McClaren Sends Important Message To Newcastle Fans


One of the things we like about Steve McClaren is that he is trying to get everybody associated with Newcastle pulling in the same direction and certainly at the games – getting the fans to support the lads no matter what happens.

Now it has hardly been easy to do that over the last year – since – let’s be honest – our results have been hopeless and that’s one reason we are 3rd bottom of the league.

But we’ve been so impressed with the fans who support the team both at home and away and they have kept right behind the team.

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These are the great fans of Newcastle United Football Club

That kind of support means point on the board over a long season and of course right now the next few games are so crucial when we look to be playing well and Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet – and maybe some other players  soon – can make a huge difference to the side.

It’s great if we all pull in the same direction for Newcastle and who knows we may even be out of the relegation zone sooner rather than later.

That would be good and eases the pressure on those frayed nerves – that’s for sure.

Here is what Steve McClaren sent out tonight to the fans via email – basically thanking them for their support and asking that they keep it up.

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your support over a busy period of games recently.

In the last two home matches, your support has been enormous for the players and the atmosphere you’ve generated at St. James’ Park has been absolutely electric.

On Saturday, we started well and despite moments of pressure in the second half, you stayed right behind the team.

To have the disappointment we had at Arsenal and Watford, the players fought hard to bounce back against Manchester United midweek and we made a terrific start at the weekend against West Ham.

Considering it was the third game in a week and we more or less named the same team, I’ve got to admire the players for the character and attitude they showed.

It was a tough period. The goal against Manchester United at the end, the way you responded and the atmosphere you created, it was quite an emotional point. To recover quickly and go again as they did on Saturday proves that the squad is getting better and progressing.

In many respects, we’ve been playing very well and not getting the rewards for it. It takes a lot of mental strength to keep doing that, so I’m delighted we got what we deserved in the end.

Now, we have to keep our momentum and that starts with recovery this week and the right preparation for Watford.

Maintaining our fight and spirit is also vital. That’s the minimum we expect, the minimum you expect and the minimum the players should expect of themselves.

We coped very well at Vicarage Road last time out and while we didn’t deserve to lose, we know it will be tough on Saturday. We start every game from zero and we know if we’re not right attitude-wise and we don’t put the work in, Watford can hurt us.

I was delighted to hear that we have another sold-out away end for the game on Saturday and I’d like to wish everyone who is travelling a safe and pleasant journey.

Home and away, your support continues to be hugely important to the team and we’ll be working hard to give you the performance and result your support deserves.

Steve McClaren

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88 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Nice on shteve….

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #2

    you know what else is important to the team? getting a NEW CB, LB & RB

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Bollox

    Nice ONE shteve….

    I like my sauces hot hot.

    Nandos XXL in the black bottle. Yummy.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #4

    A_C

    Yeah i don’t go to nandos that much, but when I do it has to be the really hot sauce.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #5

    What the hell would soccer sauce know anyway, so much for the big day yesterday.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Us signing those two players are about the same odds of me running around Newcastle naked.

    Impossible.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Hahahaha. They are showing clips of kirchovs debut. You can almost hear the circus music. Fat sam comparing it to vidic and ivanovic struggling when they arrived in January.
    What a tool! That was almost Bramble-esque.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #8

    In fact if we do sign them or one of them, I will quit the blog.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Schtevie McWeavey runs his fingers through his hair.
    And is very surprised to find it is not there.
    “I need more up top” we hear him say.
    “I’m receding fast, so don’t delay!”

    There’s only one Schtevie McWeavey!

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Please Please sign two players….. even if jus to get rid of Welshie lol

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Erm, Welshie…

    Thats a bit risky. SSN have been saying the Townsend deal is almost done. They are not often off the mark.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Ferk it voted for a win, must not lose.

    Although we always have this knack of ending a teams losing streak and making them look great in the process. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen this week.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Well, we will soon see, getting fed up of waiting.

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  • p

    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #14

    If the stories are true about Levy playing hard ball he wants to be careful. Players will be reluctant to join a club who act like dicks with player transfers.

    It’s one think to extract maximum cash from the highest earning club in the world for Bale who was winning games single handedly for Spurs but, dicking around for 4m over 10m for a reserve player is just being a prick.

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  • 9

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #15

    p: Playing hardball is exactly what both Levy and Ashley do
    by nature. Neither will give t’other an advantage, so you can be 100% sure there will never be a deal between NUFC and Spurs until one or the other leaves. No Townsend, then. (no loss, probably)

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  • p

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #16

    @9 yeah but Ashley or his regime do let players go. They drive for a good price but it’s not normally silly unless they really do not want to sell the player.

    Cabaye for 20m was reasonable for example. 8m for Debuchy was a good price in retrospect but still reasonable.

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  • geordie157

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #17

    So sign Townsend tomorrow and welshie quits the blog….win win or is it…..

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  • 9

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #18

    p: I’m assuming you’ve got more sense than to be part of the mindless “Ashley is a seller” crowd on here!

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  • firebug666

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #19

    geordie157

    Tomorrow could be a very good for the blog!

    If only Carlsberg ………..?

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m just going to fix the puncture on my bike then I’m off to pick up Towmsend fyom London.

    Be as quick as I can lads!

