These McClaren Skills Are Coming Under Intense Scrutiny

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren said during his press conference yesterday that the way the team played against both Chelsea and Manchester City in the first half is exactly what he wants to see – but for the full 90 or 95 minutes.

The Newcastle players are not playing to their full potential by any means except in fits and starts – and that’s not good enough-  because we are prone to concede goals at any time.

Just like we were in the last three seasons.

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Steve McClaren at the Etihad Stadium
Must have been in the second half

Just like we thought that John Carver wasn’t getting the best out of his players – and he blamed the players rather than take any responsibility himself for the team – it seems the much more experienced Steve McClaren is also having trouble getting the best out of his players.

Steve does have four new players he is trying to integrate into the team and yes it generally takes some time, but with only 3 points from 8 games we have to start winning games very soon.

But it’s getting time the Newcastle head coach has to show his coaching, man-management and motivational skills otherwise our season might turn into a bit of a mess – it doesn’t look too good right now.

Steve has had the team watch the first half of both the game at home against Chelsea and at Manchester City when we looked a very good team – but in the second half of both games we went off the boil and got just one point from those two games.

This is what Steve said yesterday:

“We need the kind of response from the players and the crowd as if we are playing Chelsea. What we have done in the last two games is play well, really well for 45 minutes.” 

“We showed the players the 45 minutes and said: ‘All you have to do is produce that for 90 minutes’. If they do that they will get results.”

Steve is starting to run out of time a little bit and in his press conference yesterday he seemed to be trying to play for some time and made statements such as he wouldn’t look at the league table until after 10 or 12 games.

Newcastle have to get a win in the next two games at home to Norwich and away at Sunderland.

If not there will be mounting pressure on the new Newcastle head coach.

The very last thing Mike Ashley wants is for the club to get relegated and miss out on all of the Premier League money.

We don’t think he is going to stand by if we get cut adrift at the bottom of the league table.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Oct 16, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #1


    Nope remy doesn’t have a brain

  • Tsunki

    Oct 16, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Ashley Out!

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 16, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #3


    was wondering that myself. i would much rather have thrown 13M at someone like Klopp than Thauvin.

    no club deserves any of allardyce, pardew, carver and sm, let alone the whole lot. one day we may finally tumble on a FDB, Tuchel, Viera or similar.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 16, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #4

    trouble is we when are up we fatally sit back and await the inevitable

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 16, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Our Toon, agree to disagree on some of that , but especially City, If we had gone 0-2 up it wud have made sod all difference – they wud have won 5 or 6-2. He plauyer the useless frenchie as a holding midfielder and couldnt motivate the troops at half time. There again, he is dealing with wimps. And so I go back again to Carr and his choices. How come teams like Leicsester and Watford can get blokes who fight hard and dont cost 12 million a pop, and we get nonces like Thauvin . Beacuse Carr likes pretty boy ball players like Marv and Thauvin. And surely Sissoko was no Roy Keane / Shearer / Keegan in terms of his mental strength, only to become a work shy non tackling euro dreamer as soon as he hit tyneside? Still I remain optimistic for Sunday, but its sad how reliant we are on a big 21 yr old foreigner up front, when we apparently got ourselves a tactically asture hot coach in the summer . Yeah right. If we lose badly, he can get stuffed. I havent been anto SMC at all, but the Krul comments and the ” cwhy is it always Newcastle” type doom mongering has alarmed me greatly . If Charva or Pardew had said that, we wud be hanging them from Tyne Bridge. And rightly so.

  • John Tudor

    Oct 16, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #6

    what fcukin skills anyone can butter bread
    he cant even cut it

  • sparky55

    Oct 16, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Maclaren’s proven skill set has been proven in his last 4 jobs where he’s been released for being fcuking useless.

    he hardly came with a great track record did he so don’t understand why people are so surprised by our current predicament.

    As I put in writing when he was first appointed…hardly an inspiring appointment was it?

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 16, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #8

    The Guardian has Tiote and De Jong in as probable starters ahead of Anita and Perez, interestingly enough, in what looks a decent side, and possibly our best. Dummet at fullback, although I’d prefer Haidarra, but it’s understandable.


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