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McClaren Defends His Comments After Recent Games

4:18 pm, Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 85 Comments

Steve McClaren keeps saying that Newcastle are playing well but that we have just been unlucky over the last few games in picking up just a single point.

But on Tuesday Alan Shearer said that Steve should stop saying Newcastle were playing well because the BBC Match of the Day pundit doesn’t think Newcastle are playing well at all.

Alan Shearer +Emeralds+Ivy+Ball+Arrivals+xjLhBDsSJyPl

Alan Shearer – Newcastle are not playing well

This is some of what Alan had said yesterday:

“What Steve McClaren says about Newcastle…he can’t keep on saying that they are playing well – they’re not playing particularly well.”

“They are third bottom for a reason.” “Things have to improve, they spent a lot of money and they are in trouble – a relegation fight.”

And it was because of that background that Steve McClaren was asked yesterday about whether he was being straight when he keeps saying Newcastle are playing well, while we are not picking up too many points.

This is how Steve McClaren responded:

“I think I’ve been quite honest in terms of whether the performances have been good or bad,” “I think certainly that was expressed after Palace and after Leicester.”

“I will never fault these players as long as they give 100% attitude and effort. I think they have done that.”

“If I feel certain individuals haven’t, then I’ll let them know privately, but I think publicly I’ve never said we’ve played well when we’ve played badly.”

“I’ve never said we’ve played or he’s played badly or good when they’ve been the opposite.”  “I’ve been quite open and honest.”

“I think I’ve been quite honest in the appraisal of performances really.”

When the team is in a bad run – as we are once again – it’s difficult for Steve to say too much constructive after the game and the longer our bad streak continues the more difficult it will become.

It looks to us that the four games in January are crucial and we have to somehow pick up two wins from those games. against four top eight sides

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Alan Shearer · Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press Conference

85 responses so far ↓

  • 1 optimistic prime // Dec 31, 2015 at 4:22 PM


    I responded last thread

  • 2 hibbitt // Dec 31, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    as normal with this club more PR bullshit that’s what i think ED

  • 3 Jib // Dec 31, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Steven Taylor

    Jose Enrique for Lovenkrands (57)
    Owen for Nolan (66)
    Ameobi for Viduka (75)

    This was the last team picked by Shearer 24th May 2009 in Birmingham for a 4 pm KO

    Now THIS was a team that played shite !
    Best keep your gob shut big Al.

  • 4 TudorCrisps // Dec 31, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    I’ve decided to no longer support mike ashleys business that was once knowing as our football club. I will however support the lads thats on the field on the day, but no more merchandise, match day tickets, pukka pies, bovril the whole shebang, instead i will stream matches, buy the gateshead shirt and eat what ever the dragon stors up… just saying lads have a crackin new year

  • 5 cyprus // Dec 31, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Saw it, I understand that you point the finger to those three. Still, good forwards do make chances out of nothing. Perez showed a bit of that but something has been bugging him last two games.
    Really, if I were to spend 10-15 mil this window I’d put it all in a top CF who can create chances too.

  • 6 geordie157 // Dec 31, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Williamson in talks with Wolves, 250k move.

  • 7 jimiley // Dec 31, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    7 wins in 2015!!!!! What sort of run is that Steve? Playing well and losing????/ What happens when we play badly? We lose badly!!!! At least we are now consistent. We lose consistently. And why should that change? It is now imperative that we maintain this continuity on the pitch and off it. Heres hoping for more of the same on the pitch and the same manager in May when we can judge him. “Judge me after 10 games, no make that 20 games, no make that at the seasons end McLaren.” Joke club.

  • 8 cyprus // Dec 31, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    That is a legitimate point 🙂 Of course now he has a different job: to criticise players and coaches and he’s pretty good at it. I’m glad there’re some Geordies (or sympathisers) doing this work.

    Still, I do prefer those that can analyse the tactics a bit more or that are good for a laugh.

  • 9 cyprus // Dec 31, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Happy new year TC

  • 10 nufconceandfuturekings // Dec 31, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Firstly, a happy new year to everyone.

