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Newcastle Player Likely To Be Dropped For Palace Game

11:31 pm, Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

The game against Leicester City on Saturday was played after the third two-week International break since early September  and that hasn’t helped Premier League sides settle down, and with International games, European club games and the Premier League games, there just seems to be far too many games crammed into the season.

And maybe that’s one reason why there are so many injuries these days with the players – no more so than at Newcastle.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic – not in form

Mitrovic was involved in some criticism when he was with the Serbian side who were badly beaten 4-1 by the Czech Republic over a week ago and he is one of the players criticized for their attitude.

And Mitro had another quiet game for Newcastle on Saturday and head coach Steve McClaren was asked after the 3-0 defeat by Leicester if Mitro would be dropped for the game at Crustal Place next weekend:

“We will have a look at that. We have talked a lot about the disruption of the international break and players being away.”

“It is a lot of hullabaloo and also a lot of rubbish and no excuse. That is what football is.”

“Sometimes it is not all fine weather and going your way. Sometimes you have to roll your sleeves up and this is a time when we have to do exactly that.”

“Mitrovic is part of a Serbia team that has had a bad time. That might have affected him, but it is no excuse.”

“When he came off, maybe he thought by running off quicker it would give us more time to get back in the game!”

Mitrovic seemed a bit glum after he was withdrawn, but he was one of many Newcastle players who for the second game running had a very poor game.

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48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Nov 22, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 firebug666 // Nov 22, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    So maybe we will replace Mitrovic with “OFF SIDE” Cisse then, Wow the excitement is unbearable.

  • 3 BandB // Nov 22, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Oh dear!

    This Mitrovic thing is a car crash that is going to happen in very slow motion.

  • 4 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 22, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    I would put Mbabu at right back and Janmaat on the wing bring De Jong in to play up front with Perez got to be worth a try !! Because what we are doing is not working !

  • 5 lochinvar // Nov 22, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Play Mitrovic a little deeper with Cisse playing off him and see what happens – that should give most defences plenty to think about

  • 6 lochinvar // Nov 22, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Just been at the Sage to see Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell with the Lindisfarne story . Recalled the day when the band were at SJP when we beat Leicester 7-1 and memories of SBR.
    Just realised how low we have sunk since then.
    Wonga – Sports Dire – Ashley – Charnley – McLaren , even many of the players.
    They just don’t get it do they , they just don’t get it.

  • 7 Tsunki // Nov 22, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    is that a get you home tyre under his shirt or has he just got tight laggy in his hoggers?

  • 8 BandB // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM


    Listen to your Auntie B.
    Mitrovic already looks like an unhappy bunny to me. He’s already playing with a sneer on his face.
    If the club is going to brief against Mr M, then Mr M senior might get involved.
    Now, you are a nice guy,. So I wouldn’t like to see them blow your bloody doors off.

  • 9 nufc 11 // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Mbabu should be playing so either jannmat or summer make way this kid has passion know how and talent in spades I see janmatt as a emre can type should be played in midfield more than defence.

  • 10 Roosta // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    What a predicament we are in, we have to many players playing as individuals, body language and attitude are a major worry, we have Steve Black trying to do his bit, but it looks like its falling on deaf ears, our central midfield are for me is the MASSIVE problem, no one creating and its weak as hell, its all very well this tippy tappy square ball and chasing opposing midfielders around like Tiote Anita and Colback do, its just Pony, i dont think they would get in another Prem midfield.

    Mbabu has to come back in if fit, im afraid Dummett is over cautios and offering nothing going forward, plus he shadows to much, their third goal was horrendous to concede to of our players just watched the lad calmly clip it over for them to score, and as usual our defenders were ball watching,

    Colo has had far to many chances he is awful at defending anything coming in to the box and opposing attackers just walk past him in the box also, is Lascalles worse, im not sure but he deserves a chance he cant do any worse surely.

    I would play Colo in that Tiote roll though if these injuries keep on coming at least he is comfortable on the ball, but Mclaren may have to sacrifice his captain (he wont of course)

    My team for Palace is Elliot Janmatt Mbabu Lascalles Mbemba Colo Sissoko De jong Wiji Mitro Perez.

