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Newcastle Not Safe And McClaren Not Safe

12:27 pm, Saturday, December 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 62 Comments

Steve McClaren is still very aware that a couple of defeats and we could be right back in deep trouble in the relegation zone, so at least Steve seems to be a pragmatist and a realist.

And he also knows that his job is not safe.

Since Jose Mourinho was fired by Chelsea last Thursday after winning the Premier League and League Cup earlier this year no manager is safe in  the Premier League these days and with the extra money coming in with the new £5B TV rights deal starting next June – it will likely only get worse.

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Steve McClaren – job still not safe

This is some of what Steve McClaren said yesterday:.

“Even when you think you’re out of relegation trouble, you never are.”

“You always look ahead and think, “The three games we’ve got, if we don’t get this or that, oh my God, we’ll be back down there”.

“There’s always fear, you’re never safe. Never. Look at Sunderland; a couple of weeks ago, people said they were out of it but a fortnight later they’re back in it. “

“To be clear of the bottom is nice, but we’re not away from it, we’re still fighting.”

That’s why this afternoon’s home game against bottom club Aston Villa is so important – so we can pull further away from the relegation zone and towards safety and wins help us do that quickly.

It’s very possible we can win this game today – we should win this game today – and certainly that’s what the Newcastle fans expect.

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62 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Dec 19, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Ashley Out?

  • 2 Tsunki // Dec 19, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Why yes, of course!

  • 3 Jib // Dec 19, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    The ref will be crucial today.
    Fortunately one of the best on the list , Bradford’s own Martin Atkinson .

  • 4 LGFUAD21 // Dec 19, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    The Shelvey link keeps popping up.

    Personally I’d love to have him here. He’s still yet to hit his prime. He’s got a great wrk rate. Isn’t afraid t stick a tackle in (sometimes rashly though) and has a good passing range.

  • 5 Jib // Dec 19, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Boro 1 up 4 minutes

  • 6 AncientC // Dec 19, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Boro up, Mackems’ down. (Unless Munster Mag is Uri Geller)

  • 7 Jib // Dec 19, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    A header – Brighton’s Lewis Dunk suspended for red card

  • 8 martoon // Dec 19, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Tsunki from last topic – I’ve still got the predictions in a spreadsheet which I’ll bring out at the end of the season but from memory most had us higher up the table with Mitrovic as top scorer – whoops 🙂

  • 9 Jib // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Playing against a back 4 of ——–Bacuna , Okore , Lescott , and Hutton ——- Mitro could easily be our top scorer by 1900 tonight 😀

  • 10 Jib // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Wijnaldum 7
    Perez ——-4
    Mitro ——-3
    Cissé ——-2
    Janmaat —-2
    SdJ ———1
    Thauvin —-1
    Williamson 1

  • 11 WWSBRD // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Still think it’ll be a loss today

    Villa have to win today and we are very beatable

  • 12 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    I’d like Villa to stay up. They’ve been in the top flight for as long as I remember. They desperately need a new chairman and a new director of football because even if they invest another £50m their scout will just waste it again.

  • 13 martoon // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Jib @9 Trouble is I’ve a feeling he will be on the bench – he can’t score from there.
    WWSBRD – We have to try and get the first goal then their confidence will go and they could collapse but if it stays at 0 0 then they will gain in confidence and you could be right.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    You have remarkable typing skills for a five and a half year old !

  • 15 martoon // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Just watching the Boro game – I wish we could defend like they do and their left back looks pretty good as well!

  • 16 Jib // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Jail as always your footy knowledge shines like a beacon

    As of the end of the 2014–15 season, Aston Villa have spent 104 seasons in the top tier of English football; the only club to have spent longer in the top flight are Everton, with 112 seasons,making Aston Villa versus Everton the most-played fixture in English top-flight football. Aston Villa are one of an elite group of seven clubs that has played in every Premier League season, the other six being Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur since its establishment in 1992–93. They are fifth in the All-time FA Premier League table, and have the fifth highest total of major honours won by an English club with 21 wins.[

  • 17 WWSBRD // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Problem is mate I don’t think Newcastle know how to control a game. We should on paper batter Vile but we don’t know how

  • 18 Jib // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    I see the Euromillions 1st prize of €82.3 million has been won by a ticket purchased in a small market town in the hills behind Benidorm.
    I hope it’s a Brit pensioner spending the winter there .

  • 19 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Steve McClaren takes the 14 year-old girls approach to our troubles “oh my God, we’ll be back down there!” – fills me with confidence that soundbite.

    Even if we won the next 3, we’re still not out of it with half the season left.

  • 20 Jib // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    You can see why Boro goalie
    Dimitrios Konstantopoulos puts Dimi on his shirt

  • 21 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    See Jimmy Hill has passed away – aged 87
    Me nervous about today – expectations – a win – but knowing the TOON we’ll blow it !!!!!!!!!
    Big style

  • 22 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 19, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    The problem we have when we play teams we should be beating is that we play Anita and Colback/Tiote together so it always means we have 2 players who dont really do much in an attacking sense when we could do with a more creative player beside one of them to keep teams under pressure !!

