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Star Reveals How Boss Has Been During Newcastle Crisis

9:32 am, Saturday, December 12th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

Newcastle’s £14M signing Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed that off the field  Steve McClaren has remained calm this season even though showtimes on the touchline during games he looks anything but calm.

Georginio has been our best player so far this season and his seven Premier League goals have been invaluable and all have been scored at home, so maybe tomorrow he could get his first goal on the road for us?

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Steve McClaren trying to choke himself during Leicester game

The 25 year-old Dutch midfielder has explained that the Newcastle manager has stayed calm off the field and you wouldn’t have thought he was under pressure at Newcastle:

“To be honest, I didn’t notice McClaren was under pressure before the Liverpool win – he was calm,”

“In my opinion that is a positive thing. If he wasn’t it would have put more pressure on the team.”

“And he has been positive all along. After every single match.” “Sometimes a bit critical but positive soon after.”

“That sums him up as a man.”

“In all fairness, I don’t want to talk about a turning point too soon.” “That’s what we said after the Norwich match, right?”

“We have to learn from this match and the previous two. We should know how to win now.”

Gini is right not to read too much into one game – especially when the previous two were were both disasters and disgraceful.

Newcastle now need to put in a similar performance in tomorrow at White Hart Lane and then we have a crucial home game against Aston Villa next weekend that we simply cannot lose.

That will be the proverbial relegation 6 pointer.

If Villa win they will be 3 points closer to Newcastle and if we win we will be 3 points further away from Villa – a difference of 6 points depending on who may win the game.

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Tags: Coaching · Georginio Wijnaldum · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 12, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Well Gini if you didn’t think McClaren was doing a less than satisfactory job as HC then I am a bit worried!

  • 2 John Tudor // Dec 12, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    smoke and mirrors

  • 3 Ian Toon // Dec 12, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    This was something from earlier in the week. It reminded me of the countless times I had raised on here that the Europa programme was having a big impact on our form – given the size of our squad and the underperforming of the younger players to step up.

    Pochettino said there could be “no excuses” for English clubs’ failures in the Champions League and he was hoping that his side could capitalise on their rivals’ struggles.
    “There’s a big difference when you play Thursday and Sunday,” he said. “It’s the same with the players, it can affect their mentality and ­psychology. You know always on Thursdays you can have a long journey and then have to play on Sunday afternoon. It can affect the psychology because football should be played on Saturday at three o’clock. It’s a factor that can affect your game. The Premier League is the most tough competition.
    “The managers from different leagues, say, the French, German, Spanish leagues are also tough and [say] the English managers use it as an excuse. It’s not an excuse. It’s a reality.
    “The Premier League is a more tough competition. It’s unpredictable and it’s very competitive. Last weekend, Liverpool lost to Newcastle, Manchester City lost to Stoke, Chelsea lost to Bournemouth. In Spain it’s impossible that something like this happens.
    “Other teams use the local competition to rest players and let them recover after the Champions League and the Europa League. For us it’s impossible to rest players.

    Welsh – Every good wish for your Dad.

  • 4 John Tudor // Dec 12, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    cuckoo cuckoo
    for all those in cloud cuckoo land

  • 5 Lindisfarne // Dec 12, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Ian Toon

    Not sure which side of the fence that quote is in reality but I will generally accept that to use The Europa as an excuse is a poor reason. It depends on the approach of the club and how prepared they are, the players, staff, Manager and Chairman must all be on the same page in order to achieve success in general. But even more so with the added complication of additional competitions.

  • 6 Lindisfarne // Dec 12, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Same team tomorrow but as long as there are no unexpected events, IMO Mitro will be the first sub for Cisse to see how he pairs up with de Jong in the latter stages. I am hoping Spurs have an off day, their front four could inflict massive damage if they are all in the groove.

  • 7 Lindisfarne // Dec 12, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Andre Corrilo is one of my tips, mainly because he is out of contract and currently on strike. Not currently a world beater but similar to Solano with attacking flair and good technique. An initial loan move would resolve his current situation at Sporting Lisbon and bring an extra dimension to our squad; he gets an opportunity to show his wares and attract good offers. Not the same as ownership but its a cheap option for £1/2M.

  • 8 Lindisfarne // Dec 12, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    On a side note – I have often thought the team should parade out onto the pitch to the Loony Toons theme.

  • 9 Lindisfarne // Dec 12, 2015 at 10:08 AM

  • 10 Lindisfarne // Dec 12, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    More revelations of SD business practice, makes a mockery of the laws within which they operate.

  • 11 Lindisfarne // Dec 12, 2015 at 10:18 AM


  • 12 Jib // Dec 12, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    I was going to post about Jonathan Callieri last week but thought it seemed too far fetched.

    He is an Argentinian 22 year old — 1 goal in 2 matches striker who plays for Boca Juniors.

    He is probably going to end up in Italy.

    In line with S. American practice his contract (worth $12 million ) is owned by a Uruguyan sports company (Deportivo Maldonado) who owned Tevez at one time (he’s now at Boca as well coincidentally).

    To get to the point NUFC Arsenal and Monaco have made enquiries.