    We have to try something different, De Jong i know looks like he is playing a friendly against a Sunday league team but he may step up i have to give him that opportunity even if he looks half a kip, something has to change.

    Mclaren i am judging you after 13 games and its a C- and you are lucky to get that, 50,000 there yet again, its madness, we are mad, we are brainwashed.

  • 11 Charlietoon // Nov 23, 2015 at 12:56 AM

    Not voting in that poll as I don’t think a single player stepped up. Sissoko was pathetic, constantly watching balls go to other players instead of making winning the ball something that required the opposition effort. Our best set play taker is Thauvin and he cannot actually keep the ball more than five seconds. Our midfield is non existent and the players themselves seem to have no desire to chase the ball.

    Mclaren has failed to instil any confidence in the team. He has failed to come up with a game plan against a multitude of opponents that can get us in the game. I think we have had five games this season where he has said it is the worst so far which means we are not getting better. Our injuries are terrible but I would still at this point throw on some kids instead of the ‘professionals’ we have who dont seem to give two sh1tes

    Charnley has failed in his major job of finding us a decent manager.

    Ashley needs to fire both these tossers immediately if we are to save this team. Give the players someone they can stand looking at let alone looking up to.

  • 12 ilovetoon8788 // Nov 23, 2015 at 1:33 AM

    So-called progress talks by mclaren sounds like a joke now.

    If we don’t improve our attitude and give it a go in this league I’m sorry. We deserve to be relegated.

  • 13 Our Toon // Nov 23, 2015 at 2:40 AM

    The stupidest thing we could do is to play Colo as a DM, playing as a DM has nothing to do with how good you are on the ball. To play as a DM you need to able to read the game, be defensively sound and track runners, be a good tackler and not be scared to get hurt….be combative and know when to press!!

    I’d rather keep Colo as the CB, the weekend proved he’s not the cause of all our defensive woes, Janmaat is probably the worst culprit and has been for sometime. Standing on the penalty spot and watching ulloa is free space but doing FA about it. That is inexcusable

  • 14 Our Toon // Nov 23, 2015 at 2:45 AM

    As for mitrovic, I actually feel sorry for the lad, the service to him is so shite is unreal, the lad enjoys crosses and we don’t put them in for him to challange for. Most of the crosses at weekend were caught by Schmeichel!! The best cross was when Cisse came on.

    It’s no surprise the new players are becoming disillusioned as it seems like they are. Sold lies to join us and reality is setting in!!

  • 15 andrew84 // Nov 23, 2015 at 3:21 AM

    I’ve only just decided to watch the goals from Saturday as I was too hacked off to watch the highlights until now.

    Janmaat standing on the penalty spot, actually turning round to look at Ulloa and walking back towards him when the ball had already crossed the line…absolutely criminal.

    And as for the third goal, Janmaat again and Mbemba, neither of them had the bottle to try and get a head to the ball on its way down.

    After this weekend I have lost all respect for the current crop of ‘professionals’ – the coaches as well as the players. I’m going to start giving my support to a Northern League team, at least it’ll be honest graft! I suggest all NUFC season ticket holders do the same. The owner and the players are laughing at you all, do you even realise that?

  • 16 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 23, 2015 at 5:53 AM

    Our Toon…I think everyone are getting disillusioned mate 😉

    …not that I really blame ’em!

  • 17 lochinvar // Nov 23, 2015 at 5:55 AM

    Previous headline “Newcastle Star Reveals Mad Men In Dressing Room”

    Can’t really see Steve in the Mel Gibson role “Mad Macs”

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 23, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    Charlie…I know it’s easy to be smart in hindsight, but after last season some of us asked for a change. If mistakes were made that action would be taken.

    Charnley had to go and we need to appoint a GM who were qualified and we needed a modern capable Head Coach! We got neither and we said nothing had changed…

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Nov 23, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    We sacked a very popular Chris Hughton after a couple of dodgy results but also after beating Villa 6-0 the mackems 5-1 and a well deserved victory at the emirates, when will the cut off point be for this latest patsy.

  • 20 Ron Knee // Nov 23, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    McClaren was appointed by Charmless and Carr. Sacking him would be an admission that they’d made a mistake. How likely is that?

