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We´ve Given Every Player A Chance

3:28 pm, Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 58 Comments

Steve McClaren arrived at Newcastle in early June and he has been able to have a good look at the squad he inherited and he also seems to have decided on a way of playing – a 4-4-2 system – and he’s also been starting the same side over the last several games.

They are also games we have done fairly well in – with two wins and a draw in the last four games and that defeat at Sunderland which was kind of out of out hands because the referee made a huge error in sending off Coloccini which was overturned on appeal – but the damage was done and we lost that game 3-0.

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Steve McClaren – given every player a chance

But since then Sunderland have lost their last two games including a 6-2 defeat at Everton and we have taken 4 points from Stoke and Bournemouth.

This is what Steve McClaren has said today about some of what the coaching staff has done over these last five months in the job:

“This or that didn’t work out, but we said pre-Chelsea, after the Sheffield Wed and Watford games, that we had to change the team around a bit.”

“We knew we’d looked at everything by then and we decided to go this way.”

“Does that not affect you? It didn’t affect the coaching team because we were coming in with a ‘Let’s go’ attitude.”

“We’ve had to look and given everybody an opportunity. We’ve had to give everybody a chance.”

Of course Steve took over the mess that was left by John Carver and in a run of ten games we lost nine and drew one before we won that very last game at home to West Ham and saved ourselves.

But Lee Charnley’s appointment of John Carver was a complete disaster and in 19 league games in the second half of last season with John in charge – we won only three games and picked up 13 points.

We didn’t start the season much better with just 3 points from our first eight games – as tough as those games were – but there are signs with two wins in the last four games – that things may be picking up.

We really hope that’s the case and a win at home to Leicester City a week on Saturday would be really terrific.

That’s what we are hoping for.

Comments welcome.

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

58 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 12, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    tsunski out!


  • 2 AndyMac // Nov 12, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    “It didn’t affect the coaching team because we were coming in with a ‘Let’s go’ attitude.”

    But you’re still here ?

  • 3 Jib // Nov 12, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Mr Tuff
    Oh Dear
    Robin Knoche has been at Wolfsburg since he was 13.
    A quick moment of enlightenment for you —
    Most Continental clubs operate a second team ,they also have a second team league , where SENIOR players can stay fit while out of the first team.
    Robin Knoche was made a SENIOR player by McClaren in the Summer of 2010.
    SM left Wolfsburg Feb 2011

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 12, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Jeff…Senor Tuff is right!

    Robin Knoche played his first senior game for WLF in the 2011-2012 season.

  • 5 Jib // Nov 12, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    He ain’t
    I said Senior start – nothing about the first team.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Google’s on fire, jibberish stays out of the spotlight for a while before slating someone who can’t be ar$ed to Google for their lack of knowledge, what a backsliding Pharisee !

  • 7 Mister Tuff // Nov 12, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Jib Jibberish – Hahahaha – wriggling again.
    Firstly here is your original post :-
    “Jib // Nov 12, 2015 at 2:40 PM
    SM gave Knoche his senior start at Wolfsburg at 18.
    Hes only 23 now and a massive talent.”

    Now then most football people would say that your phrase “senior start” means first team debut and not being a senior player in their second team (Wolfsburg ii). No point in adding additional information about him which was not in dispute.
    You will find that if you researched properly, as I said previously, Knoche made his first team debut on 1st July 2011 when Wally wasn’t even there.

    Now stop your wriggling and accept your error (plus I must add your daily spanking on football matters).

  • 8 catchy in norway // Nov 12, 2015 at 4:24 PM


    The mess was not made by John Carver, it was made by Alan Pardew, John Carver did not help the situation, but he by no way did the damage all alone.

    but hay ho why lets Facts get in the way of your fairy tail story

  • 9 Jib // Nov 12, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    As I have said many times before Tuffty I don’t post for the blog bufoons I post for the silent majority.
    They will see who’s a wriggler.
    You said Knoch didn’t join Wolfsburg until July 2011 you balloon.

  • 10 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 12, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    I like balloons…

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Who employed them both and would have continued employing them had the wearer of silly glasses not upped and left after the sackpardew mob/rabble /shower/crew/gang/sect/mafia not let it be known what most people thouggt of him ?

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    We all post for the silent majority !

  • 13 Mister Tuff // Nov 12, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Jib Jibberish – woah – you’ve just posted that I said Knoche didn’t join Wolfsburg until July 2011. No I didn’t – I said he was in their first team from 1st July 2011. I present my previous post below :-

    Mister Tuff // Nov 12, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Jib Jibberish – I’m afraid I’ve got to point out the dangers of only having Google to rely upon and that without other knowledge mistakes can be made.
    You are wrong about Robin Knoche.
    Wally was at Wolfsburg between 1st January 2010 and 7th February 2011.
    Robin Knoche was in their first team from 1st July 2011.

