Steve McClaren´s Warning To Newcastle Fans

We have been impressed the way head coach Steve McClaren has handled our first win of the season – a really massive win against Norwich by a score of 6-2, but Steve has kept his feet very much on the ground.

And he didn´t react much differently – at least in his manner after the game – than he did to the 6-1 defeat in the previous game.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic´s reaction to scoring great goal on Sunday
We could call him big mouth – but we wont
What a character we have in the team – that´s good

It´s always very important in the mad world of the Premier League to keep some perspective and Steve has done that and his attitude will pass down to our players.

But after a great win McClaren has also warned that Newcastle still have a long way to go as he tries to change lots of things at Newcastle – from top to bottom – including the culture – which is a massive job.

This is what Steve has said about our next game – at Sunderland of all places:

“Football is all about momentum and we have to take it forward.” “It’s a tough one next. Sunderland have won the last five derbies, they are the favorites and are at home.”

“It’s a hoodoo and we have just got to break it.” “It will be a tough game. We have to prepare like we have every week.” “We had good focus last week and we must take that into the game.” 

“When you are doing all of the changes and trying to change the culture and environment, you are going to get protests and people unhappy.”

“You have to stick together. They’ve done that, they’ve been so supportive from the top to the bottom. “There’s so much potential – but still a long way to go.”

That last phrase is important – we do still have a long way to go – let;s not let the great mask our weaknesses.

In the first half on Sunday our defense was wide open – and a better team than Norwich City would have taken more advantage of that –  as Man City did in the previous game.

The forward play and goalscoring as well as the great result on Sunday however gives fans some hope that things can indeed be turned around this season.

A win against Sunderland would help to accelerate that turnaround.

Howay The Lads!!

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16 comments so far

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Nut Meg
    Fair point well made
    (Hangs head in shame)

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Nutmeg , nutmegs me again !!
    Could he be a multip—– Nah perish the thought

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    If you read properly I have just said that until a player is sold under this ‘new dawn’ then I am prepared to wait and give the benefit of the doubt, personally I don’t think anything has changed and circumstance and players form has prevented sales. You talk about players wanting to leave and letting them go, why is it that every decent player wants to leave then. It is because they are told from the outset that they will get game time and a chance to put them selves in the shop window, that’s why they have always got their eyes on other clubs, do you think that the players were unaware that we did not want to win a cup, that tenth was the height of our ambition, players are millionaires, it is not just about the money for a lot of them when they already have so much, they would like to have medals, if we showed more ambition and a less rigid wage structure we might still have Cabaye and Demba Ba still here, I know every club is a selling club but most do it to further the clubs ambition not to line pockets.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4

    I know nowt about footy yet you continually post your errors with out first consulting Google, first class to$$ pot !

  • Mag52

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #5


    Your reply to Reyantoon. Spot on.

  • JDdubai

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #6

    I think most of us accept that every player will be sold if a certain price is offered, its the timing that needs to change, ie not in january, and the speed with which the replacement(s) come in.

    If Sissoko wants CL footy next season then he will have to go, he has tried for a couple of seasons now to leave us because this is how it was doubtless sold to him when he signed. If he plays well this season then it will help us get to a decnt position and im sure someone will bid for him. Get top money in the summer, replace with similar quality ideally proven in the Pl and we both move on.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Thank you Mag52,
    That’s why I was so disappointed with Mclarens comments re Sissoko, if we’re this new forward thinking club, why isn’t he saying with performances like that he’ll have us in Europe.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #8

    They have stated time and time again though that players won’t necessarily be replaced straight away, there is a process yatter yatter yatter

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #9

    I hope they don’t sell and make matters worse in January, normally they don’t mind doing it if we are seen as safe. It’s going to be difficult enough bringing in more untested players by the look of it.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #10


    Sorry to jump in here , but like you say every club is a selling club, it’s one way of keeping things fresh, Southampton have sold just about every top player they have but are still a comfortable mid table team, it’s about re investing the money in the right players.

    I have no problem with the wage structure , none what so ever , I look at players for other teams , Rooney is on 300 grand a week and I think if he was 80g it would still be to much , sturredge gets crazy money for being on the treatment table most of the time. To me it seems that players want crazy money just because it’s the prem, I like the idea of bonuses for where they finish and what they might win, to keep them hungry.

    As for players like cabaye or even sissoko , let them go , but get top dollar or them,

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 20, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib Jibberish the vile.
    As you awoke from your drunken stupor this morning you realised your insults had overstepped the mark yet again in respect of YET again insulting the disabled – you’ve done it before -it fits into your tone and previous comments.
    Your attempt to say you were hacked is pathetic, laughable and quite frankly not believable.
    You are a vile nasty mouthed scumbag who offends real men and proper Toon supporters.
    Folk on here should not entertain you.
    Why don’t you leave our blog.

  • JDdubai

    Oct 20, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #12


    I know, im still hoping this was the “previous strategy”, not sure why im clinging onto the hope that this season will show a change but will continue to hold my judgement until after January and the FA cup selections.

    To change this negative cycle it is fairly straight forward if the claims of a change in policy are correct.

    Pickup another 1 or 2 players of the level of Mitro/Wini/Mbemba in January
    Put full strength lineups out for the FACup
    Lineup 2 or 3 signings quickly in the summer
    Get a Pl finish of around midtable this year

    If we can show that we are no longer only looking to survive then by the summer the players wanting to move on MAY start to forget about it.

    It all comes back to Charnley and co though as we know, attitude reflects leadership.

    Lets see how it goes….

  • Mag52

    Oct 20, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #13


    I thought we had ambitions to be more than a comfortable middle table club.
    We’ll never achieve those ambitions if we sell off our best players without replacing them by better ones.

  • barkel

    Oct 20, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #14


    Loving the positivity! It’s great what a win does to the mentality.

    I think you’re right with the signings, we need them in as early as possible, especially in the summer with the Euros

  • hibbitt

    Oct 20, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #15

    why bother with the scumbag you all know he’s a vile evil little turd who’s only purpose in life is to insult people and disrupt the blog …let him talk to himself just ignore him

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 20, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    Jail- Oh I see! In your befuddled mind after our first win you think it a good time to now link me with Sack Llambias. Your really not very good at inventing,
    making up stories- it can’t be to entertain, to fantasise, escaping from reality, dissembling, adopting one persona to conceal another. Your a cretin and only fellow befuddled mates of yours would buy your constant regurgitation of such drivel – you must have had an unhappy childhood, that you need to constantly relieve it.
    A further reflection, is that in my absence from the blog your about to start a further campaign. Maybe the appearance of Llambias or do you have more personas to unleash?

    Just stop the puerile games and fantasy – just get on with life in the real world.
    I bare you no malice.
    I have only ever posted as Ian Toon – as Ed has verified.


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