  • 21 firebug666 // Nov 23, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    I think that it’s a case of we get what we pay for, we don’t pay much in wages so the product only lasts for a couple of weeks before it starts to fall apart, that’s if it ever works to begin with.

    I don’t think there is a climb out from this, the players don’t want to be here, and the quickest way out for them is if we get relegated (and I think we will), they will jump ship and we will be left to tread water in the championship.

    The gap in points is starting to appear in the table, and in another couple of weeks without a win we will be too far behind to make those points up.

    This is a season long relegation scrap, and we are not ready for it, and the players simply don’t care, they are not up for the battle ahead.

  • 22 hibbitt // Nov 23, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    morning lads for what its worth i think Mc will walk once the crowd get on his back and it started on saturday i dont think this lot will sack him

  • 23 Ron Knee // Nov 23, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    That’s my feeling too.

  • 24 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 23, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    What a shambles. Can’t fault Elliot too much, he looked as frustrated as the rest of us when he got the ball and looked for his options. Anita had a passable first half, but fell away in the second. Nobody else even showed up.

    Mbemba was terrible, brushed off the ball so easily on numerous occasions. Colo and Dummet were both ineffectual at best, but all of them were made to look top drawer by Janmaat’s defensive efforts. It wasn’t even like he was getting good crosses into the box and causing them problems offensively.

    Sissoko, Gini and Thauvin were poor. Then we have the strike duo of Perez and Mitro. Very little to praise in the game from Perez. Mitro looked sluggish at best. At least in the first half he threw his body in the way in our box to block a shot or two. Something we could have done with from Mbemba and Janmaat for the third goal.

    Neither Perez or Mitro are going to do well with no service, and that is exactly what they got. Mitro’s body language was poor, but if all he is getting is long balls launched to him then honestly, I can’t blame him too much. I was exasperated just watching them doing it repeatedly.

    Now, McClaren, at half time there was a good opportunity to influence the performance and get a lift from the players. For the second game in a row he couldn’t. He has been under pressure for a while now, and he can’t deal with it. We have looked decent for around 300 minutes of football this season, it isn’t progress, no matter what people try to claim.

    We are now talking about a transfer plan b in January according to the Chronicle. Where does this leave the 3 window plan?

    Desperate stuff. This wasn’t just another defeat. This was a hammering. This was us being played off the park for the second week in a row. At any well run club, we wouldn’t be talking about whether he should be gone, he already would be, we would be discussing replacements. But that is just it, we aren’t well run, and the problems start at the top and run right through to the players.

    I’m looking forward to hearing what positives some people saw in this weekend, because I can’t see any.

  • 25 firebug666 // Nov 23, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    We spent 50 million and changed head coach and backroom staff to take us forward, and the fans began to dream again.

    Well we took a couple of steps forward (or so it seemed) but then reality strikes home as we realise that we are going backwards, stuck in reverse on full throttle and the breaks have gone.

  • 26 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 23, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    Yeah, McClaren doesn’t do pressure well – never has and has admitted this in the past. Once he realises he can’t cut it, he will be gone of his own volition and most likely disappear to a comfy sofa on an international sports channel.

    The question is, will the club be prepared for it and how many of those ’80’ applicants will reapply?

  • 27 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    hibbitt/Ron…Morning mates 🙂

    I think it’s more likely that McClaren will do I Pardew! He has no reason to leave since there’s no pressure from Charnley or Ashley to reach those pro forma goals!

  • 28 Ron Knee // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Garry Monk?

    Morning jesper!

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    firebug…when did you realize that you got sold half of Derby’s coaching staff? 😉 lol

  • 30 firebug666 // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:11 AM


    Sold half of Derby’s coaching staff?


    They couldn’t give them away quick enough mate.

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    Can’t see Gary Monk doing particularly well away from Swansea. He was working with a philosophy that he knew inside out, and had been instilled into the club by the previous 5 or 6 managers. Could he go elsewhere and recreate it? I doubt it.

    This struggle could be a sign that he hasn’t been able to continue the work done by previous better managers, but up to now it had stayed. As more changes happen within the squad, he can’t recreate what they had or what the previous managers had done, and now it is unravelling for him. Not saying that is what has happened, but there is probably a strong case to make for it.

