McClaren Admits To Fiesty Exchanges With Players For Three Days

Steve McClaren has admitted that for the first three days this week Newcastle held an inquest into their disgraceful exhibition against Leicester City and there were some feisty exchanges with the players.

But the Newcastle manager now says the air has been cleared and it was needed – because of the unacceptable display at St. James’ Park last Saturday afternoon.

Whether it does any good we will soon find out tomorrow when we play at Alan Pardew´s Crystal Palace.

Alan Pardew didn’t show up for his press conference today and the assistant manager stood in for him.

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Steve McClaren – gave press conference this morning

This is some of that Steve McClaren has said today in his press conference:

“We have had a great week on the training pitch. Feisty, competitive, energetic, all the things we lacked last Saturday.”

“My swearing went right out of the window!” “I love feisty sessions. And it was. We got the message across. It was just what we needed. We explained why we lost.”

“For three days we sorted it out. It is one of those weeks coaches like. We needed it. The energy, that is what we want.”

“We didn’t do the basics last Saturday. We had done that for four games and got 7 points. We had spirit against Bournemouth.”

“Attitude, organisation discipline. The basics. We have had a setback. The performance wasn’t up to normal standards. We have to get back to it.”

“There have probably been three or four occasions I have been disappointed with the attitude. I had not seen it for a while. We talked about it.”

“Communication and leadership is part of it. That is what we have tried to get across.”

We consider this good news – and now each player has to give 100% from now on and show some guts – especially when things are going against us in a game.

As we reported earlier, Newcastle have suffered yet another long-term injury – this time to Massadio Haidara – and he will be out for four months after he undergoes surgery next week on his lateral cartilage (knee).

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73 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1

    He loves feisty sessions? Ohh err !

  • bills-son

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #3

    AncientC // Nov 27, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    bills-son “Id play 4411 with Perez up top with De Jong in the hole and two DM’s behind him”

    You call for a 4411, then describe something different all together. When has a flat 4 midfield ever had two DMs?


    When has a flat 4 midfield ever had two DMs?

    Errr … ours.

    Pick any two DM’s from Tiote, Colback and Anita with Wini or Sissoko or Thauvin out wide.

    If that’s not a flat four with two DM’s … what is it?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #4

    He should have rephrased it, when has an effective midfield had to DMs five wins out of 37 might call for something different.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #5

    SDJ can’t, or more likely won’t, put in a shift for 10 minutes. He seems to think he can ponce around because his name is Siem De Jong and he’s a Dutch international. He doesn’t seem to understand what’s required.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Bills…Would they not technically be CM, rather than DM or CDM?

    A pedantic point perhaps.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #7

    De Jong is “Big Time”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #8

    If that’s anywhere near the truth then he won’t be back playing for Holland for a while

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail & Blackley…Do we have 11 players who you think will put in a full shift?

  • bills-son

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #10


    I get your point, but in a midfield four the two CM’s are either attacking, defensive or a mix of the two.

    Tiote, Colback and Anita are DM’s whichever way you look at it and it’s a big reason, as many on here have pointed out, why we are so devoid of ideas in midfield.

    I’ve been saying for the last four years that the three big things the squad lacks is; LEADERSHIP, AGGRESSION and MIDFIELD CREATIVITY.

    The fact that we have continued to sign players who lack all three is THE reason why we continue to struggle and are so easily dominated by any team with a bit of leadersip and aggression, never mind skill.

    Who’s fault is that?

    Ultimately, of course, the buck stops with Ashley.

    But, Graham Carr has a hell of a lot to answer for.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza, i agree with Billson here. Also, there is too much crap spoken about CDM, HM, etc. Not having a go but for example 442 has been derided by idiot fans who know nothing except FIFA football games. If both central midfielders can defend and play, and the wingers work hard, 442 can be great. A decent midfielder should be able to pass, pressure, shoot ,tackle, run fast. We absolve them of this by making a bloke who cant play, a DM. And then we end up with a tool like Sissoko. I still dont know what to do with him, and no manager here has either. He certainly doesnt belong in the centre all game. Billson, good to have you back mate. I thought we would improve after the big summer investment but sadly half our players are dodgy. Super Carr has so much to answer for, its untrue.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Bills…I think this discussion is not about actual positions, but what position we think our players should play then? I was merely commenting on my understanding of the central midfielders in a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1. I agree that our lot you mention are more suited to a defensive midfield position.

