Newcastle Hit Rock Bottom – Here´s What´s Wrong With Our Players


Newcastle put in an excellent first half display and should have been at least two goals up after Mitrovic had opened the scoring after 18 minutes and Newcastle scored again, but it was flagged for offside.

The TV replays showed that no Newcastle players were offside and then Mitrovic had a great chance to score again – but his shot was well blocked by goalkeeper Joe Hart.

So we continued where we left off against Chelsea – but then we conceded five goals in the first 17 minutes of the second half as this Newcastle side collapsed once again.

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Steve McClaren on touchline today

There´s something very wrong with Newcastle this year – we have played 27 league games and got only 16 points from the possible 81 points played for and we have only three wins and 17 defeats.

Steve McClaren´s record is worse than that of John Carver with only three draws and five defeats in the first eight league games.

One of the things that seem to be a weakness is our players simply aren´t mentally tough enough – they have to be a lot more mentally tough in these games and we are still short of leaders.

Those are the people who take control and have an influence when things are going terribly wrong – like they did today at the start of the second half.

This is how McClaren explained things after the final whistle this afternoon:

“Once we conceded the third goal we need to handle it better.” “We let ourselves down in that 13-minute spell but give credit to City.”  “We have shown what we are capable of and what our weaknesses are.”

“We have to toughen up and get ready for the next spell of games.”  “I think we carried on the level of performance from last week – a 2-2 draw with Chelsea.”

“We came here to win, were bold in our 4-4-2 and in that first half we really shook Manchester City. We scored the first goal, we scored a second that was disallowed which was onside and we had other opportunities.”

“The goal just before half-time was the goal that gave them a lift and in the second half we got done by Aguero. His finishing was world-class.”

“We knew it would be a tough job. We know what needs to be done and it can’t be turned around in a short period of time. It needs patience.”

“We’ve seen over the last two weeks the work that has been done. In the first half we looked a very good Premier League team. In the second half we didn’t look a very good team. We need to produce for 90 minutes.”

Mike Ashley has every right to ask what is going on at the club – and how come we have just three points in the first eight league games and we seem to be no better than last season after £52M has been spent on new players in the summer.

That´s the question to the Newcastle Board who are the ones running the club in every way these days – other than how much money is made available in each transfer window – that´s Mike Ashley´s job.

But the owner cannot be too pleased with the way £52M has been spent last summer.

There´s still 30 games to play in the league of course and that’s plenty of time to sort things out and the sooner we get our first win in the league the better it will be for very connected with the club.

That second half was completely embarrassing today.

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163 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Oct 3, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, its the same wrong today thats been wrong for longer than most care to remember and thats the fact we have no leaders in the squad, our captain should be a manaquin modeling dodgy hair for all the use he is while our so-called big players love nothing more than hiding when things get tough.

    No leadership, no character, no fight and no passion – see, same issues we had for years

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  • jane

    Oct 3, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #2

    “the owner cannot be too pleased with the way £52M has been spent last summer.”

    the new players have been good buys, don’t think it’s that.

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  • Fostino

    Oct 3, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #3

    The work ethic and attitude was comical 2nd half. Manager needs to sort this. I’m lost for words.

    Mbabu will prob never grace the pitch again knowing our history. Goofy Anita cisse will prob start next game …colo is in drop able. Same shit..different manager. What a shockingly bad record. Parker was a much more effective manager

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  • JackButler

    Oct 3, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Jane

    What about Thauvin? Another twelve million wasted to add the score of bad signings

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  • Fostino

    Oct 3, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Janmaat mbemba Mbabu dummett

    Thauvin wini sissoko rolando

    Perez mitro

    This would be an interesting selection.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 3, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #6

    In our wisdom we refuse to pay £15m for a proven EPL striker. Instead we spend a similar amount on Thauvin after spending a similar amount the previous year on a similar useless French flop of a winger. We sit firmly at the bottom of the league with a makeshift attack and a crap defence after spending £50m. The persons making the decisions are the same ones apologising for their previous bad mistakes. You couldn’t make it up.

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  • Shot Bru

    Oct 3, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Jack butler

    Spot on. No leadership anywhere, on or off the pitch.

    And another Brit manager pretending to be a head coach lost somewhere in the 90’s.

    Relegation is inevitable because the clueless Penfold won’t have the balls to sack The Wally and the Wally won’t walk.

