McClaren Makes Bizarre Claim About Whether Players Are Trying


Steve McClaren tried to keep as positive as possible in his press conference yesterday, but with two big defeats in the last two games and only 10 points from 14 games played and second bottom of the league beneath even Sunderland – things are not good at the club.

There seem to be multiple problems with the way  the club is being run and there doesn’t seem to be one silver bullet that will fix things quickly.

Steve McClaren Press Conference Newcastle United

Steve McClaren – at his press conference

It was put to Steve that some former players are questioning the will to play and the guts of the current players and Steve was asked yesterday if the players have enough passion to play for a huge club like Newcastle United.

This is what he said:

“You cross that white line and play in front of 50,000 people and believe you me – you have got to try.”

“And that’s the thing when you are lacking in confidence and lacking in belief and not getting the results and the performance is not there not there – and young players are coming to new situations or an old one –  that’s always there.”

“It’s very difficult to turn that around – very difficult.” “And it looks like from the outside they are not trying – they are not running and they are not working.”

“I thought that and we looked at the stats and it’s exactly the same amount of stats and sprinting, but it looks like they are not working – but they are.”

“We see that and try to build on it every week in training and we need to transfer that confidence and belief we have in training during the week to a Saturday.”

Perception is reality and if the fans perceive the players are not trying – then the Newcastle players are not trying – whatever Steve says and whatever the stats say.

We need a win very soon as Steve continued to say yesterday, but with Liverpool and Tottenham the next two clubs up – it will be very difficult to win one of those games.

But we have been wrong before.

Let’s hope we are wrong again.

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77 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost

    Ashley’s intentions for our club are simple, he spelt it out himself.

    Newcastle exist to benefit SD, under Ashley there is no other reason.

    The club that has existed for over a 100 years is being run into the ground to benefit a cheap tat shop that exploits children, abuses it’s workforce with zero hour contracts, and couldn’t give a fcuk about the clubs long suffering fan base.

    This is Mike Ashley’s Club not ours.

    Onwards and Downwards!

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #2

    they dont look fit…they dont look technically good….they are shite…..i understand your game suffers when your low in confidence…..but bloody hell stop molly coddling…last week it was fighting to get a result this week its the arm round the shoulder…….man he looks desperate

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #3

    firebug

    This reflects what you said, only it takes a bit longer to say it!
    http://www.themag.co.uk/2015/12/newcastle-united-fake-club/

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Firebug

    He did indeed.

    Some on here still question the benefits to SD in their association to us, the free worldwide advertising for one but no. It’s not beneficial at all lol.

    He said it himself ffs. What more do they need.

    Small potatoes apparently.

    OK.

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  • firebug666

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #5

    SPRINGY

    Macca is lost mate, he really doesn’t know what to do to get thing back on track.

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  • toonking

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #6

    read through the last few pages and again the main subject appears to be that beloved pardew we all hated.
    pardewblog.com
    paredew in.com

    we miss you pardew, please comeback we like them bad runs we like talking about your game.

    lots of love JFA
    xxxx

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    ron knee
    good article…..bad to read how right it is!

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  • firebug666

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Ron / AC

    Facts speak for themselves, and eliminate the need for blind faith, blind hope and rose tinted glasses.

    We know where we stand with Ashley, and we know it will not get any better, This should leave us with one united solution to the problem, get rid of Ashley.

    Besides that being a rather large obstacle (in more ways than one) the fans will never be united.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #9

    firebug
    lost!!…..bloody clueless,and desperate….dont hate the bloke just dont think he was ever big/strong enough to cope with the job…..gave him his games tho to see how he got on but in all honesty we look worse for him being here

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  • jon.c

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #10

    S Mc is a joke how many games does he want to turn things around he has had his chance

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  • firebug666

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #11

    SPRINGY

    The other day I said that when he was touted to join us I didn’t want him anywhere near the club, but when he was signed I accepted it and gave him a chance to see what he could do.

    That has been answered now, it’s time for him to move on I think, and sooner rather than later.

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  • AncientC

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #12

    When the Head Coach starts speaking in tongues, it does not inspire much confidence. The Villa game could be one of the most important in our history.

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  • firebug666

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #13

    AncientC

    I don’t know that Villa will be anymore promising for us, were not just getting beat of the other teams in this league we are being humiliated.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #14

    tbh im half expecting a turn around by villa….coz they have’nt had the ‘new manager syndrome’ yet which always seems to happen for a while….sods law it’ll happen against us

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  • bladeuser

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Never wanted him he needs to go now nothing is going to change apart from we will be stuck in the bottom three miles away from fourth bottom and safety grow some balls u slug owner and sack him even then I am afraid a new manager will struggle with these pathetic players I don’t want nufc relegated as there is only one place to be and I have a lot of respect for our away fans the home fans I couldn’t give to hoots about as they r part of the problem they sit there like zombies and accept shit so if we do go down tough shit
    ASH OUT
    SMAC OUT
    COLO OUT
    SHEEP Out

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  • AncientC

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #16

    firebug666 – Villa has 65% possession against Watford, they could be well tuned up by the time we face them.

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  • toonking

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #17

    “It’s very difficult to turn that around – very difficult.”