    Whilst I appreciate that the HC isn’t going to come out and say “yes, we played really badly today and we haven’t got a cat in hell’s chance of staying up”, of late he really seems to be drifting into some parallel universe where Toon are obviously playing great there. I agree, it’s the usual PR stuff, soulless and vapid, treating us as if we are stupid. I wish I could say I am looking forward to the game at the Emirates. Like I say, I really wish I could.
    On a more important note, it’s been a few very dark days indeed since Pav left us. The memories and the love will last forever. RIP, big guy.x

  • 11 Jib // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    The last time tudor crisps was on here was in July.
    He was swearing down that Charlie Austin was going to be paraded at SJP the next day !!!!

  • 12 lesh // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    According to McClaren, Newcastle United chiefs will stay calm during the pandemonium of the January transfer window.

    He doesn’t know this lot at all. He’ll soon see there’s a helluva difference between staying calm and intertia.

    Charnley’s idea of staying calm is doing as little as possible – except when it comes to selling players and even then, we’re still carrying Carr’s ill-judged buys.

    Steve’ll soon realise he’s been sold a pup and as muck rolls downhill, he’ll be the one expected to take the flak while his so called colleagues on the so-called board continue to get away without the exposure and dismissals they deserve – the two main culprits being Charnley and Carr.

  • 13 cyprus // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    You aren’t right there. We don’t lose consistently. In fact we are about in the middle of the form table (2 W, 1 D, 3 L) with 7 points.

    We continue to be consistently inconsistent, rest assured.

    To me, the most representative game I’ve watched this year is vs. City, away. Dominated the first half, led by 2 (one was unfairly disallowed, this is also typical), second half proceeded to collapse.

    Jekyll and Hyde: NUFC, it’s been years.

  • 14 Rotonda heights // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:09 PM


    I guess you more than anyone should know we all make mistakes, but I do actually agree about Shearer being a poor manager.

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    I think charnley and SM have mutually sold each other a pup. One’s a glorified teaboy who couldn’t negotiate buying a newspaper, while the other is a has been / never really wasser.

  • 16 cyprus // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    On pundits, love KK, he knows his stuff and just seems so honest all round, he must really be so or I’m judging him with B+W glasses. Also T. Francis is good.

  • 17 TudorCrisps // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:18 PM


    Thanks for that mate haha, one can only prayer, what i meant to say was he would sign in january score 16 goals and help us out relegation 😉

  • 18 cyprus // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Wonder if Mourinho will become a has been? Not saying there’s any indication, after all he’s only had a dozen bad games, but he truly unravelled. Just imagining him with a bottle of Port in ten years saying to anyone who’ll listen, “I was the special one”. “Yeah and I was the lead singer of Van Halen”, replies the other guy on the bar stool.

  • 19 Jib // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    I see West Ham’s Bilic fancies Liverpool for the title.
    I watched them play Sunderland and they did remind me of a Shankly team , doing just enough to take the 3 points away from home .

  • 20 jimiley // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    So we are doing quite well then? You do not make a judgment over half a dozen games. Quote me the figures for a whole year and then tell me we do not lose consistently. It like saying we won our last two games so we win nearly all the time.

  • 21 TudorCrisps // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    if we were to sign 3 players in jan who would you go for, be relistic lads

  • 22 cyprus // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Liverpool? They’ve been generally sxxxe. Bellamy, another surprisingly good commentator (he sure didn’t sound like the thug Sounness claimed he was), went for Spurs as a very good outside bet. A better team, really.

  • 23 cyprus // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Doing quite well? We are in the bottom 3.

  • 24 nut meg // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Happy new year to you all,best wishes for 2016 .
    from Thailand

  • 25 Tsunki // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Jeff two articles ago, glad to provide a chuckle but I see you’re struggling to nail down a salient point there. Can I help?

