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McClaren Thanks Ireland – Praises Leicester

5:35 pm, Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 43 Comments

Steve McClaren has given his press conference today and there’s news that Gabby Obertan is out for at least four months with a recurrence of the hamstring injury he picked up in training at the end of September and he has had surgery in France for it earlier this week.

Steve also talked about Rob Elliot and was relieved Rob didn’t have to play for Ireland during the International break – but they did great in beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-1 on aggregate in their play-off game and qualified for the Euro 2016 Championships in France next summer.

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Steve McClaren – gave his press conference today

It seems that Steve had a number of conversations with Ireland manager Martin O’Neill who seemed to appreciate Newcastle’s dodgy predicament with goalkeepers.

Steve presumably offered Rob if there was an emergency over the two game play-off with the goalkeepers they had in the squad.

But as it turned out Darren Randoph of West Ham played in the games and Ireland did very well indeed to qualify.

This is what Steve said about Rob Elliot during his press conference:

“He’s fine and he’s fit for the game. We said that to Martin O’Neil a couple of weeks ago. We were up front, we told them he would be fit and we wanted him to play against Leicester so we were open about it.”

“After discussions with Rob he stayed here. We thank Ireland for that and also congratulate them.”

“It’s a fantastic achievement for the Republic to qualify.” “The door was always open for Rob if anything had happened during the two games.”

And Steve talked about the new Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri and how well he’s done at  the King Power Stadium so far this season.

It’s interesting that Leicester are 3rd top of the Premier League and last year at this time they had an identical record to Newcastle with 10 points from 12 games and 4th bottom of the league.

This is what Steve said about the 64 year-old Italian manager:

“Ranieri has come into Leicester and done a fantastic job. He hasn’t tinkered too much and has adapted very well to the Premier League.”

“They have very good players, like Vardy, Mahrez and Drinkwater. That is why they are one point off the top.”

“We are trying to turn the corner. We are doing that slowly and have to keep grinding away.”

“It’s about showing fight, great attitude on the field and ultimately winning games. If we do that, that crowds will come back.”

Claudio managed Chelsea for four years from 2000 before being replaced by Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2004.

That was even after Chelsea finished second top of the Premier League in 2004 with 79 points – but 11 points behind Champions Manchester United – so Claudio does have ample experience in England’s top league.

We really need a win tomorrow at St. James’ Park  but Leicester – who are 3rd top of the Premier League just one point behind the leaders – will be a huge challenge for us.

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43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 20, 2015 at 5:45 PM


    dunno why, I got a hunch were gonna smash them tomorrow

  • 2 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Dok has put a force field around the blog !!!

    I think (hope ) we’ll blow them away too .

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 20, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    …and we have some very good players in Perez, Mitro and Gini that’s why we are…ohh well forget about that!

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 20, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    dok…I think the game tomorrow is gonna be down to how conservative and repeative Macca going to be!

    …it he manager enough to tamper with the line up?

    *Seeing as repeative is not a word what do you call the action of doing something over and over again?

  • 5 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Hatem ben Arfa
    Nice vs Lyon
    Here in an hour

  • 6 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 6:28 PM


  • 7 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 20, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    id go with ad nauseum lol

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 20, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Jeff…that’s the word I was looking for 😉

  • 9 AncientC // Nov 20, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    I don’t rate our chances of getting 3 points if Tiote & Anita play together.

    It may be time to role the dice and play Thauvin; otherwise I can see us playing like the away side with two anti-footballers in the middle of the park.

  • 10 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 20, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    but we have played better this season than the last several, so, baby steps I suppose… which translated, means my grandson, will see a cup when hes 57..

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 20, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    dok…are you born a Texan?

    My favorite city is Fort Worth, but I know you live in Houston!

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    I went there back in 2007 I think 🙂

  • 13 Ibizatoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Jesper…As Dok appears to have gone….He’s a NYC native, dude, not from Texas, where he just went to be, like, a cowboy and stuff. Yee-Hah!

    Glad to be of service.

  • 14 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    If he live in Houston don’t call him a Cowboy (that’s Dallas) call nim an Oiler 😎

  • 15 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    him – even

  • 16 TroubledToon // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Hey guys… Happened to stumble on a list of unattached players. Dunno how accurate it is, but mehh.. Wat the heck.. There isn’t much happening anyway on the blog these days.
    Must say though… A Lotta former players of ours are on the list.

