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This is Steve McClaren’s Weakness As A Manager

8:22 am, Sunday, December 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Ever since Steve McClaren was appointed as the head coach at Newcastle in June we’ve never being able to reconcile how he has such a great name as a coach and yet has such a relatively poor record as a manager.

Steve has failed badly at clubs like Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and Derby County earlier this year and he was maybe one of the worst managers England have ever had in the short stint of 16 months he had starting back in 2006.

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Steve McClaren – under stress

And the one big weakness Steve may be lacking in is man-management.

What’s happening at Newcastle now is very similar to what happened under John Carver – the players are not playing for the manager and they are difficult to motivate.

They look in games like they don’t care and that’s not true with other teams fighting relegation.

We watched the Bournemouth game at Chelsea yesterday and the Bournemouth players gave 100% and were very well organized and got the surprise win they deserved against Chelsea.

The Bournemouth team was put together on a shoestring compared to the huge money spent on Chelsea players and it was a fairy tale ending when Bournemouth got the winning goal late in the game.

So their players all turn up for every game – s0 why don’t ours?

While the players have to take responsibility for their poor performances it’s also the manager’s job to get the best out of them.

Steve hasn’t done that and the inconsistency is still here after over three months of the season,

We don’t see much inconsistency at Liverpool lately – they have won seven of their last eight games under Jurgen Klopp.

Discipline also seems to be a problem at Newcastle and it’s been the case all year.

John Carver ended up basically blaming the players for the mess we got ourselves into last season and Steve McClaren although more politically astute – seems to have run out of ideas other than talking about the confidence of the players.

He used the word “confidence” over 40 times in his press conference on Thursday.

Steve’s basic point was that the next big win (whenever that comes) will turn everything around and give the players their confidence back and all will be well.

Today is a game when we could get a big win  against a rampant Liverpool side and we hope that happens.

But we are also very nervous about this game since we have been taken apart in the last two games and maybe Liverpool are the in-form side in the Premier League right now and play at their very best away from home.

And they keep coming and don’t settle for say a 3-0 win when they could get more goals.


Steve McClaren has so far failed badly at Newcastle with 10 points in 14 games and if we collapse again today this could possibly be his last game in charge.

We hope we can get a shock result today – and that would be anything but a defeat.

And a win would certainly be a shock with over 90% of fans expecting another defeat and only 5% expecting all 3 points.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Liverpool?

  • Lose (90%, 5,410 Votes)
  • Win (6%, 355 Votes)
  • Draw (4%, 214 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,979

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It’s set up for our players to shock us all.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Dec 6, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Reyantoon // Dec 6, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Ed..,he has zero man management skills.No doubt about that.That’s one of the reason the players underachieved.You don’t have to dig deep to find that.His body language is telling!

  • 3 Tsunki // Dec 6, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    If about 50k turn up each week, there must be at least 10-15k of ‘ occasional’ visitors in there, which makes you wonder what makes a fan who gets to say maybe half a dozen games a year think “I know, I’ll dig out £40 to watch the lads getting rolled over by the Scousers”? I wonder at what point those numbers will drop off sharply? My guess is Ashley might just splash some cash in January to prop up sales for the last half of the season. If he doesn’t, and we go cert for the drop, we could see the numbers heading down to the 40 K mark.

  • 4 lochinvar // Dec 6, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Anyone see nasty McLeans over the top leg buster against Spurs ? Should have been red. The guy should carry a health warning.
    Some things don’t change – rather like Head Coaches unable to man manage and win matches.

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Dec 6, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    His problem isn’t just man management, it’s tactical.

    When players make mistakes, which ours always do, playing nice football from the back is a recipe for disaster.

  • 6 Ron Knee // Dec 6, 2015 at 8:51 AM


    I think Pearson can get a better job than working at NUFC. Swansea could be in need of a new manager soon!

  • 7 nut meg // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:06 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 !

  • 8 AncientC // Dec 6, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Gotta love how everybody thinks Shaqiri is a top player now. 1 good game…

    Back on planet Ashley, 10 points from 14 games is only 5 point’s away from target, considering the difficult fixture list and red cards, McClaren is doing fine, which is why he isn’t under any pressure from above.

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