    Therefore it is quite apparent that Wally did not give him his senior debut as he wasn’t even at the club at the time.”

    Classic Jib misrepresenting what other posters say in order to save face. You are looking a bit daft now -just put your hands up and admit you flunked – and that’ll be it.
    You were bragging the other day about being a man and taking it on the chin. An opportunity now presents itself for you to practice what you preach.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Jibberish has had more spankings than Max Mosley and Lord Sewell put together !

  • 15 Jib // Nov 12, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Mr Tuff I notice jesper has slunk off cos he can see my point .
    If I’d meant first team player – guess what – I would have said first team player.
    For once in your life be a man and admit you pounced too quick , no amount of support from blog pariahs like JFA can help this lost cause.
    Go on try it , I did it today this morning with jesper.
    s o r r y j i b I g o t t h e w r o n g e n d o f t h e s t i c k

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Blog pariah, ha ha, whose outcasted me you Ian Toon and him from the valleys !

  • 17 Mister Tuff // Nov 12, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Jib Jibberish (blog pest) – I’m sure all fair minded posters will read your post as it was originally intended to read and refute your later wriggling to save face. It’s really quite obvious what you originally meant.
    I hope you are not using delaying tactics -awaiting for
    re-enforcements – the Squadron Leader and your other Wingman.

  • 18 reilly // Nov 12, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    we all know what type of man jib is from past comments,do people really expect him to admit he was wrong.
    as lowlife goes i dont think you could get anyone lower on here.

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 12, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Jeff…lets go with what you said. Now does the manager of WLF run WFL II?

    …I don’t think you can say McClaren gave Knocke he’s WLF II debut.

  • 20 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Paul Simpson
    on BBC Radio Newcastle as quest answering questions

  • 21 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Jamie Vardy injury doubt for England game!! Lets hope he is out for our game !!

  • 22 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Paul simpson
    Says it is hard turning the TOON around because of the ingrained negativity over the past years – speaks highly of Perez

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Good shout Charlie !

  • 24 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Paul says TOON trying to get more players into the box to play one-two’s and help Mitrovic who is getting isolated to much.
    They want to play attacking football

    Actually he is talking a lot of BLOODY sense

  • 25 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Simpson is making a lot of sense – good interview and interesting questions fans are asking

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Good point from the guy who said that leaving a guy in the centre circle when defending a corner !

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Charlie, he was until he said football isn’t anout winning anymore, it’s about not losing ??

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    A CB pairing of a captain that won’t speak and a young kid that can’t speak :O

  • 29 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    that’s the problem now with football – too much money in the game making teams sh*t scared to loose

  • 30 Mister Tuff // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Wow – ingrained negativity – powerful words. I assume Simpson must mean the players have been Pardewed. Man I didn’t realise it was that serious.

  • 31 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Enjoying the interview with Simpson hes speaking a lot of sense very glad a fan got to point out the corner routine!!

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Pesky countryside internet 🙁

  • 33 Lindisfarne // Nov 12, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    for lovers of NUFC:

  • 34 JamesToon // Nov 12, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    For some weird reason I feel that Paul Simpson speaks so elegantly and calmly just love listening to him

  • 35 welshgeordie9 // Nov 12, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Jail for Ashley
    November 12, 2015
    Blog pariah, ha ha, whose outcasted me you Ian Toon and him from the valleys !

    Bringing my name again in to you petty arguments, what a muppet.

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    He said that (Simpson) despite the perception, Mikey is desperate for success, you have to feel for good ‘ol Mike, can you imagine what it’s like to be desperate for that success while your employees are running around behind your back publishing stats on the dangers of winning a cup, he must have been fuming !

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Yes welsh, what a muppet !

  • 38 welshgeordie9 // Nov 12, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Jail, grow up.

  • 39 Mag52 // Nov 12, 2015 at 7:44 PM


    Ingrained negativity yes, referring not to the players Stuffy but to the likes of you and the others who persued a virulent negative campaign against our former manager for the most part of his last year at NUFC.

  • 40 Sack Llambias // Nov 12, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Jail is the ticket Jail is the dogs bollocks It’s nice to hear Jail with mojo back finally he’s n the nerdiest but has the biggest balls not big ego. Mike Ashley is the pariah .

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    We are both very anti Mike Ashley so share common ground, so can I ask you a question, how many games out of Pardews 160 ? did you enjoy watching ?

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Back to mother Ian !

  • 43 Mag52 // Nov 12, 2015 at 8:12 PM


    Maybe a dozen.
    How many did I feel job well done following the final whistle with three points earned?
    A h&ll of a lot more.

