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McClaren Hints At Not Being A Good Fit For Newcastle

9:02 am, Sunday, December 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

It was a strange press conference Steve McClaren gave on Thursday for the Liverpool game today, but when you haven’t got many results to show after 14 games it kind of gets difficult.

It was even as if Steve had run out of ideas on what to do to turn the team around.

Steve McClaren Press Conference Newcastle United

Steve McClaren – at his press conference

If you haven’t seen any of the press conference here are bits and pieces and the first thing he talks about is how nobody is happy at Newcastle right now.

And after the press conference he gave an interview where he seems to be suggesting he may not be the right man for the job and in the third paragraph he talked about his fit with Newcastle maybe not being too good:

“There isn’t patience in football anywhere and that’s including this club.”

“We don’t believe in patience. We believe in having a plan, a vision and working towards that. During that, you’ll be up and down, up and down.”

“To be perfectly honest, at the present moment, if it was enough of a fit we would be winning more matches. We know things need to change.”

“All those around can say and do what they want and make decisions. You can’t influence that.” “All I can influence is what I do with the players day in, day out.”

McClaren is just like Alan Pardew and he has only limited control at Newcastle and that doesn’t include choosing the players who will be coming in  during the January transfer window.

As we said it was an odd conference call but anything can happen and we hope the players today will get their fingers out and play somewhere near to their best form.

If they can do that then something is possible today otherwise we may get hammered again – this time by Jurgen Klopp’s new team.

Comments welcome.

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

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Reyantoon // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Let’s hope the lads surprise us today with a win.
    If it is another hammering,not sure I’m going to watch or follow us again this season.
    It’s up to you Steve!!

  • 2 SPRINGY // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    starting to dislike these repetitive press conferences….blah blah blah but nowt changes

  • 3 nut meg // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    You have to earn respect,he should have benched Collo & Sissoko,that would’ve sent a message to the rest of the squad. Instead he’s seen as a soft touch by the players who don’t respect him & don’t appear to listen to his instructions.He’s not helped by his captain either who should make sure his orders are carried out on the pitch.He remains silent !

  • 4 SPRINGY // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    colo is no good as captain….to weak,to quiet,to much of mate….so no respect

  • 5 Ron Knee // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:15 AM


    Are you sure about that? Mid-table mediocrity is getting remoter by the match.

  • 6 AncientC // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    The only 2 positives this season:

    The blossoming strike partnership of Mitrovic and Perez when played up front.

    Wijnaldum’s finishing when in the box.

    What are the odds of Cisse playing and Wijnaldum not being utilised today.

  • 7 nut meg // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Mark Douglas understands that Moyes is keen to talk to nufc if there’s a vacancy.

  • 8 nut meg // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    I think we’re going to need Mitrovic today…in both boxes.

  • 9 Reyantoon // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Even the long serving tea lady said;
    He is an ostrich 🙂

  • 10 AncientC // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Ron knee, tell that to Scrooge mcComfort eater Ashley.

    The club’s legend striker has a son that would rather watch rugby. Ashley wouldn’t pull his head out on his trough for news like that.

  • 11 geordie157 // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Our players won’t get any time on the ball today so we’ll struggle.

    I think it’s time to give de jong a start and put marveaux back on the bench.

    If we play to narrow clyne and moreno will hurt us, if we use some width lallana and firmino will pick us off.

    I can see klopp thinking sturridge starts the game then benteke comes on for the last 20. Our defence cant cope with the tea lady running at them, so unless Liverpool don’t turn up and have a big off day we will get battered again.

  • 12 Ron Knee // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    nut meg

    Moyes has failed at his last two clubs so he’s the obvious choice!


    I think you’re exaggerating. The parasite has only destroyed our club after all.

  • 13 NezzaNUFC // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Moyes is worse than McClaren!

    We need a manager who strikes fear into players like what Sir Alex did at Man U.

    If we can’t get that I’ll go for Cathro, similar to pep and Klopp who plays a passing pressing style he’s young and offers stability.

    We will lose today but the way we will lose will depend on McClaren!

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    If you keep telling players that they lack confidence eventually they will think they actually just lack confidence!

    …it’s like being a hypochondria and it’s nothing but excuses.

  • 15 sparky55 // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    the horrible number that’s bouncing around in my head if Colo starts is 8.

    We don’t have any players in front of the back 3.5 that can defend under the pressure they’ll be under today. Whoever plays up top today will have a long lonely existence and see very little of the ball and will be isolated as the back 3.5 camp on the edge our penalty box and the midfield will be 8 yards in front.

    Sturridge will get a hat-full today because he’s massively quick and we have no-one who can match him.

    Coutinho will have a field day today and I can see 2 from him probably 18-20 yards because he’ll have all the space in the world.

    Llana will be able to switch between wings and make mincemeat out of our midfield and defence providing those things we for some reason simply just can’t defend called crosses.

    I can see the ex villa striker coming on after maybe 60 minutes when we’re already 5 down to finish us off.

    I’ll be horrible.



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