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8:43 pm, Saturday, November 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

We were not happy with the appointment of Steve McClaren as the Newcastle  manager just weeks after he had been fired by Championship club Derby County.

But hey, we were very willing to give him a chance and we want Newcastle to be successful again whoever the manager is.

But we have to sayt that in the last two games Newcastle have looked simply atrocious and Steve McClaren and his coaching staff have to take responsibility for some of that.

The players also have to take responsibility because most of them have been simply hopeless.

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Steve McClaren today

But we are starting to hear the same old things from McClaren and it’s starting to look like the job may just be too big for him.

Here’s what Steve said after the game when he was asked if the Sunday training he has ordered for tomorrow was planned before the game:

“We hadn’t planned it, we’re doing it specially,” “It’s not right. The fans travel a long way and we need to sort it out. You can only do that on the training field and within the group. We’ve got to come through together.”

“This is what we have and we’ll all stick together.” “I’m hugely disappointed, very hurt. That’s not our standard, not what I want to see from any of my football teams. Newcastle don’t expect that and the players know that as well.”

“The only way to do it is to get back to work tomorrow and make sure we prepare for Liverpool, do the right things and get stronger, more determined, get some character through adversity.”

“It’s football, it’s the Premier League, and there is no patience possible. The key people who have to be patient are the people like us who are working with the players.”

“We’ve got to know where we’re going, and to know that it’s not a magic wand to instantly change this group of players. This is not good enough, we know it, and we’ve got to go back and solve it.”

Newcastle will have a full week to prepare for the Liverpool game, but we wonder if it will make any difference.

We expect to be beaten by Liverpool and we expect to be beaten by Tottenham in the next two games, mainly  because they are both better teams than Crystal Palace are.

And Palace tore our defense apart in south London by a score of 5-1 today.

We hope Steve McClaren can turn it around, but we could also be rock bottom of the league table after we have played Arsenal on January 2nd.

This is the set of games we have coming up.

Sun 06	16:00	H	Liverpool	 		
Sun 13	16:00	A	Tottenham	 			
Sat 19	17:30	H	Aston Villa	 			
Sat 26	17:30	H	Everton	 		
Mon 28	15:00	A	WBA	 		
Sat 02	15:00	A	Arsenal	 

Our low position in the league table in January will also make it extremely difficult to attract good players to the club in January.

Newcastle are at a really low ebb right now after the last two performances – both of which have been a disgrace.

The Newcastle United Football Club has simply disintegrated this year.

It’s all so sad.

Comments welcome.

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

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 28, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    The Mag talks shite.

  • 2 Munster Mag // Nov 28, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Just going back to what I said in recent weeks:

    1. Sunderland getting Sam was a disaster for us.
    2. Steve has to go
    3. Carr is a monster at this club and has created a disaster scenario with appalling signings and sadly, he will choose the next manager, just like he chose Steve.
    4. Remi Garde was his next choice. This says a lot about Carr
    5. Pardew is not as bad as the numpties screamed. He isnt great, but not half as bad as the lunatics screamed. This fully demonstrates the football understanding of some people on this site.

    75% of us said we would lose, but 5-1 , oh good God. And didnt some numpty say earlier today that Sissoko was a complete midfielder. What ????

  • 3 Jib // Nov 28, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    The Mag is shite

  • 4 ronaldo aarons // Nov 28, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Missed the match today, lucky me. Sounds like it wasn’t better than the Leicester game which is something else. I would personally agree and drop the underperforming ‘stars’ and give youth a go. I’m a big believer in youth, even last year it was likes of Perez, abeid and aarons that helped put us on that winning run which actually kept us up. Drop colo for lascelles or dummett and play mbabu at left back, I’m sure he’s fit. Still can’t believe they let go of abeid for a couple hundred thousand. I wouldn’t be against bringing Ferguson or Bigi back. Ferguson is a good crosser of the ball and Bigi offers pace, passing and decent tackling. Give marveaux a chance, give Roberts a few appearances to see how he does considering he isn’t loaned out.

