McClaren Clings To Job After Another Complete Shambles

Steve McClaren has become very adept at explaining in some detail the reasons why Newcastle have lost a game – and that’s because he has lost over half the games in the league this season  – 14 of 26 and so he’s had a lot of practice at it.

That’s a 54% loss rate and with only six games won a 23% win rate – and at any other club he would have been fired by now.

We remember famously one of the times we were taken apart this season away from home  at Manchester City when Steve said we played very well except for the 20 minutes when we conceded 6 goals.

Yeah right.

And yesterday at Chelsea we were 3-0 down after only 17 minutes and we were wondering how many Chelsea would score before the break – maybe eight?

It was simply a shambolic display from a gutless Newcastle side and the players should be ashamed of their efforts yesterday – there were too many bottlers in black and white shirts yesterday at Stamford Bridge.

And McClaren is the head coach and he has to take the responsibility (call it blame if you like) for that display.

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Steve McClaren reacts to yet another defeat

McClaren was asked if he was embarrassed by Newcastle’s more than inept display yesterday – and he went into some detail – as follows:

“You are so focused on the game and thinking about the way we started and what to do at 3-0, you want to come out for the second half with a bit of pride.”

“During the game and at half-time all the anger, disappointment and frustration has already been expelled.” “Now, in the cold light of day we have to be calm and reflective.”

“We have to know that there are 12 games to go.” “I am not upbeat about this performance or result at all. I have to be upbeat about what I’ve got in the dressing room.”

“With 12 games to go they have to show they are capable of doing that.”  “The break is a good thing.”

“We said that before the game. We were over-exposed as well because it was Steven Taylor’s second game in seven months and Rolando Aarons is a winger playing at left-back.”

“So we have had defensive problems and injuries.”  “We hope that three or four will come back. It is a good 18-day period to get them back.”

“Players that we have signed and players coming in we need to get fitter.”  “It is a good opportunity to regroup and get organised.”

“It’s very simple, games can be won or lost in the first 20 minutes or the last 20 minutes.”  “This week we lost in the first 20 minutes and were 3-0 down.”

“The majority of goals were self-inflicted in terms of not dealing with the ball or their press. We knew they’d come out and do it.”

“Chelsea worked it perfectly and you could see they wanted to go for it and get the game won by half-time.”

“They did that and so it’s very difficult. It is hard to come back from 3-0 down.” “We have to say then, do we go for it or do we not?”

“I think at half-time we said we’d go for it in the first 10 or 15 minutes, which we did.”  “Then the fourth goal went in and really killed us. That’s what can happen when you come here.” 

“We can reflect on that and know that how we start games needs to be better away from home.”

We are not going to hold our breath that everything will be good at Stoke City in our next game.

We had 10 days to prepare for the Everton game and we were a disaster at Goodison and we had a full week to prepare for Chelsea and you have to wonder what the heck the players and coaching staff were up to last week?

The truth is Steve McClaren is taking Newcastle down and if there is not some decisive action taken in the next couple of days by Mike Ashley the distinct likelihood is Newcastle will become a Championship club next season.

And if Steve McClaren is still the manager don’t expect he’s capable in any way of bringing Newcastle straight back up like the great Chris Hughton did seven years ago.

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339 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #2

    “Depths of Despair” McLaren photos for two weeks.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Ron I think Charnley has been desperate to sack himself since last season but he hasn’t a plan B to replace himself. So he’s stuck with him for the moment. Unless he can do what he did when you-know-pards left.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m expecting the picture of McLaren as a failed German general with a Luger jammed in his mouth.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Oh I forgot, now the blog has had the domestos treatment there’s only seven of us.

  • hibbitt

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    ED there’s not even a whisper of McLaren getting the sack

  • reilly

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    we have the rest of the month off perfect time to sack mcclaren and bring in a new man that will give these players the kick up the arse they need.

  • jane

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #8

    remaining home matches:
    Man C (tba)

    next 3 are must wins

  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Anyone fancy Mike’s six-game package for £150? it’s a bargain, innit?

    No, me neither.

  • sparky55

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #10

    I said drop Colo and Gini and Sissoko, play Colbeck left back and Aarons left wing with townsend of the right and Lascelles replacing Colo

    It wouldn’t have changed the result yesterday because our midfield and defence as a unit were dreadful, but sissoko needs to understand his place in the team is not secure and his performances this year have been rubbish.

    The outcome of games will not change if we stick with the same team. Our weakness’ are there for all opposing managers to see and we’re too easy to play against…so we need to change the team and the way we play.

    Colo and Sissoko should never start another game for Newcastle.

    Townsend and Aarons need to be the wingers

    Due to p!iss poor management planning Colback has to unfortunately play LB…he’s done it before so is our only option.

    Gini needs to play in the hole at home and be a impact sub when we play away.

    Perez should play in the hole when we’re at home with Doumbia coming on as he gets fitter. He’s fast as fcuk and we need to utilise that.

