Admission – There’s No Excuse For Being Relegated


Newcastle are currently in a relegation place which we’ve been in ever since the start of the season when 3 points from our first eight games was the worst start we have ever made to a Premier League season.

Newcastle spent a massive £52M in the summer and have now spent another £29M in January to be the Premier League’s top spenders this season and so Steve McClaren is telling the truth when he says there is no excuse if we are relegated in May.

No excuse at all.

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Steve McClaren – Newcastle manager under pressure

This is some of that Steve McClaren said yesterday in his press conference:

“I don’t think there has ever been an excuse for being relegated. ‘I didn’t expect any before, and I definitely don’t expect any now.”

“I’m delighted with what we brought in. The squad is a lot stronger than what it was at the beginning of the month.”

“I think we said from the outset in the summer that’s what we wanted. We wanted to take this club forward, and that will only progress through investment. ‘Really, it’s just the beginning, it’s not the end.’ ‘I think Berahino would have been a bonus.”

“The Board, when we got together and discussed it, it was ambitious, it was out there making a statement and I think it would have been a bonus if it had come off.”

“I think we have done great business. If you said we would have signed the likes of Townsend and Shelvey, two top quality young players, England internationals, by the end of the window.

We would have said you were crazy in the beginning.”

Our form has been good at times this season but there’s no arguing that our results have been simply horrendous.

We are on a poor run of results at the moment and we have lost five of our last seven games and won just one game in the last eight – a good 2-1 win at home to West Ham.

Hopefully we can get a win at Everton tonight.

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177 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Why would the 17th richest club in the world be considered crazy to think we could sign two out of favour players, albeit England internationals. Not that long ago I think we had six England internationals at one time on duty under SBR.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Be brave and go 442:

    ________Wijnaldum_____Perez
    Townsend____Tiote____Shelvey___Sissoko
    Dummett___Lascelles___Mbemba___Janmaat

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    JfA
    Because PR and spin are powerful things?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Lindisfarne,
    Elliott.
    Dummet____Collo_____Mbemba_______Jaanmatt

    Perez________Tiote_______Shelvey______Townsend

    Wijnaldum.
    Mitro

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Do we know for sure that the Archbishop hasn’t been cleared to play?

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  • AncientC

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    http://www.nufcblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/seydou-doumbia-steve-mcclaren.jpg

    Arm-Vice McClaren, I have seen him handling players like that on the sidelines. Alex Ferguson school of player management. lol.

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  • JDdubai

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    For me Lascelles needs to be in there today – every time we play Lukaku destorys Colo and whoever is next to him. Gvie Lascelles a chance to compete at least with him in the air and with strength.

    Elliott
    Mbemba-Lascelles-Colo-Janmaat
    Sissoko-Tiote-Shelvey-Townsend
    Wijnaldum
    Mitrovic

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  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    why is everyone putting Tiote in the team???

    He is a terrible terrible footballer – charges around like a complete idiot, loses the ball constantly, doesn’t create chances, can’t pick out the pass, can’t judge a tackle, spins around with the ball and goes nowhere.

    Liability, clueless, $hite footballer

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  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    This is a canny sit for constucting you own team
    You can even post a link to the blog
    http://footballformation.co.uk/

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  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    site even

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  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #11

    constructing even

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  • sparky55

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Be braver…go…

    ________Mitro_____Perez
    Townsend____Winji____Shelvey___Sissoko
    Dummett___Lascelles___Mbemba___Janmaat

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  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Again we have the wild pendulum swings of Toon fans’ aspirations.

    Everton did not have a very hard cuptie against Carlisle, it was more like a hard training session.

    Martinez and his team will be hurting after their last PL results.

    Goodison is a hard place to visit.

    We have players who have played a couple of hours or less for the club and players who have never played for the club or in the PL.

    I wouldn’t blame McClaren in the slightest if he picked a very defensive team of the old die-hards and parked the bus for a point.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Perez will be so pumped up tonight after his new contract, Mitro will want to make a statement in light of Doumbia coming, Townsend will run himself into the ground and will probably be off after 60 mins, Winji needs to be in the middle, sissoko needs to run down that wing all night to stop Baines coming forward, and we need to drop Colo for Lascelles because he’s too easily dominated by big strikers like Lukaku.

    If we play Colo we lose

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  • Oldgit1

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15

    @ toon-Tom sorry but I disagree re Tiote. His last game was terrific and steadied the middle of the park. I do admit though that he shouldn’t be playing anytime soon due to his impending transfer is sorted, his mind will be elsewhere. He has been a great servant to NUFC.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #16

    I hope our players are not fwightened playing in that cauldron of hate tonight.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Everton and Martinez under pressure right now, step forward Newcastle.

