Manager Likely Reflecting On Ebullient Comments To Press

Steve McClaren tried to find out what went wrong last night at Goodison Park when we were looking forward to watching an improved Newcastle side take on a side that hadn´t won in the league since Everton beat us 1-0 at St. James´ Park.

But what we got was a shocker, where to use words Steve McClaren likes to use – we must have taken five steps back with last night´s disastrous performance.

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Ross Barkley after scoring penalty

McClaren thinks too many players were below par last night:

“Too many players were below par.” “We can’t play like that in front of 52,000 fans on Saturday, we need a reaction, we have to do better than that.”

“In the first half you could see that the Everton players and supporters were nervous, we didn’t take advantage of that, we weren’t aggressive enough.”

“In the second half we had a go but it wasn’t enough.” “The second goal was decisive.” “Scoring the second goal made it a different game and allowed us to control things.”

Maybe we should have expected something like this happening because in Steve´s press conference for the game seemed far too upbeat, insisting repeatedly the Newcastle Board, of which he is a member,  had done really great in the January transfer window.

He also said we had a squad good enough to survive in the Premier League this season and there was never excuse for being relegated.

Here´s a reminder of what he said:

“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.”

Steve may be reflecting on those words after what happened last night at Goodison Park.

With the position Newcastle are in most Boards would be in crisis management mode on how to correct an ever worsening situation.

But don´t expect much to happen from this Board anytime soon – they have caused a lot of the problems.

That´s unless the owner steps in with some decisions to try to save the club  from relegation, which is looking more and more likely as we continue to lose games.

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107 comments so far

  • archaeomag

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #1

    “We can’t play …” that about sums it

  • c-dog

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #2

    No pace in attack. Unbalanced squad with players bereft of consistent quality. Nobody who runs in behind. Tactics non-existent. What do Townsend and Saivet bring?

  • posada

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #3

    In two games against Everton SM has not had a clue how to deal with them tactically.
    Sick of hearing he is a good coach. What about managing, motivating and tactics.
    An intelligent man who has spent his entire life in football should be able to coach. Managing is a different thing altogether.

  • banjax

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Time for another manager !

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Seriously Wally…you and the boys club are the crazy fools!!!

    You gotta wonder why Shelvey has never really made it anywhere he’s been!

    Spurs can’t believe their luck they scooped 12 million for Andross!

    24 million for both players… Wally is not only outclassed by his Head coaching peers during game time…but is outclassed identifying players in the transfer market.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #6

    absalutly disgusted in Mac last night, he set the team up to lose the game, it seemed like the players were lost in what they where asked to do. i feel so sorry for Rob last night,, he was our only player to come out of last nights game..

    lascelles is a jole of a player,,

    Rolando is not a LB, he proved that in our last match,, but lets put him there.

    Everton were not that good last night, but we just let them do what they wanted

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Judge me after 10 games ! If ever a saying was going to come back and haunt someone, when are they going to act, last night was the first game for him to get his players to issue a statement of intent, even if we’d have lost playing well it might have seemed like there was hope. When we bought the five that January we played out of our skins and beat Chelsea after going in front and then behind. They just did not turn up last night, they need to get rid and quick smart. I do not give a fcuk thaty we played well for 35 minutes against W Ham or a first half against M City, we need results now and a manager who can get them.

  • ToonMatt

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #8

    The blame still lies with Mike Ashley? McClaren was never good enough to manage the club and should never have been given the job, Same can be said of Charnley? He’s way over his head and was only given the job because he was cheap, Ashley looks like an even bigger fool now, Spending that amount of money on players while having these two in charge, If Ashley wants all this TV money next season he needs to sack them both before it’s too late and get someone who is proven and capable, It’s up to Ashley now.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #9

    I was just about to mentoin you.
    Despite what catchy in Norway says about this exciting football Schteve is trying to play the fact is that the amount of times we have been absolutely bysmal under him far outweighs those minutes of each game wher we have played well, he has basically brought his diabolical form from Derby with him. I very rarely excuse Ashley from any blame and he definitely is responsible for a lot o it but there has been 80M worth of players added to a squad the hapless Pardew had in eighth atone stage last season.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #10


    will answer later,

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Works key boards are past their sell by date!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #12

    With two defenders injured, it shows that the CB and LB positions should have been filled in the window. It was glaring before, even without these two who are now out of action.

  • Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Although I never thought we’d win yesterday I at least hoped the team would show some positive play during 90+ min.

    If Ashley is to make it as Newcastle owner he has to remove Charnley, Carr and McClaren. Then he needs to hire proper people with knowledge and experience to run this club. This is not Notts County!

    Money must be spent in the right areas, including the head coach position. I think it’s too late this time though. We have an incredible naive HC.

