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Incredible – Even More Adversity Hits Newcastle

6:30 pm, Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

Steve has given his press conference for the upcoming game at home to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Newcastle players must pick up more hamstring injuries than any other club in the Premier League and after Mike Williamson has been back at Newcastle for only a couple of days he’s now very doubtful for Sunday’s very tough game against Liverpool with a hamstring injury.

When asked if Mike would go straight into the side for Sunday – he hesitated and then said:

“We would have liked to have thought so, but he has just his tweaked his hamstring in training and has to have a scan on that to know the extent.”

“We will know more later, but that’s a little worry.”

Steve McClaren Press Conference Newcastle United

Steve McClaren – gave his press conference today 

That probably means that Fabricio Coloccini will be at center-half again because Jamaal Lascelles is also out – yes that’s right – with a hamstring injury.

And the other disappointment the injury front is that Cheick Tiote is still not ready with his goring injury.

Steve is a good man –  but he’s really struggling as to what to say after the terrible two performances over the last two games.

Steve was asked if it would be unthinkable for a club of Newcastle’s size and stature  to drop down to the Championship and he avoided talking about that and said well – we scraped through last season  in the Premier League.

Steve also said he had not spoken to the owner Mike Ashley about the current situation.

Steve talked about the time after Bournemouth game as being very positive – but we cannot forget we were completely outplayed by the south coast side.

The truth is we were so lucky to win that game 1-0 thanks to a heroic display by goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

The players were said to be focused in training this week and he pointed out we had a lot of young players and added that in the several weeks we had taken three steps forward and five or six steps back.

Steve is again asking fans to be patient and he understood confidence is down because of winning only five games in 33 league games this year and he still thinks he is the man to turn it around on Tyneside – although we wouldn’t have expected him to say anything different than that.

That differs with the opinion of Newcastle fans.

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Steve also said we have some good players at the club and it’s a good team, but the frustration coming from Newcastle fans is how come the team hardly ever plays near their capabilities?

As we said earlier, when you only have 10 points in 14 league games there’s not too much you can say that’s positive – and Steve seems intent on just carrying on and trying to get the results on the board.

There wasn’t too much new from under-pressure Steve McClaren this afternoon.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 3, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Has Tiote been in a Bullfight

  • 2 Jib // Dec 3, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Goring injury ha ha ha

  • 3 seasons // Dec 3, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    dont matter who plays at the back we getting hammered. defence is not good enough and hasnt been for 3 years. spending 8 million was a start just a shame it needed another 40.

  • 4 Jib // Dec 3, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Janmaat Mbemba Dummett Mbabu Anita
    ———— Colo
    ——Perez ——Mitro

    Just forget our wings , block their wide players off , and batter the f@ckers through the middle.

  • 5 toontaff2 // Dec 3, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Tiote injured by Bull – must have intercepted a club official statement.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Dec 3, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Why oh why oh why was only there only two additions to a defence that had conceded over 60 goals a season for the last three years and neither with a minute of PL experience

  • 7 toontaff2 // Dec 3, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Iron Mike reached for the sky tv controls as Liverpool made it 1-6. Not even their main striker playing, he muse, as his hamstrings tightened…………or was it his glutes?

  • 8 croftus5678 // Dec 3, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    this is taking the pee now 🙁


  • 9 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    I think either Ashley will sack McLaren or he will walk away Ron Knee mate. The next two matches should do it.

  • 10 Noodles // Dec 3, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Am I the only person who doesn’t view Chieck being injured as a problem? I’m not sure how he got back in the side or stayed in it. I only wish Sissoko would get injured too. Bad influence. If you have to play him, do so in place of tiote until a football player arrives or gets fit.
    I’ve read this forum for a long time so I apologise to those who feel I’m gobbing off where I shouldn’t but really, players aren’t performing and getting picked every week.
    Give Siem a go, get colo (worst signing this year giving him a new contract AND the captaincy), off, let colback or Ginji be a leader and let’s just play football.
    And no Ed, Charlie fookin Austin is not what we need before the next post is up!!
    Sorry all.
    Stay happy,

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Ashley’s probably beside himself now. He got his little fist in his mouth while we speak. But he’ll get Charnley to sack McLaren if we lose the next two.

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 3, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    GT…seeing as Pardew could do almost anything and not being sack! Carver almost relegated us without being sacked, are you sure he’ll even contemplate sacking McClaren? 😉

  • 13 Lindisfarne // Dec 3, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    For any Real Fans:

  • 14 bladeuser // Dec 3, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Willo s injury is a godsend colo is shit but willo is even worse Liverpool if they play OK will win easily if they turn it on it will be embarrassing so I hope they turn it on as getting beat 2-0 that’s expected but six and over and maybe the sheep will baaaaaaaaaah there heads off

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    But he’s learning jesper mate! Mike has really got it now! He finally understands this football malarkey! He has realized that if you win a few football games you get to stay in the Prem and get your fat little hands on all that lovely TV money! It’s brilliant!!!

  • 16 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    It’s actually very disappointing to Mike that he has to win a few football matches. I mean…..what’s with that? Isn’t there some kind of agreement he could come to with the FA that allows us to just play like buffoons and then get automatic promotion each season? It’s something Mike is working on now……Beautiful Mike.

  • 17 jon.c // Dec 3, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    S Mc has lost the dressing room this can be seen by players attitude please Mr Ashley make a change now before it is to late

  • 18 Ravostag // Dec 3, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    The season is panning out as expected, failure to improve an already poor defence marshalled by captain Collo aided and abetted by equally incompetent assistants Dummett, Janmaat and sick notes Haidara and Saylor. There is an inevitability about relegation after 2 near misses and the pursuance of a totally flawed recruitment policy which clearly doesn’t work

  • 19 lesh // Dec 3, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    If McClaren’s not talked to Ashley, he’d be wise to – even if it means going over Charnley’s head.

    God knows what Charnely and Carr are telling Ashley and they’ll be protecting their backs and that’s a certainty.

  • 20 anthc // Dec 4, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Mclaren looks a defeated man in that photo. Totally deflated what must the players think. Oh that’s right they don’t give a toss and have stopped playing for him anyway. At least 5-0 to the scousers on sunday.

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