Next Two League Games Crucial For McClaren

After doing so well to beat both Liverpool and Tottenham in successive games we have slumped again against the lesser teams and have taken one point out of home games against bottom club Aston Villa and Everton and a road game at West Brom – who hadn’t won in their last five games.

So we have lost two in a row and next up at Arsenal at the Emirates and Manchester United at home a week on Tuesday, following the 3rd round FA Cup game at Watford a week on Saturday.

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Steve McClaren – cannot lose the next two games

We will probably field a weakened side against Watford given we have Manchester United at home four days later – so we don’t expect to have an FA Cup run this season – but what’s new?

By aiming modestly at being a top ten club in the Premier League we have become a club fighting relegation in three of the last four seasons and unless the rot can be stopped quickly we could be relegated in May.

Missing out on all that new Premier League TV rights money will no doubt motivate Mike Ashley to spend big money next month.

But the club is being run by people at the top above McClaren, who don’t seem to be well qualified with the skills, experience or personalities to run a club as big as Newcastle – and until that’s fixed we could continue to struggle.

Having lost two games in a row we cannot really lose the next two because that would be a single point from the last 15 and that would surely put Steve McClaren in danger of being fired.

This is a crucial time of the season and we cannot continue to lose games.

There are a couple of good managers still available who could possibly come in if Steve cannot do the job.

But the easiest way out of this is for the current coaching staff to pull Newcastle though and a new manager is not always a silver bullet.

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes could come in for us and there’s also former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers available.

We think Moyes would come to Newcastle and he recently turned Swansea down – but we’re not sure that Rodgers would want to come to Tyneside.

We hope that’s not necessary and the lads can get one win in the next two games.

But it’s wins we need now to get away from the relegation zone.

With only four league games in January and in the two months after that, we could be down in the bottom three for some time if we cannot start winning some games.

And yes – we need some good players brought in during January, but they take time to introduce into the team – more is not always better with new players coming in.

To have a season like this after the calamity of the last 19 games of last season is very hard to take.


What do you think?

Comment welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 30, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #1

    I heard on the radio this morning that Pavel was recently trying to get all the players from the 95/96 season back together for some sort of game.

    It would be great if those players and the club could organise some sort of charity match with them all in his memory.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 30, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #2


    He was on total sport a cpl weeks ago and Pav and Strve Wraith had been organising the Entertainers to come back for one game. I beleive they said they had 10 players signed up and KK to manage.

    It’s going to be at Kingston park again, the date slipped my mind.

  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #3

    I would have thought that the last two winnable games would’ve been the ones that decided McClaren’s future.

    The next two see real tough ones and two points would be useful, however unlikely.

    Charnley’s not going to sack him though so it’s up to Ashley to be convinced that McClaren’s the man to preserve our Prem status and if necessary, take matters out of Charnley’s hands by appointing someone to take the reins of his horse, immediately. We cannot afford to let Charnley make yet another cock-up of a perilous situation.

    Jimmysmith – from an earlier thread

    Nowt wrong with being a cynic young fella – cynics ask questions.

    If it weren’t for cynics, everything’s be black and white – lacking vision and innovation.

    Come to think about it…..

  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #4


    It’d be a nice gesture if Ashley’d offer SJP for the Entertainers to play in a benefit for Pav’s family or the Bobby Robson foundation for example.

    Imagine the turnout and the reception for them – it’d take the roof off the stands.

    But then again, there’s a likelihood of some anti- Ashley reaction too.

    It’d be a helluva gesture from Ashley to agree to that though.

  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #5

    So Norwich have reportedly ‘agreed a deal in principle’ for Naismith.

    I wonder how many such deals got readied for signatures on January 2?

    Nah, don’t be silly lesh, the lump’ll still be playing with his new abacus!

  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #6

    * how many deals Charnley’s got ready……

  • banjax

    Dec 30, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #7

    A new Chairman
    A new Manager
    A new way of running transfer business
    A new owner
    These are what is needed at our beloved NUFC before any success can happen !

  • nut meg

    Dec 30, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Phew! I thought for a moment you were suggesting we are getting ready to swoop!

  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Nut meg

    Don’t be silly, Charnley’ll still be reflecting on the mistakes they’ve made – and done bugger all to rectify!


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