McClaren Speaks After Another Disastrous Display

Newcastle play West Brom on Saturday and since the game is at home there is a decent chance our players may even turn up for the game.

It´s something they didn´t do last night at Everton and they seemed to play as if they were in a dream – and to think we had 10 days to prepare for this game.


Steve McClaren last night

Given how important this game was to the fans after a good January transfer window, it was just a terrible disappointment and we looked all over a relegation side.

This is what McClaren said after another inconsistent display from Newcastle against a team that hadn´t won  in the league since they beat us at St. James´ Park 1-0:

“We need a reaction from individuals and collectively.” “52,000 people will demand a reaction against West Brom on Saturday.”

“We have said you can’t waste a game now and that’s what we’ve done.” “Some of them know they have fallen short and that is why we lost.”

“That is not what we have come to expect and you can’t afford to do that with games ebbing away.”

“We had bad results against Leicester and Crystal Palace =in November where that attitude was questioned but since then it has been excellent.”

“I felt it was disappointing we returned to that level and that is unacceptable.”

“In terms of things that can go wrong they did go wrong in terms of injuries. We just have to dust ourselves down and see who we have got fit,”

“Whatever that team has to be committed and fight.”

This was our fifth defeat in the last seven league games and sixth defeat in the last eight games in all competitions.

If the club is not in crisis today – it should be.

The real truth is that Steve McClaren doesn´t seem good enough to manage Newcastle and we didn´t like the appointment last summer, but we were willing to support him.

But if you look at the results they are simply abyssal and isn´t this a results-oriented business?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #1



    Moyes and Rodgers have been mentioned. Not very inspiring choices, but the transfer window has shown a slight adjustment in policy. Maybe one of them could be attracted.

  • firebug666

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #2


    Jesper / Ron

    Ashley will always be ultimately to blame, and Penfold?Carr for their choice of Ah erm; Head Coach!

    But at the business end it getting the team playing football, (something we find difficult) it has to be down to the idiot picking the team and formation.

    Like Ron says, we all had our doubts about Macca, a failed manager on many levels but we gave him a chance.

    Last night just showed how naive we were to offer him that chance. if he stays we will be relegated, if they leave it to late to bring in a new man we will be relegated.

    We a deep in trouble and heading down, Ashley will have to act quickly or suffer even more humiliation.

  • Malta Mag

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Like Pardew before him, I like Steve McLaren as a person but he is tottering on the brink as is the club. The taxi is on standby and if the club has ambition which I now think it has why not sound Mourinho out? Time is running out and we can’t take a chance that things may change. We need a reaction.


    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Armstrong will score goals just like Andy Carroll did in championship but we don’t have characters like nolan or barton to get us back to premier league

  • G

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #5


  • firebug666

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #6

    From Previous

    jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    lesh…which I think makes Charnley the real problem. He won’t do his job.

    Should the owner really have to come to this conclusion. If so why is Charnley there. I would rather Ashley woke up and the dross he has appointed and the dross they seem to appoint as well.

    Are we to believe there is no accountability just Mike Ashley?

    Jesper, that’s a great post, but the answer is NO, the only person the incumbents at the club answer to is Ashley, he is their master and that’s the way he likes it.

    He was right last year when he said the buck stops at his door, and in fairness to the fat greasy slob, he has made good or recruitment, not his choices, but the money was made available, However it will all count for nothing if he doesn’t act now to save the club.

    He needs a man who can get this team safe, that above all else is essential, and then once safe he needs to take a good look at the idiots he left under the guise of board of directors, changes need to be made, must be made if the club is to progress.

  • El Sleeve

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #7

    i didnt see the game, or highlights, or reactions, but i’m waking up today to this tedious inevitability.

    so we sold one central defender and an international left back and then we have two more injured defenders and one more sent off. about as predictable as you can get.

    what did townsend do all game? seems like he did nothing from the reaction on here. where was doumbia? did shelvey disappear again? saivet was our best midfielder and makro took him off? and what the heck was he doing playing perez up top…… on his own?!?!

    you couldnt make this up. 2-0 home defeat on saturday.

    i’ve been resigned to relegation for a while now, but still makes me sick that these silly mistakes are still happening at a supposed professional football club.

    professional advertisment wing of sports direct more like.

    we spent £80m. may as well have just pored that down the drain.