    Take one out one and go back to 433 with De Jong , Anita/Colback and Wijnaldum in the middle with Perez wide left , Mitrovic up front and Sissoko wide right

    Just think if we go for Colback , Anita and Cisse to begin with we wont break Villa down and offer encouragement

  • 23 MacToon // Dec 19, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    With Ashley getting some bad press recently I wonder if it’ll overflow and be seen at SJP today. It wouldn’t be before time imho.

    Jiz, sue me you hypocrite.

  • 24 Jib // Dec 19, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Blooming heck Boro signed Daniel Ayala for only £350,000 !!!

  • 25 davetoon // Dec 19, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Starting to feel confident about a win which is unusual. Just hope we don’t chase the game too much with the pressure to win.
    Need Gini and Sissoko to keep up their good form and lead the attack from midfield

  • 26 Toon Tang // Dec 19, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Smoggies are on the way back to the prem eh. Cant wait for the old Tyne-Tees derby again, there was some corkers back in the day.

  • 27 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 19, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    @Toon Tang

    Would love Boro back up and Sunderlands expense!!

  • 28 Toon Tang // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Definitely mate haha would round the season off nicely as long as we stay out the shite ourselves.

    I’m just tuning into the relegation 6pointer at Chelsea as we speak. Cant see them getting much there with Mourinho gone and the players back playing proper footy again (maybe)

  • 29 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Who would the blog rather see go down, Chelsea or Sunderland?

    I’m hoping for a dire draw between the two today, keeps them both right down there and Chelsea still getting criticism from every corner.

  • 30 John Tudor // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    get in

  • 31 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Well it’s took Chelsea 5mins to buck up and now the boos have turned to triumphant chanting…

  • 32 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Chelsea will not struggle now under Hiddink we need them to beat Sunderland so we can open up a bigger gap

  • 33 Toon Tang // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    HWA, decisions decisions, how about both and Villa just on a Brucey bonus scheme maybe 🙂

    I’d take that all day

  • 34 John Tudor // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    right up the makams butt

  • 35 catchy in norway // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    sunderland doing well

  • 36 firebug666 // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Sunderland might just get a hammering today, 2-0 chelski.

  • 37 Hugh Jorgan // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Woo Hoo
    Chelsea 2
    Unwashed 0

  • 38 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Come on Chelsea lets go for 5 or 6 !! Demoralise them !!

  • 39 Toon Tang // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Hot knife through butter.

  • 40 John Tudor // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    fat sams not so grand slam

  • 41 Toon Tang // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    I know its only Sunderland but look how much more accomplished Chelsea look in all areas.

    Never has it been more blatant that the team stopped playing to get Mourinho sacked.

    Collective player power eh

  • 42 Bambams // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    We could do with a demoralising defeat for Sunderland today.
    Strange how Chelsea have started given their form recently – mind you I thought they were better in the second half against Leicester
    71% possession so far for Chelsea

  • 43 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Norwich winning now ! So we need to get the win tonight !West Brom down to 10 men now so Bournemouth will probably win so we need to keep going to stay afloat !

  • 44 John Tudor // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    kin norwich

  • 45 John Tudor // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    mclean nice lad not

  • 46 John Tudor // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    results will conspire against us

  • 47 beermonkey // Dec 19, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    any1 know a decent plce to sports on kodi

  • 48 firebug666 // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Gary Lineker ?@GaryLineker now11 seconds ago
    3-0! I think the Chelsea players could be taking the piss.

  • 49 davetoon // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Damn Norwich look like getting the 3pts.

  • 50 Ron Knee // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Even more pressure on us.

  • 51 Lindisfarne // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    I would say the results are going quite well at the moment as three of the four teams above us are not going further ahead.

  • 52 John Tudor // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    the pressure is only on the fat man and mukka

  • 53 Chancel be a fine thing // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Beermonkey, If you add sportsdevil to your kodi, then use that.

  • 54 Toon Tang // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Mega huge lols ManU hahahahahaaaaaa

  • 55 davetoon // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Norwich and Chelsea currently ahead of us

  • 56 mindshaft // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Looks like Norwich and Bournemouth are going to get 3 points today so we need to win just to keep them in the mix

  • 57 catchy in norway // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    results not really going for us

  • 58 Jib // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Man U 1 back Martial

  • 59 Jib // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    If the Foxes can do Everton at Goodison they deserve to be top.

  • 60 catchy in norway // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    come on stoke

  • 61 toonking // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    results getting more and more shocking every week and when you getting teams such as manure 2-1 down at how it’s no wonder Leicester can sit top as catchy would say luck has helped Leicester win the title if they can do so.

  • 62 SPRINGY // Dec 19, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    this league is mental….nowt is straight forward!lol

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