We´ve Given Every Player A Chance


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.



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58 comments so far

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Nov 12, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #1

    tsunski out!

    ooops…

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  • AndyMac

    Nov 12, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #2

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

    But you’re still here ?

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  • Jib

    Nov 12, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Mr Tuff
    Oh Dear
    Whoops
    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

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 12, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Jeff…Senor Tuff is right!

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

    http://www.worldfootball.net/player_summary/robin-knoche/2/

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  • Jib

    Nov 12, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #5

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #6

    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 !

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 12, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Jib Jibberish – Hahahaha – wriggling again.
    Firstly here is your original post :-
    “Jib // Nov 12, 2015 at 2:40 PM
    Croftus
    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).

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 12, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed

    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

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  • Jib

    Nov 12, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #9

    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.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Nov 12, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #10

    I like balloons…

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Catchy,
    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 ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #12

    We all post for the silent majority !

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 12, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

    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.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #14

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

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  • Jib

    Nov 12, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #15

    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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #16

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

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 12, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #17

    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.

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  • reilly

    Nov 12, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #18

    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.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 12, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #19

    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.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 12, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Paul Simpson
    on BBC Radio Newcastle as quest answering questions

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 12, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #21

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

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 12, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #22

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #23

    Good shout Charlie !

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 12, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #24

    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

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 12, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #25

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #26

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #27

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #28

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

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 12, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #29

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

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 12, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #30

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

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 12, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #31

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Pesky countryside internet 🙁

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 12, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #34

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

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 12, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #35

    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.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #36

    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 !

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Yes welsh, what a muppet !

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 12, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #38

    Jail, grow up.

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  • Mag52

    Nov 12, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Mr.Stuff.

    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.

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  • Sack Llambias

    Nov 12, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #40

    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 .

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