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McClaren On Defensive – Talks About The Rain In Spain

5:47 pm, Sunday, February 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

We don’t find much wrong with Newcastle going to southern Spain to get some good outdoor training in before the next game at Stoke City on 2nd March – just as long as they are fully prepared and ready for that next road game.

We were not ready for the last two away games at Everton and Chelsea and got 8 goals hammered past us – and it’s not good enough to keep losing away games like we did yesterday at Stamford Bridge.

It was also another completely unacceptable performance – when we need to get some away wins on the board.

We can appreciate why some hard-working Newcastle fans who turn up every single day for work may have some concerns about these highly paid  players having a trip to sunny Spain, after a number of them failed to turn up for work yesterday.

steve mcclaren snowing traiuning

Steve McClaren – shouldn’t need this gear in southern Spain

Newcastle are without a game for the next two and a half weeks because we are (as usual) out of the FA Cup this next weekend and Manchester City are in the League Cup final the next weekend – so that game needs to be rescheduled.

Newcastle will visit La Manga next week and will do double training sessions every day – and that seems like  a PR move to put that information out.

Newcastle will play a friendly against Norwegian club Lillestrom next Saturday afternoon and that will give some of our players returning from injury some much needed match practice.

Steve was asked about the Spain trip at his press conference after the 5-1 defeat at Chelsea yesterday – and he seemed to go on the defensive:

“I don’t know why people are saying it’s a warm weather trip – it could be pouring down where we’re going. Nobody knows that.

“We wanted to refocus the boys and get them together, and get some good work in. Get some fitness work in and some organisation work in.”

“We also wanted to arrange a game. We’ve tried like mad to arrange a game in this country, but we’ve been unable to do that.”

“The only one we can get is foreign opposition in a foreign country. So we have to do that because I think a game is important.”

“It’s a training camp, and it’s for work. I’m looking forward to that, with two sessions a day and plenty of organisation and fitness work.

“It’ll help us get ready for the last 12 games.”

It’s called a warm weather trip for warm weather training because the weather is warm in southern Spain right now.

It has nothing at all to do with whether it’s raining or not – so not sure what Steve’s point is – maybe that the weather could be less than perfect?

My brother Rod spends part of the winters away from Newcastle in southern Spain each year.

If yesterday’s game is anything to go be we need some major organization work especially in defense, where we were just terrible yesterday  – it was an embarrassment in that first half.

We look forward to better things ahead and maybe two wins in succession at Stoke and then at home to Bournemouth.

That’s what we need – we are getting too close for comfort to being relegated having dropped back to 3rd bottom place – and  we need wins and probably at least five of them before the end of the season id we are to survive.

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44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    The man has kost it.

  • 2 hibbitt // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Jail for Ashley /
    nearly is only halfway and halfways not there……….. no sign of relegation on carvers CV……………..but i am sure McLaren will oblige

  • 3 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Just that ur happy to stick with what’s not working rather than try something new

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    So do you think it is fair to say that Carver kept us up rather than nearly took us down.

  • 5 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Spurs back in front

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    There’s always a point in sacking someone who are not doing his job or getting the results needed!

    …it shows intend and it keeps people in position with responsibility on their toes. I don’t think I can mention a PL club in the history of the PL with less accountability! Can any of you?

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    welshgeordie likes to say we should have kept Pardew to wind people up, if you look at his early posts a lot of them were slating Pardew because he thought that they would wind people up. He’s about sixteen years old with a ten year olds brain.

  • 8 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    To be fair to Ed, he didn’t want Carver or Makro a year ago. He preferred Remi Garde.

    It’s not a bait to suggest that Ed should be directing his ire towards Charnley and Carr. You can’t have it all ways. Be pleased with the windows, then say we have failed to strengthen attack and defence. Criticise successive managers for playing a crap tune, then deride the poor fiddle that they’re playing. Who is responsible for selecting the managers and players? Ed should listen to the tune that Remi Garde is getting from his poor instrument. It’s not easy for managers like Carver, Makro and Garde.

    I’ve been banging on for long enough that Charnley and Carr and the whole set up are the problem. Eventually the tide begins to turn as minds gradually move.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    I didn’t think Spurs were title contenders, that would break my heart if they won it considering we were higher than them in the revenue stakes when Mikey took over.

  • 10 NoahJ // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Mclaren needs to grow a pair and drop the increasingly liable sissoko, wijnaldum, coloccini.

    I would rather play players who repeatedly demonstrate that they care about this club (e.g. perez)

  • 11 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    We can’t find a team to play a friendly in England. Yeah right. I think we all know we can but we don’t want to get thrashed 6 -0 behind closed doors.