    No argument on the leadership issue. You can probably guess who I put most of the blame down to. The man who doesn’t want any leaders quesitoning him.

    I don’t know how you move down the line of problems without addressing that one first and foremost.

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Munster…Not sure what there is to agree with, or to disagree with me about?

    My comment was just a clarification on the central midfield positions of a 4-4-1-1, in that I think they’re tecnically referred to as CM, not DM / CDM. Is that what you disagree with?

    I too think that too much is made of titles, even formations to some extent. Football cannot be too rigid, and they need to adapt to circumstances during the game.

    As for Sissoko, he has me scratching my head too. He ‘should’ be able to play the central role well, but I’ve never seen him look comfortable there (that I can recall anyway).

    I’m sure Gouffran will do us proud…this time 🙂

  • bladeuser

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #14

    So every player will now give 100% will he pull the other one how many times is this shit rolled out if that performance had of come from a Spanish or Italian team the fans would have gone ape but no not u lot of soppy sheep even those tossers down the road would show more anger all u lot r interested in is your shit pie shit pint and hard grey seat u deserve relegation and I hope u get it

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Blade…Just wondering, is there a point where you’ll reasses your approach to blogging, or like Steve, are you convinced that soon it’ll start to show results?

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Hadn’t realised what today was!

    4 years on….RIP Gary Speed.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #17

    I don’t think 442 works, it’s a British way of playing and a dying way of playing. 433 when we have the ball and 451 without is the best way forward.

    Perez upfront on his own is suicide to say the least, he played that role last season with a goal return of 8 maybe less in an entire season. Those calling for him to play that role now are bonkers. He needs the likes of mitrovic to do the bullying and occupy a defender or 2 whilst he makes runs off him.

    More importantly we need to start providing service to the forwards!! Without service no player scores!!

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 27, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Our Toon, I like 442 if the right players play it. Even Leicester are doing it now and i think Chelsea won the league with Duff and co as 442. But the 4 across the midfield need real energy and pace, and one of the strikers has to be willing to drop back and defend and offer speed aswell, eg a Bellamy.

  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #19

    bills-son @3

    Excuse the late reply. Anyways, Ibiza beat me to it, as I would have claimed the same… technically there isn’t 2 DM in a flat 4 midfield.

    I wouldn’t argue that Tiote & Anita are DMs, but Colback appears to be more of a traditional CM.

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Nov 27, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Ibiza @ 15..

    well effin said.. blade is nothing but a one hit wonder…. though hes never had a hit before… more like been hit as he stepped on a rake….

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 27, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Our toon

    I think formations are largely irrelevant. It’s more about what the players do.

    You can play 3-4-3 and be defensively solid. You could play 5-4-1 and be exposed at the back.

    It’s all to do with whether the players do the work that is required of them. If you want to play a high line you need the 10 outfield players really working hard and pressing the opponent so they can take time to pick apart the gaps.

    If you want 10 men behind the ball you need them to be disciplined and stick with positions.

    If you use wingers you need them at times to track the opposing full back’s run.

    Currently we have a crop of players who are either lazy, ill disciplined or given poor instructions, for me it’s a mix of all 3.

    McClaren says he wants to play good, passing football, but I’m yet to see the players making consistent runs and supporting the man at the right time. The football Barca play isn’t an accident, they will work on little moves, give and goes, etc all the time until it becomes second nature.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 27, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #22


    Gary Neville made a good point now that there aren’t many all round centre mids, they are either defensive or attacking.

    The traditional midfielder who can pass, score and tackle as well as cover a lot of ground seems to be fading out.

