McClaren Puts Positive Spin On Yesterday


Newcastle have 3 points after the first eight league games played and that´s four points worse off than we were last season when we also had a very poor start and  some fans were demonstrating against Pardew and wanted him out.

They got their wish when he left for Crystal Palace early in January and they are now 3rd top of the league with 15 points with 5 wins in their first eight league games.

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Steve McClaren and Manuel Pellegrini before the game

Steve McClaren after the game tried to put  a positive spin on the 6-1 thrashing:

“We re-evaluate all the time,” “What’s happened in the first eight games will go a long way to how the players and everyone within the club reacts.”

“We want to take that hurt and what we’ve done well and take that forward.”

“I’ve said before, I’ve come to grounds, I’ve come to Arsenal and was beaten 7-0 and in May we’re in an FA Cup semi-final and a UEFA Cup final. It depends on the reaction in the dressing room.”

“You’ve seen today the work they’ve been doing, the system that has been in play, against Chelsea and City first half was very good. Then we’ve just let ourselves down in that 15-minute spell.”

“Give credit to Manchester City. That’s why they’ll probably win the league. You can see that within them.”

“They’re licking their wounds from last season and they’re determined now. Sometimes you just have to accept that.”

“When you’re in it, they’re all big,” said the head coach. “You’re absolutely right, it is tough. But we knew it would be.”

“We knew from past history and we’ve said what needs to be done cannot be turned around in a short space of time. It needs patience in the process.”

“You’ve seen in the last two weeks the work that has been done, what this team is capable of doing, how it can play, and we looked in the first half a very good Premier League team.”

“In the second half we didn’t look a very good team. Consistency over 90 minutes, there’s a team in there, we’ve seen that. We need to produce that for 90 minutes now.”

We don´t think we should give credit to Manchester City because Newcastle defended very poorly in that second half after doing well in the first half.

Yes, Manchester City are the best team money can buy, but they lost their last two league games before yesterday.

Steve McClaren and company have to start winning soon, especially when we have some of the  tough games out of the way.

Newcastle played every one of last season´s top four in our first eight league games and another two, Southampton and Swansea finished in the top eight last season.

We did well against all of the top four clubs except Manchester  City – and that was only in the second half when we didn´t turn up yesterday.

Now we have to show we can do well against the lesser teams in the league and get some wins on the board.

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143 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

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  • JackButler

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    People need to take a look at Southampton and Swansea, two clubs that have to sell their best players, that spend roughly what we have spent recently and both pay around the same wages as us. But where they differ massively is that they have the right people in place to react in the right way while we simply don’t.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    The guy is full of shit.
    Keeps talking about needing time for “what needs to be done” and “the process”. Total bull
    We’re not playing any differently to how we have for the last 5 years. Defend deep, hope the opposition don’t score and pray for a bit of luck going forward.
    I don’t buy into “we cant judge him until he has the team he wants” any half decent manager would make a better fist of it with these players at his disposal.
    Sick of his grinning, gurning face. Enough.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Jack

    That’s the difference from having an owner who wants the club to progress and an owner who is happy to just keep us in the league.

    No idea why Ashley is still here. Sports direct doesn’t need that much more advertising, it’s the only big sports shop left in the country.

    Hopefully he is just waiting for the financial climate to pick up so he can sell us for decent money.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    McClaren needs to re-evaluate his position here.

    He needs to demand CB’s from Lee and tell Carr to f@ck off and retire.

    Judge me after 10 games he said? The next two games should be a easy 6 points, if he doesn’t get 6 points from them then his job will be on the line.

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  • JackButler

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Sutty

    You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear mate, the reality is our squad simply isn’t good enough, so much so that just about every manager would struggle with them.

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  • Spuggy

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Haven’t seen anything yet from thauvin to justify his transfer fee. Perez looks better all round and I though that before the window. We don’t have a creative midfielder to pull the strings. A great passer with vision and range.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Jesper

    The reason I blame ashley soley is that he is the guy who appoints these people.

    He appointed Wise, Llambias, Kinnear and not Charnley.

    He also appointed (with help from those above) Kinnear, Pardew and McClaren.

    Pointless hounding out Pardew, Charnley or McClaren as we know we’ll just get another one in exactly the same. In fact we seem to get worse.

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  • optimistic prime

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    NUFC is currently a reflection of Ashley not the City or the fans.

    The players like the owner don’t give a toss as this is just a stop over, they like Ashley will take what they can whilst they can putting the minimum back in.

    Ashley out!

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  • JackButler

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Sage

    Can’t see him leaving mate as he’s making too much off us and the money is only getting bigger going into next season so as a business man he will continue to run us for the least amount of expenditure for the maximum amount of profit

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Who at Newcastle wanted these players?

    Ayew, Payet, Mane, Van Dilj, Tadich, Zouma, PEA?

