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McClaren Very Confident Players May Even Turn Up Today

9:06 am, Saturday, November 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

We have already seen it many times this season – Newcastle have not bothered to turn up for a game and we lose and the players have looked like they didn´t care one little bit – and there has been a huge negative reaction from the fans.

The players then come out and say it will all be so much better next time out and that in fact – they do care – they say they care very much.

We´ll see today if they can come back and get anything out of the game at Selhust Park today against former boss Alan Pardew and after last week´s pathetic showing at home to Leicester City we really need all 3 points to make up for that.

steve mcclaren smiling

Steve McClaren – shown smiling last week
An obvious PR move by the club?


It´s a good question as to whether we can do that, but at the very least we have to see a much more committed performance than the abject surrender in last week´s game in that second half.

This is what manager Steve McClaren has said about the game today and the confidence he has that the players will actually turn up for the game this week:

“Absolutely I have the confidence the players will respond. There was only West Ham I was really disappointed, Sheffield Wednesday I felt really disappointed.”

“Watford disappointed. Second-half against Manchester City really disappointed, then Saturday really disappointed.”  (quite a few disappointments there)

“We talked previous to the Leicester game about the progress and the squad slowly getting there.”
“Slowly is the word. They’re not consistent. We’re trying to get that.”

“The inconsistency is why we are where we are. It’s getting rid of that inconsistency.” “Yet we got through Bournemouth by a good goal, spirit and good defending.”

“We got through that, we stuck together and got the first away win in nearly a year. We were quite buoyant.” “The international break didn’t do us any favors but it’s no excuse.”

“We’ve come back and that was a bad day at the office last weekend.” “This week we’ve come back and done what we’ve done.”

“On Monday the coaching staff told the players why we lost, we got back out on the training field and we’ve worked on the training field; that’s what we’ve been doing.”

“Yes they do care. Yes, yes I’m confident about that. It’s up to us to tell them the reasons why we lost last weekend.” (they were hopeless and pathetic –  that´s why)

“That’s been pointed out, that’s been worked on.” “Day in day out, we’ll always have weeks like that, we always sail close to the wind in terms of competitiveness and kind of what we want.”

“Passion. We need to transfer what’s out there on the training field to a Saturday with a little bit more consistency.”

Newcastle fans are fed up at the moment and rightly so at the way the club is being run by those at the top – very badly.

After the nightmarish disaster with John Carver earlier this year – it seems to have continued into Steve McClaren´s reign.

What we need to see are a string of wins to take us up the league table.

But there are some tough games coming up so we cannot see how Newcastle can pull clear of the relegation zone by the time January rolls around.

In one way maybe that´s even a good thing – because the invisible people running the club could then bring in some decent players in January who can save our season and save Newcastle from another relegation.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press Conference

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Nov 28, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    It seems all these steange supporters are in the minority of condemning our bizarre ownership, only you seem to be in the majority.
    From previous.
    So Wijnaldum has come out and said that the manager has had to explain he is not mad, maybe it was lost in translation and he meant he wasn’t crazy, one manager under Ashley has had a heart attack another about to be sectioned !

  • 2 lochinvar // Nov 28, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Jib good morning ! Clearly you slept well while I alone fretted on the performances of our beloved team. My repost from your hero Blackadder is as gentle as McLaren’s handling of the Colo affray.

    “Tish and pish, gadzooks, milarky. How dare you say such a thing! Demme, sir, if you’re not the worst kind of swine! ”

    The team despite my protestations have my complete support – whether or not we have theirs remains to be proved.
    All I ask is for a performance but a win would be better !

  • 3 Jib // Nov 28, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    The Guardian thinks Jack will play

  • 4 croftus5678 // Nov 28, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    team for me is ;


    sissoko needs to play in the centre imo same with wijnaldum as they are complete cm’s who can do everything not just attack or defend and tbh apart from mbemba/mbabu our defence is dire ! try dummett as he’s more suited to cb imo and lets go get some goals and make our attack look good instead of making our defence look almost avg.

  • 5 AncientC // Nov 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Hopefully Zaha does not play, knowing Pardew that is a strong possibility.

    I think we will be much better today, Janmaat should be under orders to stay back to cover Bolasie, meaning we may actually see some football played through the midfield.

  • 6 geordieboy83 // Nov 28, 2015 at 9:45 AM


    Morning mate, it’s really quite sad when I look at that team. We should never be in the position we are. 8 or 9 players there, if we didn’t have them and we thought we could sign them we would be over the moon. Yet somehow we do have them and they can’t perform consistently its frigging head doing

  • 7 The overrated Frenchman // Nov 28, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Maybe it’s something to do with the second rate coaching Geordieboy. Just a thought….

  • 8 Ravostag // Nov 28, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    A defeat by Pards crew will be the icing on the cake. They are a ‘fret’ though

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