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Newcastle Finally To Look At Solving This Problem

2:48 pm, Saturday, November 14th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

For over ten years now Newcastle have been top of the injury league almost every season and we pick up an awful lot of injuries and there has to be a reason for that – it cannot just be bad luck.

We had hoped that Steve McClaren and the new coaching regime at Newcastle would be able to fix the problems but already this season we have had more injuries than any other club in the Premier League.

paul simpson with two balls

Paul Simpson – assistant coach at Newcastle

Some of it is simply bad luck – like Tim Krul’s injury playing for the Netherlands – but there must be problems in the way Newcastle do their training and pick up and then treat the injuries – and that’s what needs to be fixed.

Paul Simpson hinted yesterday that Newcastle are looking into the problems we have with injuries – and the assistant coach said this on BBC Newcastle’s Total Sport:

“It is a worry but we look into everything.” “We’re looking into the training that we’re doing, we’ve been looking at the rehab we’re doing, but unfortunately it’s not just us.”

“I think it’s quite frightening the number of cruciate injuries that have occurred this season, up and down the country.” “You know you go to Bournemouth and they had a horrendous run of injuries and some bad ones as well.”

“Now we’re getting them and we’re looking at the players who are getting injured and unfortunately there’s a lot of them who have got quite a history of getting injured.”

“Unfortunately for people like Rolando Aarons, he seems to have a problem with his hamstrings.”

“But it’s something which we’re trying to get to the bottom of and we’re looking to look into everything we possibly can to work out why we’re picking up the injuries.”

“But sometimes it’s just sod’s law and there’s nothing you can do and you’ve just got to deal with it and that’s where we are at the moment.”

Those are good words from Paul and it’s true that other clubs this season are picking up lots of injuries,  but every season we are top of the injury table.

That adversely affects the performance of the Newcastle team every season because we are not able to play our best side.

So it really is worth trying to get to the bottom of this once and for all.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Injuries · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Nov 14, 2015 at 2:57 PM


    Good luck in your ‘derby’, then!

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 14, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Ron…thanks mate! We are gonna need it.

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Nov 14, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    2 words – EVA CARNEIRO

    Bottom of the injury table for something like 4 years running at chelsea.

    Damn sight easier on the eye than Derek wright too.

  • 4 jayphoto // Nov 14, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    @rotonda – doctors don’t prevent injuries they are there to heal and help quick comeback time.
    Newcastle injuries most likely in last few years have been down to playing half fit players and virtually zero squad rotation. Perhaps poor training and prep?
    Got a mate who freelanced as a freelance fitness strength and conditioning coach for toon under Allardyce! Reckons the training was all wrong!he Called the Andy carroll injury problems way before hed had an injury too, reckoned his pain threshold was minimum and its ability to push through the physical wall was no existent, said he had no heart for training which doesn’t prepare him for the style he plays match days

  • 5 Average_Contents // Nov 14, 2015 at 5:04 PM


    Those examples are I’d think, definitely contributing factors.

    I also think it’s to do with the calibre of players we target. Cheap, with potentiol to do well but with no prior experience of the rough and tumble of the premier league.

    Obviously Taylor doesn’t fall into this category. He’s just Taylor the bed ridden thumper 😉

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 14, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    It’s quite on here these days…I can almost hear myself thinking!

  • 7 Reyantoon // Nov 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Had high hopes for Aarons.Looked future star the way he started his career here.But now,looks like he is suffering from career shortening injury problems.May be that’s probably why he hasn’t been offered long term contract.

    On Simpson,liked the way he talked & explain what is happening in & around the club.He doesn’t have to reveal everything publicly.He talked what he feels & thinks- in a sincere way.
    Tells & talks the truth,just like the king 🙂

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Nov 14, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Which King, Haile Selassie ?

  • 9 Reyantoon // Nov 14, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Jail – oh dear you were here,I thought you went to Bruce Jenner’s house 🙂

  • 10 Jib // Nov 14, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    There’s only one King

  • 11 Charlietoon // Nov 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Taylor is injured every year for 90% of the season. Getting rid of him is a good start

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Nov 14, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Always here Reyan toon, why on earth would I be at Bruce Jenners house ?

  • 13 lesh // Nov 14, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Tsk tsk Rotonda, Eva’ll have you in court if you’re not careful!

  • 14 Reyantoon // Nov 14, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    It’s good to have local lads in the side.Their presence and growth in the team is an inspiration for others and are a bit passionated than other country players.Liked to see S.Taylor stay for a few more years,but became a liability now for the last 2 or 3 seasons because of his recurrent injuries. B/c of that and the good of the team,time to part ways when his contract runs out at the end of the season and replaced.
    The likes of Matip,Vestergaard etc are waiting on the wings I suppose..

  • 15 Reyantoon // Nov 14, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Charlietoon – liked your view & optimizem but who’d u replace Taylor with?
    Other than the ones I mentioned ofcouse.Most players don’t want to be second choice these days.That’s why we stuck with him I think 🙁

  • 16 angelswithdirtyfaces // Nov 14, 2015 at 7:25 PM


    It’d be poetic justice if Chelski had a dismal injury record this season then to add to their form .

  • 17 Dennis Twice // Nov 14, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Attack Toon, attack, attack!

  • 18 Blofal // Nov 14, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    If you look at our squad it’s generally the same players that are getting injured. Obertan, Marveaux, Taylor, Good, Aarons, Dummett, Elliot, Cisse and Haidara (since he got fly kicked).

    If we let some of those players go and do our due diligence with the medicals when we bring new players in, we will be fine.

    Sissoko, Janmaat and Perez never seem to get a major injury and they play every game. Same with Anita and until recently Colback. We just need a clear out.

  • 19 Big Archie // Nov 14, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Finally to look at solving the problem?

    Do you really think they have never looked at this before?

    We have had new fitness gurus/ specialists/ trainers every year that i can remember to “fix” this.

  • 20 Ravostag // Nov 15, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    The main reason for us being top of the injury league is that over the last decade or more we have had a variety of sicknotes Marcellino, Pistone Dyer, Carr, Smith, Saylor, Carroll, Raylor, Aarons, Goode, Vukic, Ferguson, Marveaux, DeJong, Tiote, Haidara, Cisse, Obertan, Elliott etc etc. even Krul in recent years, The list is endless once the majority of these players contracts expire we will drop down the league table.

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