  • 32 hibbitt // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    jesper …….Mc is not as hard nosed as pardue and does not need the money like pardue did………. there’s no doubt in my mind Mc cannot take the pressure and will walk its up to the the fans how much pressure is put on him and how soon i dont think Mc will be here in january

  • 33 nut meg // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    The pressure won’t come from Charnley as you say,but it will come from the supporters.As Lilo and a few others have already mentioned SM doesn’t handle pressure very well so he’ll probably walk. We are in a mess,as in deep sh8t so something needs to be done asap. I couldn’t get a decent stream so basically just kept in touch with the commentary . The co-commentator mention we were sluggish from the first minute and that we were well below the fitness levels off LC !!

  • 34 nut meg // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    too quick on the submit button…should have added, if we aren’t even fit how are we expected to compete in the fast & furious PL ?

  • 35 mindshaft // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    No chance Benitez would come to toon and no way we would pay the wages
    Much as I dislike him as a person I’d go for Rodgers and he is more likely to come

  • 36 mindshaft // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    half our team look way out of shape , most are knackered after 20 mins and then stand around making strolla look as if he was a whirlwind
    McClaren may be working on ball skills but I’ve seen no evidence of it

  • 37 magfly // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    Getting sick of driving 310miles every other week to watch this rubbish there is nothing in the way of effort from most of the players.

  • 38 nut meg // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    The house they tried to build on sand is now falling to the ground because of the missing foundations. They were warned !!

  • 39 hibbitt // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    mindshaft……..a lot on here who go to the games have been saying for weeks how poor the general fitness of the squad is …… on saturday it was highlighted by a team that never stopped running on or off the ball for the full 95 mins

  • 40 JamesToon // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    The toon army need a manager whose gonna get the players to work their socks off every game and play a good brand of football. The only real available managers that I see could do that for us is either Marcelo Bielsa or Jorge Sampaoli

  • 41 hibbitt // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    james and do you think either would come to work in a straight jacket and damage there reputation…… i think not

  • 42 Ron Knee // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    To become Newcastle manager you have be desperate to take a job – any job. It’s in the job description!

  • 43 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 23, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    I wouldn’t mind either of those. Favre is another decent shout. However, I can’t see McClaren getting sacked, and I can’t see Ashley, Charnley and/or Carr going after any of them if McClaren walked. The final nail in the coffin is that why would any of them come here?

  • 44 firebug666 // Nov 23, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    The simple truth about a Newcastle manager is we will never get a good one.

    Our managers (or Head Coach) has to be complicit with the inept running of the football club, have no desire to win anything, and be able to spin some sort of reasonable excuses to the masses to cover the short fall in his ability to get the team fit and winning games, cover the club ineptitude with delusions of how well we are run, then face the wrath of the fans when it all goes tits up.

    Now I think some list need to be revised.

  • 45 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 23, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    What the F**k is wrong at the club season after season we have been second best in the fitness stakes and Saturday was the worst I have seen in a whole team who looked unfit sorry are unfit !!!- you think something had been put in the tea – they were pathetic wandered around aimlessly caught out of position time and time again, easily knocked off the ball, let players run past them and for Mitrovic – absolute waste of space – should of been hooked first half didn’t looked interested – sorry only interested in trying to punch Huth and that was a pathetic effort.

    Tell you there is seriously something wrong in the club and it has passed to the fans who turn up with no enthusiasm – not expecting much, cannot be bothered to sing, have the piss taken out of them by opposition fans and give the biggest cheer for Vardy scoring.


    Looks like Swansea could be getting rid of Monk

  • 46 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 23, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Nut meg/hibbitt…I get that, but it took 4 years for us to put any real pressure on Pardew.

    …I don’t see McClaren anytime soon 🙂

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 23, 2015 at 8:10 AM


  • 48 Rotonda heights // Nov 23, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    MAG 52

    I think I owe you a massive apology re – the xenophobic claim. With memory not being what it was I think I confused you with Manxpie. Not that I appreciated what you called me, I do, however, recognise I was wrong in that particular regard and can only offer my sincere apologies on that score.

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