    Our CB captain is pathetic in any way. He has no presence… He gets bullied out of position, gets beat in the air and almost every player in the league is faster than him. In other words – he needs to out smart the opponent in every situastion, but he doesn’t. This is also the man McClaren wants to motivate and whip the other 10 guys out there. That alone deserves a relegation!

    I’m gonna take a break from Newcastle for a few days just to recover as a human being. Reading Newsnow and this blog is depressing as I see no end to the misery.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #14

    This is not Notts county. So fcukin true

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #15

    I think Wally meant judge me on ten games into NEXT season!!! or the one after maybe.

    Even with 80m he’s not doing much better than Carver, who actually did have injuries to first team players and an awful squad.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Did everyone think we could just buy a few players and turn up as a majestic and close knit Unit? Ha ha ha

    Does everyone think that a this rests on the shoulders of the scout, the coach or the MD? Ha ha ha ha ha.

    Step forward Mr Ashley and behold! This is what you’ve done to our club, and you actually thought you could hire football misfits on the cheap and an office boy to run a premier league football team? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

    Remember whose door you said it all comes to? If anyone thinks he is anything other than a commercial plunderer for SD they are deluding themselves.

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Jal for Ashley

    So you’re excusing Ashley for appointing McLaren and giving him 80 million of our cash to spend!

  • TheToonKing

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #18

    It’s probably too late for a new manger now.

    We just have to hope that a combination of this sorry coaching staff , half a team worth of players who don’t care and a couple of teams being worse then us, can just about keep us up.

    not looking good though.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m sick of hearing about Old Man Carr or the Incompetent Charnley or Bungling Steve. it’s all one man’s fault.

    Ashley Out!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Having said that, I think Steve might still cobble a team to just drag us out. Just

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #21

    Ashley made a statement of intent by hiring McLaren. Unfortunately it wasn’t the type of intent we would have liked. It was a supposedly safe pair of hand that would see us nicely mid table, a manager that would not have to be sacked for not reaching targets, a manager who would not spit his dummy. To get that type of manager we had to rely on a sacked Championship one who was desperate for a job and just loves talking to the press, this losing mentality that he has brought with him seems to have manifested and bred with the existing one and we now have a hybrid super losing mentality in the dressing room.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #22

    Shot Bru,
    Not at all, he appoints all his lickspittle minions and is no way excused from any blame but he has put up 80M pounds and a lot of blame has to go to the manager.

  • Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Jail for Ashley@21

    100% correct!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #24

    Norwich away and mackems at home are unbelievably high pressure games, just thesort that we have ipoded under recently,. We need a new manager and get rid of ha ugly cnut Charnley!

  • goalseeker

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Well, we were really shown up as a bunch of no-hopers last night. Instead of trying to create a situation where players were making a statement we got a post-it note. Who to blame? It lies at one persons door McClaren he set the team up to lose. Players play as they are told to play in the belief that the coach has studied the opposition knows their weaknesses and plays on them. They were nervous and their defence suspect so what did we do. We put a small attacker on his own, even if he is skilful and keen against two of the largest defenders in the league. We played without passion and too soon in the first half had decided that things were not working so just go through the motions. I lost count of the times a pass either went to a Toffee or our player stood with the ball and they came and said thank you and took the ball away. Ashley must bear some of the blame but he put Charnley in charge, big mistake but you only find that out afterwards and we all experts looking back and saying what should not have been done. The players have to turn up on Saturday and play at 100% for 90 minutes I do not care if McClaren sits back with a smug smile if we win winning is what it is all about. Every game is now a cup final if we are to escape and unlike some, I do not want to be relegated it would do us no good at all, schoolboys think otherwise and want the worst to happen out of spite and just to show them. It is no good crying for Jose to come in and rescue us he didn’t seem to be able to lift Cheslki when they were playing badly and unless he can spend millions without a thought his coaching must come into doubt. There are some very skilful coaches in the league who have a hunger for success that is where we should look and stop looking for names. We did that a while ago with players and got nowhere. It is up to the supporters to prove their worth by shouting the ball into the WBA net nothing stirs better than fanatical support. When looking at a new HC we need to look not just at the person, but their staff and the way they develop players we need a Raneiri type of coach.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #26

    McC dreadful as his record clearly is, probably does deserve the season, as most anyone would. And Ashley is loyal to his key employees, so long as they remain loyal to him, so he will be persevered with I suppose.

    Another thing is the squad has now changed dramatically, twice, in a short time and coming from a place of absolutely no momentum in the first place, and that is difficult to turn around.

    He’s looking a poor choice, but if we go down, our fate was very probably sealed by the lack of strengthening in the previous two seasons, and so despite spending 80 in the last two windows Ashley will still ultimately be to blame, along with those yes men who allowed him to have his way, Carr and Charnley, where at least Pardew had the character to quit, presumably in protest.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #27

    Tsunski@16 – think what you are saying is pretty much spot on. Ashley hasn’t shown the intellect to realise that a PL football club can’t be run as just another arm of his tawdry business empire. I guess you have to say he has business smarts to some degree to make the money he has, but ultimately his lack of any real intelligence has found him out with this enterprise.

