Some Strange Comments From Steve McClaren


Steve McClaren was interviewed on BBC Newcastle after the surrender yesterday to Leicester City and that wasn’t the first time this season we’ve raised the white flag before the end of a game.

Newcastle were pitiful and no better than we were two weeks ago when we scored with our only shot on target at Bournemouth to get a 1-0 win.

Yesterday it wasn;lt until the last 20 minutes that we had two shots on target but didn’t score for the seventh league game this season – and we were taken apart 3-0 at home in front of 50,000 fans.

It was a disgrace and more of this kind of stuff this season will see us relegated – and rightly so.

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Steve McClaren – with a choke hold on himself yesterday
Yes – it was that bad


Steve McClaren was asked if the win at Bournemouth hid what was really a poor performance from the team.

This is how McClaren answered that question:

“Absolutely. Absolutely right and got punished against Leicester.”

“We didn’t get punished against Bournemouth but we got punished today. You think that is a one-off display v Bournemouth and buoyed and get a bit of a belief from the win.”

“I understand the fans’ frustrations and annoyance, we know it is not right and we have asked for patience…that performance is not acceptable.”

“The thing about this crowd is – forget the entertainment –  forget the winning of games – if they see application and effort…they didn’t really see that today.”   Why not?

“Every game you look at your opponent and roll your sleeves up. That is what we must do, week in week out.”

“We stressed a lot of things already and we will stress a lot of things Monday to Friday, to make sure we are ready for next Saturday.”

“It is character, it takes men, it takes a lot of ingredients and we are aware of where we are.” It’s the worst start in the league in our history.

“We know there is talent and ability in that dressing room and certain characteristics have to come out, to make sure you get out, stay out and get to number one. Leicester have shown, there is the example to them in there.”

“That is what can happen here and I can’t wait for Monday morning and getting back to work.”

Those comments after another poor display are getting a bit repetitive, tedious and even a little strange.

At some point, McClaren has to take almost complete responsibility when his team doesn’t show up for a game.

That’s what happened yesterday – and not for the first time this season.

But maybe it’s just me – frustrated, worried and even angry at yet another pathetic and hapless performance from this Newcastle side.

This year has been a really tough one for Newcastle fans – that’s for sure.


106 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    How can a team that played that well vs. Stoke, City (1st), Soton (1st), Norwich, etc. play this bad?

    Blame Ashley and the rest, ok.

    How is this the most unpredictable team in the league, as far back as I can remember? That’s the crazy one. Change of owners, personnel, it stays the same: Inconsistency.

    No one has ever blamed the tea ladies… Maybe ?!

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost

    Slank@36

    Yes, but the parasite sets the budget and targets to be achieved, and appoints our joke of a Board.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Btw vardy is the quickest PL player and sissoko our nearest is 19 th. Just a stat. I know.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4

    BOYCOTT?

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    get out now

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Ha Ha let’s get a crew /mob / rabble / shower / collection / gathering / ensemble / herd / movement / crowd etc. together 🙂

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  • cyprus

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    How do you get hired as an NUFC tea lady? What kind of connections must you have? Are the place of birth and allegiances triangulated?

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Repost that one, one Alan shearer.

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    true geordie puts it succinctly

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Cyprus – can’t blame the tea lady as at least she had the bottle to resign ( ok she retired and will I know be sorely missed )

    What happens if you cross David Ike with Duty Dawg do you get Steve McLaren ?

    It’s all becoming bizarre and we are only one statement away from something to rival Cantona. ” if the Tyne flows backwards we can all have more fishy on a dishy ”

    I feel like it’s not real, a bad trip, one too many sherbets, an alternative place but it’s not and that’s the scary part.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    One Alan Shearer

    Our budget is nowhere near Leicester’s, yet they have a manager who gets the team playing to the sum of it’s parts, playing like demons for each other.

    They didn’t waste obscene amounts on cabella, Riviere, Thauvin etc. 30M + just there on french playboys.

    Carr is looking more and more accountable now.

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    # Deputy Dawg

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Cyprus you must be willing to work zero hour, zero pay, and hit the minimum wage only when you hit the 20,000 cups served / year target

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Dismantle the board and it’s grasping remit!

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    The malaise?

    Direct from erm….shite defect.

    So direct from the slug himself.

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Lindisfarne

    My posting of the pic was in response to these two posts

    (JDdubai // Nov 21, 2015 at 8:43 AM
    Lindisfarne
    I saw Colo at LB and moved on tbh.