    Obviously Carr didn’t!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Jack

    I don’t get that argument. He could take 20/30 mil a year or just sell us and get around 200mil with no risk. If we go down this time there is no way this team has the fight for the championship, which is getting much better die to premier league money filtering down.

    Also I can see the tv deals blowing up soon, getting too spread out. People won’t pay ever increasing fees for sky and bt when you can pay a one off £80 for an android box to get the lot and more.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    I hate playing devil’s advocate on this one, as I said before, the blame is shared among many:

    If someone can complete the slolgan ‘Ashley out’ with ‘_____ in’, I’ll be convinced. It’s not a well thought out argument, seriously. Give me a name, don’t say lots of people. Ashley invest, Ashley hire an internationally aclaimed manager etc. seems more reasonable.

    NOBODY wants to buy this club, and I’m not talking about you or me, or someone who will bust the bank to raise that kind of money and then follow that up with real player etc. investment. A very limited pool of eligible human beings is out there.

    This Steve, this ‘amazing’ psychologist, the one in whom we trust, the ‘prodigy’ kid coach, all these people must absorb at least some blame, along with the owner.

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  • JackButler

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    You have to look at what he makes off us throughout Europe as well mate, he went head to head with decathlon, the biggest sports retailer in France, hence the French Revolution here, the EPL is televised the world over and SD is plastered on every single part of SJP and its all free advertising.

    He’s a businessman, and a very, very good one and we are a means to make him money, he isn’t motivated by our success other than survival, he’s motivated by greed. He has no interest in selling us and only a ridiculous offer would make him consider walking away

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Don’t worry. He said that he got the process eventually at his high spending Boro team. The process finally clicked and they had a good season after 3 years, finishing 7th. Shame they were awful again the next season despite having some great players. This wally is as bad as Carver. Both good coaches, but nobody has ever called them good managers.

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  • JackButler

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Cyprus

    Blaming SM is like buying a cheap, knackered car and then moaning when it breaks down

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Da Silva and Aguera had far too much space at the edge of our box. Nobody seemed to be breaking up play. Anita & Gouffran must be the weakest two defensive midfielders ever. I know Colo must take the bulk of the blame, but any defender would struggle getting zero protection from the midfield.

    We should have kept Abeid. He’s big, strong, and can pass far far better than our other defensive midfielders. I guess McClaren wanted little guys who can keep possesion but do f*** all with it.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Smc is known to be a seriously good media and PR spin machine. He is showing his class now with that type of drivel. If we wont sack him ( and we wont, even if we go down, trust me on this) we have to invest in 3 winners in the spine of the team. Its our only chance. And if ashley leaves us when we get relegated the club will go belly up. Believe me we need 3 signings and if old man carr messes up (again) we are goosed

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #19

    Playing Yoan Gouffran as a defensive midfielder against the best team in the league, for me, sums up everything that’s wrong. Charnley and Carr should have never been trusted to put together a squad that allows something like that to eventuate, and McClaren is culpable because it was simply a ridiculous decision. Come January, the horse (the one supposedly to be attached to the cart) will have bolted. The players needed to turn this disaster around won’t be available. They never are. One day, someone will write a thesis on how to mis-manage a Premier League club, based on the Mike Ashley/Newcastle United experience.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20

    JB,
    I get you and the analogy. But how do you know what motivates him? How much money has he made from this club? How much actual value has been added to SD by the stadium exposure and the owner derision? I mean he could do that to a stadium for peanuts, from 4 to 10 million a year AND at a successful no hustle club.

    I wish it were as simple as you state it mate, I’d agree wholeheartedly. I don’t care about these people at all from top to bottom. I care about my team ONLY.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #21

    JB, just made me think of that Fawlty Towers scene where Basil beats the car with a branch, but with McClaren in place of the car!

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  • JackButler

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Munster

    We’ve been calling for those three players for years mate and we got Thauvin.

    Mitrovic and Perez have more passion and fight than the rest of the squad combined and I don’t think how big an impact Colo receiving his new beal and captains armband has had

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  • JackButler

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #23

    Cyprus

    He’s a self made billionaire, it’s pretty obvious what motivates him as it sure as he’ll isn’t NUFC. He doesn’t care about this club as long as it’s in the EPL as he has no ties to us, he’s not from the area, he’s not a fan, we are a business to him and as long as there is money to be made he will be here unless someone out there meets his asking price and it’s been what, nine years now and no one has come forward

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  • Bambams

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Re post. Ed too quick
    We need to be ruthless, we all have our favourite players, we all want the local lad to do well but it’s not working.
    Yesterday’s result what only a surprise in the fact we were shocking in the second half. Had the 6 goals been conceded 3 in first and 3 in second half we would not have been THAT surprised.
    ‘For me’ Sissoko, Colo, Gouffran, Obertan, Anita and even Krul are not good enough or ‘consistent enough ‘ for us to become a top 6 team.
    Our biggest problem is our owner, he has let morale become so depleted over the last few seasons a cloud is hanging over.
    He finally starts to spend money but the damage has already done. Once the opposition equalise or go ahead…heads drop – here we go again.
    Krul is probably the lad who suffers the most – I am not blaming him for our defeats.
    Unless we spend ‘what we have’ and bring in some top players in January we will be relegated.
    Who those players will be, I have no idea.
    I still want to give Mac a chance, I still think he will be a good manager/coach
    Imo

