Initial Comments From Steve McClaren Press Conference

Steve McClaren has given his press conference today for the game at home to Everton on Saturday, Boxing Day and the manager has talked about the very bad news about Pavel Srnicek – who had a heart attack yesterday while he was running and is now in an induced coma until tomorrow – with no news on the former Newcastle goalkeeper today.

We again send Pavel’s family our thoughts for a  recovery for the former Newcastle goalkeeper.

Steve has also talked about Newcastle’s  injury record with 9 players out injured at the moment and five of them are long term.

But that’s the same as it’s been over the last several seasons at Newcastle and we pick up more injuries than any other Premier League club – and that cannot just be bad luck.

We should be doing something about it – like finding what  the cause of all these injuries is.

Steve McClaren Press Conference Newcastle United

Steve McClaren held his press conference today for Everton game

Here ‘s some of what Steve had said today, first and foremost about Pavel:

“Sad, sad news about Pav. What a character. He’s really well-loved by Newcastle fans. A real shame. Our thoughts go out to his family.”

Steve then talked about the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa, which was really a big disappointment and two points lost:

“The draw was frustrating. We’d have taken seven points before the Liverpool game but it’s gone now and we move on to Everton.”

“Everton are tough opponents; a very good team. They have great balance and Roberto Martínez has done a terrific job.”

“It’s about us and that’s what we’ve focused on. Working hard, matching our opponents. We have players who can cause teams problems.”

And then Steve talked about our terrible injury record this season – which is no improvement over the last ten years for that matter – and continues to adversely affect the teams we can field in the Premier League.

“We don’t mention it much but we’ve got 4 or 5 long-term injuries. 9 on the treatment table.”

“Cisse is a ‘doubt’ for Everton but still needs to be assessed. Lascelles back in training, Aarons a week away. Taylor a  fortnight away.”

“We have to move on quickly from Villa. We were very unlucky and had chances to win it. I understand the fans’ frustrations.”

“The squad will be in on Christmas Day in the morning. Train as normal to prepare for a tough game with Everton.”

Newcastle have a good chance to get back to our winning ways against a good Everton side on Saturday at home – and that would help us move away from the relegation zone, before the January transfer window opens  on New Year’s Day.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 22, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #1

    “Lascelles back in training, Aarons week away. Taylor fortnight.”

    Be just like having three new January signings that will! Put the wallet away lads!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 22, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    EVA CARNEIRO. With her Chelsea were always bottom of the injury league. Snap her up!!!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 22, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #3

    On a more serious note, Everton are beatable, like most teams, but you have to open them up and attack them. Kone and Lukaku have the physicality to dominate Colo, Mbemba and Janmaat. Delofeu could turn Dummett inside out and back to front. Add to that Barkley’s powerful runs through the middle and we could have our hands full.

    Baines and Coleman will try to get forward as much as possible, and both are handy defensively as well. Maybe this match would be a good time to try a Mbabu Janmaat combo on the right. Janmaat has a far better cross in the air than Sissoko as well, so it would suit Mitro and Gini coming in at the back post.

    I’d be willing to see Sissoko given a chance in what he claims is his best position and match Barkley with powerful midfield running. I’m not convinced he is capable of matching Barkley, but if he truly believes he is Champions League capable then he shouldn’t have a problem.

    I think I’d probably drop De Jong for this, and bring Perez in for his energy. Play him slightly to the left and tuck Gini in a little with both getting in the box to support Mitro.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 22, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Flip a coin between Colback and Anita, either would likely have their hands full in centre mid helping Dummet as well as doing their own job.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Might actually be better off playing whichever of Anita and Colback that doesn’t start (in my selected lineup) at left back. Delofeu doesn’t offer much of a physical or aerial threat, so they are better equipped than Dummet to deal with it. Dummet could move into the centre potentially and is better equipped to deal with Lukaku’s presence.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 22, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Quiet on here, guess that is the christmas effect….

  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #7

    On a much more seriousererer note I see we are at the present match stage where we have the steely-gazed, determined man of focus Steve McLaren Pics.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #8

    …Saturday teatime to find out whether Ed needs to go into his “joyous happy exuberant SM” folder or the “Head in Hands Dejected SM” folder for his post match illustrations.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Lilo – see what you mean about Mbabu positionally, I remember Edgar scoring against Man u ( haven’t googled it so might be wrangggg) and Fergy looked pacy and got crosses in but then… having said that, Mbabu put more more a stamp on his performance than the aforementioned. Sometimes it ruins a player, sometimes it makes them.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 22, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #10


    I think it’ll be ‘the end of the world is nigh” pose, but we shall see.

  • will die for the toon army

    Dec 22, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #11

    I think i wld play De Jong one more time at the start. A fit again de Jong wld b better than a growing Perez. Perez can continue his super sub work.
    Sissoko……De Jong…….Wijnaldum

    Bring on Perez and Thauvin

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 22, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Edgar and Huntington both got goals from left back and had people raving about them. I brought them both up when Dummet played his first few games and people raved about him as well.

    I’d rather see a young player in their actual position then taking a chance on them performing regularly at a high level in a position they are unfamiliar with.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 22, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #13


    put colback at leftback

  • lesh

    Dec 22, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #14


    Taylor back soon and the Board’ll decide we don’t need a new CB. And then Saylor’ll be injured again by February…. again!


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