    Lindisfarne // Nov 21, 2015 at 8:46 AM
    JDdubai – I don’t have a clue about the back four to be honest.)

    It was an (awful) attempt at humour and more of a pop at Charnley than you.

    Sorry if it caused offence

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Munster

    You’re just tiresome, period. If you actually looked at the points I raised I was largely agreeing with you muppet.

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Read McLaren’s statements again – he’s lost the plot , lost the players, lost the fans.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #19

    Maybe we should get some more coaching staff from Derby come January…and maybe promote our new secretary to board level!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #20

    What went wrong on the pitch was:

    1 – Using a high defensive line and general frailty. In an attempt to control the ball in midfield the back four pushed up and were unsettled when facing their own goal.

    2 – Sloppy passing, again, which gave away possession to readily and in vunerable positions on the pitch. Sucking the defence forward.

    3 – Ulloa started for Leicester, giving them a solid anchor in our third which they could dependably pass, or he attracted defenders and created space for his team mates.

    It was like turning up to a firing range with a sawn off shot gun, hitting everything with little penetration and creating an absolute mess.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #21

    Munster

    It’s very easy to Brit bash as our record for the last god knows how many years shows.

    Some like mag 52 would love to see a foreign coach like a Martinez fail just to prove a pathetic xenophobic point.

    Garde has taken on a club 4 points adrift before he got there. Hardly a fair comparison.
    I would love to see a Ranieri, Pochetino, Klopp come here and if they fail fair enough, but like the English rugby team picking an aussie with a proven track record, we are crying out for change.

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  • magpie6699

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #22

    To call yesterday’s performance rubbish is an insult to rubbish. Yes Leicester are a solid team with pace but we showed zero skill, zero desire and never looked like a team in any way. I excuse Rob Elliott who did make some decent saves and had no chance with the goals and I also think Anita tried to get some tackles in – but 2 against 11 is never going to work The rest were absent (Mitro, Ayoze, Gini, Sissoko etc ) or pathetic (Dummett etc. If we happened to string 3 passes together it was a fluke. Hopeless, useless and joyless. Merry Xmas!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #23

    …damn it! We did that already!
    What about getting someone in with tourettes syndrom who cannot pronounce anyone’s name?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #24

    Jib – thank you and despite my request slightly unexpected. My simplistic expression about the back four is due to the lack of available quality and little opportunity of improvement. A fact Lee ‘Penfold’ Charnley has no clue about , agreed.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #25

    Ready for next Saturday – give it a rest.
    Yesterday was a continuation of the Bournemouth game 1 shot on target give the ball away when in possession (could of got thumped) and now we have got the loosing mentality back – go one down throw the towel in.
    Don’t need the best players to get out of this mess we need 11 fighters on the pitch and on the bench NOT the gutless SHITE trolled out yesterday.
    Rotondo
    As of Riviere I thought he had something about him only didn’t bring his scoring boots with him – but his movement link up play was excellent with Perez – much better than the statue that is Mitrodick

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #26

    A few random thoughts

    It’s way too early to be talking about sacking the coach , that’s what clubs like Sunderland do.

    Everyone in the game and their granny acknowledges that Cathro and McClaren are good coaches.

    We have played well at times this season the last two shockers don’t change that.

    Perhaps the Francophones have been more affected than we thought (Brussels was in lock down yesterday and Anderlechts game cancelled)

    There are certain posters on here absolutely revelling in NUFC’s current plight and constantly posting , this is strange behaviour for a genuime fan. Band B , Mr Tuff , Ibiza , and Jesper to their credit have hardly been on .
    Whereas Tsunki has verbal diarrhoea , very weird.

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #27

    jib the master of bates

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  • AncientC

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #28

    Let’s see, we finished last season the worst team in the division. The answer? 4 senior players were let go in the summer… 4 players came in. One 21 years old, another 20. Then we have the suspect Thauvin deal, a player so badly out of form he was being chased out by Marseille fans, not forgetting he wanted nothing to do with Nufc when he signed for Lille.

    Wijnaldum was the only player signed that you could call senior material.

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #29

    Mark Douglas in the Ronnie Gill today

    “Newcastle’s problem – well, the main one anyway – is that they are trying to play possession football without a midfield that is comfortable in possession. Moussa Sissoko isn’t, Cheick Tiote falls short of the mark and Vurnon Anita will never offer the creativity of a Cabaye.”

