An Appalling Display And An Abysmal Record


Usually there are positives to take out of the game, but today there were very few positives to take out of the game – we guess we could say the result could have been 5-0 with Leicester missing some chances and easing off – but other than that – nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

It was an appalling display from Newcastle and when you look at our record in the league this season that´s abysmal too.

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Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson

Here´s our league record this season.

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Steve McClaren agrees the display today – especially in the second half – was appalling as he had this to say after the game:

“It was the worst performance we’ve had this season, very disappointing,” “And off the back of what has been a very good run.”

“We’ve had a big setback today, but that wasn’t us, that was nowhere near good enough, and all we can do is lick our wounds and work hard and make sure we’re better next week.”

The results of only 10 points in 13 games suggests that performance today was us – since the display was consistent with that record.

And we don´t know why it is taking Steve McClaren and his coaching staff this length of time to get Newcastle going.

Yes – he is a new coach with a new coaching staff – and we have some new players in the team – but there are a number of other  managers in the Premier League who came in last summer and they are doing well this season.

One of them is Claudio Ranieri whose Leicester City team – after they tore us apart today – are at the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal lost 2-1 at West Brom and Liverpool dismantled Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad.

And another new manager – Jurgen Klopp is already having an immediate impact at Anfield and his players are playing like men possessed – they certainly played like that today.

After our game at Crystal Palace next week there is a big test against Liverpool at home and we don´t fancy our chances in that game if the Reds play like they played  today at the Etihad.

But maybe our players will decide to turn up for that game with Liverpool being such a famous club.

Quique Sanchez Flores of Watford is another manager who has come in and is getting the best out of his players at the Hornets.

We´ll not even mention Alan Pardew who has completely  transformed Crystal Palace as soon as he arrived at the London club in early January.

And Mike Ashley has to be asking himself exactly what he got for the £53M Newcastle invested in the summer.

The team and players are letting the fans down this season but those at the top – the Newcastle Board and the owner are doing no better – and they have hardly covered themselves in glory with their decisions this year.

And make no mistake – this year´s results are the worst in the history of the club.

The way the club is being run has never worked in the eight years Mike Ashley has been the owner – we have finished in the top ten only twice and been relegated once.

But we are not changing anything in the way the club is run – and doing the same old things – and we are expecting better results?

There´s something very wrong with Newcastle United – and if we don´t correct things soon we´ll be a Championship club next season.

Yes – we are trying to be patient but a big turnaround has to come – and soon  – and we´ll have to spend some really big bucks in January to improve the squad.

This article is not meant to be overly negative – it´s just the facts and the results that are negative.



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113 comments so far

  • G

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Time to foxtrot oscar Macca. I would love to say its been nice, but that would be a lie

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #2

    We´ll not even mention Alan Pardew who has completely  transformed Crystal Palace as soon as he arrived at the London club in early January.

    Naughty, naughty, Ed! That’s a cheap shot of controversy in the blogs rosy behind. Tsk tsk tsk.

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  • manxpie

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #3

    manxpie // Nov 21, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    wats the bets then on pardew beating sunderland and us!!!within a week

    that can actually happen jesus christ!!

    tsunki you say that but wat has changed?

    its now mcclaren that gets stick infact so much so that you see the words “ive given him the chance”!

    so wat was the point of pardew going again?

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  • G

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #4

    When the only person motivating your team is your 3rd tier keeper, and your captain is one of the worst offenders for lack of movement, then you realise the problem is the coach. Dont let the door hit your backside on the way out Steve.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear. Give McLaren some of the players Pardew got before hanging him by his ankles.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Go on tell me the manager who will get this sorry excuse of a club working. I’ll wait.

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  • G

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #7

    @5 why? He can’t even get them to create space or run, he’s already outstayed his welcome.

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  • G

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Dyche

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  • Shot Bru

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #9

    G

    I wish the inept Schteve would disappear and take his corporate waffle with him.

    Unfortunately the boys club is here to stay.

    If, and it’s a big if, we avoid the drop, the excuse will be the Wally needed a season to sort us out.

    When we get relegated, the Wally will be regarded as the best man to get us back to the EPL.

    The malaise at the club is incredible.

    Ashley Oot
    Wally Oot
    Old Man Carr Oot
    Hanger on Moncur Oot

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  • G

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Agreed SB

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #11

    No point in moving SM out, the point has been ilustrated, Pardew was a willing incompetent subordinate, McLaren is the next one in. The problem is of course right at the top. Whoever you move out will be replaced like for like. This is your life.

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  • manxpie

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #12

    tsunki you said the first thing that needed to happen was that pardew left and you and everyone was right in saying so !
    wats changed seriously?

