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Former Coach Has Good News For Newcastle

11:38 pm, Saturday, October 17th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Mark Lawrenson was coach at Newcastle in the 1990s when Kevin Keegan was the manager and he coached the defense – which is a weakness of the  Newcastle side right now.

But come to think of it,  Newcastle’s defense has been a weakness  even when the Entertainers were entertaining a nation under Kevin Keegan 20 years ago.

Mark Lawrenson today

Mark Lawrenson – at the game tomorrow

Of course as Einstein said –  it’s all relative – and the difference with the Kevin Keegan teams was that we could score goals almost at will,  so we could allow other teams to score now and again – just to make it interesting.

Mark has reviewed tomorrow’s game against Norwich for the BBC and he will be on Tyneside for the game, and he even has some good news for Newcastle:

Like the other promoted teams, Norwich are doing OK so far – even though they are short of a striker.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are in all sorts of trouble. They were all right until half-time of their last game against Manchester City, but the way they then fell apart shows how frail they are.

Despite their poor start to the season, I would still say they should stick with their manager Steve McClaren because I think they will be fine in the end.

I am at St James’ Park on Sunday for Match of the Day 2 and I am expecting to see a bit of good news for the Magpies at long last.

It is almost as if things cannot get any worse. They are already bottom of the table and having goalkeeper Tim Krul ruled out for the season is another big blow.

But I think they will react to being under such massive pressure by finding a way to beat Norwich.

They really need to because the Wear-Tyne derby is next up for McClaren, and Newcastle have got a horrendous record in that fixture in recent seasons.

The truth is we desperately need the win and if we can get it there will be lots of happy Newcastle fans tomorrow night at around 6:00pm local time.

Then we can look forward to taking Sunderland apart next Sunday at the Stadium of Light.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Communication · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press · Pundit

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mister Tuff // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    two threads and no posts – better check bad probably Jib and the fool must have been on.

  • 2 jane // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    you never know we might win, let’s not rule it out.

  • 3 Mister Tuff // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    bad = back

  • 4 jane // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    the eye’s of the nation and world will be upon us since it is the only Premier league match tomorrow.

  • 5 jane // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    think that should be eyes without apostrophe.
    or nation’s eyes

  • 6 firebug666 // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    So having read the headline, and the the story, What’s the good news?

    Is it that Mark will be at SJP? Or is it because he thinks we “Might” win the game?

    Norwich will come here brim full of confidence, they like every other team in the league know our frailties and thus how to beat us.

    We are hardly a fortress anymore, and if McClaren is to be believed we are just starting our season, whilst Norwich are already 8 game in.

    The only thing we have is hope, and there is not much of that.

  • 7 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    I think the good news is that it’s not for another week that we hand the unsoaped their seasonal leg up the ladder.

  • 8 Mister Tuff // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Thought the Mackems were a bit unlucky today.
    Annoying seeing Fat Sam/Hippo Heed continually masticating.
    Jib – don’t get excited I said masticating – and not what you probably thought I said. To masticate means to chew – Hippo Heeds open mouth chewing of his chewing gum is most annoying and vulgar.

  • 9 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Aye get your diacritics and punctuation right Jane. ’cause jeffs fingers are always dangling over his keyboard.

  • 10 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    I think I’d be more buoyed if Lawro had predicted a Norwich win tbh.

  • 11 willowdalerez // Oct 18, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    We will win tomorrow. Norwich gets about a goal a game and we have scoring threats with Mitro, Perez and Gini all playing so I expect a a pair off them. As usual it all comes down to our back 4 but I think we’ll hold them to one… They are not Chelsea or Man City and their only wins are against Sunderland and Bournemouth. So that’s my take let’s hope the lads prove me right and I don’t have to eat crow tomorrow. HWTL!!!

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 18, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    So we should stick with McClaren because Lawrenson think in the end we’ll be okay!

    …we will be okay! What does that mean? That we won’t be relegated! Is that all it has come down to…

    Maybe Charnley should keep his job as well then!

  • 13 willowdalerez // Oct 18, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    firebug – Norwich “brimming with confidence”? Based on what? Thier early season over Bournemouth and Sunderland? I think they’ll be nervy especially in front of our crowd.

  • 14 firebug666 // Oct 18, 2015 at 12:09 AM


    Of cause they will be brimming with confidence mate, they are playing us, as for our fans making them nervy, they are more likely to turn on our players if we go behind, and most teams now know this.

  • 15 nedzy 1973 // Oct 18, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    will yuz all stop fu#king whinging on and be a bit possitive. the toon will get a good 3-1 win today against norwich, mitrovic will be awa derby hero next week when we beat them makem inbreads 2-0, and then well go on a little unbeaten run, and mclaren will get manager of the month for november.. and ime usually spot on with my predictions..

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