  • magscar

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #28


    Ashley out haha – you and I know full well that he isn’t going until he is ready.

    The others’ destiny’s aren’t in their hands but Ashley’s. He won’t wield the axe on Charnly or Carr as yet as that won’t influence our relegation fight (might next season’s however).

    His only card now is to get in a manager that can manage the imbalanced squad we have, defensive frailties included.

    I will be surprised if we lose badly on Saturday if Ashley isn’t at club (or on phone if otherwise engaged) banging some heads together. Yes the buck stops with him but that means other heads will roll not his and it must be McClaren who is mounting the stairs to the block.

  • toon kk

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #29

    Those who think Mash will sack Macca think again, his job is very secure.

    Macca’s tactics were terrible last night, I couldn’t believe how/why he set up with Perez as a lone striker. We’re desperately need goals ffs and our striker’s were on the bench.

    As for our players they need to hold there heeds in shame, disgraceful lacklustre performance. You can see why we’re in the bottom three.

  • anthc

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #30

    Surprised he hasn’t put it on the fans toes yet for Saturday, “we need the fans and atmosphere against West brom”. Even if we stay up and it’s a big if, Steve needs to go imo. 80 million and we still can’t put a performance in. It’s no good playing well and losing as this league is ruthless. Ugly grinding wins are what we need to get some points on the board asap.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #31

    Tsunki…if we were sit down and find away through this and make sure it won’t happen again under new ownership, how are we suppose to do that if the only thing you’ll throw in the basket is “Ashley out”?

    How do one use that constructive and how do we get forward? That is actually what some of us are trying to work out. It doesn’t mean we don’t acknowledge Ashley is ultimately to blame just to simplify the matter.

  • toon kk

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #32

    We have a very lazy squad that are capable of so much more but our work ethic is shocking. Yes our team has weaknesses but so do most but they work harder to compensate.

  • surreytoon

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #33


  • toon kk

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #34

    We look a weak unfit side with no power and give up far too easily. There needs to be some stronger discipline within the club.

  • ayecanny

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #35

    Talking about the actually game/ players rather than just slagging steveee off.

    Wijnaldum – why is he so bad away from home? so you think that tactics or he is just rubbish people away from st james’.

    Sissoko – the man is so inconsistent – when he perform we normally win. I can’t think of any champions league team that he would get in.

    Shelvey – Had a shocker couldn’t pass a ball.

    Townsend – looked like he hadn’t played in the prem for over a year……..

    Perez – can’t play as a lone striker

    Mitrovic – did what mitrovic does, holds the ball up well and that it.

    The defence….. why are we so bad at defending?!?!

    its worrying times lads, the joy of supporting Newcastle.. upbeat after the man u game, back to miserable after the Watford game, a few transfers upbeat again then miserable after that shambles last night.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #36

    Our chance of getting a good manager is slim. Charnley and Ashley’s knowledge doesn’t stretch beyond the premier league which only leaves Rodgers & Moyes who probably won’t join a team facing relegation. And Carr only knows France which means Galtier. But France is poorer than the Championship once you get outside the top 3 or 4 and Galtier is a defensive manager who will not be popular.

  • BandB

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #37

    Dear Mike,

    Sorry I missed your call. How do we get out of this, you ask?
    Well, I did tell you the main problem is that we haven’t been blaming the fans enough.
    A call to get behind the team this week will start a civil war. Divide and conquer, old boy.
    Remember, 90 per cent of those people who are moaning this morning thought you were the bees knees yesterday.
    They will revert like sheep to their default position of backing you to the hilt and calling people who don’t neggers. They haven’t the brains they were born with.
    Never fear. I’ll get the shills out in force and we’ll soon be flying up the table in their eyes, even if, of course, we aren’t.”


  • reilly

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #38

    we need a manager in who is going to put his boot reet up these lazy players arses.
    stick with mccalren and we will go down.

  • magscar

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #39


    Too right. Am I the only one who finds posters laughing at the state our club is in unhelpful.

    We need a sense of humour especially to get us through the bad times but this sniggering is unhelpful


    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #40

    Everyones mentioning 80 mill, when its only about 76, and 14 of that isnt at the clubat the moment (thauvin), who replaced 12 million cabella anyway.
    How long ago was it chaenley in his one and only interview with press said something like, we didnt buy a central defender this last window because he’ll be cheaper in the next one.
    Defenders seem to be a low priority at this club, most managers sort out the defense first, become hard to beat, then develop the attacking side as results improve.
    It actually cost us about 8 mill to keep collo in the summer ( 2 yrs wages and a couple of million palace would have paid for him)


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