Minimum Requirements Issued For Players To Stay At Newcastle

Newcastle will be moving players out of the club in January if only to make room in the Premier League squad of 25 – for players who will be coming into the club.

And the way the first eight games have gone on Tyneside under Steve McClaren, there will have to be a number of new and good players coming into the club  if we have any chance of surviving in the Premier League.

It could be reminiscent of January 2013 when we brought five Frenchmen in.

steve mcclaren ian cathro paul simpson

Cathro, Simpson and McClaren on the training field

And McClaren is laying out the minimum requirements for players who want to stay at Newcastle.

This is what Steve has said about that:

“Players at every club are fighting for their futures, unless they’ve got a huge contract, but we want players here who are committed to what we’re trying to do,”

“We want people who are committed to Newcastle and the dressing room, and the whole club and fans.”

“Sam Allardyce will be making exactly the same assessments over at Sunderland – who is with me, and who is not? That’s what we’re doing here. Who is with us, and who is not?”

“Will we be making conclusions about people? Absolutely,” “We’re getting a fair idea at the present moment.”

“All of that will start to hot up the nearer the January window comes. That’s behind everything, but the most important thing is what’s in front of us at the moment, and that’s Norwich.”

“You get setbacks in games, and when we conceded three goals in four minutes at Manchester  City, it was a case of, ‘Woah’. But we have to be able to deal with that and handle it.”

At the end of last season after we had beaten West Ham 2-0 and survived in the Premier League, not many of us thought we would start this season quite so badly.

And that was after Mike Ashley had said we would be making our own luck from now on.

Well, we are but we seem to be creating a lot of bad luck – and our performances overall have left a lot to be desired.

Wonder if Ashley will be at the game tomorrow?

It´s especially frustrating after we seemed to have a good transfer windows and spent a massive £52M to bring in Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Mbemba and Thauvin in the summer.

They haven made much of a difference – not yet anyway.

We have to hope for a win tomorrow against the Canaries –  to lighten the mood.

In case you havc forgotten what a win is – that’s when we somehow manage to score more goals than the other side.

Comments welcome.

124 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 17, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    It was a “case of woah”, was it?

    I can see that one sticking.

    Steve, a fair few people tried to point it out in the summer. Go watch the team videos for the past 12-18 months. We call them the “woah” diaries.

    All aboard Woahs ark. 2 GK, 2 LB, 2 RB, 2 CB (who needs 3 or 4 really?), etc etc.

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 17, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Clear the decks!

    Start by making the plastic Captain walk the plank, off st James roof

  • Jib

    Oct 17, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    This was Biffa’s take on Sissoko’s first game for the club after that winter’s spending spree.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 17, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Good ole Kath. Some lovely comments from footballing people…and Pardew…sorry, seemed to fit in with the blogs evening / morning theme.

  • sparky55

    Oct 17, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    clear the decks indeed…not many I would keep for sure and he needs to hold his hands up and move on Captain not so fantastic…he’s an absolute liability for sure.

  • banjax

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    October 17, 2015
    It’s only right there should be ‘intense pressure ‘ on McLaren since he is being paid £millions alongside the other under-achievers at Newcastle. Just remember he has had since last June to oversee the changes at the club and of course let’s not forget he turned us down twice before getting the Derby sack before joining us on the rebound. Lee Charnley must be embarrassed. McLaren’s losing streak stretched from the last 9 games with Derby (sacked) and has continued with 10 winless games for us. How on earth can anyone just sit by and treat this level of failure as if it we just a learning curve or something equally mild. Newcastle are up shit creek and if we don’t change things now then it will be too late.

  • Tinman

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Peter Beardsley and Newcastle U21 on Soccer AM

  • Tinman

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Channel 106 Sky

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    10toonarmydownsouth // Oct 17, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Bad week for us though

    Krul ruled out for the season, granted mostly bad news due to lack of any real quality in the squad as Krul has also been utter pish for a good couple of seasons

    Jonas Guti has decided enough and has taken steps to start legal action against the club over their treatment of him during his cancer treatment and subsequent rehab – good on him, they were happy to coin in on the publicity of his miraculous return

    Colo – finally our captain speaks, unfortunately it’s to suggest that the club he “loves” made him choose his responsibilities as captain over his kids, which essentially confirms everything we ever knew or suspected about our captain, he’s a spineless gutless characterless yes man
    Sadly Redknapp’s assessment of this bloke is spot on

    SMC has given a number of interviews each more confusing and contradictory than the last, a mix of embarrassing ramblings, p1ss poor excuses, rehashing of expectations and even moving the goalposts on his own judgement period
    All this whilst suggesting the players left aren’t good enough to keep us up
    Well done Schteve keep up the good work

    And to top it all off poor Kath has had enough and jacked it all in, who will we blame now!

    Really Schteve it’s simple mate

    Lose the next 2 and fans will be judging you know, not at the end of May…
    We can spin it, we can blame in factors you feel have gone against you, we can blame it on any number of circumstances

    But don’t
    Stop talking sh1t
    Start winning games
    Let the fans judge by what the see on the pitch, at this moment in time what we are seeing is embarrassing

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Someone earlier posted players would t be able to simply walk through Tiote like they do Anita….