  • 12 toonking // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    could be a bad weekend for leicester city, not only do arsenal get the lasr minute winner, spurs also seem to be getting 3 points unless city do an arsenal.

    leicester city do have a very easy run in but spurs have a very good run themselves and that one or two defeats they do get could be returned from a difficult last 3 games for leicester city.

    Not giving up hope

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Did Pardew manage to get five past him three times in a season.

  • 14 hibbitt // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Jail for Ashley
    the truth is we never went down carver never helped but we stayed up….. its either stay up or go down there’s no such thing a nearly your either in the prem or the championship there’s no nearly ………………if any one was to blame it was Mr Ashley

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:08 PM


    You are wrong there mate because things were going nicely in laudrups first season, won the league cup, it was after that, majority of players were being disruptive.

  • 16 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    “I feel humiliated. I am sorry for the fans .” “This is a bad feeling that we did not fight enough.”

    Now why couldn’t Tufty come out with something like Garde did ?
    Tell it like it is.

  • 17 Ron Knee // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:11 PM


    Because he’s deluded?

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    A lot of people have been saying the whole set up is a problem. An after dinner speaker, a rent boy, a seventy one year old failed conference manager with a guy who didn’t want anything to do with us running the show is a shambles and doomed to failure.

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:11 PM


    Shut up, you know sweet fa in what i said.

  • 20 welshgeordie9 // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:13 PM


  • 21 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Oh so u are one to blame everyone else for ur problems as well…I see why u liked Pardew so much

    Yeah I know bud but dont see why I cant wind the wee one up a little bit

  • 22 beermonkey // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    has the squad gone off for the little jaunt to spain yet

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Can’t agree with that, the word nearly exists to describe just that and Carver very nearly took us down just as KK nearly won the league.

  • 24 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Yesterday Makro says we were unable to deal with the ball. Today he says we’ve tried like mad to find a team to play in England but failed. You couldn’t make it up.

  • 25 hibbitt // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    no jib to back you up now !!!!!!

  • 26 hibbitt // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Jail for Ashley
    but in both cases we never !!!

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Who did you post under last.

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    very close to; almost.

  • 29 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:22 PM


    Why are you trolling Ed ?
    He expresses a view and then we comment.
    He is not going to engage with you as to whether he has changed his opinions, as we all do in time, circumstances change.

    Given the blog purge of WUMs and Trolls you’re taking a big chance with the interminable cheap shots as its a monologue – you even quote yourself and address yourself in the third person. And you’ve got previous..

    Lighten up, I think most folks agree that Carr and Charnley need to go. You are not a voice in the wilderness.

  • 30 hibbitt // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie
    PR bullshit to make the fans think there not being rewarded for failure…………bet they never even tried

  • 31 BandB // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:23 PM


    It’s Angelswithdirtyfaces.
    He posted a full list of his previous titles a day or two ago, and explained it’s a zeitgeist thing. No skullduggery here.

  • 32 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:25 PM



    then Angels b4 that – pretty much takes us back to 2011-12

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Thank duck for that!

  • 34 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Aw I liked the name Angelswithdirtyfaces

  • 35 welshgeordie9 // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM


    Don’t need Jib, I can talk for myself, unlike some on here.

  • 36 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Kilmarnock getting Lee Clark as new manager

  • 37 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    If Leicester don’t win the league – and the only reason I’d champion a long ball counter attacking side is that they’re underdogs, I’d still rather the Gooners win it than Spuds. Annoying and bleating as he can be, Wenger has his sides playing some attractive football, and there’ll be plenty of time for Pochettino, as he’s carving himself a very decent reputation.
    If I was a Glazer he’d be the guy I’d want at Old Trafford, not some pouting has been.

  • 38 welshgeordie9 // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Can’t believe he’s not on here but there’s about 5 or 6 that’s still on here.


  • 39 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:35 PM


    Same name I used to have when I did fantasy league ice hockey.
    It’s no a bad a film too.
    Chose it at the time as we had had a few yellow and red cards mounting up – might have even been bottom of the fair play league not sure.

  • 40 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Least u were able to avoid the purge eh

  • 41 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:36 PM



  • 42 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Always thought it was a song I had heard but I am probably getting confused haha either way I appreciated the general feel of it

    Yeah I imagine it even surprised him/her

  • 43 nufc 11 // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Shelvey’s body language looked off from minute go disinterested if playing the champions at Stamford Bridge dosent motivate you id be asking him some serious questions today to call macca a good coach well organised seems like a bad joke today with the team we had out yesterday to play that bad it all lays at his door im sorry taxi for colo too.

  • 44 TroubledToon // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Macca, u twat,

    If its just a training trip, then I think we already have superb training facilities, right? Why go all the way to Spain?

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