This Coach Is Making A Big Difference Upstairs At Newcastle


It´s a sight we see before every game now as the Newcastle players warm up for their games.

That´s Newcastle consultant Steve Black wandering around the pitch and having a little talk to each player as he tries to ensure they are all mentally ready for the upcoming game.

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Steve Black – Newcastle consultant

Steve´s role seems to be to make our players mentally tough and positive and that seems to be needed with our lads collapsing too many times this season.

We watch the games on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the two analysts on the show on Sunday with Rebecca Lowe were Robbie Mustoe, the former Middlesbrough player, and American Kyle Martino.

The other analyst on thr show is former Port Vale and Wimbledon midfielder Robbie Earle.

Both Mustoe and Martino were very critical of what Steve was doing before the game.

They were telling host Rebecca Lowe that it was simply pointless Steve going around when the players were trying to concentrate on getting ready for the game.

Kyle Martino, Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe

Kyle Martino, Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe in the NBCSN studio

Mustoe pointed out when Black was talking to Perez the 22 year-old wasn´t even looking at Steve as he was doing his warm-up exercises.

As an aside, Rebecca is married to former player Paul Buckle, who was hired in July as coach of the Sacramento Republic of the third-tier United Soccer League (USL) – that´s who we beat 1-0 on the American tour on July 19th.

The NBCSN PL studios are in Stamford Connecticut and that´s over 2500 miles from Sacramento – so when do they get to see each other?

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Paul Buckle and Rebecca Lowe in New York

Anyway – back to NBC Sports and after the game – a great 6-2 home win against Norwich.

Rebecca brought the two analysts back to what they had said about Steve Black before the game – good for her.

Rebecca pointed out that Ayoze Perez had a very good game and scored a great goal and what did Robbie think about that now.

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Rebecca Lowe on NBCSN Premier League show

Mustoe laughed and said he still didn´t like it but conceded we will continue to see Steve Black talk to the Newcastle players before every game.

Attitude and mental toughness are so important in any sports and particularly the high pressure Premier League – so it´s good we have Steve Black on the staff.

Steve has a big job to do in preparing the lads for the game at the Studium of Light on Sunday, because too many times in the last five derby games we have simply lacked that mental toughness against the old enemy.

It will be interesting toi see how we fare against the Black Cats on Sunday – a win would be terrific.

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70 comments so far

  • barkel

    Oct 21, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost:-

    Sparky –
    Turns out none of the back four that started against Norwich was under 6ft and Haidara was the only one that was under 6ft.

    Cyprus –
    I would agree with your way of thinking, I never want them to win a game but wouldn’t like to not have them in the league!

    ——————————————————-

    I don’t mind pundits having their opinions, I remember last season when we played Spurs, Mark Lawrenson saying that he though Perez wasn’t good enough for the Premier League and a few minutes later Perez scored.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 21, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    catchy

    From previous….

    I agree on the options front, players have been dribbling and shooting from 30+ yards for years as limited options for them in possession as we don’t commit enough forward.

    That was the difference on the weekend.

    We were no worse than normal defensive wise, still concede chances when we sit back…so we might as well push forward

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 21, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Pundits no just as much as most guys that go to the matches. It is so easy to look at videos after the fact and say they shouldn’t do that,

    2 seasons ago pretty much every pundit had Man U to win the league , when in reality , they weren’t even good enough for top 4,

    To me they all follow each other and are afraid to have there own opinion

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 21, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    I will put my hand up and say I was one of the first to say the Mackems will stay up, because of Fat Sam. So I am hoping for a draw here – apparently they should have got something out of the west brom game. Sam and Sunderland going down would be wonderful, simply bliss.

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  • nut meg

    Oct 21, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Pundits, are they really important? Not for me they’re not, I can certainly live without them.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m with those pundits on this one, I felt the same, first time I saw him there. Black should do his work in the background, it almost looks like self-promotion when he struts around there.

    It must do wonders for HIS confidence 🙂

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  • Malackay

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Agree barkel …… I remember in that same game I think it was Owen on commentary who kept saying he (Perez) was too lightweight for the Premier League, an accusation thrown around all to lightly at young foreigners coming into the league.

    Personally I think Perez and Mitrovic will be a great partnership and will only improve playing more games alongside one another. Big question is whether we can keep them both or not……. sad but true.

    I think Sunderland will be a lot harder to breakdown than Norwich. I’d definitely start with Anita instead of Tiote but otherwise play the same 11 as against Norwich…….. I know it’s stating the obvious but we need to play the full 90mins with 11 players – can’t afford indiscipline from Mitrovic, Colback, Tiote etc.

    Would love to see Aarons make the bench as he could be a game changer from the bench.