    A) Anita has been twice the performer in midfield than Colback has this season
    B) What do you have to back this claim up? A player who’s been feigning injuries so he doesn’t have to play, a player who wants out and has no interest in nufc, a player who hasn’t played regular football to the standard people remember of him for nearly 3 years
    You need your head checking

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #11

    3 of our signings are our star players. In a better team they’d be flying. add Janmaat perez and krul and we have 6 players good enough for a top 8 team. then we have colo haidara Anita tiote Colback and Sissoko who are either not good enough or not interested enough. But a good manager could motivate them

  • Mag52

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12


    “…..lovely comments from footballing people…..and Pardew”
    Disappointed in you Ibiza.

  • Tinman

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13


    Agree that Anita has been the best of those 3 and deserves his place. If people actually watched the game they would see Vurnon actually gets stuck in and makes some decent tackles!

  • Tinman

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #14

    The next Mike Williamson

    The key idea in your comment is motivation. That is just the problem we are struggling with. Steve Black get on and do your job!

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Mag52…You are? Come on now, it was just a little joke. You know my thoughts on Pardew.

  • Tinman

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Maybe we can get some discount fireworks after Bonfire night to stick up some of the players’ arses…

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #17

    There’s no doubting tiote is a better tackler than Anita. its not even up for debate. I’m not saying he’s a better player, but Anita has been mediocre at best for a few years and isn’t suited to that position.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #18

    The next Willo…Was or is?

    When was the last time that Tiote even hit mediocre at best standard?

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Smc has said woah in three interviews. Odd. I am going to nickname him woah 🙂

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Anita disappeared against city and I think the more defensively minded tiote would offer a tiny bit more protection to coloccini. I’d prefer to replace all three defensive midfielders or that we’d kept abeid but we’re stuck with them so I think tiote should be given another chance.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #21

    I agree he’s been rubbish for about the same amount of time as coloccini has, but we need someone to put tackles in. neither of our full backs are defensive so the midfield has to be extra solid. personally I’d try coloccini or mbabu in midfield but that’s unlikely.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #22

    wouldn’t play him instead of Anita or Colback – to slow to slow to think takes an age to make his mind up thus gets caught in possession time and time again

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #23

    Yeah, get Tiote in there. Show him some love McC. He might have the emotional maturity of an adolescent boy, but we f@cken need him.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #24

    i wonder how much she was up for sale for?

  • Tinman

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #25

    What has Tiote done to warrant this support. Been naff for a long long time now.

  • geordie157

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #26

    Time for Marveaux to take Gouffrans place on the bench. He can create chances for Ayoze and Mitrovic in the last 20-25mins

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 17, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #27

    I feel as though Tiote has either been largely injured or away on international duty, and perhaps more recently a little more mysteriously absent, but when fit and picked, most often a legitimate EPL quality DM.

  • SUTTY1978

    Oct 17, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #28

    Now that Kath has gone will Charnley finally clinch that promotion to Head of Caffeinated Beverage Services?

  • SUTTY1978

    Oct 17, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #29

    straw poll, how many people have confidence in McClaren and how many would swap him out tomorrow of they could?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 17, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #30

    Will we be seeing marveaux on the pitch tomorrow?

  • Tinman

    Oct 17, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #31

    Newcastle U21s showing their class there!

  • lesh

    Oct 17, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #32

    It’s time to appoint young Kath as an executive director on the Club’s Board – at least she’s known what she’s been doing over the years!

  • lesh

    Oct 17, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #33

    When he’s saying ‘Woah’, McClaren’s trying to pull Ashley’s horse back into the cart!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 17, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #34

    Persons shouting for McLarens head
    would any manager done any better with the players we have and the first 8 games we played…
    v Southampton not sure – stupid pre season Southy up to speed by playing in Europe
    v Swansea – not sure
    v Man utd – no
    v Arsenal- no
    v West Ham- yes
    v Watford – yes
    v Chelsea – no
    v Man City – no

    Different manager at best picked up two wins and a 2 draws so 8 points

    I don’t think so – but now is the time for Mac to start winning

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 17, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #35

    Time to bring back ‘Iron Mike’ at least he can head the ball and not have to worry about his perm!

  • Tinman

    Oct 17, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #36
  • jane

    Oct 17, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #37

    agree Charlie it is now time to start winning and will give McClaren benefit of the doubt so far but SUTTY in answer to your question I don’t have much confidence in McClaren so not holding breath but hoping for the best. think he’s only 2 matches left to get a win or else but can’t think who would be a good replacement, Allardyce at Sunderland and Klopp at Liverpool seem good fits. the main problem since Pardew has been the managers not the team in my opinion which has been strengthened. if Pardew could achieve as much as he did with what he had Carver and McClaren don’t have much excuse for such a lower achievement. the right manager could do much better with our squad. but hope we win against Norwich.

  • toonking

    Oct 17, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #38


    Leister city score 5 in 19 seconds but our U21 don’t even get 5 in 30 seconds no use relying on U21 for squad improvement. If beardsley wants an Excuse well i’ve got one “these are english who’ve a history of crap penalty shoot outs”.

  • Tinman

    Oct 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #39


    Not a very accurate measure. But it does tell you something like! Beardo knocked his away no bother

  • toonking

    Oct 17, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #40

    The norwich game is a must win game, if we don’t win tomorrow i’d be worried we’ll be facing another 2 winless months. We’d have to go into the derby match under extra pressure low in confidence, sunderland will know that game is a must win themselves and whilst there confince will itself be low, they will be walking into it with the confidence of the last 6 derbies.


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