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  • AncientC

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Levy likes to do his business at the very end of the transfer window, presumably because other clubs will have no idea what he is up to by stalling proceedings. He can also make himself disappear by covering his eyes with his hands.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Bollox to that OP, we’ll have a whip round on the blog and hire a private jet mate.

    Never wanted a player/players to join so much and I personally don’t rate either but it’d be worth it 🙂

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Wasn’t betting suspended earlier today ?

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  • p

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #24

    @9 not sure what you mean.

    If you are referring to all of the people who send Ashley is just asset stripping the club and selling all of the best players, no I am not and never did.

    He would have needed his head seen to, to not sell Carroll, Ba had a release clause, Cabaye wanted his “dream move” to PSG and Debuchy was replaced with a better player.

    The issue is was really that he did not replace these people with requisite quality. He mistakenly thought he could have a young, inexperienced team with potential that would excel.

    Of course there were a bunch of other mistakes like a incompetent MD, very average managers etc but I think one thing Ashley does want is a successful, self sustaining PL club.

    That’s not easy as Chelsea for example how found this year.

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #25

    I’ll chip into that AC 🙂

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #26

    OP
    Betting is still suspended, we were 1/100 to sign townsend

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  • Moonraker15

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #27

    OP
    Could you stop off in Brum on the way and have a word with Jeremy Peace re Saido? Maybe you could put him on the handlebars.
    It’s just occurred to me if he’s that good how come nobody’s in for him but us?

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #28

    The more the merrier.

    Where’s this about alien heed mark two being close to joining off SSN.

    Can’t see it on transfer centre. Usually updates on that.

    Any links?

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  • Moonraker15

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #29

    I think Levy will be doing business well before the window closes this time after buying all those duds when selling Bale at the last minute 2 years ago!

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #30

    AC
    Was on ssn earlier

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh ok

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Well I for one hope we don’t pay 14mil. for Townsend. I don’t want us to get fleeced and Welshie baaaaaaed.

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  • 9

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #33

    p: sorry if there’s a misunderstanding – I agree all your comments @ 24, so my criticism certainly wasn’t aimed at you, mate.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Just to emphasise how you have to take some transfer info with a pinch of salt, SSN saying Pochetino keen on signing Bale. If you watch the interview he laughs his head off when asked about signing Bale and then says “yes, we would like to sign him” lol

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 21, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Mind you if we don’t sign them and he’s proved right he might create a rampage.

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  • goommy

    Jan 21, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #36

    HWTL!!

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  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #37

    A new collective noun.

    A rampage of Welshies. 😀

    Mind the Welsh aint rampaging against Sale Sharks tonight – quite the opposite !

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  • Jack Root

    Jan 21, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Guys – It’s not that simplistic, it really isn’t. Don’t bother reading any further.You really do underestimate the likes of Daniel Levy.
    Operating in the transfer market at the highest level of English football involves a little more than you appear to appreciate. It’s not simply a case of expressing your interest in a player by making a formal bid to the club. Clubs frequently contact the player’s agent – declare an interest – and hope this will unsettle the player. You can view this as a sort of sounding board.
    There was and less so but still times where a manager can improve his cv and crow over an outstanding player he bought for next to nothing. Comolli worked at White Hart Lane as director of football for three years and wrongly earned a reputation which took him to Liverpool . Levy did the negotiating and compiled the data on planned targets. He despite popular believe is a quiet unassuming individual. Highly numerate and a powerful shrewd negotiator as most in football will testify. He found Harry Redknapp out and clipped his wings before pensioning him off.
    Levy applies techniques in the football transfer market he learnt studying game theory. This is an area of applied mathematics now used in economics, political science and since the advent of FFP football transfers. It originated from a University Professor of Economics at Princeton University. Simply as possible- Game theory studies interactive decision-making, where the outcome for each participant or “player” depends on the actions of all. If you are a player in such a game, when choosing your course of action or “strategy” you must take into account the choices of others. But in thinking about their choices, you must recognize that they are thinking about yours, and in turn trying to take into account your thinking about their thinking, and so on. These are exactly the kind of interactions that Levy adopts within the window. Particularly when you’re trying to avoid an auction with numerous clubs and looking to delay finance from other sources to a club in competition with your club.
    What’s required is figuring out the motives of rivals and recognizing complex patterns do often resist logical analysis. But many aspects of strategy can be studied and systematized into a science — game theory.
    Levy is fond of saying ” If this isn’t hurting your head yet, then you haven’t got a real head” He loves mind games.
    The football transfer market, especially in a restricted time period like the January window, is complicated by so many external forces. What other clubs perceive your budget is? What other clubs think you think they think the value of the player is? What other clubs watching the negotiation or bid think you will bid so they can ‘bluff’ bid to drive your purchase price higher. Playing other clubs off against each other, increasing the market by talking to newspapers about ‘the next big thing’ he had no intention of signing. Pochettino is the ideal manager because he keeps his nerve and relies on his chairman to complete the jig saw going forward.

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  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Mr Tuff understands that mind games thing.

    Composing a sentence makes his head hurt.

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  • BandB

    Jan 21, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Has anyone seen the Hollis interview on Sky Sports News tonight?
    They’ve just run up the white flag.
    £50 million spent in the summer say the businessmen, and not a penny more of good money after bad.
    They are making sensible, rational decisions with relegations in mind, they say.
    Never mind those fans Hollis. Just tell it as it is.

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