Pressure Will Now Be On This Man To Revive Newcastle

Newcastle spent around £52M last summer in bringing four players into the club – Georginio Wijnaldum, Chancel Mbemba, Alexandre Mitrovic and Florian Thauvin – and that was the second most money spent in the Premier League -only Manchester City spent more.

This month we have spent £30M so far in bringing in three new players to the club – Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet and Andros Townsend – and we still need at least a striker brought in before the window closes on Monday.


Steve McClaren – onus on McClaren to get results

Newcastle have spent more than any other club this month and it’s hard to accuse owner Mike Ashley of not making the cash available after last season’s debacle.

Unfortunately this season is not turning out to be much better and in fact so far it is worse – we are now 9 points behind where we were after 23 games played last season.

Assuming the players we have brough in are decent enough then the attention turns to the man whose job it is to get the best out of the players available – head coach Steve McClaren.

From now on Steve will be expected to get some wins and there will be little room for excuses after around £82M has been spent on new players since he arrived at the club.

And some of them – Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend – are players he wanted bought in because they had Premier League experience.

However are upcoming games are not exactly easy.

Here are the next eight games over the next two months.

Wed 03     19:45    A   Everton
Sat   06     15:00    H  WBA
Sat   13      17:30    A  Chelsea
Sun   28     12:00    H  Manchester City
Wed  02     19:45    A  Stoke City
Sat   05      15:00    H  Bournemouth
Mon  14       20:00   A  Leicester City
Sun   20      13:30    H  Sunderland

At the end of February would be a good time to see where we are – but the chances of moving out of the relegation zone soon with a string of wins still seem remote.

If result don’t improve then it will be interesting to see what Mike Ashley does.

Last season we did nothing when John Carver went on a disastrous run of results starting in early March – eight defeats in a row – and that indecision almost cost Newcastle their Premier League status.

If we don’t start picking up points soon we don’t think Mike Ashley, who has spent so much money on new players since the end of last season – will sit idly by and let us be relegated.

He will not want to miss out on all that huge money available in the new Premier League deal that starts in June for the next three years.

The onus will be on Steve McClaren to produce the results and we hope he does just that, but it could still take close to 40 points to be safe this season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Jack Root

    Jan 28, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    We’ve for many years spent fortunes on the wrong transfers and there have been many humorous examples.
    Back in the 1980’s AC Milan scouts spotted a highly skilful young black player at Watford. It became clear that the player they rated was John Barnes but that they then confused him with Luther Blissett. Anyway Milan ended up signing Blissett for £1 million. He spent an unhappy year at Milan before being sold back to Watford for half the fee they had paid. Thereafter Blissett became a pseudonym in Italy for a duff signing. It also gave football one of its best quotes. “No matter how much money you have here, you can’t seem to get Rice Krispies”
    Clubs use WyScout after identifying and watching a player. Usually to analyse strengths and any weaknesses they might have identified. Carr watched Cabaye for over a year and met the family long before we bid for him. Pardew saw him well into this process by which time Cabaye had made his mind up to join us and long before it went public. He signed in June 2011 which enabled us to move onto finalising other deals. We need a devised scouting programme at academy, under 21 and senior level. This should be under the control of a DOF but dictated by needs of McClaren.

  • Wats

    Jan 28, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    First post so be gentle! Still can’t believe we didn’t try and sign Byram! Would have been perfect for the current business model (young with a high sell on)!

  • WestOzMag

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Looking at them fixtures were gone. A possible 9 pts max and even then I’m struggling to think we will beat Sunderland and west brom at home

  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Agreed, Ashley is finally putting his hand in his wallet – but purely to remain in the league which is his only goal each season.

    And the fact that he lets Penfold and Shteve loose with his pennies is just as bad.

    We are crying out for a director or someone on the board who understands the game!!!!

    beefing up our midfield will not get us more goals or stop us conceding.

    I’d enquire about Cahill and go all out for Remy now. Granted Remy isn’t the same player as he was with us a couple of years ago but he is desperate to play and possibly get in the france squad and is IMO the only one out of who we have been linked with who would actually come here.

    Id also go back for Santon as he isnt getting a game much at the moment!

  • ToonRich

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #5

    From previous thread…
    GPLF, maybe we should take a risk on someone like Rhodes. Born goal scorer, much like Shearer! British, still to hit his prime, and wages wouldn’t break our bank…

    Toonfan8, if we put a cheeky bid in, never know…Benteke may jump at the chance of regular match time as he needs it before the euros. If Liverpool are happier playing an MF up top that must be denting his confidence :/

  • mad-serb

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Saw that we are linked with Gibbs this morning, please be true

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed, I recognise 6 months is still relatively early doors, and impossible to tell the impact McC is actually having, and of course he was handed the customary shit sandwich by his paymaster, but we’ve since spent quite a pile of dough, and the results are increasingly becoming a little hard to overlook, don’t you think?