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #25

    he could bring in messi and the like we will still go down

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  • Reyantoon

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #26

    Wasn’t disappointed that much about yester’y.
    I predicted a defeate before the game,so no surprises there.But not heavily like that.
    Infact,felt very happy with our 1st HF perform’ce
    We scored another great goal and created some chances.But it wasn’t to be our day.Our biggest problem,which has been in the last 4 or 5 seasons,is panicking.When we concede goal,we completely lose our confidence,fighting spirit and mental strength,get ourselves disturbed easily.That has to be corrected.Hopefully,our season still can be turned around because we have some winnable games on paper,plus our last two games display is encouraging.Very happy for Mitrovic to score his first goal,nice one too.If he gets services like that,he can score more and more.We didn’t deserve to lose by that margin.Couple of easy mistakes and lack of concentration cost us,w/h hopefully can be corrected soon.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #27

    Jack i agree and respect your posts although probably not re pardew. Carr is a major problem at this club. He is choosing the gutless players and nobody can tell me he didnt have his fingers all over smc’s appointment. I notice the tyneside media have stopped banging on about his talent spotting these days. Surprise surprise!

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #28

    they need to remove the shite players out

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #29

    Munster

    you say pardew is modest. I think I’ve heard it all now. AP, after mourinho, has to be the most arrogant man in football.

    what infuriates me is that with arguably better players at NUFC, AP never played the style with us ( apart from 2 successful 6 match periods playing 433, 2 years apart) that CP play now.

    On another point the so called British spine we apparently need is rubbish. Barton, Butt, owen, saylor + Given and Duff (ok not british) took us down last time.

    A proper captain, a 6ft+ monster as a midfield destroyer, a playmaker and super fast goal scoring striker would transform us.

    Wanyama, Mane, Tadic, Van Dijk and especially Pelle were awesome v Chelsea.

    Soto = a properly run club.
    NUFC = not fit for purpose.

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #30

    only purpose it is fit for is advertising his tacky crap

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #31

    over rated

    playing gouffran as a defensive CM is a damning indictment of selling Abeid and Kemen and holding on to a ”finished” Tiote.

    2 bright sparks sold for peanuts while the collective stench of the deadweight of willo, gouffran, and perma crocks saylor, marv, de jong etc, etc remains.

    Carr has really shown his destructive hand. An extremely poor old school manager in his time
    and now almost unopposedly able to pursue his own agenda like recruiting Thauvin and getting his pal SM the gig.

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #32

    rotten to the core
    stay away from shite

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #33

    Rotunda u obviously didnt hear his post match interview where he passes the credit to his chairman for his work over three years. Pardew often gave credit to other teams and mgrs when we lost. Something fergie mourinho fat sam pulis wenger etc have never have the grace to do. And i didnt ask for a british spine by the way.i asked for 3 winners

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #34

    Rotunda i agree re carr and abeid. Carr charnley and colo are running the gaff. Crazy stuff.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #35

    I’m not blaming SM only. I’m blaming MA for hiring these people and not providing more of his millions. The Director for not running the club as he should. Steve and coaches who can get them to play for say 45 but not 90′. The psychologis for loving his track suit and walking on the pitch but not inspiring anyone but himself. The young prodigy who’s learning the job. The scout for not scouting. etc. It’s a long list, will not repeat this stuff again 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #36

    Gouffy sums up the club and carrs choices. Does theold man have a french mistress? As for someone bemoaning santon, please come off the drugs.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #37

    Munster,
    Could you elaborate on your thinking that if Ashley leaves we’ll go belly up !

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  • Jib

    Oct 4, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #38

    Hey pompous French git

    Don’t worry man

    Shit eventuates – Ha ha ha

    So far up your own ass you’re talking through yer navel

    Ha ha ha

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  • kakaobi

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #39

    Pardew has gone that’s in the past whether you wanted him out or not but the club should have brought in a better manger a step up from Pardew not 10 steps back with a sacked championship manager this is why we’ll get nowhere. We have made a couple of good signings and some bloody awful ones too a decent manager would have got the best out of them top and bottom Macclaren is not the answer he’s not a premiership manager he’s not even championship class he got it because it was a job for a mate

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  • Jib

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #40

    By gum
    We get pummelled by a team of international superstars assembled for more than the wildest dreams of avarice and the blog goes into melt down
    When THIS happened , guess what , the next season they won the league. Some of the big gobs on here need to grow a set.

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