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This Could Be A Really Bad Idea

8:07 am, Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Steve McClaren has arranged with Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce a behind the scenes “friendly” game at the Stadium of Light to keep the lads match fit,  with this weekend being the 4th round of the FA Cup and both clubs have already been eliminated.

And the idea seems to have gone over like a lead balloon with fears there will be some injuries picked up – the last thing we need at this stage of the season with both north-east clubs in the relegation zone.

steve mcclaren snowing traiuning

Steve McClaren – Newcastle manager

So as well as being rivals – we are now fighting relegation together – what a sad state of affairs.

Newcastle vs Sunderland and friendly seems to be an oxymoron, so we just have to hope the friendly goes over without incident or injury.

But if there are injuries picked up in the game then make no mistake – both managers will face some extreme criticism.

We are having a bit of a break this weekend before we play at Everton next Wednesday night and at home to West Brom the following Saturday and we need at least one win in those games.

The emphasis from now on is to get results and there will be some (significant) pressure on Steve McClaren to do just that.

Results are now more important than performances, so in each game we need to find a way of winning and not just play well and fight hard.

Wins are what will save us this season.

In five of our last seven games we have managed to find a way of losing and that must change, especially since we will in all likelihood have brought in a total of four new players for at least another £30M by next Wednesday.

And Steve McClaren still has a lot of convincing to do with fans, because our results this season – 21 points from 23 games – are simply horrendous.

There’s no getting away from that – those are the facts – it’s not an opinion.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Friendlies · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonMatt // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    There’s no such thing as a friendly against the mackems, McClaren could look like an even bigger idiot after this game, He baffles me? From his ridiculous tactics and formations, His interviews, Smiling after defeats and now this?

  • 2 hibbitt // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    this is a silly idea and should never happen

  • 3 Mag52 // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Never heard anything so ridiculous in my life.

  • 4 kimbo // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Well another defeat for us then, but we will play terrific football and will be unlucky.

  • 5 Toonfan8 // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    why not play non-league team or U21 side, where our players can gain some confidence…buy Townsend and Remy, and maybee Willems

  • 6 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    I do think he is a good coach, even a decent man manager, but some of his tactics and decisions are beyond my comprehension.

  • 7 juan // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Was it played last night?

  • 8 TroubledToon // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Why on Earth would Steve wanna do that!!??? God forbid we pick up an injury, our already depleted squad will struggle even more. Add to the fact that there are some pretty cynical S.O.B’s in the Sunderland squad, it could be a recipe for disaster!!!
    Cmon Steve, there are plenty of ways to keep the lads fit

  • 9 giimps // Jan 27, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Mint idea, not only do we risk breaking our new signings, but we also give them a heads up on our possible formations and tactics.
    Do these friendlies yellow and red cards count like pre season ones do or will there be no risk of suspensions?
    The plot thickens, just like Schteevies tactics or lack of them.

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