Long Steve McClaren Statement Directed At Mike Ashley

Steve McClaren’s interview after the terrible display and embarrassing defeat for the second time in a row on Saturday is no doubt directed at Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner.

Ashley cannot have been too happy with the pathetic performance of the team over the last two games when we have been thrashed by Leicester  City and Crystal Palace.

Both those teams we would have expected to have beaten this time  last season because in the first half of the season they both struggled with relegation nd were propping up the league at the end of last year.

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Steve McClaren – under the microscope at Newcastle

But it tells you how much Newcastle have faltered in a year since Alan Pardew left that we are now second bottom of the league with just two wins in 14 league games this season and only five wins in 33 league games this year since Pardew left.

Leicester City are joint top on 29 points and Crystal Palace are 7th on 22 points with Newcastle in 19th place on 10 points.

Steve McClaren believes he has the experience to turn things around but how long will it take – and how far done the league table will we have to drop before things improve?

This is what Steve has said:

“I think that’s the key thing, that there’s no panic,” “If there were eight games to go then people would, but we’re not.”

“And that’s where experience tells. We know we’re doing the right things every day, we know we’re doing the right things, I know through experience.”

“Everybody knows and everybody can see that. In time that will turn around and work, at the present moment it’s not, we’re having huge disappointments that I hope will toughen us up and make us stronger in the long run.”

“But you just hope that every bad game, every bad result just makes them stronger in the end.”  “The players have to learn quickly. The players aren’t doing it for each other at the moment.”

“Sometimes it’s not about me, it’s about each other. And that’s a team.” “When you’re playing, you’ve been a coach or a manager, the dressing room is about peer pressure.”

“It’s about pride, working for each other and not letting down the man next to you. “At the present moment we’ve not got that.”

“At the present moment the next games, Liverpool, then Spurs, then after that then after that – we’ve got games before January.”

“And we need to get to work and start winning games. We’re in a relegation battle, and we’ve got to make sure that we’re right into that.”

“The players lose heart easily: it’s not rocket science, everyone can see it and that’s what’s happening.”

“We’re getting setbacks and we’re not reacting well enough, and that’s what we need to turn around. The players have their own individual motivation and we have to draw that out.”

“We have to stay calm, keep doing the right things and keep delivering the right messages and keep saying ‘you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do that’.”

“We lose when we stop doing our jobs when disappointment hits us. We can’t have that: you’ve got to keep, keep, keep, keep, keep doing your job.”

It’s Mike Ashley who will make any decision on Steve McClaren – not Lee Charnley – and the owner will have to make a decision soon if we keep racking up the losses.

We don’t want to fall too deeply into a relegation battle and for the next three or four games there’s no doubt that McClaren will be under pressure and we really need to put some wins on the board.

More defeats like the last two when we have been nowhere near the opposition in terms of performance will not be good.

Most fans don’t think Steve can turn things around at Newcastle.

Can Steve McClaren Turn Things Around At Newcastle?

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32 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 30, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #1

    NUFC were faltering before AP walked away. This sh#te has been going on for at least two years this month when we last won four in a row.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 30, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #2

    …and Manager of the Month.

  • spitfire_

    Nov 30, 2015 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #3

    “We know we’re doing the right things every day, we know we’re doing the right things”

    Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat, Schteve?

  • Our Toon

    Nov 30, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Plenty of coaches on the continent work with restrictions, bring in a foreign manager and stop with the British failure route!!

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Nov 30, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #6

    We’re like the Marie Celeste floating to oblivion. The Club stinks from top to bottom. No direction from the top, management team completely denyde of ideas how to stop the rot. The captain should have been moved on & replaced at the start of the season. The crew (the team) have no leadership, no passion are s..t scared everytime they go on the pitch. Get yourselves down to the bookies and get a bet on Liverpool winning by at least 5 clear goals. They are going to get murdered.
    It’s got to be the last straw for the fans. We’ve had enough.!!!!

