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Newcastle Make Four Good Signings In January Transfer Window

11:03 pm, Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 94 Comments

The January transfer window has just closed in England and that’s it for Newcastle – as we expected a few hours ago – and we managed to get AS Roma striker Seydou Doumbia from AS Roma in on loan today (with an option to buy in the summer) and he had been on Tyneside yesterday undergoing his medical.

But Seydou could be an excellent signing for us and the other three players we got in – Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet and Andros Townsend are all good signings and should help us in the fight against relegation.

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Seydou Doumbia – signed on loan today

We sold Mike Williamson and Shane Ferguson to Wolves and Milwall respectively and sent out Florian Thauvin on a loan deal back to Marseille, but there’s no option to buy the player in the loan agreement.

But we would still be very surprised if Florian is back in pre-season at Newcastle.

Cheick Tiote has not yet made his move to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

jonjo shelvey in debut

Jonjo Shelvey

Here is what we did in the January transfer window and Newcastle are the biggest spenders in the Premier League with close to £30M paid out to go with the £52M we spend last summer.

Jonjo Shelvey£12MSwansea
Henri Saivet£5MBordeaux
Andros Townsend£12MTottenham
Seydou DoumbiaLoanAS Roma
Transfer Fees Out£29M
Florian ThauvinLoanMarseille
Shane Ferguson£0.25MMilwall
Mike Williamson£0.25MWolves
Adam ArmstrongExtended LoanCoventry
Gael BigirimanaExtended LoanCoventry
Transfer Fees In£0.5M
Net Spend£28.5M

Newcastle would have liked to have signed a left back and we tried for Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal and former player Jose Enrique – now at Liverpool – but we were unsuccessful.

And we failed to get a second striker in,  which had been the goal for today – excuse the pun.

However we did give Ayoze Perez a new five and a half year deal and that was good news for the very popular youngster.

Newcastle had a £24M bid for Saido Berahino turned down by West Brom today but we had a feeling early this morning that we’d only get one player through the door today.

Now we have to fight like hell to get some wins up on the board so we can survive in the Premier League and we feel almost certain that if we can do that we will see a big transfer window in the summer when we should get at least three more top players brought in.

We even have the makings of a decent side and there are definite signs that Mike Ashley has at last realized he needs to be a lot more ambitious if Newcastle are to remain a Premier League club.

In the next 15 weeks it will be all about the lads fighting for the shirt and winning some games that will help keep us safe in the Premier League.

And it’s about the rest of us and especially those who regularly attend the games in England pulling in the same direction and supporting the lads.

One of the biggest advantages Newcastle have always had on other teams is the intensity of the support – and we need that to make a (big) difference during the run-in.

Let us know if you think this has been a good transfer window for Newcastle United.

Has The January Transfer Window Been A Good One For Newcastle?

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Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

94 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Belfast // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Done some good deals but not enough to guarantee safety in my opinion.

    Villa basically surrendered

  • 2 Belfast // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    And the timing of the Bearhino saga was just bizarre.

  • 3 MacToon // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Another window over and probably one of the better windows under Ashley. We possibly have more quality, even some competition for places but yet again I can’t help but feel we’ve fallen a little short, again. Yet again.
    Maybe we have enough to avoid relegation, bravo!

    So McClaren. Pull your finger out and earn your wage, we are relying on you now.
    No stupid late substitutions when we are chasing the game, react to their changes and be prepared to drop your “stars” because that’s what might be needed.

    Until the next time –

  • 4 ToonRich // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Has there been a response or any reaction in SSN to the Bera tweet??

  • 5 Belfast // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Go on the no voters!! Mactoon and Me probably

  • 6 WWSBRD // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    I do strangely feel bad for Berahino but oh well

    I’ve decided to be throughly excited by own signings Shelvey especially

    And I am rather excited to see Townsend and Doumbia play for us. Saviet I don’t have much opinion on at this point would rather stick with Colback or Tiote

  • 7 Belfast // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    8 of us now woop woop. That was due to not strengthening for me.

  • 8 Belfast // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    *The defence*

  • 9 geordie157 // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Decent window overall, would have loved another striker and a left back. But the squad is stronger….plus I’m assuming we now also have Tiote still so we’ve got more competition in centre mid.

  • 10 MacToon // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Shhh Belfast 🙂 lol, how’d you guess

  • 11 Belfast // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Oh you’re excited then Wwsbrd ? I hope you don’t pee yourself again.

