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McClaren´s Strange Statements Aimed At Ashley

8:04 am, Monday, January 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Steve McClaren has started to say some strange things again in his interviews and maybe is stretching the truth a little.

It´s true that we have played better since the two disgraceful defeats against Leicester City and Crystal Palace when we let in a massive 8 goals – but we are still not getting enough points on the board.

That´s why we are 3rd bottom and 3 points from 4th bottom Swansea and safety if you take into account goal difference – and Chelsea have finally woken up with a good 3-0 win at Palace last night and are moving up the league 6 points above us.


Steve McClaren – strange statements again

17 points from 20 games is the worst we have ever done in the Premier League – so we need maybe 23 points in these final 18 games of the season to survive – so we need wins.

This is what McClaren has said and some of it is true enough:

“I think when we took three points from the first eight games, people were questioning the team,” “But since then, we’ve had 10 or 11 games, and there’s only really been a couple where they’ve let themselves down.”

“The last five or six games have been excellent, and we have to keep that going.” “You’ve seen that we’ve got that quality, and we can do it.”

“I’m sure in time, with 18 games still to go, it’ll be fine. But we have to start doing it.” “We’ve done that and performed consistently, probably from Liverpool at home onwards,” 

“The Spurs performance was very good, but this was probably an even better performance than we had against Spurs.” “That’s what you look for. It’s difficult to come here.”

“People would have expected a certain result with Arsenal where they are and us where we are, but it just shows that the differences in the league are very close.”

“We just have to keep performing like that and keep believing, even though we keep getting knock-backs, especially in the last two games.”

Since the first 8 games we have played 12 games and taken 14 points from them – just a bit better than relegation  form.

The really sad thing about the Arsenal game is that we did play well – very well – and our lads put is some good even great performances – against the top of the league side.

We were even the better side – as strange as that may seem – given the dour forecasts before the game.

But we again got nothing out of the game.

We play well against the good sides but we have trouble replicating a performance like Saturday´s against the teams we should be beating in the league – that´s just one of our problems.

It´s almost starting to be that the results are more important than the performance – on Saturday the performance was very good and the result was very poor – the worst possible in fact.

Those statements are a bit too positive for where we are and they are probably aimed at owner Mike Ashley,  who cannot be too pleased at where we are with only 18 games to play after shelling out 52M last summer.

One other thing is the fans must stick with supporting the team and we´ll have a much better chance of surviving.

We are completely shocked at where we are right now – but we are also hoping for reinforcements coming in this month and Ashley has to make the cash available if we are to have any chance of surviving.

Comments welcome.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Lilongwe…something tells me our best options will be loan deals…

    …it will be difficult so secure the players we need and spending for the sake of spending will help no one.

  • 2 Magpie Season // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:09 AM


    Even loan deals will be hard:

    Aston Villa, Swansea City, West Ham United, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are after Loic Remy.

    We are competing with Norwich for Remy.

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Loan deals will likely mean players not good enough for their current side, youngsters who need experience, or players with attitude issues that their current club don’t want around…. None of that points towards the type of player we need….

  • 4 firebug666 // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:11 AM



    100% spot on with McClaren comment, What a way to lower Mitrovic’s moral. He also mentions Cisse as a goal scorer, Riviere as not quite ready to be back yet, and other options, but omitted to mention Mitrovic at all.

    The lad tried, and on another day he maybe would have got one or two in, he was unlucky with the few chances he got, but he wasn’t the only one.

    Armstrong should stay where he is in any case, he is coming on nicely let’s not spoil it for him, besides the way SM sets the team up he would probably end up at LB.

    I think new faces are needed, but for me I would want a couple of wingers who can actually put a decent cross into the box and give our forward something to attack, and maybe a CM playmaker to get some control in the middle and dictate play.

  • 5 firebug666 // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Wijnaldum may have passed up one of the better chances of the game at Arsenal but insists the players will keep going as they look to end their goalscoring hoodoo. “I thought we were the better side,” he said. “We had good precision play and created chances but we didn’t take them, so it was going to be difficult. They had one set-piece and scored. “We had a lot of confidence that we could play football here, but in the end we have nothing and we’re sad – it’s really frustrating. You know they have the quality to score but if we had taken two chances we would have won. “You must keep faith that you are going to score goals, but every time you don’t you get frustrated and disappointed. But we have to keep our heads up and we must fight to get the points.”

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  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    “The last 5 or 6 games have been excellent” 7 points from 18. Outplayed by West Brom – he seems to forget that after about 5 minutes Colo cleared one of the line with Darlow well beaten. First time this season West Brom had more possession than another side, and they nearly trebled their average for shots per game…..

    Everon, Spurs and Liverpool could have been home and dry by half time, but for Elliot. Failing to beat bottom of the table Villa. I think my definition of excellent is somewhat different from Macca’s.

    Off now, so catch up later.

  • 7 jazzyp // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Apparently we have been offered Remy on loan. A mercenary granted, but I think it is probably gonna be one of the best options we get presented with in this transfer window

  • 8 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:35 AM


    We should go all out to get him

  • 9 firebug666 // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    I don’t like Remy, don’t like his attitude, but having said that I would go for him because we need goals and he gives us that, he may be a greedy little mercenary but he would win us games….Get him in asap!

  • 10 jazzyp // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    I don’t see as we have much choice. Forget the likes of Michy from Marseille, we are not going to have many options.

  • 11 Ron Knee // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Apparently, Percy is interested in Remy too.

  • 12 jazzyp // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:46 AM


    I agree Remy is not the long term answer but good for a short term fix considering the plight we find our selves in.
    I don’t see Austin wanting to come here so we are going to have very little options.

  • 13 Santon03 // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    I doubt we will get Remy on loan, it is just going to benefit Chelsea like QPR.
    Even if we get someone on loan, it will be with option to buy clause.
    Our transfer targets will probably be someone unknown like Perez.
    Before getting new players, SM has to decide who will go first either on loan or permanently. Otherwise we will have a lot of “senior players” playing for reserve team.

  • 14 jazzyp // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Ron knee

    The problem is mate Percy holds all the cards now regarding both Remy and Austin.Can offer better terms,No need to up sticks to a new city half way through the season.Gauranteed PL football next season.
    What can we offer ????

  • 15 firebug666 // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:54 AM


    Sad but true mate, I don’t think Austin would do much to solve our problems, but Remy makes goals out of nothing at times simply because he works hard in and around the box.

    I still think we need a couple of wingers who actually know how to put a cross into the box, I think Mitrovic would then come good if he got some decent service.

    At the moment our crossing is very poor, either over or under hit, maybe one or two decent crosses a month.

    Are the club willing to spend this window? To be honest I don’t think they will, we might see a couple of loan deals but not much else.

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