Mark Hughes Gives His Opinion On Newcastle Team


Mark Hughes will be in the opposing dugout tomorrow and he has already been interviewed by the press for the game tomorrow and he gives his opinion on the Newcastle team we have.

Newcastle are stuck in second bottom place in the league table with just 6 points from 10 league games and we have already shipped 22 goals this season.

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Mark Hughes – Stoke City manager

Two years ago we won this game 5-1 and yes we were helped by the referee who kindly sent off two Stoke City players before half time.

Hey, maybe the referee will have some sympathy for what happened last Sunday at Sunderland – now there´s a nice thought.

This is what Mark has said about Newcastle and Steve McClaren:

“There’s huge demands. It seems to be a club that sways from one issue to another. Whoever is manager has to deal with that.”

“Obviously, Steve has been through these periods before.”  “It’s an opportunity at a big club which Steve would think he deserves given the career he’s had, and he will be looking to turn things round quickly.”

“They spent £40M to £50, and they haven’t brought bad players into the group, but it takes time for players to gel and maybe that hasn’t happened as quickly as everybody would have hoped.”

So that´s really the conventional wisdom on Newcastle – that our players are still acclimatising to the way the game is played in England.

It isn´t positive or negative but rather matter of fact.

It´s an important game after the stuff that went on last Sunday at Sunderland, so we hope we can win this game.

Another defeat would be really hard to take.

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97 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Oct 30, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Three points are a must against Stoke.
    We also must ensure we take points from the teams likely to be in this relegation battle throughout the season.
    I think this is going to be a difficult season – Again

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  • Bambams

    Oct 30, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    I would rather play Lascelles rather than Colo at the minute. You could even try and play Colo DM instead of Colback.
    Just a suggestion. …

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  • hibbitt

    Oct 30, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    munster …..aarons is just back in training and is in this group of 6 working with schoenmaker to improve stamina fitness and muscle fatigue ….in my mind the pre season we never had

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  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Lilo
    The midfielder we need is:-
    Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez

    Better known as Isco.
    He’s fallen out bigstyle with Benitez and wants a move to the EPL.
    Come on Ian Cathro earn your corn !!!!

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  • sing in the corner

    Oct 30, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Well Tiote and Colo are right under the microscope now. Lot of pressure on them, but not the usual / preferable kind ( competition for places. Neither of these two players would be in the squad for me, but this is where we are, RELYING on players who, in my opinion, are past it second rate choices who posses questionable attitude and commitment, as far as PL standards go. I hope they do a professional job for the team on Saturday but they are a concern

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  • geordieboy83

    Oct 30, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    I would like to see
    Elliot
    Jaan. Mbemba. Lascelles. Dummet
    Sissoko Wini. Tiote Ayoze
    De. Jong. Mitrovic

    Anita will be totally bypassed and be a passenger imo and de Jong gives us cleverness as well as height. And Perez I think should be able to do what gini has been doing out wide left with a license to roam

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  • geordieboy83

    Oct 30, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib
    Theres more chance of JFA, Mr tuff, you and welshie getting together for weekly friendly pints than us signing isco

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 30, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Why are so many people still getting on the backs of Shteve. 10 matches into a season , and yes results have not changed but there is a huge difference in the club this season, Pardew had 4.5 years to implement a better way of playing , many different players to try and do so, Shteve has worked wonders with the players that have been here the whole time,you can see this team is playing for him, he is trying players to see what they are really like , Williamson is gone , he has no future at the club, Goofy is the next one out of the door , this is what fans wanted , he sees what we have been seeing.

    We will win on sat

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  • geordieboy83

    Oct 30, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Catchy I would agree with that but I’ll be totally honest mate I wanted willo to stay, limited ability granted but gave his all for us, and that’s first and foremost for me. I would’ve liked to have seen how willo done with mbemba tbh.

    McLaren still has my confidence as I thoroughly enjoyed watching what I’ve seen of us so far, except the little score box in top left hand side of TV screen

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  • Moonraker15

    Oct 30, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Job
    Isco would be anonymous in the PL and we’ve no chance of him coming to us! Why would he?

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  • Moonraker15

    Oct 30, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    *Jib

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  • JDdubai

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Its a tough call to make on the best side vs stoke.

    Stoke arent the team of giants they were a couple of seasons ago but they are still very strong at set pieces, where we are horrendous still.

    Maybe Lascelles at CB and Colo as DM might make things a bit tighter in the air in this particular match?

