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Players Doing Their Best – Poor Decisions The Problem

7:25 am, Sunday, January 10th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was left to defend the Newcastle players yesterday after we were eliminated for the fourth time running from the FA Cup at the very first hurdle and that was also the fourth 1-0 defeat in a row since we could only draw 1-1 at home to bottom placed Aston Villa..

This season seems no better than it was last season under the woeful John Carver – and that´s not good news.


Steve McClaren at Watford yesterday

An embattled Steve McClaren had this to say after the game, as he reacted to the criticism of the traveling Newcastle fans during and after the game:

“I thought it was very harsh.”

“I think we’ve had two games, Leicester and Crystal Palace where, yeah, we were all angry and frustrated and we could accept criticism.”

“The attitude of the players, that’s all the fans ask – do they work, do they chase, do they win tackles, do they create chances?”

“We’ve had 25 crosses. We’ve had 25 crosses in the game, they’ve gone across the keeper, Gomes has made saves, our keeper’s not had a save to make, and you can’t ask any more from the players.

“So we just have to get on with it. Unfortunately that’s the nature of football; players have to be big enough and bold enough, have courage, and we’ve talked about that. They’re certainly having that.”

“It’s just not having luck at one end and not sticking the ball in the net.”

The truth may be that the players are simply not good enough and that Steve McClaren himself is struggling mightily ever since he was surprisingly put in charge by Lee Charnley  only days after he was fired at Derby County.

That showed the level of Newcastle ambition last summer and those poor decisions are now all coming back to bite us.

Incompetence from the top always leads to eventual failure in any business, but as long as the players are giving their all their all it´s hardly their fault.

Things could have been very different over the last four games if we had a decent striker in the side – so that´s a positive way to looks at things – get at least two good strikers and a couple more good players in during January and things could improve quickly.

But the real trouble are the decisions made from the top over the last couple of years when we refused to significantly strengthen the squad and some of the players brought in were simply not good enough.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Jan 10, 2016 at 7:26 AM



    I suppose there are some players who would see it as a challenge to come to a failing club and ‘turn things around’.

  • 2 Nufc-83 // Jan 10, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    Against west brom and Everton we got battered and deserved to lose both games regardless if it was late goals that lost the game.

    He can only use this luck and played well card in the last 2 games so stop banging on about it Steve you moron

  • 3 Ron Knee // Jan 10, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    If I was a season ticket holder, I would direct my anger at the management not the players, who seem to be still trying.

  • 4 Belfast // Jan 10, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    Yep basically the exact same words after the last defeat

  • 5 Ron Knee // Jan 10, 2016 at 7:36 AM


    I wouldn’t trust Charmless to pick ’em!

  • 6 Viduka // Jan 10, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    Sorry, I don’t post much… And this is kind of a re-post due to ed firing off another … Any thoughts on players in lower half of championship who might see nufc
    as a step up? Being an Aussie I really like Luongo at qpr…

  • 7 The next Mike Williamson // Jan 10, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    So what if we played better? It was Watford reserves. We should be able to field our reserves and have won comfortably.

    McClaren missed a chance to experiment because he’s kept things similar all season and it’s clearly not working. When will he learn? Is he even able to? He doesn’t look especially bright. More like the village idiot.

  • 8 sing in the corner // Jan 10, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Re: previous thread…don’t want this Senegalese Central defender. Both our CD off to ACON (sorry, Colo doesn’t count) would be another disaster.
    Ron – agree the players,for the most part,look like they are grafting for SM. That’s why I think we will still survive.
    Not many on here will have seen the game with their own eyes. Highlights are unreliable, but what they showed we had some great play and Perez went very close twice. SM changed the formation to what many were asking for. Everyone wanted more service to the strikers, and yesterday we went for it and it was a toon cross fest. A couple of decent results and we can get a proper foothold I am sure.
    The thing that did worry me mind was the reaction of the away fans who unlike us saw it all . Takes a lot for them to turn. Wonder if the anger was at one or two individuals not the performance?

  • 9 OneAlanShearer // Jan 10, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    I would buy austin for 7.5 million even as a stop gap and a young nippy striker like Ben yedder as well or carroll. They can finish get redmond and a playmaker like banega and or shelvey. Right now if I was Ashley I’d thtow big money at this problem and close every gap we have even buy a better goal keeper in this window as well. At this level it’s tiny margins that make the difference between winning and losing as we have seen especially in the last 4 matches. Take your chances, keep it tight and don’t make mistakes to win. If Ashley has any sense he will realise even 100 million now is peanuts across the next 5 years and he could make that back in a few years plus clearing the decks in the summer will reduce that. Willems and a top draw gk could save or make a point each. Those add up to safety. If you look at it from a numbers perspective.

    Ben yedder – 6 points
    Austin or carroll – 6 points
    Redmond 3 points
    Top cb – 6 points
    Playmaker – 4 points
    Gk – 1 point
    Willems – 1 point.

    My point being without them we would not get these points they would make the difference of say 25 points total ….that’s safety. Next season as well it would likely mean top 10. If he’s such a good business man surely he can see this.

  • 10 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 10, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    The knife through the heart is that it’s probably too late now to see any changes at the top. Those brave and bold leaders on the football board will hold our fate in their hands for the rest of the season, aided of course by committed, unrelenting, “angry” warriors like Colo, Sissoko, Thauvin et al. Why don’t we all just have the the strength of character to walk away, leave them to it, and take an interest in something worthwhile? I’ll never know, I swear…

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