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Dyche? Guarantee?

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Isn’t it time to employ a foreign coach? Not being funny but modern British managers have no clue!! It’s no surprise the new managers of this season are all out performing mcclaren and they are all foreigners!!

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #15

    However good a coach Macca may or may not be, he is certainly not capable of motivating the players with so many dire no-show performances so far under his leadership. Ranieri definitely seems to have that gift – though he is not blessed with a squad that is obviously 15 places better than ours technically.

    Our performance continued from where we left off at Bournemouth but without the luck we didn’t deserve then ….. or now.

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  • colwell

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Some how we have managed to spend a lot of money on shite, we have never been blessed with spending much and when we get the chance Carr fcuks it right up. Sorry but the shite he brings in far out weighs the gems he needs to be fcuked off before McClaren.

    Teams don’t like mass dealings but if and its a massive IF now we actually stay up we need to sell at least 70% of the squad its so poor and rebuild fcuk the time it takes players to gel no way can they be worse then now.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Manxpie no idea what your question is

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Tsunki, its a brave call to hold on to SMC, fair play to you. We are almost in agreement . So i wont call you a stupid bollocks like some of the anti pardew obsessives on here. I agree that he deserved the boot, some time ago. But I thunk if Carr didnt have the ego he has, he might have got Pardew better players when we got 5th. Instead he went and did a typical Carr move – bought a flimsy bloke like Anita a luxury rather than a necessity, instead of a big centre half and some fast unit of a stiker. Sure look, the club is poisoned all over. I do think Ashley is improving, if only because of the preniership windfall he could lose, and I hope Carr is axed unless he starts dropping his wet dreams re the Thauvins, Marveaux and Cabellas of this world.

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  • toon kk

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Most of the players aren’t good enough and never will be. We badly lack pace.
    The poor scouting of buy to sell regime hasn’t worked.
    it wouldn’t make any difference who our manager was with our current flops.

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #20

    9 points off Palace in 10th and that’s 12 if they rip us apart.
    Mclaren has no place to hide. He’s as inspiring as a wet mackerel.
    The players have no interest, it’s not even funny it’s an insult.

    The tactics are inept, how does it go.
    McLaren ” Footballs a game of two halves. In the first half I want you to pass sideways and backwards and try to keep the ball if you possibly can. Then in the second half just do the same. If they don’t score we’re on for a point. Jobs a good un. Isn’t it ?”

    Leicester fed their 3,000 fans before they travelled . Newcastle failed to offer a cup of tea to visiting press.

    Ashley has no class, no idea, no plan. It’s shameful and embossing .
    The club has been sterilised.

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  • thejokethatisnufc

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #21

    What a joke our club is

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #22

    The poison is this. Ashley has prescribed a thrift model that maximises profit. Carr and Charnley happily work to this remit, both compromising with each other over how much to spend and what quality is affordable. The result is a compromised squad that treads water in the league whilst St and shirt sales remain buoyant, and TV revenue rolls in in increasing amounts.

    Ashley Out, Charnley / Carr asset acquisition department Out.

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #23

    #embarrassing
    And the rest

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  • banjax

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #24

    So how long will Ashley allow this debacle continue. We’ve been told by all and sundry at the club that they are improving. Little pearls like ..’judge me after 9 games..’ We’ve had all this guff only to see a team which leaks goals as bad as ever and players who could’nt give a toss. We are all wasting our money turning out on match days because the players don’t. We need to see sackings and radical personnel surgery performed at the club. The current team are an embarrassing bunch of slackers for whom the Sunday league would be too good. Time for change and no more acceptance of failure because we are sleepwalking to relegation !

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  • jimiley

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #25

    I think thats FOUR wins all year for Steve. Hmmmm. Problems, problems. Blind faith indeed.

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  • G

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Tsunki, there are never guarantees in managers, but he would at least make sure the buggers work for their pay. What I witnessed today was at least 10 players who couldn’t be bothered, and that is unacceptable.

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  • manxpie

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #27

    tsunki you said tonight without doubt pardew needed to go,
    for wat reason? after knowing all the changes and not any changes why are you still stating that?

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  • BandB

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #28

    I had hoped that £50m worth of new players might put a million volts through the rotting, stitched together Frankenstein’s monster that was our squad last season.
    The danger always was that it wouldn’t be enough in the way of fresh moving parts to keep the clapped out Monster trundling on from week to week.
    I feared that the new parts would become infected and pestilent before January, when a few more fresh parts MIGHT be stitched on.
    Sadly, I’ve seen signs of gangrene in all the new parts in recent weeks. They have been dragged down, unable to keep the bloated mess buoyant. Which has been the fate of all our to little too late signings for years. Worrying signs of couldn’t care less are on show already.
    I don’t see much hope of two or three buys in January making all the difference.
    Anyone seriously still think we are just a couple of signings from being a top eight outfit?