  • 13 toon22 // Dec 12, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Maybe MA could be kicked from our club under the FAs fit and propper rule?
    He seems to ride carte blanche over any laws he chooses so lets hope eventually he end up in prison.

  • 14 Ian Toon // Dec 12, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    I rarely pay much attention to Press conferences prior to games but given the rigid operating policies imposed by Ashley in the past Macca’s recently have provided hope for positive change.
    Carr and a transfer policy of not signing players aged over 26. Allied to a lack of leadership and experience clearly has been shown in recent weeks as a significant reason for change. Macca’s decision to drop Mitrovic and Pérez two youngsters for the Liverpool game signified much more than the average fan might have thought- in my opinion.

    Given the buying policy of Ashley/ Carr this was a big call. But clearly the right one. Not to mention the correct one. Macca acknowledged this in his pre match press conference – with Siem de Jong and Cisse up front the team provided far more experience. It also made the point to Ashley and the club’s hierarchy in a not so subtle way that we need more experience and big game mentality.

  • 15 AncientC // Dec 12, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Ian Toon, no amount of bloviating will cover up for those lessons you missed in English classes.

    Give it up, sonny.

  • 16 Ian Toon // Dec 12, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Ha ha – I did English at A level – what a disappointment .

  • 17 Jib // Dec 12, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    What a coincidence !!!

    Today Nobby Solano turns 41

    We bought him from Boca Juniors !!!

  • 18 Jib // Dec 12, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    I find it interesting that the usual blowhards on here accuse people of their own behaviour.
    Jail Mr Tuff and the other tossers constantly accuse me of being a serial Googler when it is obvious they could survive on this blog without googling virtually every thought they profess to have.

    Likewise AncientC accuses Ian of being a pompous windbag.

    Dear Lord the irony !!!!!!!!

  • 19 Ian Toon // Dec 12, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Jib- The key was in the use of the word sonny. It says more about this unnamed warrior than his use of the word bloviating.
    You entertain in many ways- I didn’t have the Solano knowledge but I do now. Please continue. Unfortunately I’m working today in order to have tomorrow off for the game.

  • 20 geordieboy83 // Dec 12, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Morning all, I would like to apologise for my apparent miss world speech last night haha just gets annoying watching every conversation descend into b0ll0cks

    On the plus side if anybody thinks the lads on here are depressing they should read the constant drivel spouted by posters in the chronicle, they could suck the enthusiasm out of anything.

    I have a horrible feeling every result this week will put added pressure on our result tomorrow. And I’ll be surprised if we pass the Spurs test. They’re a bit more powerful than the bin dippers

  • 21 JamesToon // Dec 12, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Jorge Sampaoli just resigned as Chile manager, Swansea linked with him

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 12, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Jeff…stop speaking monkey!

  • 23 Tsunki // Dec 12, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Jib // Dec 12, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    I’m wonderinng here —– what “lack of nuance or body language” could make “take your face for a shit” seem OK and not extremely childish ignorant, and rude ?

    I don’t understand why you feel it applies to me Ray – I didn’t post that.

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 12, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Tsunki…its because Jeff…or Ray as you call him, speaks fluent monkey!

  • 25 Jib // Dec 12, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    If I were a Swan I would want Ryan Giggs , more experienced than Gary Neville and no language problems.
    Swansea have a history of connection with ex Liverpool players . I’m really surprised when managers speculation is at a height , Stevie Gerrard’s name never comes up

  • 26 Jib // Dec 12, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Moonwalking again ?
    You were trying to defend Average Contents boorishness

  • 27 Ron Knee // Dec 12, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    I don’t see a post at 9:43 am.

  • 28 Jib // Dec 12, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    I have to say that pic with Ed’s comment about SM trying to choke himself , does make me chuckle 😀

  • 29 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 12, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    When you watch Everton you see what the team needs to get the best out of Mitrovic we have Janmaat who gets forward and Sissoko when he can be bothered but nothing of Baines or Deulofeu quality a proper left winger and left back would make such a difference

    Also what a signing Gareth Barry has been he has covered the most ground in the premiership this season his experience makes such a difference we could do with someone like that !!

    Like a Michael Carrick just to protect the defence and then have pace around him would be a great signing in January !! Doubt it would happen though !!

  • 30 Scotty5-1 // Dec 12, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    I haven’t posted on here for ages but read all the time. A bit off topic, but if you’ve noticed on the bottom of each article, where its on about 3yr old Kian, if would be appreciated if anyone could help. There’s a fund raising event on this Friday at Blue Flames, Benton (right next to training ground) 4-7pm kids rides indoor and out, and from 7.30-11.30 disco, singer, raffles buffet etc £5 per ticket. Every penny going to Kians fund, we really need this money for his treatment in Germany or America.

  • 31 jayphoto // Dec 12, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    @jib – the amount Gerrard is in in LA, coupled with the lifestyle means hes probably immoveable for the 2-3 years! Pretty sure hes on the biggest contract of his career? Seems in interviews that he wants to play the game for as long as possible too!
    Nevilles got a job on his hand, valencia similar to newcastle in the sense theyve got some really talented players that only turn up when they can be bothered.
    Reckon Giggs is waiting for the Man utd job but can’t see him getting it, its a multi billion company. Their next manager will be an ancelotti, guardiola, conti type

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