Newcastle Relegated Unless Players Change This Quickly

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson seems to feel sorry for Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren, and he´s backed Steve who has reportedly let the players have it in training about their attitude in games like last Saturday and even in their attitudes on the training field.

The thing that worries and puzzles us is that before we sign any player we are supposed to go into significant detail about their personality, attitude and temperament.

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Steve McClaren on the training field

So a good question is how come we have so many players in the side who don´t seem to care – especially when things go wrong during a game.

When that happens, as we saw in the second half on Saturday, a number of our players do a disappearing act – and that is simply a lack of leadership.

Newcastle fans are simply furious at some of the wimps who are pulling on the black and white shirt these days – and maybe if we criticize them enough and embarrass them enough – they may even start to turn up for the games in the Premier league.

Maybe they will even start to earn their high wages – but I´m getting carried away again.

If they continue to give up in games we will end up in the Championship next season.

Here´s what Paul McClaren has said in supporting Steve McClaren:

“Steve McClaren is right. I watched the game on Soccer Saturday and they were atrocious.” “They made Leicester look like Real Madrid or Barcelona. It was embarrassing.”

“There is a way of losing football matches. Everybody loses games. It was horrible the way they lost and their attitude.”  “They aren’t running around on a Saturday.”

“Until they pull their finger out, they are going to be relegated.”

“You look at Sunderland winning at Palace. They have Cattermole, Fletcher and Defoe, they have good players.”  “You look at Newcastle and think: ‘What they got?’ I feel sorry for Steve. These fans are passionate.”

“Anybody who has played football would want to play for Newcastle, unless you are a Sunderland fan. I would have loved to play at Newcastle with these fans.”

“They are so passionate. If the players can’t run around for those fans it is an absolute joke.”

The players have to take responsibility for some of our terrible performances this season, but it´s also the job of Steve McClaren and the coaches to get the best out of them.

So just as we criticized John Carver and Steve Stone for the poor performances last season it´s up to the current coaching team to get the players to play for them – that´s what coaching is all about.

We don´t think we can get a win on Saturday at Crystal Palace like Sunderland did last Monday night, but after last Saturday´s pitiful and insipid performance we´ll be happy enough with a draw and a fighting performance.

To lose another game would not be good.

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12 comments so far

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 26, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #1

    I mentioned the other day about referee Mike Jones.Every time he officiate our games, we won’t win.Same senario happened again last Saturday.Somehow, that’s not a coincidence!

    If it’s true,Shelvey will be a good signing. He’s a beast, brave and scary to challenge for oppo’s.
    Have good accurate passes and some defense splitting passes.Strong with good height.If we get him and Townsend, we’ll have a life line to climb up the table. 😛

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #2

    If a whole squad look hopeless don’t look to the players to find the solution!

    …it will be much bigger than that.

    The problem is management…from top to bottom! Don’t expect players to give a damn when everyone else at the don’t really seem to care.

    Look to the board in there lies the problem (that and the owner of course)

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    *at the club

  • hibbitt

    Nov 26, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #4

    reyantoon its the team not the bloody ref we were crap no other way of putting it as far as i could see he never put a foot wrong

  • hibbitt

    Nov 26, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    jesper you and i both know if the man at the top gets it wrong then nothing works which is exactly whats happening with our club

  • banjax

    Nov 26, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Everyone who contributes to this blog has been writing about the players and the manager and relegation in spades. The problem going back to last year has always been about the indiscipline and unwilliness of the players to work hard and play as a unit. No manager since our Bobby has been able to achieve this harmony and thus the reason why Pardew and now McLaren should leave the job. Next problem is the indentification of players to recruit which hasn’t been great, so this calls into question the whole recruitment process and the criteria imposed such as under 26yr old players coming to the club. Finally the stewardship of Lee Charnley has shown him to be able to judge management material and this lack of judgement has led to where we are now. More worryingly is Steve McLaren (after nearly 5 months) resorting to berating his players only just now smacks of desperation because no doubt he has tried his other methods and they are failing. Mike Ashley is the only one with the power who can put things right and drastic action is needed without delay and it has to be something better than harsh words.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Nov 26, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #7

    I told you about trouble in the camp the other day. Now reports are saying your man Makro has laced into Colo. That bottler who turns his back at any shot should’ve had the riot act read in pre-season and every game since. How come the fans can see this months ago while Makro blows smoke up Colo’s arse? The captain is an embarrassment to this club and it instills me with no confidence in Makro that it has taken the fans to repeatedly point this out to him before he realises. The horse was meant to be bolted to the cart and I jibed no end in August that we were still waiting – even though you and a few others were creaming yourselves over the new signings and Makro’s credentials.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Nov 26, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #8

    If Charnley sacks Makro, Charnley needs to go too. Makro is his choice.

    As Ashley said, the buck stops with him. He therefore needs to get a grip. Graham Carr has to go too. Ashley needs to sort it out. He’s employed these incompetents. Only he can do something about it.

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 26, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Chicousa laughed at me couple of days ago when I question what Steve Black has been doing.Now he’s asking the same question that I was asked…,Laughing out laud!

    Fully agree with you on that one.It’s not the referee’s fault this time.We were crap..

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Nov 26, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Ashley has now played every hand he had left to him. A transfer splurge headed by graham carr has been done before. He really has got to sell up.

  • chicousa

    Nov 26, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Sorry you must have the wrong guy. I never laughed at anyone asking questions about Black. On the contrary, I have asking the same question since September!

  • martoon

    Nov 26, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Blackley and Brownlie @8 Are you seriously suggesting Ashley sacks all his top line management in one go – yeah because that will really steady the ship and we’ll definitely not get relegated then!


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