Steve McClaren Gives Some Good News On Injuries

Steve McClaren has done his Newcastle v Norwich pre-match press conference and confirmed four players are back training and in contention for Norwich.

As expected on the injury front Steve has confirmed that four players are back in training – Paul Dummett, Sadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback – but the good news is that every one of them is in contention for the game at home to Norwich on Sunday.

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Steve McClaren – has given his press conference today
He looks worried

That’s good because either Paul or Sadio can come in at left back for the injured Kevin Mbabu – who hopefully will start training next week after recovering rather quickly from his hamstring injury.

Steve has been quoted as saying the game at Norwich is a game we have to perform and hopefully win the game:

“If we perform for 90 minutes like we did in the first half against Chelsea and Man City, then we will win football matches.” “We’re at home against Norwich, but it doesn’t matter who the opponent is this weekend. We have to perform.”

“Norwich have been very good. They’ve got the confidence of promotion and have added very well. They can be a real handful.” “Janmaat has trained the last couple of days. Colback, Haidara and Dummett have all trained and are in contention.

“Tim’s injury is a massive blow for us. We’ve had a few days to get over it and it’s time for Rob Elliot to step into his boots.

Rob Elliot is a big player for us now and he’s never played with Chancel Mbemba so we hope they can get to know how each other play before Sunday.

But in the past Rob has been a solid goalkeeper for Newcastle and that’s what we need to see from the 29 year-old Republic of Ireland International on Sunday.

Every Newcastle player has to play for the shirt and if they can do that and remain mentally strong for the full 90 minutes we should be able to get our first league win of the season.

That would be great and exactly what’s needed.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • lesh

    Oct 15, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1

    In this world of coincidences, I was getting some tech support from Microsoft, in the Philippines and he got chatting about football.

    Based in Jakarta, he’s been a fan of NUFC since the days of Michael Owen.


  • banjax

    Oct 15, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Here we go again – McLaren saying that by making the Norwich game a ‘Must Win’ it is putting pressure on the players – unbelievable. If ever there was a must win game then Norwich is it. Never mind a draw it must be 3 points or McLaren loses his job. For gods sake how many more games do we lose with lame excuses by McLaren. Ask the question: how many ambitious clubs tolerate this number of losses on the bounce ?

  • hibbitt

    Oct 15, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #3

    martoon…………… shows how far we have fallen when we talk about scraping a win against Norwich and Mc’s talking about not putting pressure on the players whats he afraid of we might just get a reaction

  • cyprus

    Oct 15, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #4

    yes this is a must win, nope, draw counts as a loss, sorry.

    No pressure of course!

    PS. Lose, you walk 😉

  • sparky55

    Oct 15, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #5

    ‘Judge me after 10 games’ he said!

    Most points he can have after 10 games is 9 and in all probability we will still be in the bottom three.

    So what happens then?

    Does Judge Dredd come out from behind the sky interview boards saying “You’ve been judged” and then gets mown down with sort of inter-stellar sub machine gun?

    Wishful thinking methinks

  • martoon

    Oct 15, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #6

    hibbitt @3 – Yeah I know but when confidence is low we just need something to kick-start our season.

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 15, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #7

    You’ve gotta love good new eh.

  • Charlietoon

    Oct 15, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #8

    banjax you know that putting words in quotation marks does not mean someone said them. He said we have to perform. Do you disagree? If our 40k a week players are too fragile to be told to do their frigging jobs with some passion we need a whole new team.

  • remember69

    Oct 15, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Banjax @ 2
    Do you agree that the most successful teams tend to be those that have consistent management and playing staff?
    I think it unfair to judge any manager until they have time to settle into the job, and get players in the team that can play to the system they want. Players also have to have time to adjust to the EPL and gel with their teammates of course.
    Could it not be that we do not yet have the playing staff we need (especially when covering injuries), could we have really expected a change overnight?
    I’d say give the bloke a fair crack at the whip – let him identify and bring in players and allow time for them to adjust.
    Bringing in a new manager at this point would just cause more turmoil and the process would have to start over

    I am just as frustrated as everyone, but I have supported this team way too long (45 years) to jump on the emotional bandwagon when the going gets tough. The best thing we can do to support our team is …… to support our team and keep the faith……

  • Tsunki

    Oct 15, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Good news Sir! The coffin you’ve reserved also comes in Ash and Cherry!

  • hibbitt

    Oct 15, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #11

    martoon………i know what you mean but how far can we fall its just a follow on from last season……. good squad good coaches not sure……….. when carver was getting these results he was getting shit ….Mc has not improved the results and just stands there with that daft grin on his face its time he got a bit of stick from the crowd he has had a very easy ride so far

  • barkel

    Oct 15, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Why do people think he’ll be sacked if we don’t win? I mean good ol’ Pardew “headbutted” a player and had a massive losing streak and they didn’t expect him to leave never mind consider sacking him!

  • toonking

    Oct 15, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #13

    catchy in norway // Oct 15, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    When they check the history books in 50 years time they will see we got off to a slow start due to the fact the previous management team had turned our whole squad into a bunch of losers , there philosophy was play for a draw, hope for a win, hopefully one of the talented players might do something, if he did do something good he would be punished or even shipped out of the club.

    God forbid

    Catchy you need to go and check the history books, alan Pardew’s first season and a half saw Newcastle get of to a great start. The team who went 4-0 down to arsenal managed to get a draw, something which is now a 99.99…% certain failure.

    Pardew also give Newcastle a European spot when finishing 5th place and that is something we know is now a no hoper.

    You can hate him as much as you like but it’s now as clear as day to see that 90% of that damage was done by an owner, managing directors and a chief scout who during Europa league spend cash on winter time panic buys rather than summer time ambitious players, then insist on a full season of no transfer action what so ever before being forced to spend summer money on gambles 3 of which have proven to be wasted cash.

    Pardew had a couple of poor decisions done during his spell but fact is he’s the best of the rest and by that I mean best of Ashley choice managers

  • banjax

    Oct 15, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #14


    I did’nt I would be arguing about punctuation on a football blog, but hey ho. My quotes were taken from a E. Chronicle running report of McLaren’s press conference and nothing written by Ed in this posting. Hope that clears up your concerns over my ‘quotation marks’.


    Depends how long your prepared to wait for consistency before results start to improve and you gave reasons varying from new players getting up to speed etc. All I would respond with is what about, Leicester, West Ham etc. Those clubs have brought in more new players than Newcastle and both have managers hired at the same time. The difference here is our manager was on a 9/10 game losing streak before he got to Newcastle. So add our losing streak to his record.. Well you do the maths.

  • remember69

    Oct 15, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Banjax @ 14
    Yes, there are instances where sometimes a change in management can have an immediate effect (you could argue the same for AP/Crystal Palace) but don’t you believe that suitable players may have already been in place and playing in a similar fashion o what the new manager aims (ie just tweaked to perform better)?

    Let’s face it – last season we were grumbling about the long ball game Carver had us playing. If SM is trying to play a passing game with what is essentially the same players can we not expect it to take a bit of time?

    I am not disagreeing that we need to start winning, but feel that if SM is trying to change things radically we need to expect an evolution.

  • lesh

    Oct 15, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #16


    How many ambitious clubs tolerate this number of losses?

    Well, it all depends on a Club’s ambition doesn’t it?

    In the case of NUFC, just what is its ambition? Avoiding relegation primarily then err, err….


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