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Newcastle´s Struggled For 18 Months – We´ll Deal With This

9:27 am, Monday, October 5th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

Newcastle are rock bottom of the league and while we´ve been in the bottom three a few times in the last few years it´s very rare that we have been bottom – especially  for at least two weeks because of the International break.

steve mcclaren at etihad 6-1

Steve McClaren solemn at the Etihad

But on the other hand we´ve played the top four clubs in our first eight games and easier games are coming up and we have to start picking up some wins.

This is some of what Steve McClaren said after the game on Saturday:

“In the last 18 months that’s been the problem at this football club,” “We’re here to turn that around and we’re going to do whatever it takes.”

“It’s a difficult job, but we’re determined to do it. ‘But this is not just happening now, it’s been happening for 12, 18 months.”

“They’re going to have to start doing it otherwise we’re in a fight for the rest of the season. That’s the reality.”

“We’re in real difficulty now.”

“I don’t speak to Mike. It’s Lee Charnley who I speak to.” “We’ve spoken from day one about this.”

“In fact he has probably stressed it more than I did about how much it would take, and about how much time it would take.”

“This is a job for an experienced person’, and that’s why we’re here.” “We’ve got an experienced staff who can cope with this and deal with this.”

“Will it turn around over night? No. But there’s a reality from everybody looking that that’s where we are and it’s up to us now, it’s our responsibility now to turn that around.”

“This was never going to be easy.” “It’s proving now how difficult it is. When you can get spells in games where you look very good, and other spells where there’s a collapse in 13 minutes.”

This terrible start to the season is hard to take for Newcastle fans and ever since Alan Pardew was suspended for headbutting a Hull City player on March 1st last year Newcastle´s results have simply sucked.

We lost seven of our last eight games in the 2013-2014 season, mostly with John Carver on the touchline for the suspended Pardew, and then we got just 4 points from seven games at the start of last season.

As it turns out the Sack Pardew crowd have made Alan Pardew into one of the best performing coaches in the Premier League this year thanks to his tremendous record at Crystal Palace since he joined them.

He has 47 points from 27 games played and that´s 31 points more than Newcastle have mustered from those games.

And when John Carver took over in early January we lost eight league games in a row and got one win out of our last 11 games last season.

So it hasn´t been good even before the new head coach arrived in June.

And now Steve McClaren has to turn this thing around and he will need the full support of the Newcastle fans to do that.

We´re all in this together.

Comments welcome.

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

27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    So Lee has set the timeline? On what basis?

    Steve is right, this has been going on for a long time. We could argue that it’s been longer in the making than 12-18 months, it’s just the past 12-18 months that we haven’t been able to pull ourselves out of a mess of our own making.

    It’s the reason why so many were calling out for an inspired choice of manager, I mean head coach. To bring the club out of the mess it was in, not just accept it was there and it would take an age to sort out.

    There have been countless clubs in bad shape, who have hired new managers, with terrible squads, who have gotten quicker results that Steve. Not all his fault, but the club needed to make a real statement this summer. I think the statement they made is that they were going to make one soon, honest they are.

  • 2 Jib // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    The last international break broke up our continuity somewhat this one has come at the right time for us I feel.

  • 3 John Tudor // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    it has to be started to turn it around overnight you thick wally, wins are required now. you have had more than enough time to secure one or two even three league wins

  • 4 Son of Geordie // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Let’s hope the turn around happens sooner than later.
    Sissoko out
    Coloccini grow a voice or out

  • 5 beermonkey // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:36 AM


    how are you

    did McLaren have a choice with colo
    at the end of the 2013/14 season it was reported that colo had met with Ashley to discuss signings and things, an odd thing for a club capt to do
    then we come the annual injury just best before xmas the fact most international breaks he is allowed to go back to Argentina
    when pards left he was odds on to get the job even though he hadn’t done any of his badges and couldn’t do it

  • 6 John Tudor // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    hold your hands up and admit your defeated by constraints
    ie you cannot get your brolly up or anything else comes to mind

  • 7 BandB // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:41 AM


    I think it would do you the world of good to get yourself home and have a few pints in your old haunts in Occupied Newcastle 2015.
    You would meet some of the thousands of yearningly sad lifelong fans who saw FIRST HAND what was being done to their beloved club and city and won’t fall into line behind this regime.
    It might give you a better idea of what love and loyalty to the club mean.