    We’re basically fcuked because we cant defend and we struggle to score three goals a game to offset the two goals we’re guaranteed to let in.

    Whenever a new manager comes in they concentrate on shoring up the defence…WE DON’T HAVE A DEFENCE TO SHORE UP…it’s that bad all we can do is hope we start scoring a few more and that’s gonna mean we’ll get caught on the break right through til we go down before the season has even ended.

    it’s all bollox.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #11

    To my knowledge I have never posted a team formation on this blog, not a serious one anyway, and the reason for that is that for years I have not been able to work out a satisfactory permutation out of the crocks and mismatched skills we have had. The buying and selling has been done on paper with little consideration for sporting necessity. This is what we have, a squad that is neither fish nor fowl. Some weeks they work, most they don’t. Can’t see it changing much under the incumbents.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #12

    If the players want to play for the manager and the club we will stay up BUT

    Do they have the respect of the manager?
    Do they want it to stay up?
    Do they have the guts, willpower, fight

    or do they not give a F••k about the club and move on.

    Me thinks they don’t have it in themselves to fight for NEWCASTLE UNITED

    Club gonna be in a right mess if we get relegated:
    How many players will stay?
    Me think: Dummett, Colback, Anita, Lascalles, Aarons, Elliot, Darlow, Taylor, Toney, and that’s about it
    NOT much to work on!!!

  • NoahJ

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #13

    The more i think about it, the more i want MONK in.

    He’s young, understands the game, can make the best out of a poor team, he’s available, he’s good with the media, he’s good with shelvey.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Sissoko does not fit in any team we make. Janmaat needs to be in a better defence so what skills he does have will make him look international class again shelvey is a lost soul trying to find his place in our scheme. Townsend is desperately on a solo effort to reinstate his earlier promise. Colo is now finally officially shot poor lad, toonbotherered into the ground by the many naff personnel around him. Never a captain. Too many too mention are squad fillers in any pl side. Mitrovic is not our striking answer, and gives up easily. Wijnaldum hasn’t the resolve to be consistent.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Our remaining home fixtures I foresee
    2 wins and 2 draws = 8 points
    Away fixtures about 3 draws. = 3 points
    Which makes total 11 points. Meaning about 35 – 36 points max. This predictions is based on us performing very well. Meaning we only lose half the remaining away games and pulling off surprise draws at manc and spurs.

    36 points max. I really don’t know if that is enough to survive relegation.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #16

    If NUFC was a movie:
    “One flew over the cuckoo’s nest”?
    “Groundhog Day”?

  • sparky55

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Out of all the available second rate candidates that are available right now, all are a much safer bet than sticking with Maclaren.

    Who on this blog right now would not take

    Rafa (Yes I know that one’s unrealistic)
    AN OTHERS you can think of.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #18

    It would be a REAL surprise to get a draw down at spurs, since we already went down there and won in december 😀

  • Mag52

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #19


    How about ‘Titanic’ ?

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #20

    We are paying the price of Charnley not having the balls to appoint someone exciting like Viera, instead of a twice failed championship manager who turned us down twice.

    Then compounding it by thinking Carr would be a better recruiter than the likes of Viera.

    Carr has been massively over-hyped as some sort of super scout when the evidence is very damning with fortunes lost on Rivi, cabella, Thauvin and bloated wages spent on marv, gouffran, de jong etc.

    If you wanted your club run properly would carr, charnley, SM be your dream team!!! The same clowns who think saylor might deserve another contract.

    If we go down then there will be a sense of karma that ash has only thrown money at it now when the horse has bolted but has continued to employ nuggets and numpties to spend it.

    Which sane club could employ all 3: SA, AP and SM, currently 13th, 18th and 19th with their respective clubs. Pathetic.

    Even more sadly if we stay up they’d only look at pulis or moyes. I feel like a true geordie rant and have to censor what I really feel!!!

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #21

    How about “Mike and Steve make a porno”?

    The club is constantly being f#cked after all!

  • Dragon64

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #22

    here go’s
    what needs to be done until end of the reason with what we have is get rid of charney, carr and maclaren get keeegan back until end of season giving him total control of players etc. this will get the fans behind him quickly no matter what ashley and keegan think of each other they have to work it out for the good of the club for the remaining fixtures then after that and we stay up hopefully they can take it from there no other way.

  • LocalZero

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Sparky55. I totally agree that any of those would be better. Trouble is I can’t imagine any manager wanting to replace McClaren for 12 games when there’s this much pressure on it. With no replacement lined up they can’t sack him.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #24


    “Mission Impossible”?

