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This Is Not Good News From Steve McClaren

6:26 am, Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Ever since Newcastle were 5th top back in 2012 we have been fighting relegation in all but one season – and that’s when we finished 10th two years ago – but even then we lost seven of our last eight games.

So it hasn’t exactly been a great time for Newcastle fans.

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Steve McClaren – relegation fight will go down to the wire

Last year was a living nightmare with John Carver in charge and we lost nine of our last eleven games and only just avoided relegation in the last game at home to West Ham, when we managed to win a game 2-0.

Since then Newcastle have spent around £70M on new players, but we are now third bottom of the league and our new manager Steve McClaren expects the relegation fight to go down to the wire.

Presumably that would mean to the last game of the season again.

That’s hardly good news for fans and it’s not the kind of message to send out if you want to attract some good players to the club in January.

Here’s what Steve has said:

“It’s going to go all the way, right down to the wire.” “You’re never out of the mire, even if you’re up there on 29 or 30 points, that’s still the prospect of another three or four wins needed to be safe and it’s difficult.”

“When you are there you can get dragged into it.” “The league is tough this year. All we’re looking at is ourselves. You can look at the others but if you don’t win and collect the points, then you’re not going to get out of it.”

“Last week we talked about the win and that was important just to get back in the pack and we’ve done that. Each game racks up more and more pressure.”

“It’s a thin dividing line and it will become more apparent the longer it goes on what the safety mark will be, but you never quite know.”

Newcastle’s chronic injury problems are also a concern and we have only four fit defenders for today’s game at Vicarage Road, with Paul Dummett, Jack Colback, Kevin Mbabu, Vurnon Anita and Massadio Haidara all out with injuries.

And it could be that Steven Taylor is on the bench this afternoon after being out with a hamstring problem for  almost five months.

Today’s game at Watford is vital – but so are all the remaining 16 league and a success will be a win – nothing less than that.

These comments from Steve McClaren are even alarming in a way – given all the money spent on players since the end of last season.

Comments welcome.


Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Prediction · Premier League · Press

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jan 23, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    We’ve heard from them that they don’t dwell on past mistakes and therefore don’t learn from them, Steve Harper would have been the most ideal player out there to cover a position, people are completely overlooking that we are desperately short in if Elliott picks up an injury. Mclaren could well bemoan the fact that it is freakishly unlucky to have both keepers out but Elliott has previous injury issues. Harper wouldn’t have to immediately start if Elliott was injured but it would relieve a lot of pressure on Woodman knowing that a safe pair of hands like Stdvie Harper was behind him.

  • 2 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 23, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    “Making our own luck” “Judge us after “xyz” games”. Now, it’s “You never quite know” I presume the epitaph, if we are relegated, will be “Sorry about that”….

  • 3 check the toastie // Jan 23, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    we are in deep sh1t, which is a shame as football this year is miles in front of anything served up by Parsnip.

    we need a win today, but as Shteve says its a tough league.

    hope Saivet is decent, looked lost and nervy last week, needs to hit the ground running like Jonjo.

    3 nil today toon.

  • 4 Blofal // Jan 23, 2016 at 6:47 AM

    ——Mbemba – Coloccini – Lascelles
    Janmaat—–Shelvey – Saivet — Gouffran

    Subs: Darlow, Perez, Riviere and anyone else who isn’t injured.

    This is ridiculous. Is Aarons fit yet??

  • 5 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 23, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Blofal, that team looks about right. Quite possibly the way we’ll line up. Lascelles and Saivet absolute unknown quantities at this level, and Gouffran a well established failure, at this level. Three of ten outfield players who are likely to be critically exposed. Gosh, why are we in the relegation zone?

  • 6 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 23, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    It is a tough league, Toastie. You look at the teams we’re chasing: Swansea City, Bournemouth, Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion, Watford, Stoke City, Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Ham United, Leicester City. You’d need a calculator to work out the number of European Championships amongst that lot. As Alan Pardew rightly said, a club like us can’t compete against teams backed by sovereign nations, like Citeh, or billionaires, like Chelsea. Or, teams run by people with a brain, of course…

  • 7 Sav // Jan 23, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    This less-than-glamorous away day at Watford is taking on the importance of a must-win match. Can we build on a couple of decent performances and finally the 3 points from last week. Will the 2 new lads, even though they aren’t the the striker or CB or winger or left-back we expected, transform the side into consistent winners?

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