Players Want To Put Things Right – But Next Few Games Tough

We like Dutch international Daryl Janmaat and it´s a brave player who puts himself  for an interview after the last two displays which have shocked Newcastle to the core because of their lack of passion and the very poor play we have seen from Newcastle as a team and as individual players.

McClaren and his coaches were on the playing field all last week preparing for the game at Palace against former manager Alan Pardew and a good question after the performance is – what were they doing?

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Daryl Janmaat – stunned after Palace disaster

It gave our former manager one of the best wins of his 16 year career in management – actions speak louder than words – and Pardew said nothing derogatory about Newcastle before or after the game – in fact it was the opposite.

Anybody looking at Newcastle in the games against Leicester and Crystal Palace would think we are heavy favorites for relegation this season – unless something changes very quickly.

Daryl has at least come out and said something about the situation on Tyneside and his manager:

“He came in the summer with a lot of ambitions,” “We bought some new players in and we all expected more from the start of the season.”

“It’s disappointing and I understand that, but there are still 24 games to go.” 

“For him, it is hard as well,” “All of us are determined to put things right.”

Even after the last two dire results and displays Newcastle are still fourth in the betting on who will be relegated with Aston Villa, Sunderland and Bournemouth generally favored to be the three to go down.

And although we are in a bad place at the moment it´s nothing that a couple of wins cannot correct and give our players some much-needed confidence.

If we can win two of the next three games against Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa that would be great.

We can see Newcastle getting past Villa at home – hopefully – but those other two games will be very tough.

And the real danger is that Liverpool and/or Tottenham – two in-form sides  – can rip us apart as Leicester and Crystal Palace have done in the last two games,

And then we have these three difficult games after that:

Sat 26	17:30	H	Everton 			
Mon 28	15:00	A	WBA	 		
Sat 02	15:00	A	Arsenal	 

Time will be running out for Steve McClaren if we cannot get some wins on the board in these next six games.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • BandB

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1


    No-one organised that walk out against Leicester. It was spontaneous.
    Most revolutions are.
    People can whip them up and shape them, but they can’t start them.
    Neither does “these-are-our-limited-options” type waffle from the Foreign Office ever stop them.
    Clearly, tyrants are toppled.
    Whatever the sages opine.

  • firebug666

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Moving this on from last thread:


    I am humbled and apologise.

    I would assume it is a non disclosure clause in his contract, it’s Ashley’s way, and if you look at the conversation between Keys and Ashley you may notice that Ashley say “I have given them Shearer” thus implying an us and them regime.

    But remember we are all in this together!

    Onwards and Downwards……..Together!

  • hibbitt

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    b&b ….the liverpool game will be the turning point for a lot of fans if they give us a good beating that spontaneous revolt you talk about might just happen

  • Goldmbemba

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    I predict McClaren will go but it will be too late. I honestly thought we’d dig ourselves out, based on the signs of life early on in the season. But everything seems to be conspiring against winning games at the moment. Injuries are starting to bite (although we’ve actually been pretty lucky so far).

    Sunderland will get the results they need, somehow. Villa I think are gone, and Bournemouth will be too understrength to survive.

    The third spot will go to…

  • BandB

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s not true that all the options involve complex organisation – that of course, is hardly worth the effort 🙂
    Everyone can do something.
    Stop going. Stop letting this horrible man laughingly exploit your love for your club.
    Thousands won’t take your place. Not anymore.There’s no queue waiting to snatch your vacated seat.
    We are a city and a region and he is one man.
    It hurts. The exile dreams of home But you can bet your life I didn’t have something better to do on Saturday than worry about how they were getting on.

  • AncientC

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Remember that Graham Carr is largely to blame. I am certain that if Carr was scouting for someone like Man Utd, he would come up with the same targets.

    It is one of those odd coincidences, that Ashley employs a scout looking for out of contract players, and those that have high potential to be sold on towards the end of their contract for a profit.

  • toon kk

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    How could we possibly be expecting more? our major flaw defence wasn’t addressed, we bought a for the future striker and seemed to forget he needs service and what about our total lack of pace? Then we’re left with basically the same team thats been to weak for years.

  • Goldmbemba

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    I think it could all have turned out differently, and I don’t think the new players were doomed to fail as some think.

    I am now thinking we should have got austin instead of mitro. Austin was proven to some extent in the prem. Mitro is the kind of player who could thrive given a team thats confident and performing. As it is though, I dont believe his temperament will be an asset, rather a liability.

    In this vein it confuses me that we’re linked with Niang, who also seems to be a bit of a hothead.

    I really think that SdJ should at LEAST be given a chance to perform. Id be interested to see his goals per minutes ratio, he’s produced fairly good returns given his amount of playing time.

    Maybe im just clutching at straws.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    I’ve just read that the supporters of Bordeaux Girondins made a protest on Sunday. Apparently, there was a mass walk-out on the 80th minute.

  • hibbitt

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #10

    liverpool at home was always a sellout way before the game this time tickets are still available in all parts of the ground gone are the days of 52000 every game

  • Magpie Season

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Does anyone know why Marveaux has not even made the bench? He was back from injury well over a month ago. Not listed on physioroom either.

  • firebug666

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #12

    The reason for our fall over the years is simple, the club do not want to recruit players who may have an opinion, they got rid of the Nolan’s and Barton’s and replaced them with sheep, players who follow, but do not lead, players who listen but do not speak, Basically they stripped the backbone out of the club.

    I know we have players like Wijnaldum who was a captain previously, but not here, here he will listen, and not speak, here he will do as he is told and not question it, this is the crux of the situation as I see it, and this is why there is no pride or passion in this team.

    If you rock the boat you get Ben Arfared.

    I know I invented a word!

  • BandB

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #13


    I think it was Small World who cleverly touched a real nerve of paranoia inside the ground when he said he would happily upgrade to seats left vacant by boycotters.
    That’s what those left fear.
    They fear that other members of his majesty’s loyal toon army will stab them in the back and grab their cosy little nest.
    Impressive, isn’t it?

  • AncientC

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #14

    They are likely doing the same thing to Marveaux as they did to Santon.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #15

    I agree SDJ has to play now, behind or alongside Mitro, Widjnaldum central alongside Tiote, Perez wide on the left, and Colback left back, because he’s better than Dummett. Cisse shouldn’t even be at the club. I wouldn’t drop Collo or Sissoko. I think the onus is on McC to get those two firing, because they are capable.

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #17


    Hooray !!!!

    Well done , 4 hours and we get a footy comment.

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head , Ginger Jack actually played a derby match against us for Sunderland as a full back and Anita has played left back for Holland.
    Why on earth McClaren didn’t follow Allardyce’s example and play 5 across the back against Palace I don’t know , pride maybe?
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
    A side in transition like the Toon that is just finding it’s feet should be the embodiment of pragmatism , unless exceptional circumstances present themselves , go for the draw every time , we showed at Old Trafford we can do it !
    If other than the Bmouth and Norwich wins we had drawn every game we’d be 3 points ahead of Chelsea and 3 points behind Everton


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