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This Is A Shock Move By Steve McClaren – If True

11:16 pm, Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

There is a report tonight that Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is ready to recall Adam Armstrong from his loan spell at Coventry and use him in the Newcastle first team in the hope presumably that he can score some goals for us.

But if it’s true that almost sounds like a panic move by McClaren and we be very surprised if this story has much truth to it.

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Adam Armstrong on loan at Coventry

The report is in the Star ye also say we cannot recall Armstrong until January 16th, but we recalled Freddie Woodman from his loan spell at Crawley Town when we lost goalkeeper Tim Krul for the season and stand-in Karl Darlow was injured.

So we´d be surprised if there isn´t a clause in the loan contract to say he can be recalled at any time.

It´s asking a lot for an 18 year-old to score goals at Newcastle and it will also interrupt his development which happens to be going very well at Coventry under the watchful and experienced eye of Coventry manager Tony Mowbray.

We´d be very surprised if this story has any truth to it, especially since Steve McClaren has hinted more than once that Adam will stay at Coventry on loan for the rest of the season as part of his ongoing development.

Both Adam Armstrong and Gael Bigirimana played the whole game tonight at Bradford City that ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw for Coventry, but still kept the Sky Blues top of League One.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Adam Armstrong · Gael Bigirimana · Loan Moves · Newcastle News

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SPRINGY // Nov 24, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    last act of a desperate man by the look of it!

  • 2 Graeme // Nov 24, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    It would be a disaster all round. Leave the kid alone and let him develop away from our car-crash club. He simply doesn’t need that stress at this stage in his carreer.

    Sheer bloody lunacy.

  • 3 Essex Geordie Bill // Nov 24, 2015 at 11:41 PM


    I would have thought the challenge of helping his parent club would be stress he would relish and welcome.

    I’d call back Ferguson and Bigirama as well.

    They might add a bit of zest and commitment to the squad.

  • 4 SPRINGY // Nov 24, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    i think bigi came back from loan the other day

  • 5 BandB // Nov 25, 2015 at 12:10 AM


    Another good post, though a thread or two back.
    Isn’t this what comes of a robbing Peter to pay Paul mentality at the club?
    We can strengthen the midfield by making the attack weaker. We can strengthen the defence by making the midfield weaker.
    We won’t pay for a functioning defence, midfield and attack.
    Every manager since Ashley got hacked off with Sam’s wage bills has had this problem.

  • 6 BandB // Nov 25, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    Go to any Sports Direct store and you’ll see some poor little sod trying to serve three people at once.
    If they fail, their tags will probably flash, and they’ll get an electric shock or something.
    Football isn’t like this. If someone is missing, those ghastly football people don’t stand around pulling faces, like customers do.
    They nip into the space and score one of the goal things.

  • 7 BandB // Nov 25, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    Dear BandB


    Someone who understands me!

    As you know, I have recently invested in five-a-side football.

    Five is quite enough, even in busy periods, don’t you agree?


  • 8 lesh // Nov 25, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    Bringing Arma back’s not a very clever move. Even if he was called back and prove to be scorer we need, our defence’d concede mode more.

  • 9 lesh // Nov 25, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Hang on a sec, where’s all the goalscorers we’re told we’ve got?

  • 10 SPRINGY // Nov 25, 2015 at 1:01 AM

    nee point bringin another striker into a team that is’nt creating enough chances for the strikers we already have….need to work on creating space movement….and try crossing the ball to a striker who actually looks like he can head the ball…..they’d be better off bringin vuckic back.. an attacking midfielder and who can shoot and maybe create something

  • 11 Toon-Prodigy // Nov 25, 2015 at 3:58 AM

    Just seen the seedorf article, what is that all about haha. Crazy.

  • 12 brklyngeordie // Nov 25, 2015 at 5:29 AM

    Why is it so difficult for our managers to adapt their system/formations into one which would put all our best players on field together and not put players into roles they are forced to learn just a thought..

    I really thought there would be no chance Siem could be worse then Luuk i was wrong these lads make the Ameobi’s look great..

    Why do we always have our players apologize to fans and say they deserve better and do absolutely shiit about it..

    Club deserves relegation and would be hard to argue that please everyone don’t relent on the AshleyOut campaign or this is all we will ever play for to scrap to stay up or promotion from below this is not what a historic football foundation should aim for

  • 13 Reyantoon // Nov 25, 2015 at 5:43 AM

    Still no comment..
    Beep beep beep..,still in demoralizing mood 🙁 🙁

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 25, 2015 at 5:58 AM

    Morning…I take it as a goof thing that McClaren’s job is being linked to others. Imagine if it wasn’t!

    Imagine doing this poor and your job would never be in any danger…granted it’s the Journalists who are speculating! Would probably be worse if the weren’t!

    The Palace game is going to be very important. It’s the 14 game and if be are to believe the stats then 3 of the bottom 4 teams will most likely be relegated.

    I can only think of one club who would retain the manager / or the one making all the wrong decisions if you were among the bottom 4!

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 25, 2015 at 5:59 AM

    Morning Ron…

  • 16 Ron Knee // Nov 25, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    Morning jesper

    So the pressure is on McClaren at the weekend now that SAFC unexpectedly won. He was probably hoping a draw would be good enough. Nothing is going right for him at the moment!

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 25, 2015 at 6:28 AM

    Ron…if you look at the table then you can see it can get pretty close this weekend. That might be our saving grace, but the question will be can McClaren turn it around/

    And if so, what about next season. Is he really the right man for the job? I have been questioning this all along.