  • firebug666

    Nov 27, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #23


    Adding to your last paragraph @ 21, Teams like Barca keep their best players and develop a philosophy that suites the players, the team and the formation.

    Unfortunately for us, we never keep our best players around long enough to develop a cold, as soon as a value is met off they go, with a cheap replacement lined up for the future and the team back to square one.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 27, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Agree IBIZA. And also re RIP Gary. One of my fav NUFC players

  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Transfer Sage – Yes, the archetypal CM is becoming a lost art with the popularity of the 4-2-3-1. I could be wrong, but I believe the two holding midfielder tactic will eventually be phased out as a norm.

  • John Tudor

    Nov 27, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #26

    he is consistently correct tho

  • bladeuser

    Nov 27, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #27

    U just carry on chewing the grass like all the other pussy,s until Ash SMAC and colo leave along with Carr and PENFOLD nufc are F@@@@@ my experience of nufc fans is this lose ten on the trot get a little bit irate win the eleventh game and sing your hearts out and want to kiss a black and white arse
    We r small fry a feeder club a team everybody loves playing if they need a result or there striker needs a goal
    So no I will not pussy foot about with my statements like most on here that’s one of the major reasons we r in this mess fans who live there life around this club as they have F@@@ all else to do

  • Mag52

    Nov 27, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #28

    So, no more Mr. Nice Guy eh Steve ?
    Let’s hope the rant does the trick against Palace.
    Oddly enough, one thing in our favour is the fact that Palace are at home where they have considerably less success than on their travels.

  • John Tudor

    Nov 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #29

    mucca oot

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Nov 27, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #30

    then go support someone else blade, like manure, you’d fit in quite well with your quality attitude…

  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Maybe it’s a good time for McClaren to insist on getting some on-loan players back, drop the untouchables who’ve been underperforming and play some of the younguns. He’s nothing to lose as we’re facing relegation now. It’s a gamble with little to lose.

    I’ve a feeling that McClaren’s not far away from walking and January’ll be critical to his continuity or otherwise.

    As Ed implies, the best managers in the world couldn’t do the business as long as Ashley insists on maintaining a failed policy.

    If Charnley had any sense and a pair of balls, he’d be acting as an MD, not a puppet for Ashley and Carr.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 27, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #32

    I just wanted to say that I’m very excited about tomorrow’s match. It’s a clash of the titans. It’s the Sonny Liston v Cassius Clay match of the day. We’ve got two fantastic clubs facing each other at their peak. Oh wait…… I was thinking of Man U v Leicester…. Never mind. Harrumph.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 27, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Everyone, quickly form a conga line and chant:
    We need Shefki Kuqi! Boom
    We need Shefki Kuqi! Boom

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 27, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #34

    A lot of you have been asking me “G2 why can’t we bring in top, top players like Shefki Kuqi anymore? What has happened to our bargaining power”? Well mates, it’s fairly complicated. We spent a great deal of Mike’s hard earned cash bringing in Phil Gristle, and the Belgian midget strikers. Now you want a top, top player like Shefki Kuqi? I’m speechless….Harrumph!

  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Šefki Kuki.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #36

    Is anybody out there thinking along the same lines as me? Harrumph……

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 27, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Well, if we can’t afford Shefki I suppose we could try for Albert Luque….Surely he’s available.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 27, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #38

    And Xisco as well. Beautiful player that Xisco…..What a signing he was…..

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #39

    I think we could be good for a draw at least, Pardews game plan works better when teams attack them and because we’re not very good at that bit they might come unstuck, and if we manage a shot on target like we did at Bournemouth we might even scrape a win. Have to feel a little bit sorry for the players though, normally they get the rest of the season off after January, this season they might have to turn up all the way till May, it’s not going to go well, they’ll want extra money for starters.

  • Online Guy

    Nov 27, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Graham Carr was spotted scouting at a Woman’s match last week ..could we be about to sign the first lady player’s for the prem ?

    Apparently he was watching Bunty Buttocks
    and Itsagonna Titsup

    After suffering all the French Fancies this would be a welcome change.


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