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Steve McClaren Issues Another Surprising Statement

8:49 am, Sunday, October 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

Steve McClaren has spoken out about all the support he is getting at Newcastle – especially from Lee Charnley.

But that´s a little surprising because Lee Charnley has come under a bit of pressure from Newcastle fans for the way he´s run the club this year – Newcastle´s worst year so far in our history with three wins in 27 league games and when you combine the cup games – it´s four wins in 30 games – not good.

That´s why it´s very important our players come out today and give everything they have against Norwich City and the crowd will support them – a victory would be terrific.

Lee charnley and steve mcClaren

Lee Charnley and Steve McClaren
At the last Fans Forum Meeting

This is what Steve has said in the local papers:

“The staff have been terrific.  I have been impressed with Lee Charnley from day one, in terms of his vision and what he wants for the club.”

“I have been at other clubs where you go ‘Oh my word, I am not getting much from that’ and you’re kind of on your own. Here though, not at all.”

“The owner´s backing is important, from Lee and from everybody.”  “From the staff we have got that and especially from the players, that is important.”

“When things are on the outside like that, the most important thing for us is sticking together, supporting each other and performing.”

“Hopefully that win is just around the corner and our first opportunity for that is on Sunday.”

It´s good that Steve is getting the backing – but that´s another odd statement from the head coach – what has Lee communicated to the fans about Newcastle´s vision?

I’m all for a vision statement for any company – what do you want to become and how will you achieve that?

But I´m at a loss to know what Newcastle´s vision statement is under Lee Charnley so that probably points to Lee´s poor communication skills.

What we have heard from Lee is a repeat of things that Mike Ashley has said – no panic, improve the squad over time, do not overspend on players, buy players whose value appreciates over time.

And from Mike Ashley in May – win something – one of the cups or finish in the top four in the league so we qualify for the Champions League – but that´s more like short-term goals than a vision.

I cannot be the only one who doesn´t know what our vision is at the club..

Maybe at the Fans Forum meeting on Wednesday night the representatives can ask Lee what Newcastle vision is – other than staying in the Premier League at all costs.

Having our first win before that meeting would also be very good.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Interview · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon-Prodigy // Oct 18, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Howay the Toon!! 3-1 today Mitrovic with two goals and Wijnaldum 1!

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 18, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Catchy…I know alot of ex-players who have played for him seem to rate him mate…BUT it’s not often you hear a fellow player or coach diss someone they have worked for and respect or even just a colleague!

    …remember Arry keep saying what a good good coach McClaren is, he’s enthusiastic and so on ?

    He’s just another Pardew and I don’t believe for one minute we couldn’t attract better. We just didn’t want to for some reason. These decisions, which should be made by competent people, always seem to come back and bite us in the @r$e!

  • 3 catchy in norway // Oct 18, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    You can do it!!!!

    Anyone know the film ?

  • 4 sing in the corner // Oct 18, 2015 at 8:57 AM


    I for one am certainly NOT one for a vision statement. In my experience it is an example of now-well-established corporate bull**t, usually full of buzz words of the time which mean NOTHING to the people in your organisation. It’s almost acceptable when words are backed up by credible actions, but it’s all too frequent use is in the papering over of cracks.

  • 5 Tsunki // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Unless it was

    Ashley Out!

    I don’t think I’d be interested 🙂

  • 6 sing in the corner // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:03 AM


    That’s a mission statement.

  • 7 catchy in norway // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM


    You are 100% correct , the thing for me though is players like shearer Ray parlour and many others saying he was the best England coach they had worked with, a lot of players from Man U have also said how high they regard him, for me it’s a little different than players like mike Williamson coming out and showing backing for Pardew , the players are on different levels.

    Pardew had the backing of players that weren’t premiership class, Shteve has backing from players who have played at the highest levels in club and world football.

    He has won things as a coach and as a manager on his own right

  • 8 Tsunki // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Sticking together. Supporting. United. Loyal. Not rocking the boat. Not stirring up unrest. Less discontent. Lay off us already it’s bad enough we are rubbish without you lot sticking your oar in and making us look worse.

  • 9 Offkey // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:13 AM


  • 10 why oh why // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Happy Gilmore
    I think !
    You can do it !

  • 11 Munster Mag // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    I presume the pardew bashers must have been circle jerking yesterday as he lost for once, albeit with 10 men. Toon to win today with mitro scoring. 2-1. Come on ireland in the rugby. Team is hammered by injuries to key men but it has irish passion (always beats English poncy pseudo passion) , a fine coach and huge support. Argentina are excellent but hope we can stop their flair players behind their massive forwards.

  • 12 Jib // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    I hope we give Norwich some “whoop ass”

  • 13 Munster Mag // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Catchy i hope you are right. Mind you, ray parlour wasnt exactly Beckenbauer…

  • 14 Offkey // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    He’s outside the hospital window in waterboy. May say it in happy Gilmore, best line in that is

    I eat pieces of s*** like you for breakfast

    You eat s*** for breakfast?

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Catchy…maybe football just moved past Shteve the last 20 years?

  • 16 Munster Mag // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Catchy so many decent players have supported him i do agree with that. Its partly why i hang carr for much of our position, due the softcocks he signed.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Munster…we don’t give a rats @rse about Pardew! Did you take your beauty sleep ? while he was here?

  • 18 sparky55 // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    He’s already looking to buy time, he’s come out a said there will be a clear out (I guess to perk the players up a bit) …but why stick with Colo…why stick with a formation that clearly isn’t working…why do we run out of steam so quickly…why stick with Anita and the ginger ninja when we get dominated so much in midfield…why do we let Winji have a free pass and excuse him from defensive duties…why does he allow Sissoko to hide so much when in reality he needs a proper kick up the arse…why after 3 months hasn’t he got a clear picture of what he’s going to do and why hasn’t he got the players to buy into that picture or at least understand it because I don”t see a clear understanding of anything on the pitch.

    I know it’s cliche’d but you have to build on a good defence…so why did he put his faith in an old old knacker (maybe the horse Ashley was referring to) and give Colo an extended Contract and with so much money in the kitty why didn’t he buy any more defenders.

    IMO I knew we’d hired a knacker as manager when he gave the contract extension to Colo…that decision right there proved to me he didn’t have a clue what he was doing and the we’d got the wrong man for the job.

    I say sack him now before it’s too late…only one team that changed their manager went down last year and the rest shot up the league…it’s never to early to sack a manager especially when we are officially the worst team in all 4 leagues.

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    You gotta say they are supporting each other because if one should accidentally fall the other might be dragged with him!

  • 20 Toon-Prodigy // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    I don’t think the club were ever going to buy two new CB’s to start from the begining of the season. Bit risky two untested CB’s so I can see some logic in that. Wven though looking back now it hasn’t been great anyway.

    Taylor should be out the door in January and replaced with a top centre back. I don’t mind Williamson as fourth choice atleast he can keep himself fit.

  • 21 Mister Tuff // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Hahahaha. Moanster rattling on about King Percy again.
    Palace losing yesterday was excellent – and the sight of King Percys’ losing mug was the highpoint of the day.
    Go9od point earlier – 30 games left – in our newly established season – thirty point requires (in simple form) 10 wins or a third of the games left. Getting ten wins could be a tall order.

    That said I’m going for a 3 -1 win.
    Cannot see the problem with Penfold stating what his vision is.

  • 22 Jib // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Some English poncey pseudo passion for you

  • 23 hibbitt // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    i think the problem is Mc has inherited so many players that just arn’t good enough for the prem …………i blame the man who bought them and scouted them mr carr

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