  • 5 Munster Mag // Nov 28, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    The sad thing is, we have time to save ourselves, but Carr doesnt have the knowledge of football beyond France to find us a manager of personality , knowledge, and impact. I think we should dump Steve and get Favre or that bloke who managed Watford if either are still available. Sadly, relegation may be needed to purge the club of AShley and the genius that is Carr.

  • 6 Tsunki // Nov 28, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    So are your powers of prediction Ray. But what are we gonna do?

  • 7 toonking // Nov 28, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    toonking // Nov 28, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    shot blu

    inept british players are you crazy?

    8 of our 11 starting the matchs are actually foreign

    elliot- british
    jamaat- dutch
    colo- argentinian
    mbemba- republic of congo
    colback english
    mitro- french

    of the british players in that current line up only dummett is a real problem but his replacement is only a sh1t hairdryer from france.

    of those usually on the bench they too are mostly foreign

    mbabu- swiss- the only foreign one really worthy enough of coming in for an englishman
    willo english
    Lascelles-english and at this minute in time more worthwile than that argentine
    saylor-english and one most deem our best CB as far as play goes the reason he’s a one we want out is the injury prone issue
    thauvin- french
    de jong- dutch
    tiote-ivory coast
    arrons- english and again a player currently considered the better part of the squad just injured
    obatan-french usain bolt
    rivere- french shola but without the great passion and sunderland destruction
    marveux- french
    cisse- serbian

  • 8 Munster Mag // Nov 28, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    We will surely het Moyes, but he will run into the same issues with the slackers that Carr chose for thsi club. Wimps like Sissoko, Thauvin. Hey, maybe Mbiwa and Santon can come back and help out. Oh I forgot they were sh1t choices too. Like Marveaux, HBA, and all the rest. Sick of this

  • 9 ronaldo aarons // Nov 28, 2015 at 8:57 PM


    I like favre, think he would be good for us. Experienced manager that will first try to solidify us while still going for the win.

  • 10 toon22 // Nov 28, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Cant believe SMC is still at the club.
    As for his replacement our only hope atm is someone with prem experience.
    But even if we scrape survival this season its not going to help us next year,as this or next we are doomed under MA its as simple as that.
    Since he bought our club we have circled the drain in every way possible.

    Might as well get used to the idea we are the new Leeds but without the success.

  • 11 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 28, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Mclaren has to ring the changes big time for Liverpool

    Colo out – Lascalles in

    Dummett out – Mbabu in

    Sissoko out – De Jong in

    Felt sorry for Perez and Wijnaldum both getting taken off considering they were trying but with no joy they should swap positions

    Although I still feel no matter who we play Liverpool will destroy us but at least would prefer us to go down fighting

  • 12 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Nov 28, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    So now the “go to” get out of jail free-card for Ashley is “he doesn’t know anything about football” in an attempt to demonstrate him in the light of the well intentioned, but ultimately fool-hardy owner who is being let down by those in his employ.

    That is utter rubbish – as those with half a brain would know.

    If we want rid of McClaren, Colo, Charnley and Carr then the simple thing to do is focus our attention on Ashley.

    We don’t need a fancy alternative in place for Ashley. We’re going to hell in a hand-cart so who cares if that alternative sees us get there quicker?

    Nothing more than we all collectively deserve, every last one of us. No one has a right to complain. Suck it up and revel in this fine mess we’ve all helped create. Well done everyone.

  • 13 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 28, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Makro keeps talking before a game about how well we’ve trained during the week. Then we turn up for the game and play even worse than the previous week when you didn’t think it possible. And Makro’s answer? The training pitch.

    It’s crystal clear that Costco can’t organise the defence. And we know some of the players have no respect for Makro and Costco. So what’s your plan now Chumley?

  • 14 Sav // Nov 29, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    Macca talks impenetrable drivel, How can he expect to impart tactics or inspiration when he rabbits on like this? He sounds punch-drunk. He probably is.

  • 15 widowmagandapoke // Nov 29, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Oh for the days when we could discuss tactics and get excited about the next game

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