    As for the rest of the ‘footballing board’ smells like a boys club on a gravy train

    Ashley Out

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  • geordie157

    Oct 3, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #8

    If haidara is back soon I wouldn’t mind seeing mbabu at right back and janmaat right wing.

    There’s no bite in the midfield without colback.

    We need two big signings both leaders, centre back and centre mid.

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 3, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #9

    If our second goal was disallowed ( I haven’t seen it ) – where are the protests about refs favouring the money men ?
    Was it a dodgy decision ?
    Makes you think Blatter is running some sort of private club ?

    TMO would cut out all these iffy decisions and actually the outcome of many games would be or could be different .

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #10

    we are down now. only the 1st week in october and already 5 points behind 4th place .
    i was hoping we would go down last year coz that is what we deserve , this season has been coming for a long long time , the whole club is in turmoil, the plus point in all this is Ashley will leave at the end of the season, i dont think he will hang around not making any money. we could get relagated with the least number of points ever – another record

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  • yorkymag

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Judge me after 10 games oh yer good plan
    Even If we are to win our next two games we will still be in the relegation zone
    mc claren is a complete joke
    Smiling as he is interviewed after a 6-1 defeat
    He is the worst manager we have had in 10 years and that includes carver
    For gods ask this is a shambles

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Recruitment over the last window made the obvious mistake in not concentrating much more on defence.

    Colo’s contract extension looks a huge error.

    Defenders don’t have as big a ‘markup’ when they get sold on – in our case we made a loss on MYM and Santon so Mike isn’t going to be happy with the higher risks of speculating on defenders. Midfielders and forwards are good for easy money gains and are more saleable which is why we buy more of them than we need, and often not in the positions or with the skills – (pace !!) we really need to build a team.

    The policy of only buying young means we always have inexperience in the side, and a lack of resilience. These are qualities often more associated with slightly older players, if we are over balanced to young players then the tendency to blow up in the face of an onslaught is always there. We also need to have built the side from the back, not the middle. It’s no accident we have lost by five goals or more in 4 of the last 5 seasons when we only had 4 losses by that margin in the 27 years prior to the Ashley policy.

    Add to that the strange pursuit of a target over many windows by Carr, ignoring some very good opportunities in the transfer market, and loss of form by the player in question – as well as higher priorities in other positions.

    It is pretty much all down to Ashley pulling the strings, some bad calls in incoming transfers by Carr, with the end result of a total failure to build a team and not just an assemblage of players with sell on value options. Macca has exactly the same problem as Pardew had. However he does recognise whats wrong, and his comments say so, but he’s only 50/50 to get us out the pit.

    We will flounder until we have a rock solid back 5 (or 6 if we play two DMs) who understand each other, are disciplined, have some mature players at the back – and get rid of the journeymen like Colo. As that is unlikely the prospects of us staying up may be all but over by Christmas.

    A quality playmaker who doesn’t get injured very often is also a must.
    No wonder Pardew wanted to re-sign the Dreamboat at CP and build his side around him again – that was his only relatively successful gambit at SJP, and its paying off for him now.

    It’s not all over yet, but after the next run of 4 mostly winnable matches we’ll all have a pretty good idea of whether they can turn it round for us.

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  • SPRINGY

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #13

    didnt expect anything but a kickin today….if got any thing great but wasnt expecting….but the next 5-10 games are so important….we need a captain on the pitch, a leader who shouts and balls at people when they screw up not just pat them on the back when they do well….but when he’s the one doin the share of the the screw ups… how can he point the finger?…..tryin to be patient but startin feel desperation creeping in as i dont know where a win is comin from imho maybe stoke at home….but if not then where?

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  • SPRINGY

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #14

    or should it when?ooops

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  • G

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Players lacking in confidence? More like after Citehs 2nd goal, players no longer giving a toss. We need leadership on the pitch, and off the pitch, poor coach, poor captain (who clearly during thier 2nd goal plays them onside). Geordie Winegum for captain, Dyche for coach for me. Everything I have seen from the new regime suggests certain relegation. I’ve tried to be optimistic this season, but todays surrender means now is the time for a knee jerk reaction. I knoa Citeh are a quality team, but when your team stops caring, you can see that it has nothing to do with fees, and everything to do with motivation.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Anyone watching the rugby, some bone crunching tackles tonight.

