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Surprise – Shocking Newcastle Not A Shock To This Man

8:16 am, Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Steve McClaren when asked if he was shocked with Newcastle’s pitiful and gutless display on Saturday said that he wasn’t.

And Steve used what he has used all season to defend (yet) another poor display – Newcastle are simply far too inconsistent.

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Steve McClaren and Claudio Ranieri on Saturday

That’s not a problem for Leicester City who have gone from bottom of the league to top of the league in less than a year and they were simply too much for Newcastle.

Immediately after the game Steve McClaren said they were better in every single department than Newcastle.

Since Steve McClaren and his coaching team are responsible for all those departments – so to speak – then it doesn’t say much for what the new coaching team have been able to achieve so far this season.

Not much.

The team was completely outplayed and Steve was outcoached by Claudio Ranieri.

McClaren was asked if he was shocked with Newcastle’s performance and this is how he responded:

“Actually, I would not say it was a shock.” “We’ve always known what the job is and it’s a tough one. We know we’re going to have bad days, and this was certainly one of them.”

“We have to recover from that now. That is the key now. Have we recovered before? Yes. We need to do it again.”

“You can see what our problems are,”  “We were 1-0 down, but there were still 50 minutes to go.”

“We need to create consistency and know what we are going to get week in, week out. You need to know what level of performance you are going to get and at the moment we do not know that.”

“I thought we looked fragile out there and that is something that can only be solved from within, both within each individual and within the dressing room as a whole.

“That’s something we are searching for. We’ll have to work very hard on the training pitch to find that.”

“The players know what they are capable of and there have been times when they have shown it. We have seen it in the last five or six games, and even by digging in to get the result at Bournemouth.”

“But I have been saying all along that it is not that easy, and we’re not at a level yet where we can have a degree of consistency week in, week out.”

It seems the same old thing from Steve after each defeat – and we’ve already had too many losses – seven in 13 games – so we have lost more than half of our games.

We need something out of the next game at Crystal Palace, but that’s going to be a tough game.

If we don’t turn up for that one then Alan Pardew’s new side could be the next one to take us to the cleaners.

We hope that doesn’t happen.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mindshaft // Nov 23, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Steve Black should be the first one to go, he’s taught them to think they are so good that they feel they don’t need to train or actually play for more than 5 mins on a Saturday

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Nov 23, 2015 at 8:24 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.

  • 3 Shot Bru // Nov 23, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Out coached again this season.

    Complete waste of 53 million

    Less than a point a game

    Almost 2 goals a game conceded

    1 defender bought in the summer

    Shocking judge of a player ( Making Colo captain)

    Pish poor coaching and tactics.

    Here’s a thought Wally, try coaching your players to press the opposition when we don’t have the ball.

    Come on Wally stop waffling the same boll@x your predecessors fed us…

    Zero leadership on and off the pitch!!

  • 4 Jib // Nov 23, 2015 at 9:33 AM

  • 5 Sav // Nov 23, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Pards will be licking his chops with Big Mac and small fries on the menu.

  • 6 EllaGuru // Nov 23, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Newcastle are anything but inconsistent. We are one of the most consistent teams in the PL, at being absolutely rubbish.

  • 7 Malta Mag // Nov 23, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    My eternal optimism is wearing thin and the claim before the next 4 games, Bournemouth, Leicester, Palace and Liverpool being the decision on McLaren is going to bite me in the nether regions. Glaring deficiencies at both fullback positions as well as Colo’s limitation has set the alarm bells ringing.

  • 8 Graymee... // Nov 23, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Bring KK back, director of football. ?

  • 9 Toon-Prodigy // Nov 24, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Hahaha, Keegan couldnt sort oot this mess!

    It’s years in the making due to Ashley’s wonderful business model.

    Where playing cushty football though! Apparantly..

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