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McClaren – It May Look Like It – But Newcastle Not Bonkers

8:55 am, Saturday, December 12th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

Steve McClaren has been asked if Newcastle are simply a bonkers club – and he has denied it – although he does admit it may look like that at times from the outside.

Newcastle have been in crisis far too much over the last few years with one thing after the other and this year has not been good and we have won only sic league games fo the 34 played – so that’s not good in anybody’s book.

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Steve McClaren – we are not a bonkers club

Whenever new players come into the club they always have to acclimatize and some simply don’t make it and the same is happening this season with Florian Thauvin in particular finding things difficult.

Steve was asked if he has to make allowances for new players arriving at a bonkers” club:

“That’s a bit harsh! You don’t work inside it, and it’s not so bonkers inside. It looks it, though, doesn’t it from the outside?”

“A lot of players have been here longer than I have, a lot of them. We only introduced five, I think, and we always said that it would take time for them to adapt.”

“And in terms of the job and adapting and blah blah blah, it can take the first half of a season to do that. I fully expect us to be stronger in the second half than we are in the first half.”

“It’s not an easy football club, as you and we all know, but that’s the situation that we’re in. I think the players know that and I think those new ones are coming in and adapting to that. I think it can be a culture shock to them.”

“For me, that was Newcastle United. The crowd was magnificent — they egged the players on — the players were full of fight and endeavor and work and that little bit of football that got the win.”

“It’s not rocket science. It’s Newcastle and that’s it: do that every week.”

Here’s a few definitions of bonkers for readers around the world:

Crazy, mad, wild, mentally unbalanced – to become very excited or angry

  • I was driven bonkers by the noise
  • The fans went bonkers when their team won (last weekend against Liverpool)

When things come together on  match-day things can still be glorious at Newcastle and one such case was last week against Liverpool when our lads gave simply everything they had and came out 2-0 winners – and that was a shock to almost everybody, including the fans.

We are hoping for a similar performance tomorrow at White Hart Lane adn who knows we may shock everybody for a second week in a row.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Dec 12, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    “And it’s not so bonkers inside. It looks it, though, doesn’t it from the outside?”

    Not exactly veiled criticism! He sounds as bemused as the rest of us.

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 12, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    I don’t know if the club is bonkers but it’s run by a charlatan and managed by his secretary! Non of them know what they are doing!

    …I don’t know what the word is for that?

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 12, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Morning Ron my good man 🙂

  • 4 Ron Knee // Dec 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Morning jesper

    NUFC has a long history of mismanagement – what club hasn’t at some time? But this is of a vastly different order. This is a rapacious businessman who doesn’t give a toss about the club, its traditions or its supporters.

    He’s chosen mediocre people to deliver mediocrity, I suppose. Mission accomplished!

  • 5 mactoon // Dec 12, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Bonkers isn’t the word for it, mismanaged, that’s the word for it

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