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Transfer

    You are right, it has been like that ever since p45 took over, and is one of the main reasons I have backed HBA, most of the time he had no options in front of him and had to do things alone, he was our only hope of winning games.

    It is a travesty that he was forced out of our club

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Plonk in the middle of this article comes this little pearler, as Ed digresses to the female presenter and her partner: “The NBCSN PL studios are in Stamford Connecticut and that´s over 2500 miles from Sacramento – so when do they get to see each other?” Hahaha.

    Howay man, Ed. Once you’ve written a piece, take your red pen and be brutal. If you really can’t resist, put little things like that as a footnote. Your blog is read worldwide by serious people like Jib, Tuff, Jail, Ian, Bobby, Ibiza, BandB, Tsunki, me and many more. Is it meant to be taken seriously? You couldn’t make it up.

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  • nut meg

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Cyprus
    Why is it such a big deal ? Blackie knows what he’s doing,if he feels it’s the right thing to do then he can carry on for me.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    C,
    I definitely agree on that, but the subject splits fans, so I won’t stay in that discussion. Anyway, he’s gone, so it’s all speculation. I say he could’ve been the beginning of the entertainers, when with serious support at his level; they say he would’ve been sxxxe.

    Neither can prove his point. We’ll never know.

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  • hibbitt

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    i want to beat sunderland every time we play them but i want them there to be beaten …………i dont want our derby matches to be man u or city i hope they stay up and boro come up 12 easy points ha ha!!!!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Carragher says, “Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal was a great finish and since himself and Ayoze Perez have become a partnership up there, they have looked like a different side.”

    It’s only modern top notch coaches who don’t play two up front. It’s only the fans who long to see a quality strike partnership. That’s why the fans are fans and the coaches have badges.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Nutmeg,
    Maybe you’re right. For me, it looks wrong. Then, the physios should do a cameo, along with the tactics coach, the goalkeeping coach, the tea lady, etc. They’re all important, don’t get me wrong.

    But, do all that before the game. We ain’t babies, don’t make us look that way, if you know what I mean

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Bab

    I don’t come on here for the articles that ed rehashes from other sites, I come on for the good crack with the guys and few girls that come on.

    Mind you there are a few on here that I cannot get my head around there thinking, like Manx , Munster ,Jimmy , they spout lots of jibberish and never back anything up with evidence or facts,

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  • martoon

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #16

    Blackley and Brownlie @9 – Not every article has to be serious football – I actually found it quite interesting and entertaining!
    On the subject of pundits they have to say extreme things otherwise they would be boring. I hated Robbie Savage as a player but find him quite entertaining as a pundit!

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  • kakaobi

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Even though he’s a good fitness coach we still seem to be getting a lot of injuries but think we’re still strong enough to beat the mackems
    Footnote:- got bloody soup again for my dinner not any soup but cup a soup that’s everyday for 2 weeks now I know I know but I can put a footnote in as well if I want

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #18

    Cyprus

    No , I agree , he is gone and I wish him good luck. He seems to be enjoying his football right now,

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  • hibbitt

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #19

    cyprus ….we need all the help we can get if blackie thinks it needs to be done there and then who cares what the pundits think

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #20

    We have still failed to stop conceding free kicks near our box. We can’t defend them so why do we do it? It’s often our downfall. I’ll be furious if it proves to be on Sunday because it’s one thing that can be sorted fairly easily on the training ground.

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  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #22

    Ed

    Don’t be concerned about Rebecca and Paul Buckle being 2500 miles apart- it sounds like the basis for a marriage that could last forever, perfect!

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  • Jib

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #23

    I think Sparky was referring to 2011/2012 when we lost 2-4 to Norwich and we had a makeshift back four of :-

    Santon
    Simpson
    Perch
    Ryan Taylor

    Ba got 2 goals right against the flow of the game otherwise we would probably got battered 6-0

    Not one of Pardew’s finest moments

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  • cyprus

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Hibbitt,
    if we win most games, for all I care he can walk around the pitch with a sign ‘I am the guy who inspired them!’, after the game.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #25

    Off for now. Nice chat

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #26

    Martoon
    If it’s not ordered correctly, it detracts from the read. You’re reading a serious piece, then suddenly you find yourself musing on the love life of some blond tv presenter in a red dress. Then it’s back to the point. Why not stick those things at the end for anyone who likes to indulge a lascivious imagination?