    My biggest concern right now is that board of ours and our redundant GM! What an incompetent baboon he is…

  • 18 jimmysmith // Nov 25, 2015 at 6:42 AM

    Yeah, I think in Tiote we have only one holding mid that can handle the role all by himself, and nowadays he’s all too rarely either fit or in form. Two box to box central mids in Widjnaldum and Sissoko, but neither are great passes of the ball. Anita and Colback can pass and move all day long but seem to need to be part of a midfield three. De Jong looks to have the final ball but not the running. Getting a functioning midfield out of that group, which doesn’t weaken the attack is a pretty tall order.


    But any set up you come up with seems to be lacking something. This one exposes the defence and relies heavily on the fullbacks getting forward (Dummett?) and for Tiote to always maintain shape and discipline.

    It’s all well and good if you buy the best around and give them to a coach to create a functional 11, but when you buy on potential and then ask the coach to put together a winning side, you give him and his squad little realistic chance.

    De Jong for example is clearly a decent player, but where does he fit among this collection of players, and we’ve been wrestling with this same problem with different sets of players for years.

    If the transfer policy is to work McC needs to be given the right player at the right time, and that is a different transfer policy entirely.

  • 19 Ron Knee // Nov 25, 2015 at 6:43 AM


    I see Villa, Bournemouth and SAFC are all at home this weekend.

    Even if we survive this year, what about next?

    Now you’re starting to insult baboons!

  • 20 stan anderson // Nov 25, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    And why not bring back the AMEOBI brothers while he he,s about it,?
    Honestly think we need to go down and start from base level and with proper footbll people running the show.
    I would even take 2 relegations if i thought it would rid us of these parasites.


  • 21 Ron Knee // Nov 25, 2015 at 6:50 AM


    I think the Doomsday scenario may be the way to go, but I don’t know how many will agree with you on this blog.

  • 22 stan anderson // Nov 25, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    Carver and stone were eventually moved out,but replaced with a bloke who talks well and looks like a football pro.
    How looks deceive


  • 23 stan anderson // Nov 25, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    Not to forget the man who put them in place.
    Go back to sharpening the pencils.


  • 24 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 25, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    Ron…yeah I apologize about that 😉

    Jimmy…I think it’s clear to everyone that both Ashley and those implementing this system / model don’t even know what it is they are implementing.

    We have heard they are looking at clubs like Arsenal, Everton, Spurs and even Swansea. But this is not how they do it!

    Looking for talent with sell on value is all when and good when it’s the right players and you have a core with experience.

    Personally I find hard to believe anyone can survive here if he’s not at least given final say on who he doesn’t want!

  • 25 sparky55 // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    The man’s a buffoon and out off his depth.

    Whatever he had he’s lost and going by his track record he’s more suited to small clubs with few aspirations.

    NUFC, albeit a club in a real mess is still a massive club with unrealistic expectation and is too big a job for this fella..

    There’s many a good suggestion on here as to who and how to play (some bad one’s too) but at least most recognise the huge weakness’ in the ream but SM just plods on with the same tactics and the same team playing the same “possession based?” football (that can’t keep the ball for toffee) resulting in the same ultimate disappointment.

    If there aren’t at least three changes to the team against Palace then we’re done for…it’s all getting very inevitable again

    No point bringing back Arma…no doubt they’ll throw up long high balls for him to play to his strength!

    Palace play with quick wide men…we need to play with wing backs playing high up the field to stop them marauding down the wing.

    I’d go with

    Janmaat, Mbemba, Lacelles, Dummett Hiadara

    Winji, Sissoko,Anita

    De Jong


    Sissoko and Anita to sit.

    Winji the breaker

    SDJ bringing some intelligence and penetrating passes.


  • 26 firebug666 // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Unfortunately, relegation although very likely for us this season will not get Ashley out of our club. Ashley has just one ambition and that is to make money, and he can do that off the back of Newcastle in any league.

    We all know how he works, he will have us tied up with his tat shop companies so tight that air will not pass through, and will continue to make his millions regardless.

    This is a man who will stay until he has syphoned the last drops of blood from an already dead corpse before selling the corpse.

    Relegation is most likely this season, but it will not get rid of Ashley.

  • 27 sparky55 // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Stan @ 20

    We’ll go down even without the Ameobi influence…it’s our time.

    We have no leaders in the team and no-one who cares. At least Dyer and Bowyer cared enough to punch each other whereas this bunch of losers just shrug their shoulders, say sorry and collect their money

  • 28 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Whoa Stan
    I wrote the same straight after the Leicester game – I think we have to endure some pain a lot of pain – maybe two relegations to get rid of the whole lot
    the damn lot as there is something wrong in the club a malaise it stinks
    and looks like we are clutching at straws bringing Armstrong back – does that mean we are buying know one this window???

    year after year we have decent players but never a TEAM – seam to play as individuals unlike the Mackems who have crap players but seam to gel together as a TEAM

    rant over

  • 29 posada // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Putting a midfield together is difficult with our lot. That’s because midfielders have to be able to attack and defend. De Jong, Wini and Sissoko can only attack. I wouldnt even call them midfield players. Toite and Anita can only defend.
    Only Colback is a real midfielder.

  • 30 martoon // Nov 25, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    posada @29 – I have to agree about Colback although he gets a lot of stick on here I think we are really missing him. I know he only passes sideways but he breaks up a lot of attacks before they get going.

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