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Nov 30, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #7

    There’s got to be a change of owner. Change of manager. Change of Captain A massive clear out of all the non triers ( which is nearly everyone).The problem is NOBODY wants to come to the Club & you can’t blame them – would you? We are going down with the Villa. At least the likes of Norwich & Bournemouth are putting in the effort. We’ll be lucky to get 16 points this season.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Nov 30, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Tell you what. Chris Hughton & Alan Pardew aren’t doing bad & Big Sam has won his last two matches. Why does everyone do OK when they leave TOON.
    Time to ring the changes as Liverpool are going to be up for it next. Double figures?

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Nov 30, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Well I’m off to bed – looks like all the “faithful “have already thrown in the towel!!

  • andrew84

    Nov 30, 2015 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #10

    That’s the thing. I would totally agree with what McClaren is saying, but only if we could see that the players are TRYING.

    But that’s the problem. They don’t want to try. And they don’t want to fight for each other or for their careers. At least not at Newcastle.

    You don’t just suddenly improve if you don’t want to.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 30, 2015 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #11

    What’s going on here Moanster :-

    “Munster Mag // Nov 29, 2015 at 11:37 PM
    Any thoughts on Floppy Chops as boss till the end of the season? I’d take him. I used to despise him, but needs must!”

    new love in with another Cockney spiv. Your love fest with King Percy is bad enough – and now you want Dirty Harry as manager. He’s the bloke who waylaid Remy and you want him as manger —- unbelievable.
    Next you’ll be suggesting that the poison dwarf Wise should be hired again.
    What’s with this Cockney love fest – must be more to it than eel pie and Chas n’ Dave.

  • Grumpy

    Nov 30, 2015 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #12

    off with his head!!

  • terencelim

    Nov 30, 2015 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Let’s pray for the club, and Ashley ass lickers.

  • RonVanDam

    Nov 30, 2015 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #14

    For those who want Harry and Moyes – if the club is trying to build for the future, we should forget about this 2

    Good managers who are available and can get us moving forward would be Rodgers and Nuno Santo (who resigned not long ago)

    Nuno due to his relationship with Ian Cathro at Valencia and is a good coach and will get us playing proper football again

    Rodgers – always liked his style back when he was at Swansea and always thought we was custom built for this club. His attacking style reminds me of KK at times. Knows the PL and can keep us in the top 7 as long as he doesn’t get involved in transfers

  • RonVanDam

    Nov 30, 2015 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #15

    As of now SM is done and should be on borrowed time. If we keep losing and isn’t replaced by Xmas, we are doomed. Rather have a new manager come in before then next window, assess the squad and ship players who cant cut the mustard and blood in some of the youngsters and new arrivals to rejuvenate the club.

    Rodgers still sticks out as the ideal manager, works well with youngsters due to his time as the youth head coach at Chelsea and has shown this at the last 2 clubs. We have a fairly young squad which makes his the best candidate. We need a progressive manager, not dinosaurs like SM, Moyes and Harry

  • goommy

    Nov 30, 2015 at 4:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Ok, no panic.. da faq!!

  • RonVanDam

    Nov 30, 2015 at 5:53 AM

    Comment #17

    If last season was anything to go by, looks like the board havent learnt anything when we skated by and survived on the last day

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Morning jesper

    That’s an admission of defeat from McClaren if I ever saw one.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 30, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Morning Ron…I never really liked when managers laid the blame at someone else’s door!

    McClaren took the job, knew the restrictions but he never rattled the case. I went through most of the article and polls since June 10th last night, and it was mind blowing the things McClaren has said!

    Has he always been weak? He’s definitely not s manager…the club might say it wants a head coach but in my opinion that’s only by the title.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #20


    Somebody posted yesterday that his whole body language is defeatist when he’s on the touchline. Just what our shower of players need!

    When we get hammered in the next two matches I expect he’ll be off.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 30, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #21

    Ron…I would love for some of the people at the FF to go off script and ask Charmless what the h$ll he’s doing?