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  • Jib

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #27

    Blackley
    I see managed to blame your current hate figure Senor Coloccini for coceding our first goal on Sunday.
    I thought it was Janmaat’s fault , but you were at the game so I kept me gob shut.
    Biffa was at the game and this is his take on it :-

    “20mins
    Daryl Janmaat’s failure to occupy the right back slot gave City the freedom of that wing and he was the nearest man to Brady in a central position as he knocked the ball out to Martin Olsson on the overlap.
    With Sissoko giving up on an attempt to track back and Tiote ambling across the box to no obvious purpose, a low centre was swept home from close in by Mbokani Bezua, Chancel Mbemba missing what seemed an easy opportunity to cut out the cross 1-1”

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  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #28

    Blackley

    If you don’t care to read about Rebecca and her hubby being 2500 miles apart, it shows what a heartless soul you are, you must have no romance in your soul!

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  • barkel

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #29

    Jib –
    That makes more sense! Apologies to Sparky if I took you up wrong.

    Also have to agree on the first goal on Sunday, I can’t see how Colo can be blamed for that. Janmaat was too narrow and sissoko hadn’t tracked back. Mbemba was the CB on that side and looked like he could have got to it in front of Mbokani

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #30

    Jib
    So Biffa has spoken, has he? Is he your authority on these matters.

    There was a lot wrong with the first goal. Nobody covered himself in glory. However, it was never ever in the history of NUFC.COM going to be a goal unless Norwich”s big powerful centre forward piled in to redirect it. The man who could see both the cross and Mbokani was Colo. He has to get goal side with a big physical presence and challenge for it. He never does because he’s a soft shite with no physical presence who would rather flinch than take one for the team.

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  • one fine day

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #31

    Sure Steve black is doing his best but if any player needs to be motivated for this weekend I’d have massive concerns .
    How about sh
    Howling a vid of the grass stained italian bell end to show how good winning this game feels ?
    Oh and hears a thing. 2013 we got rolled 0.3
    Managed by. Percy
    In the line up
    Cabaye sub after 60 mins for HBA who did SFA
    Krul injured replaced by Elliot
    Marveuax
    Cisse
    Sissoko
    Tiote
    Food for thought?
    Give me mitrovic/Perez / gini anyday
    Hwtf

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  • barkel

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #32

    Blackley:-

    I think that you’re being harsh on Colo, Mbemba was goal side so Colo had to stay the other side in case the ball ran across Mbokani. I think the midfield are more to blame than Colo for this one.

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  • the broons

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #33

    I would generally just be ecstatic if we got that matip in to be honest. He will significantly improve the team with one strong centre back that i also quality that also fits the age that Ashley likes.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #34

    If Steve Black wants to pogo round the pitch in a sparkly spandex power ranger suit reciting haiku in Klingon to the players he can if it makes them winners.

    I don’t know why pundits open their mouths at all sometimes… ok I do, it’s because it a comfy few bob for saying just anything that pops into that vacuum.

    If this is the modern approach to sports psychology, so be it. All due respect to the footballing goliaths like Mustoe, but times have changed and now you’re in a suit and a nice warm studio watching it on the telly like 90% of fans 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #35

    Nice to see jeffs been keeping away from the pound shop cider today.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #36

    Anybody seen Belfast btw? I think we’ve misplaced him.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 21, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #37

    Barkel
    I’m sorry but I have to day that goal was the result of rank bad defending. Of course, the midfield could’ve done better, but still the defenders could’ve stopped that. If you ever watch on a Sunday morning, you often see the commanding captain and CB bawling at his defenders to get back in position; they’re simply not allowed to fall asleep. In this case, as is do often the case, Colo is marking nobody. He prefers to mark space. Your Sunday morning captain in that situation would be barking to his Mbemba, in no uncertain terms, “You’ve got to make it”. As a failsafe, he would get goalside of the one big threat and put him off with sheer strength or a tackle. Can anyone who exonerates Colo please name the Norwich City player whom he was marking, the next big threat? The fact is the biggest threat by far and away as that situation developed was Mbokani and Colo should’ve been the failsafe. This has been happening for years with Colo. He gets bullied by big centre fowards. Drogba used to rub his hands and eat him on toast for breakfast.

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  • barkel

    Oct 21, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #38

    Blackley:-

    I get your point and see where you’re coming but I still disagree with you, for this particular goal. I agree he isn’t vocal enough and that he probably shouldn’t be captain but the other defenders should be cutting that ball out.

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  • Jib

    Oct 21, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #39

    the Broons.
    Schalke are going through turmoil at management level at the moment .

    http://www.derwesten.de/sport/fussball/s04/warum-auf-schalke-toennies-heldt-das-vertrauen-aussprechen-muss-id11204679.html

    Big Joel is still refusing to sign a new contract .

    Things are looking very promising

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 21, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #40

    Barkel
    So name the Norwich City player who was the second biggest threat as that ball from the wing was delivered? The player who Colo is thinking is going to score if Mbokani doesn’t? Jib, you’ll have watched the game six times, perhaps you can tell us. Alternatively, check with your authority on football, Biffa.

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