    Have a bad run of form will put a dent into a players performance and confidence but we’ve had chances this season to build our confidence back up again. The 6-2 victory over norwich was a great chance itself get confidence running again but instead we go to sunderland consistantly fail to get those chances scored and get a player sent off. That defeat was upsetting in points but fans still had the confidence in thinking things were about to change and even though the stoke game was just a draw we still saw some belief in that things were changing but you ruin it yourself with an awful tactic at bournmoth gettinng us a win which was extremely lucky followed by two horrid losses against leister and palace.

    they are not running and they are not working.”

    you are consistantly persisting with those who are the worst examples of this, rather than sissoko being dropped it’s mitrcovic you drop. colo the worst of PL captains is allowed to remain as captain rather than getting dropped and replaced by lascelles.

    why not get in ashley’s face and demand some XP and passionate players rather than ones playing for individual purposes.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Schteeeve will bash Klopp with his brolly. Thank God we did not get Klopp. Or Gary Neville. We need Remi Garde who did not come even though we were desperate to get him. It takes a certain skill for Penfold to get it horribly wrong all the time. The more you get it wrong at the Toon, the more the owner likes you. It infuriated the fans you see.

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  • hibbitt

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #19

    jiniley……….penfold only had one name on his list and he got him

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  • firebug666

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #20

    AncientC

    Well as our favourite pastime on the pitch seems to be find the ball; Villa should manage 80% – 85% possession.

    We are that terrible at the moment.

    But this is Christmas time, a time for miracles, and we could do with a few of them right now, although we normally do badly over Christmas, so I’ll just say…

    God help us!

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #21

    SPRINGY

    The Fat F**k thought that by spending £50 million in the summer he would be ensuring mid-table mediocrity.

    Now that things aren’t going to plan, what will he do in January? If he allows Perez to be sold, for example, it’ll probably signal that he’s given up on the season.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #22

    they might not be able to replace macca..thats why he has’nt already been panned….its a huge job to take on….as well as maybe having to dance to ashley,charnley,carrs tunes…..would take a big man to take on this poison chalice the way its looking at the minute

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  • toonking

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #23

    ron
    the only PL team with anywhere near as bad a situation as ours is villa but even they now made more decent manager appointments.

    god help us.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Don’t worry, toonking. Keith Bishop will get us out of this!

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #25

    ron knee
    thats a fear…he may well accept going down…cash in on the parachute payment…and sell any player worth a bit money….then get the money from bein on tv all next season…which will probs happen….coz we’ll be the so called big club in the lower division either hammering teams or gettin beat by so called smaller teams……january will tell all

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  • toonking

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #26

    We ourselves might be doing awful and feel in desperation about getting players in who are decent and more commited but one player I might prefer to remain away from newcastle is Adam Armstong!

    Although he’s doing great at coventry that is a league one team and one of the concerns about a return is he’ll be playing against harder teams and worst of all he’ll have a collection of miserable players around him who appear disinterested. Why risk giving armstrong a gigantic amount of pressure of performing well when we can just leave him at conventry for the full season and get him back next season when we’re already in the championship?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #28

    toonking,
    Can uou explain why you put my name at the end of your post

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  • toonking

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #29

    JFA

    simple really you seem to miss his bad runs, you like them so much that you can’t resist putting them up onto this blog and begin yet another arguement which will lead to abuse.

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  • hibbitt

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #30

    toonking were are you based you have some odd ideas on nufc

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  • toonking

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #31

    I live at blackhall mill

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  • toonking

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #32

    I don’t get what you mean by odd ideas of NUFC

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Wish we were playing Chelsea this weekend this is usually about the time of the season we get a win against them live on Sky !!

    Would be typical Newcastle to put in a performance and get a result when it looks lost !!

    Personally cant see it thought I think Liverpool look dead certs for Champions League qualification already this season under Klopp

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  • hibbitt

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #34

    toonking my apologies got you mixed up with another blogger post not meant for you

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  • toonking

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #35

    hibbit
    no prob anyway you know where i live

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Actually the Pardew arguments usually start with something like ” Pardew wasn’t so bad…Look at how well he’s doing with Crystal Palace…” . That’s always a crowd pleaser. Tbh, if nobody else mentioned the King, I wouldn’ t either.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Hibbit nobody’s immune I can’t sort my jimmysmith from my jimiley atm. Sad state of affairs. 🙂

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  • Mag52

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Rotunda.

    Exactly. When the team consisted of those you mentioned, we finished fifth in the division. The problem for AP was that his best players were sold on, and each season he was more or less back to square one.
    As for Clough, now there’s the perfect example of a manager being allowed to manage, buy players, sell players, exactly as he wished. Can you imagine him working under the restrictions imposed on Pardew or McClaren ?
    The success he had was down both to his total control of all aspects of the management of the team, plus the fact that he was a top class manager, a disciplinarian and a supreme motivator. A powerful combination.

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  • hibbitt

    Dec 4, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #39

    toonking ……..just pulled the old hart string there used to go out with a girl from blackhall mill in the 60/70s lovely girl lost touch with her when i joined the merchant navy …..happy days

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #40

    toonking,
    I miss his poor runs ??? And this morning on returning to work people were ribbing me about how well he seemed to be doing at Palace and making us look pretty foolish for wanting rid of him, if we were doing well under a manager who refused these ridiculous restriction then people wouldn’t be mentioning him at all

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