  • 12 Mackems are from MORDOR! // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    I’m personally happy with the window. We could always do more but then so could any club, most didn’t. Weighing it all up we’ve probably done a lot more than the clubs around us therefore giving us best possible chances. Sure a LB or another striker would have been good but it just didn’t happen and I’d rather us sign the right players to push into 1st team than backups. I’m positive and hopefully we can push on.

  • 13 OneAlanShearer // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Given ourselves a chance. Just need to start well on Wednesday now. Anything at Everton is a positive.

  • 14 Shaun Clarney // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    We needed a left back imo but hey, this will be entertaining with the mid/attacking pace

  • 15 VanToonMan // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    So Deadline Day was a bit of an anti-climax but this window as a whole was decent for us – getting a solid LB would have turned it from decent to great but we have to go with what we have.

    What would be people’s starting xi with an injury-free full squad?

  • 16 WWSBRD // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Practically giddy mate! Though I’ve got my big boy pants on so no wetting myself this year….hopefully

  • 17 Belfast // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Basically let’s hope the lad Doumbia scores the goals and we don’t have any injuries in defence.

  • 18 manxpie // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Any free LBs about we might pull of a kuqi kind of deal for cover
    I’m overall happy much more options for Steve now and can’t wait to see Wat doumbia can do, I have a feeling he’ll be an instant hit

  • 19 Viduka // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    So palace have Sunderland, west Bromwich, Bournemouth and Swansea over the next month or so. Who here will be cheering on Pardews men? Maybe he will do nufc a favour or 5… Good window for the toon imo but yeah LB would’ve made it perfect…

  • 20 Belfast // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Oh god kiss of death from manxpie he’s still hoping Obertan will come good haha

  • 21 optimistic prime // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    As delighted as I am that Villa will be going down I sorta feel a bit for their fans.

    Not because they’re going down (they deserve that) but because the club has give up, surrendered, I’ve never known any club do that. They haven’t even tried.

    Glad they’re down though 🙂

  • 22 Belfast // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    What about villa though? Full scale surrender. Bet those fans are fuming lol

  • 23 MacToon // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Some people have bigged Doumbia up as an Oba/Tino cross. Not sure if they meant age wise but sounds like he should be a hit on Tyneside 😉

  • 24 WWSBRD // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Some of these Doumbia photos are hilarious what the dickens was the photographer doing?

    Hey mate just signed have ya? Get in the shower and sit down on the floor ur going to look fabulous!

    Haha cracking

  • 25 geordie157 // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    Norwich snuck in James Maddison from Coventry and loaned him straight back, good young player!!

  • 26 optimistic prime // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:26 PM


    Adebiore will have his usual half dozen wonder start and score 4/5, perfect timing for us really. He’ll do nowt after that

  • 27 Belfast // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Aye once he claims his pension mactoon

  • 28 optimistic prime // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    How ever it’s spelt

  • 29 Viduka // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    List of LB with contacts expiring in 2016 according to transfermarkt..
    Some cracking names on there

  • 30 MacToon // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Oba’s still playing though? Whereas Tino’s still a player?

  • 31 optimistic prime // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:29 PM


    If I was a villa fan I’d want my season ticket money back!

  • 32 manxpie // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    He will Belfast we’ve missed his crosses mitro would be in double figures by now if we’d had good old ober in the team every week!

  • 33 VanToonMan // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Just saw a video of Jetro Willems – he looks top quality with a great left foot.

    Is there any chance we can get him – does anyone know if we have already started pursuing him? Or will the big boys go snap him up

  • 34 manxpie // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Aye he looks as old as Pele in some of them just hope he’s half the player in fact a 10th would do

  • 35 optimistic prime // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    I think I’ll have to go to villa away this season, bet the tickets are like gold dust.

  • 36 toonicle // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Summer window better be all about the back 4 then. Needed investment there for years now. Overall happy with our business this january

  • 37 VanToonMan // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Viduka – you’re right that list has some good players with contracts ending – Contreao, Digne, Koybasi and Layun are the stand outs for me.

  • 38 optimistic prime // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    When’s the squad list out for Everton?

  • 39 manxpie // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    We need one that’s already out of contract tho unless that’s not allowed anymore?

  • 40 DeanToon88 // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Great transfer window and it seems like mike ashley has woken up and realised that if he doesn’t invest in the squad and quickly newcastle would of went down, especially if we did not sign anyone, with the squad we have no there is absolutely no excuses now , we have to escape this relegation battle and climb the table, because if we don’t, we will be back to square one with most of our good players wanting to leave, its do or die time for the toon. We must get a result on saturday.

