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Report Of Clashes And Problems On The Training Pitch

7:20 pm, Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

Former Journal correspondent Luke Edwards is reporting an exclusive in the Telegraph tonight saying there have been heated arguments between head coach Steve McClaren and some of his senior players and the former England manager is reported to be incensed with the way the team basically gave up in the second half against Leicester City on Saturday.

After the game, McClaren is said to have given his players a right rollicking and we hope that´s true because they deserved it – they were simply a disgrace to the Newcastle United Football Club.

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Steve McClaren – telling the players he will choke them on Monday?

This is the third day the players have been training this week and the reports are there have been arguments between McClaren and a number of the senior big-name players and it´s to do with their attitudes and lack of leadership.

Apparently when the squad resumed training on Monday Steve McClaren and his coaching staff were less than impressed with the effort put out by some of the players and the staff let them know it simply wasn’t good enough.

One of those players is identified as Moussa Sissoko but the report is that there are too many of the stars at the club who simply don´t seem to care when things go wrong.

That´s another way of saying they have no leadership abilities and they are not being responsible.

The fans have noticed for a while that we seem to have very few leaders both on and off the pitch over the last couple of years and we have collapsed far too many times this season already.

That included the latest collapse – the last 45 minutes played on Saturday in front of 50,000 fans – who were disgusted with both the attitude and the performance and left after Leicester’s third goal went in.

McClaren has also accused some of our players of not being able to produce the goods when the pressure is on – which let´s face it – is always on at Newcastle United – that´s part of our history and heritage and why players have to be tough cookies to be successful on Tyneside.

We should point out that Luke Edwards  has had some stories published which the club have objected to – and that´s why the Telegraph is one of the papers banned from media facilities at the club

But it´s almost good news that Steve McClaren is upset because this has to be put right quickly – otherwise we could be in a deep hole as far as relegation is concerned at the end of the year.

The very least we expect from our players is 100% effort and a fighting attitude – if they are not going to do that then McClaren should drop them.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Leadership · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon Tang // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    More good news then…

  • 2 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Just finished reading said article if this is true then I guess we will find out if he has lost the dressing room by the performance of the players this weekend !

    Pardew always had a knack of when it looked like all was lost of going on a little winning streak to take the pressure off so lets see if Mclaren can get something out of this group of players

    One things for certain changes have to be made starting with going to 3 in the middle as we are getting outnumbered in every game with 2

    I would go 3 at the back with Lascalles , Mbemba and Colo with Janmaat and Mbabu as wing backs

  • 3 Graeme // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Somebody need to put a rocket up there arses, that is for sure!!!!

  • 4 yorkymag // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    It seems all the rumours over the last week or so may be true then
    Simply great
    Where next then ?

  • 5 yorkymag // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Not sure it’s that easy Graeme if the players have decided that McClaren is a tossed then I don’t think a kick up the Arsenal will work

  • 6 yorkymag // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Sorry tosser

  • 7 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Also has anyone else noticed that we always seem to come back from an international break and play terrible ?

    Possibly the worst thing for us is Serbia and Holland getting knocked out so the players are not as motivated about the euros and Sissoko will not be trying to hard as he will not want to get injured while playing for us!!

    Also wonder what we do in training on international breaks because we just look so disorganised

    We play a high line with full backs providing the width but dont press for the ball so when we lose it the opposition are 1 or 2 passes from being on top of our centre backs !!

  • 8 yorkymag // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    I just don’t think the players are up for it ,I don’t see how you can explain the drop off any other way ok we are short of quality but at least five or six are unrecognisable from even last season

  • 9 Jib // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    I’m delighted to see that article , it’s what this bunch need , a few home truths rammed down their throats , it’s the EPL ffs.

    Don’t forget McClaren didn’t pick one of these players , he backed the signing of Wijnaldum is all .

    This January window will be very interesting.

  • 10 yorkymag // Nov 25, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    If all noise is true we will be virtually relegated by the time the window arrives ,have you looked at the fixtures between now and jan

  • 11 BandB // Nov 25, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Luke doesn’t name the targets of the coaches’ fury.
    He just says that Sissoko, Colocinni, Anita and Mitrovic have “also” been criticised by the fans this week.
    And those photographs the Telegraph used didn’t just pick themselves.
    So it’s them, then,
    If Colo really is being called out for taking the pee (and Simpson at Carlisle certainly wouldn’t stand for that) then the head coach could drop him and say he needs a rest, or that he’s out of form.
    Colo losing his “untouchable” status is the best thing that could happen at this club.
    If one player thinks he’s untouchable, the rest will.

  • 12 lesh // Nov 25, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Not interested means that the offending players have no emotional attachment to the club. It’s not just a lack of leadership qualities but it appears to be a case of no allegiance to the Club and thus no desire to win!

    So, if McClaren and his crew are fighting a losing battle (as have some of his predecessors), then it’s down to the Club’s vision and determination to be successful on the pitch – not just in regard to finances.

  • 13 robertsleftfoot // Nov 26, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    I am glad to see he is losing his rag with them, the man is spot on, the senior players we have are all just ticking over until something better comes along

    Colo has wanted to go back to Argentina for 3 years now.

    Sissoko craves a move to a big club but seems oblivious to the fact that one 8/10 game every 6 weeks is not good enough for the big teams it needs to be every week.

    Cisse at 31 is still trying to learn the offside rule???

    Come on lads just have a little pride

  • 14 dannitoon // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Not sure why fans are having a go at anita… been 1 of our best players this season…also we could have shearer up front. With the crap service he’d look poor.. many times he did… only twice this season weve played to mitrovic strengths.. we won 6-2 and we’re unlucky against citeh…

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