Steve McClaren Was 100% Right On This Player


Steve McClaren may be turning things around at Newcastle and certainly the way he’s had Newcastle playing good attacking football these last two games warms the heart.

There is no lack of guts or spirit from our Newcastle players and we go out and attack the opposition.

The fans at the game once again helped Newcastle in the second half,  as we kind of hung on for the 3 points,  but giving away a daft goal after 50 minutes didn’t help us.

But credit also to West Ham who came fighting back and you could tell they are a very good side.

jonjo shelvey steve mcclaren

Smiles all around after the great win

McClaren seems to have been successful where Alan Pardew was not,  in convincing the top brass at the club that we need to buy ready-made English players with Premier League experience.

And the signing of Jonjo Shelvey could be the master-stroke we have all been waiting for.

He was a target in the summer and just last month we thought Newcastle had absolutely no chance of getting him – no chance whatever.

🙂

Yes – wrong again – but it was still a surprise Swansea sold him to Newcastle, because we are also struggling with relegation.

This is what Steve McClaren said after the game on Saturday about Jonjo:

“We said in the summer that Shelvey was the type of midfield player that we wanted, and we’re delighted that we’ve got him now,”

“He helps with the balance of the team, and we saw his quality in the two passes he made for the goals. They were sharp, they were forward and they were quick, and that gives other people so much time.”

“When you delay that pass, defenders get back in front of players and it’s difficult. He gives other people opportunities because of the way he plays the game.”

One thing we like from Steve is he keeps asking for fans to pull in the same direction and help make Newcastle successful again – and we have seen very few demonstrations this season.

That´s even though this season basically – well at least up until now – has been an extension of last season´s living nightmare.

But there is a shining light at the end of the tunnel now, and while the win on Saturday was huge – we have to follow that up with another good display at Watford on Saturday and go all out for another win.

Wins and more wins are what will save us this season.

And who knows, while we don´t want to get too excited or carried away –  things may even be upbeat before the last game of the season, because we may even be safe before then.

That would be something – something positive!!

Howay The Lads!!



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224 comments so far

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    the last thing this blog needs is another Jeff clone

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Edd less of the positivity mate…….It is not fitting for this blog

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  • mike ashley for the greater good

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    angelswithdirtyfaces We wouldn’t be able to spend the money we are spending if it wasn’t for the way Mike Ashley has run the club. I can’t wait to see the squad at the start of next season.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Jazzy
    Is Bony more proven than Berahino? Have they not played fairly comparable games in the PL? (Genuine question I dont really know though I seem to think they both started properly in the top league in 2013)

    I think Berahino would offer something different to the squad compared to Bony though so out of the two Id rather him

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  • Jonjo Wijnaldum

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    We need Agbonlahor

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh dear our new friend seems to be stuck on repeat…I hate it when that happens to me

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    jazzy

    he is a risk but if we can get him at the right price
    his attitude has been questioned and I don’t think spurs will go back he let himself go at xmas I think if he had kept his head down worked hard spurs would have back for him pochitino works his players and might not want the risk
    me I think he is young looked like he was off to spurs only for west brom to not let him go not sure pulis has handled it right as he wanted the cash to spend not all the players fault just my opinion

    wws
    he did put some timber on you could see it and pulis mentioned it think he has lost it now

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    WWSBRD
    that song “Instant replay” comes to mind lol

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    WWSBRD

    to be honest mate without looking into stats im not sure.
    Bony for me is just a personal preference bud over Berahino, Although I wouldn’t say no to either.
    I just see Bony hitting the ground running a lot faster than Saido who may take time .
    Again mate it just comes down to personal preference !!

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  • mike ashley for the greater good

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    WWSBRD, I have always been your friend, you just haven’t realised!!