    We have the makings of a fantastic team, they just need to gel together. I think doumbia will be similar to cisse in his first season with us and townsend will have a point to prove, I really fancy our chances against everton

  • 41 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    To end the day on a positive note I’ve just read an article about who Chelsea’s next manager might be, and it had a poll at the bottom of the page. Of all the managers out there it only went and had bloody Pardew on there didn’t it! So I gave him a cheeky vote just to find that 7% actually want him… And I thought us toon fans were meant to be the Looney bunch!

  • 42 VanToonMan // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Manxpie what do you mean?

  • 43 optimistic prime // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Good read, Doumbia seems keen, knows what he needs to do. Could be win win for him and the club, god luck to him.

  • 44 jane // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    please can someone post a link to the discussion on here from before the window opened about what bloggers thought would happen in the window?

  • 45 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    It’s a “NO” from me. I put my reasons on the previous thread.

  • 46 manxpie // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Van to sign someone out side of the window he has to be a free agent now like when we got Shefki kuqi

  • 47 manxpie // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    The good old days of an Ashley transfer window

  • 48 expatmag // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    5 out of 10 for me.

    We needed to sign two quality defenders and failed.

    In my opinion, these signings would have made the difference between getting much needed points at fellow strugglers like Villa and Norwich which we will need to the maximum. I am not so sure we will now.

  • 49 VanToonMan // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Ye but those LBs on that list whose contracts are running out this summer – a pre-agreement can be entered into right?

  • 50 Mister Tuff // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Jane/jib – for once a decent idea. I’ll start it off.

    “Mister Tuff // Jan 8, 2016 at 12:55 AM

    Ibiza/Blackley evening – even though I say it myself -a quality gag.
    Blackley – at least £30 million spent. 2 better known and a couple of lesser known players – straight into the team though.
    No change in the hierarchy – regrettably.”

    Not a bad shout.

  • 51 Blaydon-Toon // Feb 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    What are our left back choices vs the toffee men ? Is anyone off the treatment table Colback drummet Anita ? Their right winger will give us a headache whoever plays there

  • 52 Mister Tuff // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    Next problem -well a hurdle is for Doumbia to get his GBE from the FA to allow him to get the work permit.
    Think he’ll get the automatic decision as opposed to the panel as he’s probably played the required percentage of Internationals for Ivory Coast.

  • 53 Mister Tuff // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:10 AM

    With only £30 million spent out of the rumoured £50 million per window that should make a kitty of £70 million in the summer.

  • 54 AK Malaysia // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Let’s play all out attack : 4-4-2

    Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini Colback
    Sissoko Shelvey Wijnaldum Townsend
    Mitrovi? Doumbia
    Reserves :
    Perez (impact subs in after 60th min)
    20 players matchday squad

  • 55 manxpie // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Van yeah I’m talking about bring a player in now for cover not the summer so was wondering if there was any free agents lol

  • 56 DicBDownBali // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    Jane @ 44

    I can’t do that, but I’m pretty sure I remember someone, maybe Welshgeordie, stating if we signed either Townsend or Berahino they would quit the blog… Sure I’ve seen the name pop up a few times recently…

  • 57 Viduka // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    Without contract…

    K. Constant anyone?

  • 58 Tsunki // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    It’s a No from me. I was hoping for a proper strengthening of key positions and I find the purchases a little bizarre. We will probably stay up but the gamble seems to be on the two young England lads busting a gut to get into the euros, revive their careers and command a hefty sale fee next year. Getting to mid table will probably be an expedient by product. It was always the summer window which was going to be the real acid test. At least they bought somebody, it’s a start. It still smacks of commercial convenience atm.

  • 59 manxpie // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    aye thats the one viduka cheers not the best list tho, might as well use our youths then if or when we’re in the shit

  • 60 Tsunki // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    In all those pictures Seydou is –
    A). Pretending not to be cold, and
    B). Pretending to look like he doesn’t regret coming here.

    Boom! Seydou! Shake the Toon!
    Doumbia, Shake the Toon!
    Boom! Seydou! Shake the Toon!
    Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick – Boom!

  • 61 manxpie // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    doumbia wont be able to play will he?
    he’ll have to wait till his clearance comes through so wont be registered in time i think

  • 62 Mister Tuff // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    I noticed a young lad from Spurs going on loan to West Brom – could be that it was a sweetener for the summer so Spurs can get Berahino.

  • 63 Tsunki // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Yes it was Welsh who said he’d quit the blog. I’m betting he won’t though.