    List the Top 3 ud like to see coming to us in Jan 🙂
    (Alert: Most of the guys on the list are shite) 😀

  • 17 Ibizatoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Jib…Well, that’s IF he does indeed live in Houston. All I’m vouching for is that he’s from NYC and lives in Texas (Because he’s a cowboy).

    Please don’t ruin my thinking that most people in Texas are cowboys and cowgirls.

  • 18 Ibizatoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    TroubledToon…Are you trying to depress people? 🙂

    Why do we need to look at unattached players for January? Did we run out of money again?

    Quick, start selling players – get that bank balance back up.

  • 19 TroubledToon // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:13 PM


    Thankfully, tomorrow the Football action starts and I don’t have to resort to such things to kill time 😀

  • 20 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    for the record…

    born and raised in NYC, currently living in san Antonio… NOT a cowboy, those hats and boots are dumb looking… I live here because of the wife… bu tam happy here kinda… at least my lad plays soccer year round…, of and hes 14-4-1 in goal… won 1-0 with 19 saves on Tuesday, and 3-2 with 8 saves last night… 🙂

  • 21 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Strangely there is a San Antonio where Ibiza lives !

  • 22 Ibizatoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    TroubledToon…Hopefully it’ll be enjoyable.

    Dok…Come on now, I think you’re protesting just a bit too much for my liking. It’s alright. Your secret is safe with me…cowboy.

    And yes, there is indeed a SAAAANNN AAAANNNNN here too. It’s simply lovely….

  • 23 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Anyone watching the Nice/Lyon game ?
    What a diving little shitbag that Lacazette is !

  • 24 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    im looking for the wormhole between the two, jib… I think its in the Alamo’s basement, next to peewee’s bike 🙂

  • 25 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Even more strange
    Ed was brought up in St Anthony’s Walker (St Anthony = San Antonio Mr Tuff )

  • 26 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    and Ibiza, loosen of yoru bikini strings..theye a tad tight on ya lol

  • 27 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Probably next to where Mick Jagger got arrested for peeing in public !

  • 28 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Sorry it was Ozzy Osbourne

  • 29 Ibizatoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    Dok…Are you calling me fat?

    Jib…That is strange. What or where is “San Antonio Mr Tuff”?

    Not watching the game. Did we do well to avoid signing him?

  • 30 Ibizatoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Just think of the difference it would have made if Maroon 5 had made that same change.

    oOoOo…moves like Ozzy.

    So yeah, football’s back on tomorrow.

  • 31 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    not at all, just saying yoru thongs a bit tight lol

  • 32 Ibizatoon // Nov 20, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Dok…Fair enough. I like them snug.

    Early start for you tomorrow then, going to watch the game?

    I’m getting myself prepped for the 5am starts.

  • 33 lochinvar // Nov 20, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Did the Manure medical team know that Obertan was an injury liability before we signed him ?
    Makes you think.

  • 34 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 20, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    dok…San Antonio you say! You never lived in Houston?

    Okay so you found yourself a Cowgirl and she didn’t want to be a Yankee?

  • 35 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 20, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    ye s, was in Houston for ten yrs, and nowe in SA…

  • 36 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    I’m watching Nice vs Lyon thinking Ben Arfa looks half decent , his work rate is crap , and movement is terrible , but on the ball he has some nice touches.

    Then it all gets put into perspective , Lyon are losing 3 – 0 , so who do they bring on as game changing impact player ?

    The 35 year old Steed Malbranque !!!!

    He was shite when The Mackems signed him from Spurs 8 years ago !

    Ligue1 is truly a crock.

  • 37 lochinvar // Nov 20, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Some local reports are now starting to come out on which players could be our real transfer targets in January and according to a report in the Chronicle today we are tracking Bordeaux playmaker Wahbi Khazri.

    Sounds promising – sounds like a Jedi Knight – May the Toon be with us

  • 38 Jib // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    The suggested teams

  • 39 welshgeordie9 // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    2-0 to us tomorrow both goals from perez.

  • 40 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:26 PM


    hope youre holding up well buddy

  • 41 welshgeordie9 // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:33 PM


    I’m alright for a minute mate, let you know in 3 weeks time when it all starts, in the meantime what would put a smile on my face at the minute is us getting three points against Leicester.

  • 42 Bambams // Nov 20, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Had a week away and no wifi so took some catching up on the blog.

    I have always enjoyed our games with Leicester. ….over the years there have been some really fantastic games.

    I cannot call this one, it just depends on which Toon team turns up.

    Thing is we need to start picking up wins.

    3-2 either way, hopefully to the Toon.

  • 43 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 20, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    ill email the club and demand they get four then 🙂

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