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Newcastle In Trouble – They Just Don’t Have The Players

2:22 pm, Monday, October 12th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Harry Redknapp may surprise some people today about what he says about Newcastle, and he has also said that he thinks Sam Allardyce is a good appointment for Sunderland and that’s because Sam is a good manager and he thinks Sam can get the Black Cats out of trouble.

But what he says about Newcastle – if true – could mean we will have another long hard season this season too – yes – yet another one.



Harry Redknapp – Newcastle don’t have the players

Harry is currently an out of work manager although it’s debatable whether he wants to egt another job in management.

This is what Harry has said about Newcastle in the Telegraph:

“When I look at the North East teams, I think Newcastle might be in more trouble than Sunderland.”

“Steve McClaren is a good manager, probably better than some of the managers at the top of the division, but he has not got the players at Newcastle.”

“He has got some poor ones and it does not look like they have helped him much in the summer with the ones they signed.”

“And guess who Big Sam’s first home game at Sunderland is against? That’s right, Newcastle. That’s going to be massive for both clubs.”

We keep hearing those in the business say that Steve McClaren is a very good manager and coach – but that’s not been reflected at a number of previous clubs he’s managed – so that’s still a disconnect for us.

He failed at Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and this year at Derby County.

At the end of last season we always thought the players we had who hadn’t played well was simply because of the poor coaching and poor man management of John Carver.

When we signed four good players in the summer for £52M then we thought – hey – we should easily be mid table this season and certainly not have any relegation troubles.

It hasn’t turned out that way and if we do continue to struggle then we were wrong about the players we still have.

We are hoping that Fabricio Coloccini,  Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse can still play a role for us this season – but if Newcastle are still in trouble in January  then Newcastle could mount another £50M to get new players in to try to save us.

We hope that doesn’t happen since the nerves are still badly frayed from last season.


Here’s hoping we can start winning some games now and of course, it hasn’t helped at all that Tim Krul is now out for the season.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Tim Krul

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Oct 12, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 sparky55 // Oct 12, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Average players and a less than average Manager who thinks it’s ok to fcuk off over to Spain for a break when he’s bottom of the league and struggling like sh!te to get any sort of traction…doesn’t bode well does it.

  • 3 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Redknapp should know if McClaren’s a good coach he asked him to help him at QPR for 3 months with their 2013 preseason.

    The article says McClaren failed at various clubs , if by fail Ed means not winning a league there are a hell of a lot of failures in football.

    To me a failure is having a side relegated , that has never happend to McClaren .

  • 4 Jib // Oct 12, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    He’s in Marbella with Moncur Carr and Ashley

  • 5 optimistic prime // Oct 12, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Blah blah blah

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Oct 12, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Redknapp would do a cracking job with us better than mcclaren but not as good as Pardew.

  • 7 toon kk // Oct 12, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Harry has just spoke the truth, I’ve always said our squad is weak, very weak with no pace.
    But its taken a few seasons to come to this situation. At least half the squad needs to be replaced, but it won’t happen so we’ll go down.
    I know that many think we have a badly managed good group, bull shit!

  • 8 Mister Tuff // Oct 12, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    I read on here Wally and his missus were seen getting a flight to Marbella – where does the informtion about the rest of the hierarchy (excluding Penfold) originate in respect of them being in Marbella as well.

  • 9 lesh // Oct 12, 2015 at 3:14 PM


    How fo you know who’s in Marbella, that well know stamping ground for ex-pat miscreants. You got contacts out there among ’em?


  • 10 goommy // Oct 12, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    OMFG!! finally someone pin it right to the point!! clap clap for you Harry 😀

  • 11 Ravostag // Oct 12, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Was he speaking through the car window or his ar.. as usual

  • 12 skhwoody // Oct 14, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    I have no time for Harry Redknapp. Never rated him and it’s quite obvious he has nothing but distain for Newcastle. He had the chance to makie a difference here but as usual bottled it because he didn’t have an open cheque book. Move on Harry boring me now.

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