  • 26 jimiley // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    If Liverpool have been ….. what does that make us.??? I would take that sort of ….. over what has been served up here. Regular defeats and a few wins, 7 in a whole year. Thats the worst in the clubs history. At least we are playing consistently well (according to our mad manager). The bonus is the entertaining style of play. Long may Steve thrive at the Toon.

  • 27 cyprus // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    I do get your point, was just disagreeing that we are consistent. We try to get consistency (e.g. put in a nice string of losses) and then we go and beat a spurs and a Liverpool. AP was good at this too.

  • 28 OneAlanShearer // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Here’s a funny thing. We needed a centre back last January and instead sold two.

    We are currently selling williamson.

    If they don’t buy at least 1 class centre back they are beyond thick.

    We are in the relegation zone. Not in the top 10. We have one of the worst stroking rates in the league. We concede more than most. We have a useless central midfield. We have experienced left winger..and a makeshift left back. No fit experienced keeper…and the local rags say we are focusing on a striker and winger…newsflash we are woefully in equipped for the remainder of the season.

    We NEED not want but need
    An experienced keeper
    A quality centre back capable of replacing colo.
    A defensive midfield playmaker
    A left winger
    A striker

    Ideally a we would WANT a left back and a 2nd defensive midfielder.

  • 29 OneAlanShearer // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Sold of let go 2 defenders

  • 30 SUTTY1978 // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Jib, I watched Liverpool against us and they did just enough to come away with nothing. It’s just the usual pre-game back slapping, much like Wenger with McClaren.
    If he really does think Liverpool could win the title he’s an eijit.

  • 31 Tsunki // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Jeff at 3 – there’s a reason they played like that though isn’t there? And it wasn’t the manager. What an awful collection of the green, the mercenary, the useless and the has-beens. He was on to a hiding from the off, another nice PR swerve by the big cheese as it turned out. ” I gave the fans what they wanted…..”

  • 32 cyprus // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Nut meg,
    Happy New Year. It’s probably already like the second of January there 😉

  • 33 Tsunki // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    I saw Alan Shearer miss a deciding penalty against Ipswich in the dying moments. That would make him unqualified to talk about penalties, or other players. Eh, Ray?

  • 34 SUTTY1978 // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    One Alan – “worst stroking rates” PMSL

  • 35 jimiley // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    More losses to come in 2016 and a few wins for good measure. Every team wins occasionally.
    Its reassuring that MCLaren is not at all worried about relegation. He has faith in his players turning everything around. Can someone please get Steve another spliff.?? And he is the manager!!!!!!!!!!

  • 36 Jib // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Apparently we’ve enquired about club Brugge’s goalie Ludovic Butelle

  • 37 Belfast // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Well the odds of us signing a centre back will increase ever so slightly if we sell Williamson.

    It’s hard to tell with these ones though they might just be getting a wage of the books.

  • 38 JamesToon // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Sick of the absolute pathetic morons running this club. The comments from mcclaren/Charley make me cringe so much.

    SM=deluded and inept
    LC=knows sweet fa about football trying to do as little as possible and not proactive enough
    GC=either a sh*te scout or Charley just isn’t listening to the recommendations who may cost a bit more because they are experienced and have quality (e.g payet)
    MA=his three puppets doing his dirty work and taking the stick

    When is it are we gonna be like a normal competent club again. When things don’t go well, we prosctively try and fix the problems. That’s what clubs like saints, Swansea, Everton and even Bournemouth do.

    When is it we are gonna have a squad where every summer we’re not shouting for a complete overhaul because of the amount of foreign crap mercenaries. When is it are we gonna have a manager and chairman when things aren’t going well, we can trust them to put things right

  • 39 JamesToon // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:49 PM


    Why the f*** are we enquiring for a Belgian clubs goalkeeper for Christ sake.

