“Frustrated, happy. For the last ten days frustrated, very frustrated because the performances before the international break – like Arsenal here – the spirit was good.”

“We have come back and the last 10 days it has been like World War Three.” “We expect that and that is the reaction you can get.”

“I have seen evidence we can improve.” “I see them every day in training and they can play.” “They can, they have performances like that against Chelsea in them.”

“If we had just won it would have been an absolute high.” “Yet we have still shown something important. We have seen that already – then it goes, then it comes back.”

“It needs to be consistent and that is what we are looking for now.” “We only have Manchester City next week now (laughs).”

Yes – it´s a tough game on Saturday but Newcastle fans have some confidence that we can play well at the Etihad and maybe even get something out of the game.

That confidence was not there before Saturday´s performance.

Comments welcome.



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




21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    WWSBRD
    He wld have replaced them but didnt. Decided to keep them . Coz I believe Carr was going to sell
    them.

  • 2 WWSBRD // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    will die
    The club couldnt shift them and McClaren has no more say in transfers than Pardew did by the looks of things

    Taylor was never going anywhere he makes too much money here, Willo no one would meet the fee, Gouffran no one wanted at a level he would go to, Obertan is a good squad player, Marv and Rivi have been crocked (though Rivi was very unlikely to be shoved out the door after such a short time anyway when we have an issue with strikers as is) McClaren took no riskj on them hes just stuck with them

  • 3 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    He kept Colo and Cisse here.

  • 4 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    And Tiote too

  • 5 WWSBRD // Sep 28, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Club tried their hardest to get Cisse to leave, Tiote was injured and apparently McClaren asked for a experienced international CB and the club extended Colos contract instead

  • 6 will die for the toon army // Sep 28, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Mcca said he wtd them to stay. its the club that was selling.

  • 7 WWSBRD // Sep 28, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Pardew said a lot of things

  • 8 will die for the toon army // Sep 28, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    So hard to know wat is true.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 28, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    Yo…you are always too kind to McClaren and tough on the club 😉

    …they are all in it together mate!

  • 10 prashanth // Sep 28, 2015 at 1:41 AM

    http://lebuzz.eurosport.co.uk/viral/watch-hatem-ben-arfa-scores-incredible-goal-as-he-slaloms-past-five-players-4323/

    Oh Benny!

  • 11 chiefone30 // Sep 28, 2015 at 2:28 AM

    Ashley OUT!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ9ZpW79fs0

  • 12 swemag // Sep 28, 2015 at 2:56 AM

    Ben Arfa currently joint top scorer with Cavani in Frnace. Difference between the two is that Ben Arfa creates many of his goals himself out of nothing.

    Yes, I still dream about what could have been.

    Tell me the name of a player in the PL at this moment who is capable of doing what he did against Bolton a few years back.

    Yes he had his issues, I just cannot be bothered about that.

  • 13 cyprus // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    Swemag,

    spot on. A player like that virtually excommunicated by a team like NUFC. And many fans, including on this blog, in unison against him. He will never come good, they said. Such a bad person…

    Inept managers won twice to our detriment: Bellamy, HBA.

    Up there with craziest moves by us, right up with Ginola to Spurs, whence he won player of the year…

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    swemag…Benny is one of those kids who is difficult to handle. It takes special people and surroundings!

    …we couldn’t offer that by a stretch. Definitely not with the manager we had…we sort of just made matters worse.

    You see these kids in everyday life…some the society just looses because they are equipped to handle them.

    It’s easy just to call Benny a troublemaker where ever he went…we knew what he was and didn’t help him. It’s a shame really. I hope the kid comes good in life and Nice has the resources and knowledge to help him in life.

    He’s a spectacular football player (and a troublesome human being)

  • 15 cyprus // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:42 AM

    Wow, just watched it. Pisses me off, really. Congrats HBA man.

    http://lebuzz.eurosport.co.uk/viral/watch-hatem-ben-arfa-scores-incredible-goal-as-he-slaloms-past-five-players-4323/

  • 16 cyprus // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:48 AM

    Jesper Swemag,
    I’m off but last comment on this, it does upset me 🙂

    The team should have been with HBA at the epicentre, he was always a fringe player here. I see he’s wearing no.9 there… he helped AP many a time, his reward was the bench!

  • 17 chicousa // Sep 28, 2015 at 5:57 AM

    It was great to see the positive emotions displayed by Mitrovic towards the team and the fans! It was infectious. Not only is he physically able to dominate (his hold up play is great!) but he is showing signs of being an emotional leader. A group of players need lads like Mitro to help them gel into a team. He just may be the glue!

  • 18 jimmysmith // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    Benny, who never ran unless he had the ball at his feet, and then endlessly till he lost it, or did something wonderful, once in a while, occasionally truly wonderful. Not in this league. Best of luck to him in France. I’ll enjoy his wayward genius from time to time on Youtube, and enjoy Wijnaldum and Sissoko up and down the flanks for Newcastle on Match day.

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 28, 2015 at 6:37 AM

    Yes Jimmy…the PL truly is a sight for sore eyes!

  • 20 Our Toon // Sep 28, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Jimmy

    He did something wonderful once every 5 or 6 games. Sissoko hasn’t done anything wonderful since the chelsea game in his first season. I wouldn’t slate the french league either mate, the mighty Chelsea and Arsenal both got knocked out to PSG and Monaco last season on the champions league. We have a piss poor league and it showed this weekend. Citeh in free fall after losing at home to poor Juventus. Chelsea in 15th, the team leading the league lost to the great PSV….This league is bang average!!

  • 21 jimmysmith // Sep 28, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    ” I wouldn’t slate the french league either mate, the mighty Chelsea and Arsenal both got knocked out to PSG and Monaco last season on the champions league. We have a piss poor league and it showed this weekend.”

    The EPL is far from piss poor, it’s pretty safe to say. Nor did I slate the French League, although I’d be fascinated to hear how you would compare both leagues on balance, particularly in areas of competitiveness and physicality.




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