The Facts – McClaren´s Record At Newcastle Is Abysmal

We wish it wasn´t so, but when you look at Newcastle´s record under Steve McClaren, maybe the best word to describe it is abysmal.

And after spending £81M on players over the last two transfer windows you wonder how we have got into this mess.

It´s difficult to blame Mike Ashley too much since the end of last season, since he has been willing to spend money like it´s going out of style – but maybe it was just left too late?

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Steve McClaren – abysmal record at Newcastle

The Newcastle Board have to be accountable for how they have spent that money.

They have not sufficiently strengthened the defense, which we saw last night is still our Achilles heel and will be now through the rest of this season.

We also did not strengthen the right positions by getting in a proven Premier League striker last summer.

Where would be now if we had spent that £13M we wasted on Florian Thauvin and used it to bring in Charlie Austin last summer.

And even when striker was the number one priority in this January transfer window, we only signed one on the very last day of the window and Doumbia has never played in the Premier League.

We didn´t bother the strengthen the Newcastle defense either last month.

And some of the signings have not been good with Florian Thauvin not even willing to stay around until the end of the season.

We can go on about spending £81M over the last two transfer windows, but if it´s not spent on the right players it doesn´t  have the impact it should have,

And our signings are not having the impact they should have.

You can think Steve McClaren is a great coach, a mediocre coach or a poor coach – and that´s an opinion.

But the only real measurement has to be his record .

Here´s his league record this season and in three cup games we won one and lost two.

Premier LeaguePlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints

We are third bottom of the league but our squad is by no means the third worst in the Premier League – in fact it has to be in the top ten.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #1

    I never thought I would despise a toon boss more than Souness. Step forward Macca, and dont let the door smack your backside on the way out.

  • hibbitt

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #2

    john carver thinks he’s great !!!!1!

  • spitfire_

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, you say:

    “It´s difficult to blame Mike Ashley too much since the end of last season, since he has been willing to spend money like it´s going out of style – but maybe it was just left too late”

    Explain to me, how after ashley put Charnley as a MD, ashley can be “difficult to blame”? Let me remind you, that Charnley desperate wanted McClaren for head coach. He’s got it. Charnley have the big say on transfers. They obviously listen also McClaren about the transfers, because the change of our transfer policy and buying british… So, how ashley is difficult to blame, after he hired a incompetent person to run the club?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s in over his head. Time to leave now!!!!

  • G

    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #5

    I think they will give Macca 3 more games. The damage may leave us beyond repair.

  • firebug666

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Another repost

    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.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Suppose the team put in a decent performance against WBA (we’re due one!), what happens then?


    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #8

    people say this time its not ashley s fault but I say its all his fault because the members he got in the board are stupid and no matter how much money he spent the board which he selected blew it big time

  • geordiestuckinleeds

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Last night was in my opinion the worst performance this season, why in the 1st half we played without a striker still baffles me. 10 yard passes that failed, defenders not clearing there lines and then failing at bringing it away, sissoko… nothing more needs saying there… and then to top it off a stupid 1st pen, although part of me can’t blame the lad as hrs a kid and not a full back with only sissoko to protect him. And then wtf was the 2nd pen let him shoot, score who cares games lost.. don’t get yourself sent off sitting on him, if anyone can tell me we will win 6 after last night I think type are delusional

  • WorJordi

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #10

    As much as I would like to see the likes of a Jose come in and try and save us (even for a run to end of season) we all know in our hearts that the 4 horses of the apocalypse, Ashley, Charnley, Carr and Mclaren are too entwined in their own love for each other (and money) to allow this great club to pull itself out of the mire.
    I have supported this club through thick and thin for many years now and last night I realised that this is not about the football anymore, its all about THE MONEY.
    I thought we went to the match to be entertained, meet mates, go out afterwards and debate the game over a pint, inevitably get drunk,have a take away and spend Sunday getting ready for the dross of another week at work.
    Going to the match was an integral part of the life of the majority of fans and relieved the pressure of the strain of life.
    I am so so sad that we all see the demise of this GREAT club manifest itself through the greed and intransigence of certain people previously named.
    Mr Ashley, please have a look at what you have and decide whether you want a football club or not and then make some ball breaking decisions on your board membership. Once you do that, coupled with what appeared a decent transfer window, you may just and its a slim chance now, save our club from the Championship and begin to repair the chasm of ill feeling by the fans towards you.
    I am so sad today !!!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Brilliant summing up of Shelvey’s display last night in the ‘Independent’ ‘For Newcastle, the new signings did not make a spot of difference. Jonjo Shelvey plodded about as if the game had inconvenienced an evening stroll: Townsend ran up and down the wing trying to keep warm’

    The first minute of the game summed up what we were going to be in for two backpasses to Elliot and two hoof up the field within 56 seconds.