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  • Jack Root

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Interesting chat earlier on the use of statistics to support a point and to buy a particular player. Statistics in football are only really useful, as a means to support or question formed opinion. You shouldn’t look at statistics, and then assess a player’s worth in a particular area, based on those same statistics. If your a good judge of the required qualities your seeking there’s nothing to match watching / scouting rather than viewing on television, Internet or Opta. You learn so much more and why else do managers and scouts travel and watch players over an extended period. I have always listened to a fans view of a player that they watch over a season. Clough and Taylor when scouting used to chat to fans at games because they could often provide the whole picture of a player.
    One of the main problems with statistics in football is just how many of them are dependent on the team’s style of play, the team’s overall quality and the quality of opposition. Some players are not as influential in poor sides and others could be disenchanted and look for pastures new. There are so many variables.
    Comment by most on here on Andros Townsend is based on what ? He has played a few under 21 games but not for Spurs since October. Like Shelvey at Swansea he has fallen out with key personnel and could well also thrive on a fresh challenge. I don’t suspect that were thinking of buying Townsend without knowing what were getting.. I mentioned yesterday the number of clubs where he’s been on loan. Maybe not a good sign but he’s only 24.
    As far as Townsend is concerned the number of crosses statistic can also be very misleading, as, in many cases, that may merely serve as an indicator that the player plays for a team who like to play direct football utilising the wide players. I can’t imagine that any Barcelona player has put in as many crosses as Leighton Baines!
    I personally wouldn’t buy him. Why give Spurs £ 14 million so they can buy what should be our targets Berahino and Domenico Berardi. I have watched them both and Berardi would be a revelation. We should be negotiating for quality signings with proven track records Berardi is a wonderful talent and he can play wide left up front in a 4-3-3.
    We could just be stringing Spurs along whilst we secure their major targets. For that to happen we need to revamp the scouting network and have an infusion of a younger scouting network.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    £100,000+ per week + easily £15 million for Bony, who has been woeful for Man City. If he struggles for goals at Man City, what would he be like at Newcastle.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Surly we need another creative midfielder like shelvey, if he gets injured or suspended then we will be back to square one, get cabaye back, him and shelvey would be awesome.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    beer
    Yeah I heard Pulis mentioned it but as I say Ive not seen Berahino in a while. I assume he cant be completely match fit currently but if he has gotten the weight off then he must be working hard at it (probably to get a move)

    Im not completely sold on him but of all the strikers we have been linked with, now Austins off the table, him or Remy Id like to see come in

    Chancel
    Haha bless him

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Beermonkey

    I agree on every thing you say buddy, And im not saying no to Saido. But can we take a chance on the player who you have just described while we are in a relegation dog fight.
    I would love nothing more than to bring in another English talent, But I think he is a risk which we can ill afford over the second half of the season

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Forgot to say as well regarding saivet, how can some moan about the way he played on Saturday, only now he’s just signed, winds me up when people do that, if shelvey doesn’t play well this weekend are they going to have a go at him as well.

    Unbelievable.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    jazzy
    True am not against Bony I just think he offers similar to Mitrovic if am honest but I wouldnt be up in arms if we signed him

    mike
    Just changed ur name recently then I take it?

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  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Angels

    The analogy of a house is good.

    The truth of the matter is Mike Ashley bought a rotten Victorian pile with the superficial gloss of some 80’s cowboy work done on it.

    It had about 3 mortgages and 7 secured loans on it (we were still paying Real Madrid for M.Owen ffs)

    The current regime has taken about 7/8 years to restore it to the level of other dwellings in the street (The PL)

    IF Ashley hadn’t saved in the nick of time it woud have been condemned and demolished.

    After 7/8 years of root and branch ruthless cutting back , can it now be competitive in the streeet !

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #19

    Get bony and townsend in and that would be a perfect window.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Newcastle United have reportedly rejected the chance to bring Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato to the club in this transfer window.Pato, 26, currently represents Corinthians in his homeland, but is widely expected to depart for the Premier League this month.Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been linked with an £11m move for the former AC Milan striker, but it is not yet clear whether any of those clubs have launched a bid.According to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Newcastle were offered the chance to bring the attacker to England, but the Magpies turned the proposal down.Pato, who scored 63 times for AC Milan between 2007 and 2012, has 10 goals in 27 games for Brazil, but has not represented his national team since 2013.

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #21

    Glad to hear that Jazzy Pato would have been way too risky

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  • Jack Root

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #22

    Welsh
    You make my point for me. Sorry but I hope the Swans get beat tonight.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    @Jib – interesting analogy. I hope you’re right. For a long time it look a dead cert that Ashley was just looking to line his pockets with our club. The free Sports Direct advertising didn’t help this. But if, as you suggest, he was actually just getting his ducks in a row, there’s good signs that IF we can survive we may in fact push on a bit. Fingers, and everything else, crossed.

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  • nut meg

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #24

    WWSBRD
    PL Bony 81games 32 goals 9 asissts age 27
    Berahino 87 games 22 goals 3 asissts age 21
    Berahino & Redmond are both brummie boys and room mates when with the England U21s, maybe useful if we’re interested in both players.

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  • Stick It On Me Jonjo

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #25

    I agree that Bony would be too similar to Mitro, we need a nippy CF who can compliment Mitro’s hold up play. Berahino would be a much better fit, only thing is though… is he really holding out so much for this Tottenham move?