    Think id go with

    Elliot
    Janmaat-Mbemba-Lascelles-Dummett
    Colo
    Sissoko Anita Wijnaldum
    Perez – Mitrovic

    doubt this will look correct when i press send but lets see.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #13

    catchy…was that a rhetoric question mate? 😉

    You need to swallow your pride lad and accept that this was not a good appointment…far from!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #14

    *rhetorical

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  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #15

    It has to be said by way of clarification that Willo hasn’t left , he’s gone to Wolves on one months emergency loan which suits all parties.
    He’s gone not only for his PL experience as a player but because Wolves have an unusually young squad and it was felt an older cooler head would be of benefit.

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Jesper

    It’s got nothing to do with pride, I honestly believe he is a good appointment in the same way I thought P45 was a bad one.

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  • lesh

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #17

    On Willo

    I can’t really understand why some folk seem delighted that he’s gone out on loan when our CB cover is minimal and we can’t add to the squad until January – if that’s even guaranteed to happen.

    It’s not just Willo they want out or are pleased when certain players are suspended or injured – does the question of who’s to step in for those players ever occur to them? It seems not and such a short term view is commensurate with that of our owner and his glorified cha-wallah of an MD – very very risky.

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  • lesh

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #18

    Jib

    So Wolves need an older head to support their young squad?

    Sounds just like our needs at CB and DM.

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #19

    Well said catchy, you’ve pretty much nailed it marra. Anybody who can’t see the improvement in the play, compared to the last few seasons either isn’t watching our games or just enjoys whinging for the sake of it. Bit by bit he’s working out who can or can’t adapt to his philosophy and acting accordingly. He has to reduce the squad numbers before he can buy in January, which is what he’s doing now, and then he can bring in better players – which was part of the plan many have already forgotten. He might not have been ready for the England job when it came along, but he was certainly considered good enough and he’s worked abroad since then. How many other English managers have done that? Sir Bobby for one and it did him no harm. Given time – which he will get off Ashley – he will turn the club round. Three windows he wanted and three windows he’ll get. By then, we’ll have a team to challenge the best. Right now he can only work with what he’s got and he’s got them playing football. Real, pass and move football. This first season will be difficult because the squad wasn’t good enough, but once he’s brought in players he wants and discarded the waste, we’ll have a team to be proud of. He’s not Ashley’s ‘yes man’ either – he’s his own man who’ll do it his own way. He just needs time.

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  • Fostino

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #20

    Lascalles is pants. Can only see colo being replaced in till Taylor cones back. What a total crock of a player Taylor is. It’s time to rid colo of that captains armband. Under his captaincy with the excreption of one season has seen us dangle over relegation. He deserves to be punished for last week. If the manager wants to build the team around sissoko then give him the armband. I think it’s pointless giving it to janmaat. He’s not going to inspire others like perhaps sissoko can

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  • lesh

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #21

    JDdubai

    Knowing Hughes was a physical player, he’ll no doubt have his players well drilled in that area and there’s a high risk that another red’s likely.

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  • lesh

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #22

    I wonder if we’ve loaned Willo to Wolves to curry favour in regard to us bringing in one of their players in January?

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #23

    Lesh for me it is simple, he simply isn’t good enough. I would rather play a 16 year old with no experience than willo, he is 6ft 4 and can not head a ball, he is slow , does not read the game, at least a kid might learn from the opertunity.

    By sending him away takes away the temptation to use him.

    I’m 100% behind that

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  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Catchy
    I actually have nightmares imagining what some of the proposed candidates for the job would have done with NUFC if they had been appointed.
    Tuchel , Garde , or any of the continentals would be really struggling
    a. to improve this squad as well as SM has.
    b. to keep the fans onside

    Klopps honeymoon period is coming to an end , the smiles on Merseyside are already looking a bit forced .
    Liverpool supporting friends of mine are saying they perceive no difference from the Rodgers sides , you cannot say that about McClaren.

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  • Fostino

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #25

    A midfield trio of tote sissoko and wini could be very good. Need to get tiote ticking again. A good dm is key. Just look at Chelsea and matic. .They badly miss him this yr as he’s not in form. This allows perez on one wing and rolando and thauvin to fight it out for the other wing.

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  • Fostino

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #26

    New cb and a lb is key in January. Willo..Taylor ..haidira…colo..can’t be relied on.

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #27

    I’d give Wijnaldum the captaincy, simply because he’s the best player we’ve got. Let him lead by example and as I’ve already noticed, he’s not frightened to open his mouth when required. He’s clearly our most talented player and one others will look up to.

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Gb83 / bb

    Under p45 we had no foundation on how to perform , it was mostly luck and dogged defending that got results, we played poor and still got smashed, now we play good football , the foundation is in place results will improve , and so will the players over time, the whole club will improve at all levels with the team we now have in place , the feel good factor will come back

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #29

    been steering clear of all thing toon for a week or so
    so have a couple of questions

    did the club appeal colo’s red????
    and anthing of interest come out of the fans forum meeting

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30

    Bobby…”Anybody who can’t see the improvement in the play, compared to the last few seasons either isn’t watching our games or just enjoys whinging for the sake of it.” – A bit insulting, no? What happened to respecting others opinions?