    ARGHHHHHHHHHh – Shite, Shite

  • NoahJ

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #12

    winning essentially 1 in 5 is just outrageous really. I had a bit of sympathy for mclaren at the start, given that our first few fixtures were against to teams, but actually, rather than learn from them, he just ignored them, and of course we were still poor on the other side when we played against rivals.

    It’s just not good enough. even though some of our signings have been excellent (mbemba, wiji), we neglected the basics first off- i.e. a proven striker and defensive cover.

    a part of me wants to keep mclaren until the end of the season because apart from anything, he has bags of experience (good and bad); I just feel a new hungry manager now is risky, but if we’re going to do it, we need to do it now, when any new manager would still have a fighting chance


    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #13

    everyone knows defense is our weak point and attack is our strong and yet Steve insist on playing defensive game why can’t he tell players to attack from the first whistle instead he tries to play contain shit

  • firebug666

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #14


    Depend on if we win, but even then, we still need to do that constantly to avoid the drop, but we will still need to be positive and make the changes necessary to survive in this league.

    After last nights dismal performance it clearly shows that Macca has no idea of tactics, he see these players every week in training, so how can he get it so inevitably wrong on match days?

    He has players who should be performing at a higher level, he has subs who should be able to come on and change a game, players should know in advance that if a particular players is coming on as a sub then the formation will change and each person should know what their job is.

    We see nothing of that under Macca, he is predictable, and one dimensional, and far to set in his ways to change. Under Macca we are destined to fail, and we will go down.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #15

    If we get Rodgers we don’t have enough players than can play pass and move (Sissoko, Dummet, Townsend and maybe Mitrovic will struggle)

    If we get Moyes all flair, lazy and young players will be sidelined (Perez, Aarons, Armstrong, Townsend, Sissoko) I swear I’ve seen Moyes playing up to 6 defensive midfielders at Everton. Even putting Fellaini upfront.

  • archaeomag

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #16

    José José José José José José José

  • archaeomag

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Brendan Brendan Brendan Brendan Brendan Brendan Brendan

  • banjax

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #18

    Personally I think McLaren should’ve been sacked last October and cannot understand for the life of me why he is still here. McLaren has had more time and money than any previous Toon manager I can think of and look what he has done with those resources – nowt. Rarely can it be said that Mike Ashley is not to blame for not stumping up cash but now he has to be decisive and sack McLaren now or at worst after WBA match and bring in a top class manager like Benitez and put an end to the hapless performances from a squad of players who do not (it seems) respect their manager.

  • LocalZero

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #19

    I’d give macca one, maybe two games now the new boys have seen the responsibility they have. Definitely his last chance tho.
    Ed: can you stop talking like Charlie Austin was there for the taking? Clearly there was some good reason he isn’t here. Did he want to come??

  • hate

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Pack your bags McLarern. What were Charnley thinking? He couldn’t manage a championship club, he is uncapable of managing a BPL club either. Sack him ASAP, and that means right now!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #21

    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.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 4, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #22

    A loss against West Brom is vital. A good result will see the status quo maintained and that will be terminal. We need to lose (preferably badly) and even Ashley, thick as he is, will have to react. Of course Charnley and Carr should be the first heads on the block, but that may be impractical. McClaren is the obvious (and well deserved) victim, and that’s a start. A proper manager might – just might – save us, and then the rest of the “board” can be promptly disposed of at the end of the season.

  • RonVanDam

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #23

    This is a results business, SM hasn’t delivered. Time to get rid of him now otherwise be sorry after 38 games

  • nufc 11

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #24

    Either they get him out now or they dont do it at all and let the ship go down with him. Seems the players have lost the faith tho maybe David Moyles could do a job I dont know anymore WBA game will tell alot. MA must be scratching his head he bought his way out of the mire in Jan 2013 it may be to little to late this time. Watched the watford v chelsea game last night and was left to ponder how in the hell are they out doing us week in week out comon watford are outplaying, outfighting and outscoring nufc every week with our squad and theirs it has to be the manager and the losers culture at nufc I for one wanted Patrick Veria not Steve Maclaren heads may need to roll after this.

  • davis_toons

    Feb 4, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #25

    We are not assembling world class players here and these players need time to gel. – MA to take the blame.

    but MC and staff takes the responsibilities for the lost. We should play with cautious when away and importantly needed points. That’s the bottom line.

    In the first place why was MC even got the appointment but still his football is much much better than AP.

    Thank God that AP is gone.

    Willing to give MC more time to adjust. And i believe that he can turn this around if he play smart but ugly when needed.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Last night’s performance reeked of managerial naivety. Is it to late to bring in a new managerial face and a new MD? Get Kevin Keenan in as MD and let him manage until he has found a suitable replacement fo SMac

  • benjohnsen

    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #27

    I believe McClaren is done no matter what happens. Ashley will just wait to see if we improve over the next three matches, if we dont McClaren is gone. If we improve and stay up I still believe he will fire McClaren in the summer, because Mike cannot afford another season like this. He has made investments of £80 mill net. More than the last 6 years combined approx.


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