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #26

    Take a chancel

    Morning mate how ya feeling today…All good I hope

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  • Jonjo Wijnaldum

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #27

    Jonathan Walters would be a good signing

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #28

    wws

    of all the striker we have been linked with remy is the one that will score and create and do from the start

    chelea wont let him go they are still in Europe and they need to climb the table an injury to costa and there in doo doo if they let remy go as falcoa is a waste

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #29

    yeah not too bad thanks Jazzy, the morphine helps like lol

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  • mike ashley for the greater good

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #30

    Congratulations Jib, you’ve got it!!

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  • Jonjo Wijnaldum

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #31

    I know we were in dire straits before Ashley came in but to take 7/8 years to get the house in order takes the micky

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #32

    nut meg
    Ah cheers, Id assume due to age that Berahinos stats are slightly tainted because more would of been substitute appearances compared to Bony who was Swansea’s main player. Out come isnt far apart though

    Id love Redmond in the Summer if Sissoko leaves

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #33

    beer
    Very true mate though if it was a loan from Chelsea we could have Berahino too 😉

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #34

    MAFGG

    Ah the ignorance of the WUM !! More jam tomorrow..

    Do you undertsand the concept of Utilitarianism ? That is, the philosophocal idea of “the greatest good for the greatest number”
    It had two main proponents Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill. Both well known English footie fans – Gooners, I think.

    According to Bentham, the most moral acts are those which maximize pleasure and minimise pain. In Utilitarianism the greatest good is the aggregate pleasure after deducting suffering of all involved in any action. This was expanded to include not only the quantity, but quality of pleasure.

    So, have Toon fans had any, or much pleasure, from watching the lads over the last few seasons. Is there a greater good at all ? And if you add in quality… Does survival in the EPL count as a quality experience for football fan as compared with regular European competition games and FA Cup runs… or even a decent style of football ? I think not.

    So in choosing your monicker you demonstrate the typical ignorance of the WUM as:-
    1. It is certainly true that Toon fans have suffered a lot of pain in the last eight years
    2. There has been very little pleasure during Ashley’s ownership.

    You fail at the very first test – that Ashley has brought sufficient pleasure to Toon fans as against ther immense distress caused by repeated relegation struggles, a home hammering by Liverpool, long winless runs, zero success after the 3rd round FA Cup for a number of years etc etc. need I go on ?

    Best advice is to disappear back up the orifice from which you emerged. We do not need any more WUMS and trolls on this blog, let alone smug regime apologists.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #35

    On this day
    Yohan Cabaye made his final #NUFC appearance, scoring twice in a 3-1 away win to West Ham.
    Question….Do you think we have finally replaced him in the shape of Shelvey. Or would you have sooner bought Cabaye back last summer ??

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #36

    jazzy

    apart from remy I cant think of another striker we can bring in that will hit the ground running as remy
    sadio has been playing in the prem for a couple of seasons did very well last season and will be another player looking at euros knowing a good finish to the season could see him make the squad
    I think we have half a chance of signing sadio none with remy or bony

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  • Jack Root

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #37

    Jib
    Your absolutely right. You won’t read it in that rag The Mag but Hall and Shepherd families bled the club dry between 199 and 2007. It was nearly 144 million. Quoted in the book.
    Ashley’s due diligence didn’t pick up on the phased payments for players no longer at the club bought years earlier. One of the reasons Ashley pays up front for signu
    The day the promises had to stop by Denis Cassidy ( deceased) government improved governance of football clubs after the publication.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #38

    Ashley bought Newcastle in 2007
    Mansour bought Man City in 2008 (rumour has it after Ashley insulted them and blew the deal to seel them us)

    I put it to the court that had Ashley not bought us the rumored Mansour deal to purchase Newcastle United would of gone through clearing the debts and injecting our club with success whilst extending the stadium rather than selling the option to do so

    Obviously I have no idea if this would of happened much like people saying we would of gone bust have no idea that would of happened

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  • mike ashley for the greater good

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #39

    angelswithdirtyfaces you remind me of a spoilt child who hasn’t got their own way, things don’t always happen the way you want them to!! I’m sure you’ll have got over it by this time next season.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 18, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #40

    Apparently getting the club relegated via the constructive dismissal of Keegan, removing the chance of expanding the stadium, increasing the club debt, removing advertising and other revenue streams so the debt is prolonged and less money is available for players according to the balance sheet, leasing out the name of the stadium etc.

    Just getting the house in order. Laughable.

    Reality of the situation. The team finished last season as the worst team in the league, money had to be spent to survive. Survival budget was put out, but the players had to have sell on value.

    Next transfer window, club is 18th in the table. One good player is brought in to help out, and 1 cheap import – to help the club survive. One good game against West Ham combined with a result….

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