    Hard to argue with that

    The reason he mentions Cabaye is he is looking at our match against Palace

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 22, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #30

    From memory is it two years ago that we put in a run of 6 (?) wins and have been unable to repeat since, or even come halfway close to?

    I wish Ed would stop referncing AP leaving to the beginning of this miserable episode. It makes me wonder if we are paying for being too good under KK1 as it does seem that the resulting decline has been due to incompetence. Whether that is over or under paying for players, Managers with millstones around their necks and business models that can fail to a greater or lesser degree but always make money.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 22, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #31

    Well…I do have a life 😉

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  • anthc

    Nov 22, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #32

    Strange comments, the man is a public speaking clone of pardumb. Judge me after 10 games err no 13 games. Our performance wasn’t good enough back to work Monday blah blah blah. He’ll be putting his Dutch accent on next!
    I thought the game was disgusting and fans should be reimbursed their hard earned cash.
    Anita was playing sweeper yesterday wtf? Gini sissoko were missing so no wonder our midfield was garbage. 100k a week champions league football? Moussa needs a reality check and brought back down to earth with a massive bump. Utter dross yet again and playing good for half matches here and there isn’t good enough. Mclarens on borrowed time with me and Mr carr needs a rollicking too with the money wasted.

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 22, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #33

    his time was up when he started the verbal stuff that comes from his anus
    ASHLEY OUT

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  • banjax

    Nov 22, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #34

    McLaren’s post match comments took a third person angle, as though he was looking in at the cretinous display like the rest of us and as if he was shocked and surprised like the rest of us. This reality detachment from McLaren is very disturbing since he is supposed to be the guy who gets us out this shit. He can’t just meekly state the performance is unacceptable, he does this every week. We need and demand decisive action from the owner. Lee Charnley and Steve McLaren need to go, they have had their chance. Liverpool, West Ham, and Leicester all acted decisively in the Summer and look at their status now. We need to employ winners to run our great club, people who show ambition and hard work to get the results Newcastle United badly need. Time is wasting and inaction is crippling our club ! Time to crack on Ashley !

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 22, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #35

    banjax…exactly! How can one expect to have a club with winner mentality when those running the club have pro forma goals each season which does not not to be reached!

    …and when not reached there’s no consequence what so ever for those in positions with what was suppose to be responsibility!

    In my book McClaren is just as big a joke as Pardew and Carver! I don’t know why they are here for a owners standpoint. I don’t get the common argument that they are shielding Ashley (they are costing him money in the process).

    The big question is what are they (McClaren and Pardew before) getting in return? Maybe it’s just the case of opportunists seeing an opportunity. Remember it did turn out better for Pardew 😉

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  • sparky55

    Nov 22, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #36

    I’ve not been on all weekend because I’m so disappointed and gutted.

    I wasn’t expecting much because I could see what was going to happen if he picked the same team and played with a high line…which unfortunately is exactly what he did…so not surprised there to be honest…but absolutely gutted that as a team there was no fight, no spirit, no cohesion and it didn’t look like they had a plan… even though I’m sure there was one of sorts…

    I can’t find the words to express how poor they were yesterday and how predictable the way we lost was.

    I said the day he was appointed I was completely underwhelmed and we paying some lots of money whose only success was at constantly failing…well guess what lads…has hasn’t changed, nothing has changed…he isn’t going to deliver

    So IMO we should sack him today to give the new coach time to assess the squad and have some input into who we buy in January instead of management team buying numpties and ‘potential’ instead of people that can do a job in a specific role on the pitch

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  • toon kk

    Nov 22, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #37

    There’s a lot of questions need to be answered at the club, starting with why aren’t the players match fit? Why the loosing attitude? Wheres the motivation? Why all the poor scouting? Why keep players that aren’t premier league quality? Why not play to Mitrovic’s strengths.
    The list goes on.

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  • sparky55

    Nov 22, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #38

    If ashley really cant see he needs to spend big money on a proven coach and give that coach cart blanche on who he brings in staff wise and player wise then he really is stupid.

    He knows what at stake here and he knows how much income he will lose if we go down…so why he puts up with this sh!te I just don’t know

    Maybe not so clever after all

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 22, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #39

    sparky…I am not advocating anything here, but you’ll never see Ashley sacking McClaren let alone Charnley!

    …that’s how sad Newcastle have become!

    …and predictable!

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 22, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #40

    one good thing showed exactly how shit colo was and sisykoko and gini need i go on

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