    We should be beating West Brom, onwards from there hopefully.

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  • Toon_Barmy

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #19

    Think McClaren has more or less said that Tiote won’t be invlolved so i expect to see Saivet start. I know its early days but i haven’t been too impressed by him so far. Lost the ball in some bad areas of the pitch having taken too many touches.

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  • expatmag

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #20

    JIB

    give up…….even

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  • kakaobi

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #21

    It’s all fine and well for macclaren to say no excuses but if he does fail he walks away with a big pay out while we are left with a team in the championship so macclaren is in a win win situation

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Tuff

    “I posted you with several websites where it shows his date and place of birth including a UEFA page – his profile page at Nice and all you can provide is a picture of his parents and a picture of two pigeons on a chess board.”

    Hahaha. PMSL.

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  • expatmag

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #23

    TUFF

    Much like you being frightened in thus cauldron of hate…….lol

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  • Oldgit1

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #24

    I’m struggling to come up with a decent line up tonight but feel we do need a DM in our side tonight, not sure yet on Saite at the moment. I can see Townsend starting but can’t see him lasting over 60 mins, at least gini will play in his natural position just behind the CF .

    Hoping for a win but a draw is more likely .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #25

    Jibberish,
    If that’s your team selection you’ve missed out a scrum half you knacker !

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #26

    Consistently one of the worst defences in the league over the last few years yet less than 10% of transfer funds this season went on that…
    We have strengthened. Definitely. But we’re still going to see a left back not go past halfway. We’re still going to see Coloccini play based around guesswork and risk taking. We’re still going to be relying on a fairly injury prone keeper to stay fit.
    On paper we are too good to go down… But we said that last time

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #27
  • DicBDownBali

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #28

    Jib – That website doesn’t have the formation I would play

    —————————-elliot——————————–
    Janmat—–Mbemba———-Lascelles——-Dummet
    ——————————————————————-
    —————————Colback—————————–
    ——————————————————————-
    Perez—————————————Townsend——-
    ——————Shelvey————————————–
    ——————————————————————-
    ————————————-Wiji————————
    —————-Mitrovic—————————————-

    I would play shelvey in the slight offset position so there is a nice triangle between him wiji and mitro

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #29

    who’s saite

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #30

    Also Doumbias medical took 9 hours. Were they Carbon dating by any chance?? Surely theres no way we haven’t had scientific proof of his age? He looks like bill cosby!!! I know they tested Mbemba though

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  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #31

    Expat
    It’s alright for you it’s about 9 pm where you are.
    I’ve not long gettin oot me scratcher (had a lie in )

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #32

    Jail for Ashley

    Your right it probably will be Collo as it is too early for Lascelles, but I do hope we start to fade him out at some point. I think Everton are defensively weak and playing without an out and out striker will cause them to lack focus, in favour of a strong midfield where they are at their best. However a dedicated striker may actually be able to exploit their weakness and help himself to a goal or two. Here is hoping!

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  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #33

    Rotonda heights
    Cut him some slack he’s an owld git.
    Most of the letters – not necessarily in the right order (like Eric Morecambe on the piano)

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #34

    DicBDownBali – I could tell you why….try making it a 4231.

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  • Oldgit1

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #35

    @ Rtando I meant Saivet

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  • Oldgit1

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #36

    Jib there’s me thinking you were a nice guy.lol

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  • expatmag

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #37

    JIB

    Aaah haaaaaa……….now you are giving TIME as an excuse for your illiteracy…….TUFF will be pleased……lol

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  • Slank

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #38

    My understanding is that we don’t have any left backs or even stand-ins (Colback) available. Therefore, McClaren may revert to a 3-5-2 formation out of necessity.

    I think it may be 50/50 whether he plays Saivet instead of Tiote. Tiote may not be in the right frame of mind after his abortive China trip whereas Perez will be full of beans after his new deal. I suspect that Mitrovic will want to show Doumbia that he is still the number one centre forward.

    The could be:

    Elliott
    Mbemba – Colo – Lascelles
    Janmaat – Sissoko – Shelvey – Saivet – Townsend
    Wijnaldum
    Mitrovic

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  • Sliema

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #39

    Jib

    We need wins not draws mate.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 3, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #40

    The bravest formation for tonight 433:

    Townsend_______Mitrovic__________Perez
    ____Wijnaldum___Shelvey____Sissoko
    Dummett___Lascelles___Mbemba___Janmaat

    But a defensive team and a 0-0 draw will probably be the target, in the hope of knicking a win.

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