    I used to be interested when we were linked with foreign type players that supposedly Carr scouted, and look up YouTube clips of them, but now they just frustrate me and i don’t even want to find out anything about them

  • 40 JamesToon // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Sick of these cheap foreigners that “might be good in the prem” it never works

    We need players who are ready of the fight now, not players that might need 10 odd games to settle in, players that can come straight into the team and immediately improve us

  • 41 BandB // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    It’s always cringeworthy (but not uncommon on this blog, with its goldfish memory) to see great legends of this club, to whom we all owe so much in terms of glorious memories, being dismissed as failures and has-beens and told to belt up just because they express the occasional smidgen of concern about the present all-conquering and never-been-bettered set-up.

  • 42 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    That’s working on the premise you have a firm grasp of reality, Schteve. Most people beg to differ!

  • 43 OneAlanShearer // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Sutty lol yeah bloody predictive text.

    Jib – there’s experienced then there’s never experienced….you are going to make a grown man weep!

    Ashley needs to realise it’s no longer gamble time or its hello championship and we will not bounce back.

  • 44 Jib // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    I think the Williamson news actually confirms we have a CB lined up

  • 45 jazzyp // Dec 31, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Jose Enrique available in January on a freebie. Worth a punt as he’s still only 29

  • 46 Jib // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    I am unaware if you have Sky’s Irish package but if you do Setanta sports is freeview tonight !

  • 47 Jib // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    We could get Debuchy as well he’s only 30 then we’d have 2 knackers

  • 48 Belfast // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    We don’t get setanta up here Jib.

    Jazzyp I was actually thinking the same thing earlier when I heard that.

  • 49 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Haha. Jib sums up Shearer’s team in 2009 as “shite”. The one player left from that side, who is central to this season’s hapless performances, is Jib’s own man, Colo, whom he defends to the hilt.

  • 50 jimiley // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    It is reassuring to have a sound manager at the helm who knows what he is talking about. I thought we play boring and negative football and that we shipped in a load of goals and created next to nothing and so scored very few goals. WRONG!!! We are playing consistently well and are just unlucky. I suppose Leicester and Arsenal are playing consistently well and are just bloody lucky. You see guys and gals, in the happy go lucky world of uncle Steve, it all boils down to luck. And I thought we were just shit. I feel a lot better now and am just waiting for our luck to turn.

  • 51 Jib // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    B and B
    Which bastid dismissed Shearer as a failure and a has-been ?
    Point him out and I’ll chin him !

  • 52 jimiley // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    We have half a dozen knackers in the team anyway so another couple would not hurt. It may help our consistency. The more the merrier.

  • 53 Rotonda heights // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:11 PM


    shearer great player and talks very well but he couldn’t motivate his best mates owen, duff, butt and given when he needed them most. we can’t all be good at everything.

  • 54 croftus5678 // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    if elliott is not playing we will 100% lose imo.

    if elliott does play we could get something with a bit of luck if he does not play with 2 dm’s.

    my team would be this ! with obv elliott in if fit.


    river does have pace and strength+ a decent header so will be a handfull and take the pressure off mitrovic to score or wijnaldum or from a set piece.

  • 55 Rotonda heights // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:13 PM


    now you’re getting it. lol!!

  • 56 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Shearer simply walked in to a situation not unlike Mourinho made for himself. Many of the players didn’t want to play for NUFC, Shearer criticised them and they decided they didn’t like him for it, so they had doubled down on their lack of fight – that simple. Still, I wish he’d go and try his hand at managing, however, ultimately I don’t think he’d be cut out for it, name great captains that have gone on to make great managers. There aren’t many and that’s because the characteristics needed for both roles are different.

  • 57 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:17 PM


    Shearer doesn’t talk well, not in an executive style anyway, that’s part of the reason why he wouldn’t be a good manager, barking orders on the field, organising, does not automatically translate to being a good communicator managerially.

  • 58 richardj1986 // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    With man United looking at signing another midfielder in Jan could we look to sign Carrick. Not an Ashley player but is someone we need. Would work for our system and add height and he’s a geordie

  • 59 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Hahaha. Just checked out Toonsy’s blog. The end of another year and nothing changes. My bro Troy is still getting his arse whipped by Gashley and Sykes. PMSL.