    I think the majority recognise that the style of play has improved from that under Pardew.

    Jib…To be fair to Klopp, I don’t think his season starts for another 10-12 games. I think they’re still doing their pre-season friendlies, it’s only 3 games after all, Rome wasn’t built in a day…

    Catchy…”Shteve has worked wonders with the players that have been here the whole time,you can see this team is playing for him” We’ll forget the £40-50m of players that Mcclaren has benefitted from. We’ll also put aside that three of them (Mitro, Wijnaldum and Thauvin) are in the top 5 of Newcastles most expensive players ever.

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  • nufc 11

    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #31

    Elliot
    Mbabu Colo Mbeama Dummet
    Tiote
    Janmatt Gini
    Sissoko

    Mitrovic Perez

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  • hibbitt

    Oct 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #32

    bobby …….it might look better but we are still getting beat…. till we start winning the improvements are only cosmetic…..bobby i go to every game and have done for over 40 years

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  • Fostino

    Oct 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #33

    I’m not buying this style if plays improved rubbish. Results have been horrendous. Pardew proved what a good manager he is. Credit where it’s due. He had too many restraints imposed on him here. He’s in the results industry and sometimes you can’t play good entertaining football with average players. I obv hope mcclaren does good but im worried so far by early mistakes I. E. To award colo new contract and keep as captain. To buy in thauvin and not use him when a c. B. And l.b. is the priority. Also to let abeid go who I feel was prob our best current dm as we badly need one. Tiote..Anita and even colback are not good enough I think. Also for not moving on the likes of goofy. .Willo. .marvo..cisse..bigi..These players are deadwood. Give rolando..Armstrong a chance.

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 30, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #34

    Can’t wait to see who January brings through the door if I’m honest. The jury is still out with Thauvin, but the other 75% have all been excellent. Even Toney, bought for the future, is banging in goals for the U21’s. If the reported amount of money to spend is correct, then we have an average of over £15m to spend on every position on the pitch. By next summer players will be wanting to join us because they’ll see us as an upwardly mobile club for once. Change takes time. We’ve been patient long enough so another year won’t kill us. I trust Macca to deliver his promises in a way I’ve never trusted Ashley or Pardew. The only way is up!

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  • Fostino

    Oct 30, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35

    Bobby bee

    I think Ashley has loosened his grip and the purse is open. Mcclaren is not delivering. He’s lucky that he has a chairman who’ll give him a chance as to be honest his Derby county record shoukd not have Warrented the job. He’s not strong enough I feel. Doesn’t make 5he tough decisions discipline is very bad etc. We’re dwindling towards relegation at the moment.

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  • martoon

    Oct 30, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #36

    I have never understood all the hate towards Colback, The lad puts in a shift every game and does all the unseen dirty work of chasing and harrying to win the ball back. You mark my words we are going to miss him over the next few weeks!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 30, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #37

    geordieboy83 // Oct 30, 2015 at 9:53 AM
    Jib
    Theres more chance of JFA, Mr tuff, you and welshie getting together for weekly friendly pints than us signing isco.

    geordieboy83 re your previous post – I would think you are correct.
    I would be drinking pints, I suspect Jail would be supping pints as well.
    Whereas Jib Jibberish would be guzzling cheap cider or a Babycham and the fool from the Valleys would be drinking a milk shake.

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  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #38

    hibbitt
    A blind man on a galloping horse can see the changes are the opposite of cosmetic , they are profound and fundamental .

    Anyone can see the whole training and playing philosophy of the club has changed.

    Blackley is living proof that ownership of a season ticket and going to every game for 40 years is no guarantee of knowing wtf you are talking about.

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  • hibbitt

    Oct 30, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #39

    bobby ……not if we don’t start winning games we need points to stay in the prem

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 30, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #40

    Ibiza, I always respect others opinions, but are you telling me that there are no bloggers who just whine for the sake of it? Just because I respect others opinions doesn’t mean I have to agree with them ffs. It’s a blog pal, I’ll say what the f#ck I like and I certainly don’t need your permission to say it. Yesterday I was abused for an opinion – didn’t see much respect there, did you? You should concentrate on your own opinions and leave mine to me. In my opinion, the football is many times better than the last few seasons and results will follow. Now either I’ll be right or wrong – time will tell – but don’t you ever tell me what I can or can’t write. Some people on here will never be happy because they’re miserable in life in general. I say it how I see it and if you don’t like it, ask me if I give a shit.

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