  • 64 Mister Tuff // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    manx – not until he gets the paperwork. Bit like Mbemba -but it was a bit unclear in Mbembas’ case re the Internationals he played. So it had to go to the FA panel – who sat about a week later on a Thursday – hence the delay. He was then able to get his work permit from the Home Office – then get himself registered to play.

    Ref Doumbia – he should get his clearance automatically – electronic application to the FA -then get his work permit from the Home Office.

  • 65 Sazzer // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:49 AM

    Constant signed for some italian club earlier today.

  • 66 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    Shame we didn’t snap up Santon. I’m surprised that we didn’t sign Raphael Guerriero. Guerriero and Matip being signed would’ve been the perfect window.

    We have Riviere, Gouffran, Doumbia, Cisse, Mitrovic and Perez up front so 6 strikers is enough.

    We still have Tiote (who should be in instead of Colback).

    Guerriero, Berahino, Matip and Santon in the summer and we’ll be challenging for the title next season.

  • 67 Tsunki // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    Well that’s the Damage Limitation Festival over for another six months so it’s good night and only a few sleeps until we wonder what sort of cobbled giraffe/horse trots out against the toffees. Bonsoir.

  • 68 manxpie // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    ah right happy days then
    thought it would take at least a week

  • 69 Tsunki // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    Ah. Ketsy. There you are. A bit late, Scharner went to bed ages ago.

  • 70 JimmySaivet // Feb 2, 2016 at 12:52 AM

    Best team I’d say

    2nd half I’d bring mitrovic on for doumbia or a wide man and have two up top.
    I’d prob bring saivet on for Perez late on and move Sissoko to the wing and have saivet sit in the hole to sure up games!

  • 71 Sazzer // Feb 2, 2016 at 1:03 AM

    My thoughts are that this should be enough to stay up, but we can’t afford a lot of things not going our way in the second half of the season.

    We are already behind and other team’s have made some decent signings as well.

  • 72 JimmySaivet // Feb 2, 2016 at 1:05 AM


  • 73 p // Feb 2, 2016 at 1:05 AM

    All the signings had logic to them and in the circumstances (3rd bottom) they aren’t bad signings. There is logic to all of them.

    I don’t expect much but if mclaren can’t keep the team up, he’s proven is lack of ability beyond doubt.

  • 74 Pizzicato The New Texas Geordie // Feb 2, 2016 at 1:06 AM

    Actually would anyone think of Riise who has experience in PL? Just need a cover… not a first teamer.

  • 75 GeordieTwo // Feb 2, 2016 at 1:23 AM

    Was that a suicide move, the mackems sending Fletcher to Marseilles? Fascinating as Mr. Spock would say.

  • 76 GeordieTwo // Feb 2, 2016 at 1:25 AM

    If we get injuries in the back 4, especially at CB I’m not sure what will happen to us. I love the Doumbia and Shelvey signings, not so sure about Townsend and don’t really see Saivet making an impact. Transfer window rating: 5 out 10. A CB and LB were a must that we passed over as usual.

  • 77 89Norcal // Feb 2, 2016 at 2:21 AM

    We’re at break even far as I’m concerned. I’m not early as optimistic as most about this window.we were over due for some solid investments and we still have to see if Townsend and Doumbia can perform, much less Shelvy staying in form. but at least we bought some seasoned PL players. I think in the end it will be enough

  • 78 Reyantoon // Feb 2, 2016 at 2:45 AM

    Thank God, finally the Berahino saga is over.He took all of our attention for no reason.And glad we didn’t sign him.Happy with the window. The club did a good job, more than I expected.If SM
    can’t take the best out of this squad and get some wins quickly,I don’t know what to make of him.It’s between us,Nowrwich & Sunderland to welcome Championship football based on the current form.Swansea hired a good coach Goudolin. I rate him highly.Well experienced and Tactician.And made some canny signings in the last minutes. That’s why they won’t go down.
    Other teams around us also strengthened in their own way.Games will get tougher.That is why 4pts is a must in the next 2 games..

  • 79 JDdubai // Feb 2, 2016 at 4:34 AM

    I think we will look back in the summer and be glad we didnt spend 25m on Berahino – as long as we stay up!! It was way more than he is worth, just a shame we couldnt have got Remy in as well as Doumbia.

    For Everton I would really look at having Lascelles in at CB to try to hold off Lukaku – every time he plays he destroys our CBs.

    Maybe move Mbemba to RB and Janmaat to LB for this one game. Defence would look a lot more solid with this as there is no way Colo will not play.