    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #8

    RON by the time ashley makes his decision to sack Steve it will be too late well its already too late he should sack him now or forget premier league money


    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #9

    FIREBUG I agree on what you said about the players tell there agents to find another club for them

  • El Sleeve

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #10

    so the question is obvious now? how do we get Ashley and Penfold out of our club?

    Do we need to start turning up to games with suggestions, tactics, instructions all on a banner?!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #11

    The simple reason we’re in trouble

    Joe Kinnear
    (unemployed for four years. before that three years managing Forest and Luton as low down as League 2)

    Alan Pardew
    (nosediving down the leagues and just sacked from League 1 Southampton, previous disasters included getting Charlton into the bottom 3 of championship, and almost relegating West Ham with Tevez and Mascherano on bench, worst form in 70 years etc etc.)

    Steve McClaren
    (just sacked from Championship after guiding favourites Derby into 7th place, previously sacked from championship Forest and Wolfsburg?? after a handful of games, also England’s worst ever manager, and massively underachieved with a big spending Boro team. Did well at Utrecht.)

    All three of these choices are old school british managers who were rescued from the scrap heap. All appointments met with groans from us, and laughter from our rivals. Kinnear inparticular was an unbelievable choice.

    think where we’d be if we had Southamptons vision and appointed Pochettino, Koeman. Or Swanseas (Laundrup, Rodgers, Martinez)

  • spitfire_

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #12

    “We had bad results against Leicester and Crystal Palace in November where that attitude was questioned but since then it has been excellent.”

    I’m sick of this shit, Steven. Enough with this “excellent attitude”. Points are required, not losses with excellent attitude.

  • G

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Lots of talk about the availability of Moyes, Rodgers, and even Jose. Reckon Jose will get the Manyoo job, so rule him out, from the other 2, I would pick neither. Go for Dyche, we need a manager that can get the squad to perform now, not a manager who can make a team perform intermitently once they have bought in a couple of their own show ponies.

  • nufcursed

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #14

    review of our team last night:

    elliott: without him we’d be relegated already
    janmaat: cost us too many goals this season
    colo: too slow
    mbemba: decent
    dummett: weak link
    shelvey: decent
    saivet: nothing special (just another anita)
    sissoko: most overrated player ever
    wijnaldum: is invisible in away games
    townsend: did try but couldn’t do much
    perez: not a striker to play up front on his own

    lascelles: decent, red card was harsh
    aarons: not a LB (proven in the penalty foul)
    mitrovic: if we keep playing counter attacking football, he’ll never score

    mcclaren: playing 1 up front and leaving him isolated is never gonna win you games. he should’ve been sacked months ago. now it’ too late i’m afraid.


    it’s not ashley’s fault anymore. with this squad we should be mid-table at least

  • davis_toons

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #15

    I think MA will not sack SM

  • firebug666

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #16

    Ashley is not having a good year, SD are being found out for their underhand practices, he is losing his court cases against Rangers, SD shares are dropping, Newcastle United is on the brink of collapse, and he is being sued by some financial wizard to the tune of £14m.

    Where is this astute business man people keep talking about?

    If ever their was a time to get at Ashley this would be it, we need more changes at the club, major changes at the top, and management level, People who have a knowledge of footall, and how a club should be run need appointed, and a new Manager (not head coach) needs brought in asap, if not we will go down, and their are no guarantees we will stay up even if changes are made.

  • nightfa11

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Horrible performance.. Mclaren is clueless.. Thauvin is better than townsend.. Sissoko is below average.. Shelvey invisible..

    Really sad situation.. We need a New manager in now.. Poor selections, worse squad rotation – signs of fatigue, etc..

    Janmaat colo mbemba townsend
    Saviet shelvey
    Perez Wini aarons
    Doumbia / mitro

    I honestly think thats our Best squad.. Townsend is shit attacker, but works hard so he could be a lb, and mclaren now “needs ” to play him to justify his decision of signing him..

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #18

    The Ashley apologists will be after your blood for those comments Firebug. Mighty Mike can do no wrong in their eyes. [at this point Jib is preparing a withering response]
    And nufcursed, I would argue that it’s entirely Ashley’s fault. Charnley and Carr have shown themselves to be completely inadequate but he kept them on. Hence McClaren and the freak show that is our squad.


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