Reports McClaren To Be Given Ample Time To Recover

Steve McClaren will be given time to turn things around at Newcastle and there was more than one report in the Chronicle last week that Steve McClaren and the new coaching team will be given ample time to get things right.

That may be true but we there was also a report in the Chronicle on April 22nd that John Carver and Steve Stone “were the only viable” candidates for the head coaching job at Newcastle.

And that was after we had been beaten 3-1 at home by Tottenham which was our sixth defeat in a row.

No wonder Newcastle fans were in a panic at that time.

Steve McClaren Close Up B+W 2015

Steve McClaren – has to get some results on the board

We had five games to play on April 22nd and in the last three games we managed to get four points out of those games to survive – but we managed only 4 points in those final 11 games of last season.

John Carver and Steve Stone were sacked on Tuesday June 9th and in retrospect they just couldn’t do the job at Newcastle.

It was also a huge mistake by Managing Director Lee Charnley to leave them in charge for the whole of the second half of the season once Alan Pardew left us.

Lee Charnley was still allowed to pick the next coach in the summer and there were some good ones to choose from – but he picked Steve McClaren who was said to be the number one choice after Alan Pardew left Newcastle.

It seems Chief Scout Graham Carr  was influential in getting McClaren to Newcastle.

Steve wasn’t available until Derby County fired him on May 25th and that left the door open – and he was given the Newcastle job and that was announced on June 10th after Steve returned from his holiday in Greece.

It’s not very often you get a bigger job with more pressure after you have just failed at a smaller one.

Lee Charnley and company will be hoping that McClaren can turn things around and soon too, because we are now likely to go into January in the bottom three or close to it.

That’s because we have to play Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal in the seven games we have  through January 2nd and it’s difficult to get anything out of those three games.

If we play like we did on Saturday we’ll easily lose all three games and out goal difference will also take a hammering.

The one thing owner Mike Ashley is worried about is relegation and losing all that money by not being in the Premier League – and so we expect Mike to make more big money available in the January transfer window.

Steve will be given time with the new players to start winning some games.

But on the other hand, Newcastle have to start winning games before January rolls around.

Steve McClaren is in the results business and he doesn’t have many results to show in his first three months in charge of Newcastle this season, even though we spent a record £53M in last summer’s transfer window.

We hope Steve can turn this thing around but we cannot have the next 13 games get us only 10 points.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Shot Bru

    I can’t fathom some of SM’s decisions at all. Selling Kemen who we never got a look at but is highly rated and Abeid who along with perez and Aarons was a rare ray of sunshine last season. We’re desperately short of good DMs at the minute. Tiote is a shadow of his former self and injured again and Colback is at best a decent squad player. Neither have a creative bone in their body though.

    Also isolating Aarons and wanting him out on loan seems a strange one. Look at Dier and Alli at Spurs. If you’re good enough you’re old enough.

    Again making Colo captain and spunking 13M on Thauvin when we so desperately need a CB and a LB is just bizarre. Spurs got Dier and Alli for under 10M!!!!

    Everything is just so wrong at our club.

  • Mag52

    Nov 23, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2


    No probs mate. I appreciate the apology.
    All forgotten.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 23, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Given more time, how much more ffs, have they seen who we are playing against up until Christmas, we could be bottom by then, more worryingly is that i hope Ashley splashes the cash.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #4


    Colo (sweeper)

    MBabu Lascelles

    Sissoko(rwb) M’Bemba De Jong Aarons (lwb)


    Perez Mitro

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 23, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Will be bottom by January 1st
    Cannot see another win if we play like we have done last two games – Bournemouth lucky, lucky could of been 5 or 6 -1 as on Saturday.
    Gutless, spineless, not pride in wearing the Black ‘n’ White shirt, don’t mind playing badly but not to put in a shift STINKS!!!!!!!!
    SHITE, SHITE, SHITE on and off the field.
    third of the season gone if we keep this record up – RELEGATION
    P38 W6 D12 L20 F39 A75 pts 30
    I laddie we’re dooooooooooomed

    might n o be a bad thing as the club is rotten to the core

  • lesh

    Nov 23, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Is Ashley oblivious to the Club’s situation or does he not care about his investment?

    He’s presided over a period when his MD is clearly out of his depth. He’s allowed Charnley his head in recruiting McClaren who it would seem is also out of his depth. He’s allowing Carr to bring in players whom we don’t need while ignoring the need to strengthen the defence.

    All in all, Ashley must get a grip and quickly for relegation is a probability!

  • AncientC

    Nov 23, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #7

    How can McLaren view this current plight as down to inconsistency. Look at the goal difference. 3 wins in 24 is anything but inconsistent.

    We are probably the most consistent side in the division.

  • Shot Bru

    Nov 23, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Spot on Rotonda Heights.

    Personally I think the job is too much for McLaren.

    I reckon the club is unsalvageable in its current state.

    We are run by a boys club who are going to give McLaren time!! To do what? Lead us to relegation?

    And the crazy thing about it, is that McLaren is part of the boys club making these decisions.

    There is no positive solution until Ashley is hounded out.

  • reilly

    Nov 23, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #9

    if mcclaren is replaced ashley will just replace him with another average manager,and the madness continues.
    ashley will go for a out of work manager as he dosnt like to pay compen.

  • nut meg

    Nov 23, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    The goals against column over the last 3/4 years should have set the alarm bells ringing loud and clear.Instead, it’s been totally ignored by the people who don’t either know or who are not allowed to build a team WITH proper foundations.Shame on everyone involved in the running of this once great club who are now, along with the whole fan base are watching it sink deeper & deeper into the sand in which it is built.

  • Graymee...

    Nov 23, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Not a bad team selection Rotonda, that should have been tried in cup.


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