    Vs Everton

    Mbemba – Lascelles – Colo – Janmaat
    Shelvey – Colback/Tiote/Saviet

    Not sure Doumbia is ready to start away vs Everton though would be happy if he did.

  • 80 expatmag // Feb 2, 2016 at 5:06 AM


    I believe we actually spent 28.5 million and retrieved 6.3 million from the sales of Cabella Williamson and Ferguson.

    If you disregard agents fees etc, that is an extra 27.8 million added on to the kitty. Add on money from the sales of other players like Sissoko and De jong and that kitty should be closer to 100 million pounds.

    Mind you, it will be significantly less if we are playing in the championship next season.

  • 81 Jib // Feb 2, 2016 at 5:40 AM

    The best piece of business was the Ayoze Perez contract until 2021 .
    In former windows we would have sold him .

  • 82 JDdubai // Feb 2, 2016 at 5:47 AM

    Everything relies on staying up. If we do, then with this continued recruitment then we could be in a really strong position by August.

    I like that they seem to be focussed on moving on the players who we all generally think should be moved on – McClaren can see what we all have seen with them.


  • 83 Jib // Feb 2, 2016 at 5:50 AM

    I’m sure there was more to just a social visit behind Jonny Wilkinson being at the training ground on deadline day.
    He’s a sports motivational speaker in his own right now (in English and French)

  • 84 Jib // Feb 2, 2016 at 5:55 AM

    I’ll be over the moon with one point at Goodison

  • 85 chewbaccy // Feb 2, 2016 at 6:00 AM

    Talksport russian league advisor reckons nufc have got the best deal in the transfer window and Doumbia is a tremendous player.
    we shall see,fingers crossed

  • 86 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 2, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    Im happy with the window, January is difficult and we have really pushed the boat out. Steven Taylor needs to stay fit, this is a must to fill in at CB if needed. Dummett, Colback, Haidara, Mbabu can cover until the summer at LB.

    We got that forward in and I hope he spices up the competetion in there. Cisse is still to come back also who can add competition. He looks a natural goalscorer this new fella and that’s what was needed. Shame on Beherino but that Jeremy peace really dug his heels in.

    I think we will stay up no problem. A shift in transfer policy is all that was needed for me. Plenty healthy competition in there at the minute and players to come back also. Quality has been added.

    Finish the season in 12th-14th at a guess.

  • 87 Jib // Feb 2, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    Re the defensive situation don’t forget we have Sterry , Good (wherever he is ?), Satka and Gillesphey (these 2 on loan but can be recalled)
    in the background , plus both Anita and Colback are converted full backs.

  • 88 LGFUAD21 // Feb 2, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    Even without the left back I think we can be happy with this window

    Strongest squad on paper for years.

    It would be a joke to get relegated but never say never.

    The key thing is that we now have options off the bench to change games. Something mcclaren clearly didn’t think we had before given his lack of subs.

    I think duo bai could be a shrewed signing. And I think Shelvey has the potential to prove to be the best January signing if he can get consistency.

  • 89 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 2, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    All very well talking up the squad but what of McClaren? I have no doubt he took over a dysfunctional squad but he has shown no sign that he’s capable of making it more than the sum of its parts. Watford was a dog’s breakfast of tactics and selections. They should have taken him at his word, judged him after 12 games, looked at the table, and sacked him.

  • 90 Jib // Feb 2, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    I think the Watford shambles was more to do with other factors than any weakness in coaching or tactics.

  • 91 Ron Knee // Feb 2, 2016 at 7:07 AM


    But would you trust Charnley to appoint a good manager?

    Morning jesper!

  • 92 SUTTY1978 // Feb 2, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Jib, it was all to do with the tactics. He has tried 352 twice, both times were against Watford, both times we lost.
    Surprised so many people think we are a shoe in to stay up. We still have the tactically inept McClaren in charge.

  • 93 Jib // Feb 2, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Injury to Paul Dummett, Jack Colback, Kevin Mbabu and Jamie Sterry forced United into a three man back line: Fabricio Coloccini, Chancel Mbemba and Lascelles – making his full Premier League debut.
    The only thing wrong with the formation was that it somehow caused the officials to miss a blatent offside goal.
    Once again just before halftime.
    It should have been a 1 -1 draw , these odd points are vital.

  • 94 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 2, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Jib, not sure what the other factors you mention may be, but the bottom line is that the results haven’t come under McClaren.

    Ron, I take your point. I have no faith in Charnley (and Carr) to make intelligent decisions.

    We were probably doomed from the off this season. After last season’s narrow escape instead of taking a scalpel to the organisation we put sticking plasters on it.

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