  • Toonfan8

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #8

    I would be over the moon if we bring Benteke, but we are not linked with him. So I would be happy enough with Remy and today we are linked with Gibbs, so that would be great too…

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t know why but I’ve got a feeling there could a surprise for us on transfer deadline day, the other day in the papers it said Ashley is prepared to beat previous transfer record by splashing out on a forward, i think there could be 1 or 2 bids on Monday for the west brom forward.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    But it will probably end up between Remy and Gomis.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Gibbs? Really? Decent player, but has so many injury issues that if he ended up training at our place, putting him down would probably end up being the only humane thing to do….

    The West Brom chairperson has supposedly said he won’t be for sale this window, but is in the summer. Obviously money talks, but I can’t see anyone splashing that sort of money on him.


    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #12

    5 wins and 3 draws we should be targeting there

    McClaren needs to sort himself out though because at the minute he looks as out of his depth as Pardew did

  • corkypants

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Wats i agree buddy byram would of been a good fit for us, Cyrus Christie from derby is good so is will hughes also lewis cook and alex mowatt from leeds look decent there are plenty of good quality players in the championship we should be looking at

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #14

    The club has spend in excess of £82M but they still haven’t addressed the main issues namely a FW and a CB…

    …talk about not prioritizing.

  • Blofal

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #15

    It it McClaren though?

    It doesn’t matter how many millions you spend if you are making the chances and not taking them.

    We are creating chances. McClaren can’t make the players take them.

    And I think our defensive lapses are often caused by our constant need to attack leaving us open at the back.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Mac needs to pick up at least 4 points from the next 2 prior to Chelsea and City (although City is to be rearranged).

    Bournemouth and Swans have winnable fixtures next up, and if they do then it puts us under major pressure. Norwich Spuds, Sunderland Man City and West Ham Villa are more difficult for those around us.

    On the following Saturday Villa play Norwich, which is huge for us. Again, Swans play Palace which is a good fixture for them. Bournemouth and Sunderland have it tougher against Arsenal and Liverpool respectively.

    4 points would see us keep touch with Norwich, catch up Bournemouth a bit and pull away from Sunderland and Villa. 2 defeats isn’t worth thinking about.

    I wonder whether they are planning for a Macca replacement if results don’t turn quickly?

  • King Colback

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #17

    Whats the difference between a swansea fan and a baby?

    The baby will stop whining after a while

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #18

    22The overrated Frenchman // Jan 28, 2016 at 9:18 AM
    From the last thread.

    As is so often the case, the sickly smell of desperation hangs heavily over St.James’ as we approach the end of another transfer window. The quality defender and striker everybody called for have failed to materialise. Is anybody surprised? Shelvey and Townsend come heavy with baggage and the optimistic rhetoric of a “fresh start.” (They’ve played for England you know). The chief attraction of Saivet appears to be that his transfer fee will help pay for the new paving on the terrace at Graham Carr’s holiday home. Somebody said recently they enjoyed our Championship season. So did I. That’s our level really, and I think we should be prepared to embrace it.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Colback@17. A popular Australian joke:
    “How do you know when the plane that just landed is full of Poms?”
    “Because the whining doesn’t stop when they turn the jet engines off”

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Too much wine for this bonny wee lad tonight methinks. It’s a trap living where I do Macca. (You alone know what I mean.) Anybody who happens to live in Allandale, goodnight and God bless. Is that how you spell it? I’ve forgotten. Does it still exist?

  • nufc 11

    Jan 28, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #21

    Daniel agger would be a good signing can play lb too wealth of pl experience. Michael Dawson too. Van persie on loan naismith was a miss great team player with goals Remy seems only real chance tho.

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Allendale I think !

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Byron wanted to go to London hence why he turned down Everton and chose Hammers

  • beefman13

    Jan 28, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #24

    It’s the Lee Charnley love affair with curly top Colo, that bugga is seen as the b all n end all of defending at this club, surely they must see that although decent on the ball he has poor heading ability and is far to slow, and always ends up on his arse as he’s chasing back, I must mention Saivet who for me has done nothing productive what so ever do far, only a few games in I know but even old ginger bollocks Colback gets himself on the ball, Saivet needs to assert himself, not impressed at all so far.


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