This Is Still Newcastle’s Biggest Problem

For maybe the first time this season we got more out of a game than we deserved last time out at Bournemouth.

We didn’t play well at all apart from goalkeeper Rob Elliot and a few others such as captain Fabricio Coloccini, Chancel Mbemba and Ayoze Perez, but after taking a hammering throughout the game we came out of it 1-0 winners.

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Steve McClaren – inconsistency still the problem

That was due to an opportunist goal and some class shown in the buildup to the goal scored by Ayoze Perez after 27 minutes.

We needed the points and it was only the great performance from Rob Elliot who made at least five great saves throughout the game that got us only our second win this season and fifth league win this year – which is the worst in Newcastle’s long history.

Steve McClaren has been talking in the local papers and he said this yesterday about that 1-0 win last time out:

“This is not going to change anything – we still have to be more consistent, because another day we could very easily have been beaten playing like that.”

We have no idea what team will turn up for Newcastle on Saturday, especially after the long two week International break – the third already this season.

It will be a tough game against Leicester City, and we do have some tough games coming up through early January.

Sat 21	15:00	H	Leicester City			
Sat 28	15:00	A	Crystal Palace			
Sun 06	16:00	H	Liverpool			
Sun 13	16:00	A	Tottenham			
Sat 19	17:30	H	Aston Villa			
Sat 26	17:30	H	Everton			
Mon 28	15:00	A	WBA				
Sat 02	15:00	A	Arsenal	

It’s going to be difficult to get much out of the game at Palace with Alan Pardew have completely turned around the London club this year and last time out they beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield and have beaten Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in late August.

Then we play Liverpool and Tottenham – so it’s going to be difficult to get many points out of our next four games – with Leicester City 3rd top of the league and visitors to St. James’ Park on Saturday.

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36 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 17, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #1

    So, inconsistency is Newcastles biggest problem?

    It’s certainly one of them. I might argue the teams inconsistent performances / results are simply the result of other, bigger, problems.

    However, we are told that those problems have been reviewed and dealt with. Now it’s just a matter of time, then we’ll have no problems left to discuss.

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Next Monday night
    Pardew’s Palace v Allardyce’s Sunderland
    Has that happened before in the prem ?
    Two ex Toon gaffers play each other ?

  • John Tudor

    Nov 17, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #3

    google it glib

  • Thump

    Nov 17, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #4

    @Jib: Dalglish and Allardyce, but I don’t think so beyond that.

  • Thump

    Nov 17, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Actually no, that was the season Allardyce got West Ham promoted.

    Completely forgot about Hughton, though. He played against Allardyce, a few times. Norwich and West Ham, respectively.

  • BrightonMag

    Nov 17, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #6

    And Dalglish when he came back to Liverpool against Allardyce who was with Blackburn at the time

  • BrightonMag

    Nov 17, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Note to self: Learn to read

  • Thump

    Nov 17, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #8

    @Brighton: Ah shite, yeah, you’re right. I’d forgotten that Dalglish was an interim manager initially. Allardyce won if I recall correctly.

  • BrightonMag

    Nov 17, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Had to google! He lost 2-1, but blackburn won 3-1 at home after Kean had taken over

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Only pussies Google

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 17, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Have to say I’m pleased that Ed is pretty thick skinned, the amount of criticism he gets at times.

    He did get fed up once and walked away, I’d hate to see him do it again.

    Ok he might make a few bucks from the blog but why shouldn’t he, he puts the effort in and if it is sometimes incorrect, does anyone really care?

    It’s a good medium for fans to express themselves, even the numpties.

    Keep up the good work Ed.

    I will now duck for cover as the numpties start to have a go at me!! 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Guess you’re a a pussy then jeff

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 17, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Essex…Not sure what made you comment on Ed?

    The last thread had a few comments about the misleading headline, but can’t see anything else.

    Just wanted to check if I was a numpty or not 🙂

    I think most appreciate that Ed provides us the platform. I’m sure Ed also appreciates that being on the internet generally will bring both praise and criticism.

    As for closing the blog down, didn’t he do that because we were relegated, rather than the posters on the site?

    Jib @ 10…I don’t use this often, but…. lol.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #14

    When did he do that ?

  • lesh

    Nov 17, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #15

    There are no easy fixtures for us these days and every one’s a tough one.

    We’ll be lucky to scrape anything from our games leading to Christmas.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 17, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Lesh…It’ a good job we’re making our own luck these days then…

    What would we do without wor Ash?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #17

    I think it’s going to be a long season but we won’t get relegated, finishing fifteenth with a clear out in the summer and a few recruits with sell on value brought in will be lapped up by some as progress.

  • BandB

    Nov 17, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #18


    Half a dozen out, three in, paid for from the obscene amounts of dosh swirling about, but looking like ambition all the same.
    A couple of kids put on professional contracts and a few more released.
    One or two out of contract chaps offered an extension so someone else pays their wages while we hope to get some kind of transfer fee for them eventually (a la Sammi)
    I imagine Mr Siem De Jong is looming large in Mr Ashley’s nightmares at the moment…a days wages for no work done, as Mr Scrooge said.
    Lots of told-you-so-ing in August, followed by forty days and nights in the wilderness seeking a new vision once the football starts and the world beaters of our imagination misfire.
    Three thousand fewer on the gate.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 17, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #19


    It’ no good, I’ve tried twice to reply but each time the my connection seems to go down, I’m given up now.

  • lochinvar

    Nov 17, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #20

    From todays Leicester Mercury
    If Jamie Vardy fails to shake off the hip problem which forced him to withdraw from the England squad this week, it would be a huge blow to high-flying Leicester City.
    Vardy has been the focal point of City’s fantastic start to the season with 12 goals in his first 12 games.