  • sparky55

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #25

    the 3 stooges
    The lost boys
    Clear and present danger
    Naked gun 2…the smell of fear
    A fine mess
    The crying game

  • banjax

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #26

    There absolutely no reasons for Steve McLaren to still be at this club and the same goes for Lee Charnley too. In common with many on this blog I’m so fed up at Ashley’s lack of decision making when he’s spent £80m+ on players but has missed the obvious shortfall – the manager – it’s so glaringly obvious to everyone else. Newcastle is a fast sinking ship and Ashley is the only one who can make the drastic and necessary changes that are so badly needed.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #27


    In fantasy land and at an ambitious normal club any of

    Pellegrini when available
    Rui Garcia

    to name a few but we all know Charnley would either c–p himself or probably not even know who they were, so another deadbeat like Pulis or moyes in the british also ran list of defensive, long ball, no frills, no thrills mediocre managers will continue no doubt.

    My girlfriend said I should add up all the hours I’ve wasted for 45 years following this shambles, KK and SBR apart.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Are they really going to let this man who wanted to be judged after 10, 13 and 19 games take us down. It certainly looks like it, whatever seems the logical decision, they stick their fingers up and put their heads in the sand and say we’ll do it our way thank you very much.

  • juan

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #29

    Keeps going on about players coming back from injuries? Mmbemba & dummett! Don’t think it matters who he plays we will get beat. On paper we have a lot better side than bottom 3. It’s down do the bell end managing them. They don’t want to play for him. And if nothing changes were dead certs for relegation. Dreading the derby match Can’t see anything other than a defeat

  • sparky55

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #30

    I think Laudrup is out of work right now so why not risk it fir a biscuit.

    All those you mention are exactly the calibre we should be aiming at but our owner won’t pay the money.

    He’s gonna learn the lesson this year…if you pay peanuts you gets monkeys

  • BandB

    Feb 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #31

    To me, it appeared in the summer that the talk of “bolting the horse to the cart” meant one thing.
    That those in charge believed that they had the basic recruitment policy right, but that they had made a mistake in appointing Carver as interim head coach.
    All they needed to do, they thought, was to appoint a new head coach who mirrored Pardew’s blasé ability to put a brave face on the club’s modest ambition to survive in lower mid table.
    “Win with the fans, and you are winning,” seems to be their motto.
    They set a target of eighth, but continued with the policy of signing young foreign talent with a potential sell-on value while offloading a similar number of players at the same time.
    Last season’s squad was by a distance the worst in the league in the second half of the season.
    The signings they made were the type that might ginger up a squad that was basically sound. They did not address a seriously thin squad with little depth that was short in almost all positions.
    There is also a reason why the reserve string is in a poor league. It is because we do not have a conveyor belt of top class talent coming through.
    With the winter signings we now have a team just about capable of lower mid table form, if they are deployed correctly.
    Unfortunately a combination of unimaginative tactics and low morale mean we can only play well against teams who are having real off-day or are failing to net themselves.
    Too much hope sprung from the West Brom game, as too much despair is around now and was after Everton.
    This team isn’t going to just gel suddenly and naturally given enough time, as McClaren grinningly hopes.
    Things only gel with the right ingredients and the right conditions.
    Gelling needs an agent, and we don’t have one.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 14, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #32

    After the 3-0 and 5-1 defeats after spending 30M last month even ash must be asking wtf!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 14, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #33


    exactly mate.

  • lesh

    Feb 14, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #34

    Yes Steve we have and have has defensive weaknesses for years and despite that, you were complicit in letting Willo go.

    Brilliant strategic planning or what!

  • sparky55

    Feb 14, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #35

    Not forgetting of course…

    The Jerk!

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 14, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #36

    Surely saying that “we play attacking football on the front foot” and “we were over exposed” are contradictory. Highlighting our defensive weaknesses, saying he expected an early onslaught and seemingly failing to counteract either prior to, or change the formation temporarily during play, suggests an inability to influence. Shteve is obviously emotionally invested but his own words identify how ineffectual he actually is.

  • firebug666

    Feb 14, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #37

    What an horror show it was for the fans yesterday.

    I have to wonder, but what exactly do we to in training?

    After the early goal we managed to totally collapse again, headless chickens would have given a better display.

    There are no excuses, not from the so called head coach, not from the none performing players, and not from the club.

    Last season Charnley confessed mistakes were made, but did not elaborate on what those mistakes were, glossing over them.

    Today those same mistakes are being made, and nothing is being done to rectify the problems.

    We simply cannot get out of the bottom four, it’s not that the players aren’t good enough, but the staff who train them, and the head coach who sets up the team and the tactics it seems simply don’t have a clue.

    Nothing changes, it’s the same thing every time, followed by the same excuses.

    I was quietly optimistic that this team had enough about them to pull away from the relegation zone, it seem my optimism was wasted, I never took into account how poor the head coach could be in setting us up.

    Macca will take us down, and keep us there, Only one person can save this season and that is Ashley, but he must make some drastic changes now in these 18 days or wave good buy to the riches of premiership football.

  • mindshaft

    Feb 14, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #38

    Ashley has well and truly f’d up this time, appointing Charnley who in turn appoints McClaren and then he compounds it by giving them 80 odd million to spend on a pile of poo

  • lesh

    Feb 14, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #39


    How about adding Apocalypse Now to your list of apt films?

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 14, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #40


    Agree with every word.

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