Newcastle Pass Up Golden Opportunity By Sticking With McClaren


Newcastle’s next game is two weeks on Wednesday (March 2nd) at Stoke City – and after losing six games in a row away from home it’s unlikely we can get anything out of that game – but that’s what we need.

You can bet your life that Mark Hughes will tell his players this game should only last 20 minutes – so go all out right from the start – and if it works we will be 2-0 or 3-0 up by then – and the game will be over.

Newcastle’s frailty on the road was laid bare last Saturday when we were a complete and utter shambles and lost 5-1 and were 3-0 down after only 17 minutes.

Some pundits called it the worst performance by a team in the Premier League this season and we seemed to be all at sea.

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Steve McClaren – it’s too much for him

Not a good reflection on the coach, who had a full week to prepare the team and was making noises about expecting to take something out of the game.

And the debacle at Chelsea came after Steve McClaren by his own words said the performance in the previous away game at Everton had been unacceptable, when we lost 3-0.

And don’t forget those two performances came after we brought four players in over the January transfer window at a cost of £29M.

We let in a massive 8 goals in those games and our goal difference became even worse than it was – and it was already bad enough.

And this comes after seven months of Steve McClaren as head coach and our worst ever start to any Premier League season and we have been in the bottom four all season long.

And we have spent £81M on new players this season in total – more than any other Premier League club.

You may ask what does Steve McClaren now need to do to get sacked?

And when you compare where we were in our relegation season back in 2009 with where we are today there’s no comparison.

We are much worse off today.

Seven years ago we were 14th after 26 games with 28 points.

Here is a comparison of the records.

Premier LeaguePlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
2008-200926610103342-928
Premier LeaguePlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
2015-20162866162853-2524

Any Chairman looking at those stats above would think there was just cause to fire the manager.

McClaren keeps promising things will get better but the Premier League status of Newcastle is now in severe jeopardy with only 12 games left to pick up the required points.

How long are the powers that be at Newcastle going to trust McClaren with Newcastle’s destiny?

If the club delays a decision – which appears to be what’s happening – then it could be too late when the likes of Lee Charnley wake up and decide to fire McClaren.

Newcastle seem unable to take  decisive action when it’s necessary – and they did absolutely nothing last year and almost allowed the inept John Carver to take us down to the Championship.

It was nothing that Lee Charnley did that kept us up.

If we leave it to say eight games to go as we did back in 2009 when we brought in Alan Shearer – it was too late to make a difference – and how many good managers would want the job then in any case?

Newcastle are missing a golden opportunity to bring in a new experienced manager now and give him two weeks to work with the team in southern Spain.

If nothing is done it means those running the club have learned absolutely nothing from what happened last season and relegation will begin to look more and more likely with every subsequent away defeat.

Should Newcastle Fire McClaren Now?

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77 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 15, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #1

    95sing in the corner // Feb 15, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Now…
    I don’t claim to be a professor of psychology or a psychiatrist.
    But… 🙂
    (We have Mr Black to supposedly take care of all that.)
    I often wonder why football performances / tactics tend to hinge on wether you are playing at home or away.
    What the hell is the difference, really?
    Why is it so hard to go to another club’s ground, put your 11 blokes up against their 11 blokes and do what you want to do,what you would do ‘at home’? A crowd shouting nasty names at you? Ok,what else?
    Nowt. It’s a social construct. There is a ref, rules to make sure the game is the same for both teams. Too simplistic? Maybe..
    Get your fingers out, get the hell out there, get on top and stay there. None of this fannying about. There is no good reason why we can’t score a goal away from home but stacks more at our place.
    Now that’s a proper bit of psychology for you!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 15, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #2

    6) Why did McClaren’s transfer binge bypass the defence?
    Even if an individual error led to Chelsea’s second goal, it was hard not to have a bit of sympathy for Rolando Aarons, Newcastle’s 20-year-old winger asked to fill in at left-back and mark Willian at Stamford Bridge. Steve McClaren certainly felt bad for Aarons – “he is only a young lad and needs more experience” – but the manager must accept the blame for putting the player there in the first place. He spent £30m on upgrading his squad last month, passing the £80m mark when you include last summer’s window, but neglected to strengthen defensively. The two teams either side of them in the table, Norwich and Sunderland, brought in defenders last month. They are also the only two sides to concede more than Newcastle but have at least sought to remedy a glaring problem. Instead McClaren signed attacking midfielders and failed to attract a striker. “Coming to Chelsea it was not the ideal back four you would need in terms of stability,” McClaren said, having also given Steven Taylor his second appearance in seven months. Newcastle’s fortnight off will allow plenty of time for reflection. At the end of the season he might be looking back and thinking his failure to tighten the defence led to relegation. Alan Smith

