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McClaren Reported On The Brink At Newcastle

8:57 pm, Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

The Mirror is reporting today there has been a meeting of the upper management this week at Newcastle and it comes as no surprise that people like Managing Director Lee Charnley want to see an upturn in the form and results of this Newcastle side.

So do the very long-suffering Newcastle fans.

We have made an absolutely abysmal start to the season with 10 points from 14 league games and it’s no better than the disaster of last season.

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Steve McClaren – on the brink at Newcastle?

Steve said yesterday that he had received no guarantees about his future and that he wouldn’t ask for any or want any.

The next two games are really tough and we expect two defeats against top clubs Liverpool and Tottenham.

Sunday could be a very difficult game for us, with Newcastle in very poor form and Liverpool in top form under new manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Mirror is reporting that Steve will likely get the next two games to show the hierarchy he can produce a turnaround at Newcastle.

And while his appointment in the summer was supposed to be long term – Newcastle will not risk being relegated if McClaren can’t quickly turn things around.

That’s especially true with two high profile managers David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers both available at the moment.

After Liverpool and Tottenham, we face fellow strugglers Aston Villa at home and if we suffer two bad defeats in the next two games the upper management may choose at that time to bring in a new manager.

That could give the players and the fans and everybody associated with the club a much-needed lift and some momentum that could help us get a win against Villa at St. James’ Park in what will be a 6 pointer.

The manager can then have some significant input on who he wants brought in during the January transfer window.

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44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    It will take forever for that slimy little turd Charnley to agree terms with either Moyes or Rodgers!

  • 2 BeeGuy // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    While I have little confidence in SM, he has n leaders on the pitch. How can Col lead when he can’t play his position ? Who on the roster could be captain that can do the job? Add to that, he has average to poor players for most of the squad. Some are still learning their trade, some have reached their pinnacle, but not up to EPL standards. The only hope is same impressive buys in the January window. I can hardly stand to watch until then, it is so poor

  • 3 banjax // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Enough talk of what might be. Time to put up or shut up as far as the players are concerned. Time for action. See you on the other side !

  • 4 manxpie // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Beeguy nah its all the managers fault again and as soon as he’s gone we can finally get De boer or benitez and then everything will be rosy again

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Moyes or Rodgers won’t touch us at the minute, Mashers is going to have to pay some one a fortune and this sorry lot don’t want to play for anyone.

  • 6 OneAlanShearer // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    No manager of note would join nufc under this lot.

    We have never started a premier league season under Ashley less the at least 3 players short of a balanced side.

    Any new manager knows he won’t get enough quality and experience or leaders under Ashley.

    All we get is well worded PR statements like we will spend in the next 3 windows significantly…yeah summer windows. We have conceded about 53 goals in each of the last 3 windows yet they go with the same defence barring one new player.

    They simply have no intention of providing sufficient quality and experience.

    We haven’t had a leader on the pitch since nolan left.

    To stay up up they need to buy a new spine in January and I don’t believe for one minute they will buy enough.

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Also will you get off your patronising soap box and realise not everyone blamed Pardew alone, there was a small minority who constantly slated him but yhere were 52K in the ground that day against Cardiff who’d finally had enough of him.

  • 8 lesh // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Y’know, reading the medias’s assessment that Charnley (ie Ashley)’s given McClaren the next two games to turn things round, one can’t help to be impressed by how reasonable they are.

    Liverpool then Sperz……

    So, who’s next to join the circus? Pearson, Rodgers, Moyes, de Boer? Put your money on

  • 9 toon kk // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Macca won’t be sacked but it wouldn’t surprise me if he walked. I’m afraid he’s fighting a loosing and so would anyone with our flops.

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    lesh…what about Simpson 🙂

  • 11 lukes26 // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Its a little worrying that Derby are doing better without McClaren this year

  • 12 AncientC // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Even if we could get Rodgers his wages would be too high for Ashley. He would be on around £3 million per year – way too rich for Ashley’s taste. Moyes’ stock isn’t very high at the moment, but I would imagine the same principle as with Rodgers would apply.

    I would say that narrows down the replacement to Pearson, that is IF if they replace McClaren. They will also have to think about a replacement who can work in the Championship if the club does down, so that ticks another box in Pearson’s favour. It looks like a one man race to me.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Nigel Pearson omg

  • 14 NezzaNUFC // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    ooooo and I mean oooooo

    There’s a bit of Dutch present hanging around with little whispers floating around, but can it be true? surely not! but we have to wait I guess!

  • 15 NezzaNUFC // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Collo will always be captain here until we get a proper captain, who else are the players now going to look too?

    Sissoko? hell no, this guy wants a bigger move and every players know it

    Janmaat? hell no, the players don’t respect him enough for them to follow and so does all the players we have at the moment.

    We need a commanding CB and a commanding CM!

    Shawcross, Shelvy type players

  • 16 Munster Mag // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Jail given that charnley will only be guided by carr, the sole runner of all the big football decisions at theclub, i wud consider the ex leics boss. Hard times may need a hard man

  • 17 Tsunki // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Phil Brown it is then.

  • 18 lesh // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:22 PM


    What the hell ya talkin’ about?