  • 8 John Tudor // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:42 AM
    re sports direct
    will st james be doing the same if this continues

  • 9 John Tudor // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    bnb occupied newcastle lol
    how very true

  • 10 Jib // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    It’s a bit of an open secret that Rodgers big problem is he falls out with players big style.

    Raheem Sterling is the classic example.

    However more crucial for Liverpool was his falling out with Daniel Agger who has never been adequately replaced.

    Martin Skrtl had to be paid a kings ransom when he renewed his contract in Summer .

    For the last 18 months no matter how good the Liverpool attack has been their defence has always been fragile.

    This may have effected NUFC’s thinking on Coloccini.

  • 11 Ibizatoon // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Beermonkey…Hello, doing well thanks, hope you are too.

    It’s a good question. Did he really have a say? That was my point, either he did and he’s picked poorly, or, he doesn’t, in which case he’s just another yes man.

    Neither leaves me feeling that Steve is the right man for the job.

  • 12 John Tudor // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    someone needs to fall out with sissoko cisse willo colo and many more ingrates

  • 13 Jib // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    B and B
    I bet it took you days to think of that trite little phrase – well done.
    A bit of an insult to Palestinians , Northern Syrians and , Kurds , but what the hell – who cares ? – right ?

  • 14 ToonTiger // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Colo is part of the problem. 1 good game in 10 and still not vocal enough. I had hoped he was going and being replaced, my heart sank when his new contract was announced. Something hasn’t been right since Cabaye was sold he did the captains job when he was on the pitch.

  • 15 geordielad880 // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Side for next game:-





  • 16 Ibizatoon // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Sometimes you read something on this blog and nothing more than a smile is needed. Usually followed by a “bless”.

    So Jib, this one’s for you.


  • 17 John Tudor // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:55 AM


  • 18 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 5, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    What does Occupied Newcastle 2015 mean exactly? Is it a derogatory term with racist connotations? Just asking, mind.

  • 19 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 5, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    did you get your Aadvocat bet on

  • 20 beermonkey // Oct 5, 2015 at 10:04 AM


    until you get proper people is the right positions making the right decisions will we ever get the right manager

    look at gary monk take him out of Swansea will he be as successful as he has been

  • 21 Jib // Oct 5, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    John Tudor
    I don’t think B and B is a saddo – she just doesn’t put brain in gear before engaging mouth.

    Which one are you ?
    I always forget
    Keith or Orville ?

  • 22 hibbit // Oct 5, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    jib if you think for one minute that the nufc board take into account the dealings of any other club in there decision making your wrong they don’t consider our club never mind any other clubs thinking in there decision making there not interested in what any one thinks says does it has no bearing on this clubs decisions what so ever

  • 23 catchy in norway // Oct 5, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Good morning Everyone, even you Ibiza

    whilst im not happy with how we played in the second half against City, i DO see us making steps in the right direction, the worst thing that could have happened was Jose saying what he did last week, i bet pellegrini used it in the half time team talk. and for what its worth it was only 25 mins that we fell to bits in the second half, the first half i thought we were the better team, the had some good individuals in the first half, but that is to be expected, there team is a very expensive and experienced team.

    we may be bottom, but i do expect us to start climbing up now the hard games have passed, i think its more physiological than ability.

  • 24 Ibizatoon // Oct 5, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Jib…I just don’t know what to say to that one. Well played.

    Overrated Frenchmen…No, it didn’t, nor does it now. Just someone trying to make it so due to a personal issue with the person who made the comment. Best to simply ignore.

    Beermonkey…They’re not looking for a hc or manager, they need a miracle worker.

  • 25 Ibizatoon // Oct 5, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Catchy… 🙂

    I do hope you’re right. Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, we can’t go any further down the table, so you’re probably right.

  • 26 Jib // Oct 5, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    I answered yesterday

    I will repeat (heaves a big sigh)

    We stopped in Leeds on the way to the match on Saturday
    The lass in the betting shop was going to give me 5-1 then she heard my accent asked if I was from The village of the damned I said no Newcastle but her suspicions were aroused and she closed betting on Dutch Dick we were parked on yellow lines so I couldn’t argue the point and once we got to Mancunia we had no time.

  • 27 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 5, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Sorry didn’t see your post yesterday
    5-1 good bloody odds would of been a nice pay day

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