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    The season we finished fifth, witnessing some of the garbage on display was in a way acceptable because we were on the way to something really good, watching his dross just to survive and line Mashleys pockets was soul destroying.

  • 45 Mister Tuff // Nov 12, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Mug52 – ref the ingrained negativity comment. Lets get this right so you are saying that Simpson and the other coaches are having trouble turning the club around because of fans who did not like King Percy.
    Doesn’t seem right to me – can you fill in any blanks of your theory I might have missed.

  • 46 Mister Tuff // Nov 12, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Woah – just seen the Squadron Leader has flown in.
    “Squadron Leader to Wingman Jib and Wingman Welshie prepare for take off -reconnaissance mission to detect the enemy. Wingman Welshie please adjust your flaps”.

  • 47 Sack Llambias // Nov 12, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Jail you said that the people who drove the car loved it, but the owner loved to boot it around town in first gear. keegan loved it but you said to see how far he could screw it before it broke down. When it looked like the people who loved it weren’t prepared to tax and insure it for him, he is this KK and promised to start driving it in second gear. a car in first gear. What car I thought was getting your drift but wats this by you and whos these fans or just people. Icon a think this was your best

  • 48 Mag52 // Nov 12, 2015 at 8:54 PM


    You and I are never going to see eye to eye, except for our mutual dislike of big Mike.
    For me, winning is the priority. Winning with style is definitely preferable, but I suppose I’ve come to accept that winning with style has not been an option throughout the Ashley years, and for this I don’t hold the manager culpable.

  • 49 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    “Given every player a chance”

    Does that finally mean players who are no longer good enough will be shipped out finally !??!

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    You’ve been drinking with your meds again.
    But we didn’t win that often, I think you miss the point completely, we vould do a whole lot better than Pardew but his barely acceptable results made it impossible to get the fans to start any type of anger toward the owner, his leaving and Carvers implosion showed up Ashley for what he was, unfortunately for his lackey and patroniser of Geordies, Alan Pardew took the brunt of the anger he’d helped stir up !

  • 51 Mag52 // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:12 PM


    The point I’m making is that I agree about the ingrained negativity in the club, but, wherever Simpson sees it, I don’t agree it’s down to AP as you are suggesting.
    He might possibly be referring to the run of poor results from January more or less to now, which have created a bit of a crisis of confidence in the team.
    He might be referring to the general feeling of antipathy towards Mike Ashley from fans.

  • 52 firebug666 // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:12 PM


    That’s the way I understood it, McClaren said at the start of the season that all the players would start with a clean slate. He has now had time to evaluate them, and sort the good from the bad.

    Hopefully this signals a clear out and some new recruits in January.

  • 53 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:21 PM


    Yeah even if it was small incremental changes like :

    Replacing Williamson with Matip or any of the other centre backs we are linked with

    Bring in a left back and then Dummett can be centre back and left back cover

    Replacing Abeid with a proper play maker

    Replacing Vuckic with a proper right winger

    That would significantly improve our squad already as there is too many people taking up squad space and either being constantly injured or just rubbish!!

  • 54 angelswithdirtyfaces // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Sometimes there are people on here arguing that Toon play in black shirts with white stripes while others argue with equal force that the same strip is black stripes on a white shirt.
    (Let’s just assume our classic strip here)

    Sometimes it’s entertaining, sometimes it’s the Muppet Show.

    Strangely enough, I’ve never heard of a senior debut which was not in the first team. Who was it who said “English comprehension is a little fad of mine” ?

  • 55 Mag52 // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:25 PM


    What his leaving and Carver’s implosion did show us is that, what a few of us were never tired of saying ‘be careful what you wish for’ proved right. The rest of this season will prove if it is still right.
    As for AP being a ‘patronizer of Geordies’, where on earth did that come from ?

  • 56 expatmag // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    This blog has so man “babies” on here, crying, bleating, arguing and running off to mammy, it is becoming an embarrassing kindergarten.

    Fcuking grow up, the lot of you.

  • 57 Mister Tuff // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Mug52 – you are not being serious..
    I’m sure Simpson would have not used the phrase “ingrained negativity” if the issue he was highlighting was poor form/lack of confidence. He surely would have described it as such.
    Would Simpson really suggest that the ingrained negativity he was trying to turn around was because of the fans dislike of Mr Tubbs, This flies against comments from Wally and Colo today about the fans being good.(my phraseology).
    I could accept a poor working environment because of the way the club was run with a smattering of duff tactics from King Percy and his team as what Simpson was alluding to.
    Seems you do not want to include the football side of things as King Percy was at the helm.

  • 58 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    That near miss brought Mikey to the negotiation table and a 50M spend, if you’d rather a return to how things were under the Ashley/Pardew alliance then I think you are seriously misguided !

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