  • 60 jimiley // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Shearer is shaping up as the next Hansen. 20 years on a couch at the BBC and pontificating about the game. Coward. He is …. scared about getting a proper job in the game after his nightmare as manager at the Toon.

  • 61 OneAlanShearer // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Carrick is a stop gap granted but under Ashley you can guarantee he’d be want 6 years out of him. See Colo. There is no squad building involved just stock building.

    1 midfielder equals 1 midfielder Sooo. ..
    Anita equals Fabregas
    Colback equals wanyama
    Tiote equals Henderson.

    Riviere equals suarez

    Socks equal socks
    Cheap football shirts equal cheap football shirts after all.

    This is why Ashley will never ever understand the complexity of football as it’s all about numbers…nothing else.

  • 62 lochinvar // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Norwich have offered Inter Milan 10m euros (£7.3m) for their Italy international central defender Andrea Ranocchia.

    Meanwhile Ashley has asked about his team mate Gnocchi as it’s a favourite of his…. just hope the transfer window isn’t as feeble as this notion but we live in hope.

    Can we expect any announcements overnight as Chanley and Carr will surely have planned their signings over recent months.

  • 63 OneAlanShearer // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Jimiley – wtv… coward? I don’t think so. Let down or given an impossible take. .yes.
    Given a full season and a proper budget you would see better from him but why should he no

  • 64 JamesToon // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    i think its bs that people think that we haven’t got the players to play a passing attacking game, and we’re not just suited to counter attacking. Players like Perez, Wijnaldum, SDJ, anita, sissoko, thauvin, janmaat, are technically competent imo. Got a little stat comparison here. Lets take a team like bournemouth, who have come into the prem and haven’t sat back and just looked to play on the counter, against every team they’ve looked to play an expansive, attacking game. And players like Ritchie, Gosling, Arter, King etc. i wouldn’t say the newcastle players i listed above are less technically gifted than those bournemouth players, yet here’s a very interesting stat:
    Against west from away (bare in mind that this is a pulis team who constantly surrender possession), we made a total of 61/85 successful passes in WBA’s attacking third. Yet if you look at bournemouth who lost 2-0 away to arsenal, made a total of 112/144 successful passes in the attacking third, bare in mind they are away to arsenal!!!
    For me, those stats are absolutely shocking!!! and i think only a tiny part of that can be blamed on the players for maybe not having as much work rate, spacial and tactical awareness, but surely this has to fall on the coaching by mcclaren!

    Sitting back against a west brom side is completely unacceptable, and its time for change, either mcclaren needs to change his ways, maybe listen to Cathro a bit more, or he needs to be replaced by a decent manager who can get the best out of the players and play as a team

  • 65 firebug666 // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Almost time for me to go and seek oblivion at the bottom of a glass, I would just like to wish everyone a very happy new year and may 2016 bring you health, wealth and happiness, all the best lads and lasses.

  • 66 banjax // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Alan Shearer stepped in offering his services to manage Newcastle at the time with something like Ten games left. He stuck his neck out and tried to pick up the shambles of a poorly managed club at the time and one or two of you have the gall to reproach him and his abilities for it. I know who I would rather have as manager of Newcastle United right now, and why not, he has all his coaching badges just like Gary Neville who was a Sky Pundit. Alan Shearer speaks from a knowledgable position as well as being the league’s most proficient scorer, not to mention one of our clubs greatest icon’s. So please some of you guys who criticise Alan Shearer engage brain and have some common sense.

  • 67 Jib // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie – Jib’s own man, Colo, whom he defends to the hilt.

    I can’t quite recall

    Who was voted on this blog as the best player in the last game ?

    That was really interesting stuff about the other blog you infes- sorry visit.

    Thanks for sharing such riveting stuff .

