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Why An 18 Day Winter Break Can Help Newcastle

8:15 am, Friday, January 29th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Newcastle were due to play Manchester City at home on  Sunday 28th February but with City reaching the final of the League Cup by beating Everton 3-1 that game will have to be rescheduled and therefore we will have time on our hands after playing at Chelsea on 13th February and having to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on March 2nd.

Manchester City will play Liverpool in the final after the Reds scraped past Stoke City on penalties.

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Steve McClaren – will have chance to integrate new players into the team

Here is the current schedule of our remaining 15 league games, the results of which will ultimately decide whether we get relegated this season:

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	 			
Sat 02	15:00	A	Norwich City	 			
Sat 09	15:00	A	Southampton 	
Sat 16	15:00	H	Swansea City	 			
Sat 23	15:00	A	Liverpool	 			
Sat 30	15:00	H	Crystal Palace	 		
Sat 07	15:00	A	Aston Villa	 			
Sun 15	15:00	H	Tottenham	


Newcastle are already out of the FA Cup, which means we also have a free weekend on February 20th.

The extra time will allow for at least a couple of things beneficial to Newcastle.

  • It will give Steve McClaren and the coaching staff time to integrate our new players into the side and how he wants the new Newcastle to play.
  • It will also give time for any injuries we pick up to start clearing up so hopefully we can field near our strongest side in a lot of the remaining fixtures.

There will also be intense pressure on Steve McClaren to show with the new reinforcements coming in he can start getting some results from the next three games.

If he cannot then owner Mike Ashley may start thinking about possibly bringing in a  replacement like David Moyes, but it would be best if  Steve can start getting results.

If we do badly in the next three games, we will remain near the bottom of the league table which would not be good for morale at all, but if we can can pick up some points against Everton, West Brom and Chelsea we could be on our way.

Here’s hoping for the latter scenario.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Alternatively if we lose the next three it will give a new manager an opportunity to step in and galvanise the squad.

  • 2 sing in the corner // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Yeah 18 day break = 18 day unbeaten run. Champion! 🙂

  • 3 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:19 AM


    I can’t see Macca getting the boot tbh

  • 4 hibbitt // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    more chance of him walking if the pressure gets to him

  • 5 firebug666 // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:25 AM


    Ashley maybe naive when it’s comes to running a football club, but he is not stupid, his ruthless streak will have Macca out the door if our PL status looks certain to fail, and he will appoint a new idiot… err head coach to try and save his PL windfall.. err club from relegation.

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Nor can I really, but it will be the last role of the dice and that would be the best opportunity.

    Personally I’d move him upstairs to a permanent role on the board and charge him with overseeing the youth development program at the club. I think he is better suited there.

  • 7 firebug666 // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:27 AM


    I agree, Macca would be better suited there, and maybe the sooner the better.

  • 8 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:30 AM


    That would make more sense

  • 9 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Sod it not really a fan of Tennis but I’ll put Eurosport on and see how Murray does

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    The worry is who they would look to appoint to replace him.

  • 11 browny1107 // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    I think arranging a friendly in this 18 day gap would be a steller idea. But who do we play? Hmmmm.

  • 12 NoahJ // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    I’m worried we will lose a couple of matches before then, and then have to fester for nearly 3 weeks whilst other teams get more points. The gap could widen beyond what the team’s confidence levels could take. Would much rather be on par with rivals with 0 games in hand, than 7 points behind them with a few games in hand

  • 13 will die for the toon army // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Mcca will b ok. Let’s get him a striker

    The players look like they play for him and love him. Dont know his relationship with the back up players

  • 14 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2016 at 8:44 AM


    What has he done wrong in your opinion.

  • 15 Jib // Jan 29, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Any potential England player who is not getting regular footy at his club is a potential loan target for us , as Hodgson will be taking in Toon matches to watch Shelvey and Townsend until seasons end.

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