    …what’s up with these appointments! Maybe even ask him why he still think he has a job!

    I know the players should be doing alot more, but I do find it hard coming down on them with this circus they have to witness. That’s just me personally.

    I truly feel with the players…for Christ sake we have half of Derby’s coaching staff and everyone seem to be unsackable!

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #22


    Will Charmless have a job for much longer? We know what would happen in a normal club!

  • lochinvar

    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #23

    So some hack thinks that Uncle Harry or Cousin Brendan are fit for purpose, no thanks. I can see a wind up a mile away.
    Even more disturbing is the suggestion that Ashley thinks better PR is the way forward – how can you put spin on relegation. ” all relegation is good relegation”, of course, silly me.

    Harry Redknapp could take over at Newcastle United if the club sack manager Steve McClaren, but Brendan Rodgers is favourite to get the job. (Daily Mirror)
    Newcastle are not expected to sack Steve McClaren, but owner Mike Ashley will turn to his football board and PR guru Keith Bishop for answers after Magpies returned to the Premier League relegation zone. (Newcastle Chronicle)

  • firebug666

    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #24

    I don’t think McClaren will get the sack anymore, we now have a case of the blind leading the blind while being lead by the blind.

    It appears lessons will not be learned, the club will not allow the fans to be proved right.

    McClaren says they are doing all the right things, reality check Macca, “IT’S NOT WORKING!”, and if it’s not working then it not the right things.

    Basically the club are still shaking the box full of watch parts hoping that at some point it will all come together and they will have a working Timex.

    This is a case of gross mismanagement, it is incredible that this has been allowed to continue unchecked for so long, the whole lot of them have their heads so far up each others arses, and none are willing to admit they have made a serious mistake, of which there are many.

    The club was doomed from the moment Ashley got his fat greedy hands on it, and after eight long years there is no respite.

    Onwards and downwards!

  • microbar

    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #25

    In other words please Mr Ashley fire me.As I don’t have a clue how to manage a premier league team.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Ron…everyone here are unsackable! The board won’t sack itself either 😉

    …does anyone know how Ashley has made that tit tat shop successful?

  • firebug666

    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #27

    Now it’s time for the new game from Newcastle, It’s called “A Player a Day”.

    Each player will be rolled out to make a statement to the fans.

    Today is the turn of Captain Fab, and this is what he has to say.

    The United Captain says that he is sorry and will try his ‘best in the next game’ like he always does.

    Well thanks for that Colo, inspirational, uplifting, and full of thought.

    May I also offer a short statement….

    Phuck Off Colo you tw@!

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #28


    Ashley doesn’t get the difference between selling cheap tat and running a football club.

  • firebug666

    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #29

    This is the clowns full statement:

    Fabricio Coloccini:

    “We don’t have words for them as it is a big disappointment for them as well.

    “I’d like to say sorry and we will try our best in the next game, like we always do.

    “We are all involved in this.

    “We have to do more and be better than we are doing now and that includes me as the Captain as well.”

    Well Colo we have a few word for you lot, unfortunately if they were put into print the wouldn’t be posted.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #30


    Bishop will have a job to spin this one!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #31

    Colo the Clown speaks – wants to keep his mouth shut and keep a low profile after his ‘effort’n on Saturday – he was shite and that’s putting it mildly.
    Saw Norwich play yesterday and that’s another club that will finish above us – never seen a player at the TOON chase and harry run at speed like what Brady did yesterday – another one we missed with our ‘superb scouting network’ and British/Irish.

    Norwich another team you can write of finishing below us along with Bournemouth and the Mackems who both showed fight and score goals.

    Sadly it is between us and Villa for bottom spot!!!!

  • robertsleftfoot

    Nov 30, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #32

    Does anyone know if there is truth to the rumour that not all first team players turned up for training on Sunday like the manager expressed??

    A couple of the French guys missing by all accounts??


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