    Dutch present? You been smokin’ some??


  • 19 lesh // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:23 PM


    Mrs Browne more like!

  • 20 lesh // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:24 PM


    Or even Eva…… think about it

  • 21 NezzaNUFC // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Is Nigel Pearson any good?

    Saying that I think Lee should consider NOT getting English managers.

    And Moyes? no thanks, he’s shite no matter what deluded fool on here says.

    Rogers? ha! he knows what’s going on here and he ain’t stupid considering he’s friends with Pardew.

    Saying that with the sacking or walking out from McClaren, this might keep English managers at bay leaving Lee with no choice but to look further.

  • 22 NezzaNUFC // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:30 PM


    Just whispers mate just whispers but apparently a Dutch coach has been eyeing the PL and has Newcastle on his radar.

    I don’t want to say the name, and I don’t want to say how accurate this information is but getting rid of McClaren could be good for us.

  • 23 NezzaNUFC // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    And before people start calling me a WUM or whatever just remember I said we wouldn’t get Austin and Carroll but we would get Winaldum, Mitrovic, Chancel and Thuavin before the window closes.

  • 24 lesh // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Hi Jesper, you and your brood all well?

    Paul Simpson’d probably go with McCL, of course he did go).

    Fans are clamouring for a young, ambitious coach who’s managed in Europe and who better than…… •tarrraaa• Ian Cathro?

    Charnley, forward planning?. No chance, Cathro’d be cheap, available, ticks the fans’ boxes and shoves it right up us!

  • 25 lesh // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Nezza….. [de] Boering speculation.

  • 26 NezzaNUFC // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:42 PM


    Cathro has been tipped to be similar to Pep G, I know many on here would say why isn’t Newcastle playing this way then? well probably because it’s McC team and not his.

  • 27 jane // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    if Ashley gives a commitment to a top manager that they will be backed massively

  • 28 jane // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    ….they will come

  • 29 NezzaNUFC // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Money speaks in every language!

    Raniere to Leicester shows this Philosophy.

  • 30 stan anderson // Dec 4, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Get rid of Maclaren by all means,but he is not the main problem is he.

  • 31 SUTTY1978 // Dec 4, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    I’ve utterly lost interest with it all, whats the point, we are going nowhere or going down, either way theres nothing interesting to see this season. I wont be going back to watch them, theres just no hope of improvement.

  • 32 firebug666 // Dec 4, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Steve McClaren’s reign at Newcastle United is continuing to unravel with members of his own backroom team now at loggerheads.
    Sportsmail can reveal that psychology guru Steve Black and head fitness coach Alessandro Schoenmaker are not seeing eye-to-eye over training methods and McClaren is in danger of losing control of the one thing he should have total control of – the staff he appointed.
    Black – famous for his work with Jonny Wilkinson – has infuriated the strength and conditioning coaches by interfering with sessions and has told McClaren he believes players are doing too much work in the gym, blaming that, in part, for the squad’s injury problems.

  • 33 jimmysmith // Dec 4, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Rodgers or Moyes would be terrific, because they are good managers obviously, both tough and realistic, but moreover they would only come if they were convinced the correct investment strategy was in place and Ashley sincere.

    Sadly, it’s almost certainly wishful thinking, and we are almost entirely certain to stick with the by the already bruised, battered and compromised McC, or someone of similar calibre, because the transfer policy and the owners intention are apparently not to be relied upon and can’t be trusted to deliver as advertised on the tin..

  • 34 lochinvar // Dec 4, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    McLaren has coached the football out of the team.

  • 35 lochinvar // Dec 4, 2015 at 11:32 PM

  • 36 jimmysmith // Dec 4, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    The Guadian has us playing a back three and Thavin at right wing back.

    I can’t believe McC would consider that, given how little Thauvin has shown. You really need to be up and down that flank all day long, but still primarily a defender.

    I can see Colback playing there in this formation.

    ………………………De Jong

  • 37 jane // Dec 4, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    just tweaking it

    ………………….…De Jong

  • 38 jimmysmith // Dec 4, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Thauvin left wing back, and Anita holding, with Cisse up top. God help us!

    Louise Taylor, a Mackem, but generally up to speed on Newcastle. Even so, surely not!

  • 39 Lindisfarne // Dec 5, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    geordieboy83 // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    De Jong

  • 40 stan anderson // Dec 5, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    ASHLEY and his nobheads OOT

  • 41 SPRINGY // Dec 5, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    all these reports coming out now might have a bit truth behind them…..but tbh what the hell has fitness got to do with steve black….his mind guru shit seems to be working wonders for the team does’nt it!……he wants to let the fitness bloke do his job and try to do his job better…….comical united!lol

  • 42 SPRINGY // Dec 5, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    cant see colo or sissoko being dropped….macca is to weak to try anything else so it will b the same players as palace…..he myt change the formation….but doubt it

  • 43 SPRINGY // Dec 5, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    anyone else even…my bad!lol

  • 44 lochinvar // Dec 5, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Denis Bergkamp linked with Managers job at Reading.
    Is that the Dutch connection rumoured earlier ?

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