McClaren Defends His Comments After Recent Games


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.

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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.



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85 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 31, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Cyprus

    I responded last thread

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  • hibbitt

    Dec 31, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #2

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

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  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Harper
    Edgar
    Duff
    Nolan
    Coloccini
    Steven Taylor
    Guthrie
    Butt
    Lovenkrands
    Viduka
    Martins

    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.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Dec 31, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #4

    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

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  • cyprus

    Dec 31, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #5

    OP,
    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.

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  • geordie157

    Dec 31, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Williamson in talks with Wolves, 250k move.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 31, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #7

    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.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 31, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Jib,
    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.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 31, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Happy new year TC

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  • nufconceandfuturekings

    Dec 31, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #10

    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

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  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #11

    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 !!!!
    😀

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  • lesh

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #12

    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.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Jim,
    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.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Jib

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

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #15

    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.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #16

    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.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #17

    jib

    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 😉

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  • cyprus

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #18

    RH,
    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.

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  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #19

    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 .

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  • jimiley

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Cyprus,
    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.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #21

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

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  • cyprus

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #22

    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.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Jimiley,
    Doing quite well? We are in the bottom 3.

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  • nut meg

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #24

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

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #25

    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?

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  • jimiley

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Cyprus,
    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.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #27

    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.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #28

    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.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Sold of let go 2 defenders

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  • SUTTY1978

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #30

    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.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #31

    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…..”

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  • cyprus

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #32

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

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #33

    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?

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  • SUTTY1978

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #34

    One Alan – “worst stroking rates” PMSL

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  • jimiley

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Cyprus,
    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!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #36

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

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  • Belfast

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #37

    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.

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  • JamesToon

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #38

    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

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  • JamesToon

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib

    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

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  • JamesToon

    Dec 31, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #40

    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

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