    Who should lead the City attack against Newcastle if Vardy is not fit? Vote in our poll which can be found to the right hand side of the page.
    It would also be a personal disappointment as he is one game away from equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record of having scored in 10 consecutive games.

    If Vardy does not recover in time to face Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday, City fans will be waiting to see what options manager Claudio Ranieri plumps for.

  • Graeme

    Nov 17, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #21

    According to HITC / Chronicle – NUFC would only sell Sissoko or Perez if an offer of over £15 million was received. They don’t want to sell, but are concious that they need funds to help with their re-building programme!!!

    And TV gave them how much???

  • Tsunki

    Nov 17, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #22

    I dunno Stevie boy – we’re pretty consistent I’d say! Not many other teams putting in consecutive bad results in the way we’ve been managing to.

  • BandB

    Nov 17, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Twenty years time….

    Trillionaire Mike Ashley, knighted by Queen Elizabeth in the summer, has outlined his plans for Newcastle Sports Direct United and Hotels Ltd.
    The Chester-le-Street based club, aiming to build on last season’s 16th place finish, is targeting eighth place and hoping to end a 67-year cup drought as Sir Mike re-stated he still hopes to win something.
    The Prime Minister of HM Government Direct explained that he hopes to take advantage of new legislation placing all footballers on zero hour contracts, limiting squad sizes to 14 and returning to the “no-substiutes” rule of 80 years ago.
    Meanwhile, Steve McClaren, professional football’s longest serving manager, celebrated a new 15 year contract and hailed 52 year-old double amputee Fabricio Coloccini as “the signing of the summer.”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #24

    It would be a huge lick in the teeth if Perez was sold for any amount at this stage unless of course it was Gareth Bale/ Suarez type money and he hasn’t done enough for that and Lpool and Spyrs offered said players new improved deals to successefully persuade them to stay longer.

  • Graeme

    Nov 17, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail – it would be an unmitigated disaster to sell Perez.

    I have no problem with moving Sissoko for that sort of money, LeSulk wouldn’t be that difficult to replace, if they decided to replace sold players with something better, rather than something cheaper.

    We are seriously short of a depth of quality; not replacing a player, in our current precarious position just adds to the risk of relegation we already face.

  • cyprus

    Nov 17, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Let’s put it this way: if Vardy doesn’t play I’ll eat my hat…

    Aaaaand, if he doesn’t get to score somehow, I’ll buy you guys a pizza.

    But, hope we win. Expect a draw, 2-2. (Don’t bet it)

  • Thump

    Nov 17, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #27

    @cyprus: You’ll buy us all a pizza?

    Are you by any chance working with Papa Johns on this one?

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #28


    I know she’s an old battle axe who Charlie probably wouldn’t mind replacing but surely lizzy won’t last another 20 years. Will she?

    Made me chuckle. Also a little bit sick in my mouth.

  • croftus5678

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #29

    i would normally say we have a good chance of picking up points in 5 of those games but tbh the way we play i find it hard to commit to us getting anything from our away games as we just dont look interested !

    leic and villa i’ll go for wins but i see draws at palace and wba the rest losses (i hope not mind)

  • BandB

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Advances in medicine AC.
    Meanwhile the 74 year-old Steve’s new 15-year contact would still run out a year shy of the mandatory retirement age of 90, under the Government’s “Work Til You Die” innovations for hard-working families.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Yes BandB, the humour is unfortunately tainted with the strong tinge of possibility. Thanks for that 🙁

  • BandB

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Sorry Tsunki,

    Sorry, I can sweeten the pill for you, courtesy of the news team at BBC Direct.

    “The mandatory retirement age of 90 under the Government’s EXCITING innovations for hard working families.”

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #33


    I do think I qualify for that program stateside 🙂

  • BandB

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #34


    I bet you do.
    Never mind, Workhouses Direct and Involuntary Euthanasia Direct might come to your rescue before then.

  • bladeuser

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Eds blog is stale same statements repeated week in week out
    Its boring he is boring
    ED OUT

  • chuck

    Nov 17, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #36

    NUFC like an orchestra has to have the equivalent of a conductor, which we have lacked since ival of Ashley.

    At present our owner is the one making all decisions, though he claims to have done the opposite with a hands off policy.

    Do you think for a moment our pudgy little GM or whatever title has been bestowed on him, makes any decisions without Ashley’s blessing, no way.

    Do you think it’s anyone apart from Ashley who decides policy, for instance the fact we buy cheap and try to make a profit from each deal, is no different from his SD management program.

    He hires only yes men with nowhere else to go, resulting in what we have all experienced for the last few years, a fight to survive in the EPL, with it’s big money rewards.

    Yes we are a s**t team because we have c**p management from GM to manager, who are treated like mushrooms, kept in the dark and have no say (except Carr) in who comes or goes.

    I ask you is this any way to run a football club ?

    Our first need is a decent H/Coach, one with a track record, actually Moyes could be that head coach, having done well with Everton, who’s owner , another cheapskate, wasn’t known for throwing his money away.

    Certainly this loser recently fired from a second tier side and this was only one of a long list of being fired., is not the answer, ffs there are decent managers out there who could change things around at this club if given the opportunity.

    The guy has been found to have more excuses than Pardew, who we all thought was another lousey manager.

    It’s just the fact Ashley finds it difficult to let go, by giving up his all controlling position, believing he has developed a new way to run a PL club, which in fact can easily be described as a selling club, which only hires those willing to take orders, his orders and have a stack of answer’s regarding his role, which is to win games.

    However that appears not to be working, ever wonder why ?


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