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  • SPRINGY

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #17

    G
    to me they look like a team with no fear of the coachs, of head coach, or the captain….i’d go along with geordie winegum for captain he may not shout and ball like id like my captain to right now but could lead by example with his pace strength and character

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  • G

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Wrong blog welsh mate.

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  • G

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #19

    @17, i see where your coming from, but he actually gets fairly vocal when he sees somebody dropping a bollock. I think he has leader written all over him.

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  • yorkymag

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #20

    We will go down and to be honest we deserve it
    And in some ways it will serve Ashley rite
    Ok he has spent 50 mill but we needed another forward and another centre back
    He has appointed a shit manager because of his stupid management structure

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Wini as captain would deffo be a good first move

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  • yorkymag

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #22

    No chance of a change in skipper
    Mc shit has nailed his colours firmlto collo girl back or worse

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  • SPRINGY

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #23

    G
    really,well thats even better then!
    when u think back to janmaats sending off….why didnt colo have a word….we all knew janmaat was ganna gan off but he never approached from what i seen….he may well of tbh..but i didnt see……its not all colos fault but something has to change soon or this season will done by christmas

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Forgive me if I’m wrong but did I see someone calling out catchy and Rotonda for blaming the coaching set up ?

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  • JackButler

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #25

    SM asked the rest of the squad if they wanted Colo to remain as captain!!!

    What else were the players gonna say?

    It would be like turkeys voting for Xmas.

    I can’t imagine the likes of Sissoko or Cisse wanting a roasting of a captain who calls them on being bone idle and not trying hard enough

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  • SPRINGY

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #26

    yorkymag
    ya probably right…..injury maybe?lol

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  • yorkymag

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Mc claren out out out

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  • yorkymag

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #28

    More likely another red card lol

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  • JackButler

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #29

    yorkymag

    please tell me you are joking???

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  • yorkymag

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Dead serious
    The guy is poison

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  • SPRINGY

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #31

    the players give the impression they like him but the they are actually taking the piss and letting everything rest on his shoulders….just laughin in his face until a coach says something to them then they go running to him to hide behind

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  • JackButler

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #32

    yorkymag

    then you are a fool, you call for the manager to be sacked after such a short time – who, in your unparalleled wisdom would you want to replace him?

    The club is rotten from top to bottom and replacing the manager will achieve nothing other than set us back another six months

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  • G

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Springy, the only time colo gets involved is when there is still aggression between players, which is commendable, but only a small part of his job, he should be in the faces of any player slacking or being clumsy, and he never is. I hope when STaylor is fit they drop colo for him, because at least he will fight the cause, whilst most will argue that colo is the better pkayer, I have far more respect for a player who will put himself in harms way for the cause, and is actually a much better player than he is given credit for.

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  • yorkymag

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #34

    MR jack butler
    No my friend you are the fool
    I have watched this team for over thirty years and I like all those who truly understand can tell when the players are doing what they want
    It’s true that the club is pretty rotten
    But there is no doubt our current manager is a complete dick

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  • G

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #35

    JB, you usually talk a lot of sense mate, but I’m with yorky on this one. SM is a massive predictable mistake. Look what happened to Derby when the champo teams sussed he had no plan b last year? They should have walked it, but didn’t even make the playoffs.

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  • JackButler

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #36

    yorkymag

    The players are doing what they like because of two things

    1 – The system we use to sign players is completely wrong, Carr wastes millions and continues to keep his job

    2 – If SM were to drop the wasters that plight our club who is he going to replace them with?

    And please answer the question, who would have replace SM?

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  • SPRINGY

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #37

    G
    colo would probably in our side make a better dm…at least if he drops a bollick theres defenders behind who can maybe clean up,i do like that grittyness to staylor..the trip when someones ran passed him the willingness to take a card to save goal…all the best defenders do it but he’s to unreliable with injuries….defeneders should be big strong quick and willing to get hurt to stop a goal…..colo is not

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  • JackButler

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #38

    G

    I’m not saying SM is a great manager, but under the current owner who else could we hope for?

    Our scout made the decision on who replaced Carver, a bloody scout who is now a member of the board.

    Lie it or not SM is the best we could hope to get and if we replace him the choices are far worse

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  • yorkymag

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Sean dyce
    Easy

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  • JackButler

    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Sean dyce
    Easy
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    My dear god – and people wonder why NUFC fans are called deluded

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