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  • yorkymag

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Tsunaki
    We have spent £50 m in one window on absolute shite hardly a thrift model
    Simple incompetence from a poor scout ,a better manager would definitely help but you can’t make a silk purse…….

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  • VanBasten

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #30

    What a lacklustre performance by the lads!!!! After watching el Clasico and Barcelona trash Real Madrid away, arguably the best club team of all time. It’s evident that Newcastle’s team lack 3 big things: COMMITMENT / PASSION, SKILLS AND MOVEMENT.

    Commitment / Passion – No desire outrun their opponents, win challenges & put their bodies on the line, basically give 100%

    Guilty of this today: Sissoko, Wijnaldum & Florian Thauvin

    Skills – Some players don’t have the required skills to be playing at this level . In the modern game, if you are a fullback, you need to be good both offensively and defensively. Just one of the two won’t cut it.

    Also, passing was dreadful today.

    Guilty of this today: Paul Dummett, Janmaat, Sissoko, Wijnaldum

    Movement – Movement without the ball is one of the most important aspects in modern football. Even if you don’t have the skills at least you need to be moving to become playable. If you want to play a system that involves a lot of possession then movement is vital.

    Guilty of this today: Whole team except for Perez, Mbemba & Anita.

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  • toon kk

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Our toon
    I agree it’s time we tried a young foreign manager, but like any manager to get results you at least need pace and more quality than the flops we possess

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  • G

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Tsunki has a point that the club is rotten, I agree we need an overhaul from the boardroom down, but hanging onto a coach who can’t even get players to move is suicide.

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  • the broons

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #33

    colwell

    Mbemba, Mitrovic and wijnaldum are all good signings. Mitrovic seems to have a bit of Balotelli about him (evident today in his body language).

    Wijnaldum is a match winner but not a game changer (2 different things)

    Mbemba in my opinion by far our best signing, not great today by any means, but for someone so young and learning the game he has singlehandedly kept that defence up by his own.

    Now onto the sad truth, lets analyse the team and i will say where we need strengthening in order to be truly competitive in the modern premier league.

    Goalkeeper- Krul, Elliot, Darlow- Obviously our current situation isn’t great but I don’t think we can ask for yet another keeper. We should be training Krul in training when fit to be more commanding in the air and how to actually kick the ball with his feet!

    Full backs- horrendous! Mbabu a youngin thats just came into the team is the best defender out of all them. And yes am including overrated janmaat. need a new left back and right back.

    Centre backs- Mbemba is quality but needs a proper centre back alongside him who he can actually learn from. Collocinin doesn’t fit the bill by a wide stretch.

    Centre mids- We have too many at the club who aren’t good enough unfortunately, sissoko and wiji need to start playing more central with a proper holding midfielder behind them.

    Wingers- along with defenders we need proper out an out wingers who can actually deliver to mitrovic. ( a striker who thrives on crosses into the box yet we get none into the box!!!)

    Strikers- would prefer a charlie austin mould striker as mitro and perez are still very young and raw.

    So if we strengthen suffieceintly it should only cost us what? 100 million on the right player….. oh right

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Imagine Ashley’s reaction if Sports Dire put in a performance like that.
    Put the players on zero hours.
    Fine them for not turning up fit to work.
    Put the Manager on Gardening leave.
    Sell the company.
    Start again.
    Please.

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Shot Bru, your point about corporate waffle is well made. I appreciate you may not be a rugby fan, but corporate talk is all over tht game too. Getting the ball out of your own 22 in rugby is now called your “exit strategy” . I kid you not. Rugby fans are constantly bombarded with noise about “the group” , “process management” , “process improvement” and “the brand on the pitch” . Honest.

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  • Shot Bru

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #36

    Our Toon. Totally agree.

    If Scteve does go, another Clueless Brit like Moyes will replace him in the boys club.

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  • G

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #37

    @30, I would add Elliot to that list, at least he tried to get the players to move, and none of those goals were his fault. My MOM

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  • manxpie

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #38

    the squad has always been the problem why isn’t that stated every day and night!!!
    its obvious to any fan ffs
    but it was pardew who was at fault
    and now its macca

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  • jimiley

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #39

    I am not a student of Toon history but I think the last 11 months are the worst ever in our long history. About 4 or 5 wins all year. Incredible. Better times are just around the corner.

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  • manxpie

    Nov 21, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #40

    who are you supporting on monday mr tuff ? 🙂

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