  • 68 jimiley // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Great player but does not cut the mustard as a manager. Like most great players. He has all the paper qualifications to be a manager but does not fancy it because it is all too easy to sit on a couch and give opinions. Thats lazy and a total waste. In my view he is either scared to go in at the deepend because of his short experience at the Toon (and he has a cushy job at the BBC) , hence the coward description, or his ego will not let him take a job at a club which is not Premiership material in order to prove himself. And you cannot blame a Premiership club taking a risk on him after his track record at the Toon. I do not think he has has any offers. It has to be an ego or fear issue. Staying at the BBC is just lazy but easy.

  • 69 GeordieTwo // Dec 31, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    A lot of you have been asking “G2 what will the new year bring?” Very interesting question lads. I predict the new year will bring a lot of joy and happiness as well as some sorrow and grief. The likes of Arsenal, Leicester, and Man City will get the joy and happiness and we’ll get the sorrow and grief. 🙁

  • 70 hibbitt // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    jimiley he had an offer from blackburn but wanted more for players then the Venkeys wanted to invest in the club so he stayed at the BBC

  • 71 jimiley // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    That could also be seen as an excuse for not taking the job at a club with little potential. I do not know.

  • 72 BandB // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:04 PM


    I’d settle for trying to knee-cap him if I were you.
    Happy New Year pet lamb 🙂

  • 73 GeordieTwo // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Shearer a coward? That’s hilarious. Tell him to his face.

  • 74 Jib // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    B and B
    Bones festes i bon any nou

  • 75 Belfast // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Jimiley why would you leave a stress free enjoyable job and take a job that’s stressful 24 hours a day 7 days a week ? Probably be on a lower wage than the enjoyable job into the bargain.

    I bet there’s a lot of half decent managers who would swap places with him no problem.

  • 76 GeordieTwo // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Have a Happy New Year all. This one has flown by for me.

  • 77 GeordieTwo // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Personally I don’t see a lot of progress with the team during McLaren’s time with us. I also don’t see any real intent to develop a good, deep squad. I see the same thing I’ve been seeing for 8 1/2 years now. And that’s why we’re 18th.

  • 78 GeordieTwo // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    But on the bright side we get to laugh at the likes of Charnley and Ashley. Two pathetic cases hugging each other when we win the occasional game.

  • 79 lesh // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:21 PM


  • 80 Our Toon // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Can anyone blame him for not wanting to join the venkys? They are worse run than us

  • 81 lesh // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:26 PM


    You’re confident there’s a CB lined up are you.

    I follow your reasoning but as soon it’s Ashley’s glove puppet Charnley, that’s really running the show, he’ll wait until Willo’s off the books before he thinks about signing a replacement.

    A replacement? Do we need a replacement for Willo or an improvement on him. Now that’s where things’ll become tricky for Charnley and Carr.

  • 82 toon kk // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Shearer had an near almost impossible task when he stepped in to try and save us, like today our squad just simply isn’t good enough for the premier league.
    I’m not sure what Mash will spend in January, we may be past repairing so he may cut his losses ready for life in the championship.

  • 83 welshgeordie9 // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Transfer window opens tomorrow and that means one thing.


    Get him in.

  • 84 welshgeordie9 // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    I wonder who our ex hero will be buying.

  • 85 Malta Mag // Jan 1, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Apart from the normal shite having a bitch with one another and some bloke wanting to wear a Gateshead shirt and stop going to the games there are those on here who write constructive comments. I do agree with the comment on the midfield being too slow. I think Colback, Anita and Tiote have something to offer but to put them in the same engine room does nothing for the dynamics of the team. The problem is however that McClaren knows fine well that his defence is poor so he compensates rightly or wrongly by putting an extra defensive player in there to protect them. Consequently the forwards suffer. If I was to spend 20 million I’d by a proven defender to step straight into the team thus releasing Gini into the middle alongside one of those three and my choice would be Tiote. I would keep Mitro where he is with Perez as the No 10 and bring Thauvin in and give him a good run in the team with Sissoko on the other side. I think the quality is there but the manager has to be allowed this transfer window to try and put right the wrongs done before him. Unlike some I think we will buy big in this window simply because relegation is not an option for a business man like Ashley.
    Happy New a Year and keep the faith regardless

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