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 15, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Naaah, I aint playing musical chairs, I’ll wait till the blog is at anchor again.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #4

    this is an easy fix in my mind;

    give Cathro the reins and lets see if he really is one of the brightest young coaches in Europe. If he needs help after four games, get in Nigel Pearson or someone of that ilk to get us over the edge

    why oh why do we wait? this is utter lunacy he has not been sacked

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  • Take A Chancel On Me

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #5

    McClaren out

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #6

    I like that photo Ed, that’s definitely his better despondent, desperate and desolate side.

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  • Lanzatoon42

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #7

    I HAVE SAVED IT OVER AND OVER A TIME SACK MCLAREN OR WE ARE RELEGATED!!!

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  • Take A Chancel On Me

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #8
  • Tsunki

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Tense, Nervous headache?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone know when the next FF meeting is?

    I still think accountability needs to be top of our question list. A year on and we still have the merry-go-round of blame game in full swing.

    Who is making what decisions and for what reasons? Until that is clarified, how is anyone supposed to plan? It should be fairly easy to answer, right? Hopefully they know.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Lanza Toon where do you live?

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  • JamesToon

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Matty

    As much as I think Cathro has got potential, he just doesn’t come across as a leader or assertive in his interviews. Would the players really listen to him?

    Dream manager would be Eddie Howe

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Ibiza, see my notes on the appointment of McLaren a thread or two back. Conclusion is there are a lack of conclusions. The plan is there is no contingency, and we are sticking with it, until something unexpected crops up of course.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Tsunki…Unexpected? Can we clarify what is is the club don’t expect then?

    We have to start somewhere.

    I feel if we were more clued in, we’d be a lot calmer. Like Steve.

    Come on, someone tell us about our possible summer spending spree. That’ll do the trick.

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  • John Akomfrah

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Has he started pulling his hair out

    please start with that tucking fuft

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  • Texas Toon

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #16

    We can’t improve the squad between now and the end of the season, so Ashley must be concerned about maximizing his resources. The record, as Ed demonstrated, is not good enough to stay up. Everyone believes the squad is too good to go down, but nobody can explain why the coach is unable to get anything out of the current playing staff. Thus, no rationale person could keep McClaren. We ought to go after Moyes who is used to working under a thin budget at Everton and has true quality.

    The other issue Ashley must address is the management structure. Graham Carr is a decent scout, but he should not be managing the club (which he seems to be doing through seniority with a new manager and inexperienced managing director). He needs to be told by the coach (with the managing director’s concurrence if he supports the funding) what we need.

    In January it was a left back, central defender, and midfield playmaker. Other positions would be nice, but not essential. Instead, we got players Carr had previously scouted and wanted who were superfluous and we failed to get the defensive cover that was the highest priority. Yes, we only scored 27 goals (vs. 33 in last relegation campaign), but that was because we were playing on the wrong side of the pitch to cover the woeful defense that gave up 49 goals (vs. 42 in 2008-9).

    This is ultimately a management issue, so it is Ashley’s responsibility to handle it. He also has the most lose, so you would think he would be more active.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #17

    I have a new proposal for NUFC management. Think “hangman”.

    For every loss, a section of hair is shaved from the manager. For Steve, it would be his tufty first. Once they have no hair left, they’re fired.

    It’s why Pep has and should be overlooked. Useless baldy that he is.

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  • Jib

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Some dope posted on here about 10 days ago that Ed was over the moon we got McClaren.

    Ed has never been a McClaren fan .

    Of all the names that were bandied about to succeed Carver , Remi Garde etc. have all been very average to say the least . The only one to do well , is Klopps successor at Borussia Dortmund , Thomas Tuchel who took a years sabbatical from footy and has Die Schwarzgelben at 75% win success !

    Rumour has it that all the Newcastle signings in Summer and Winter don’t have a relegation escape clause in their contracts.
    If we go down they are on the same dosh , so it would appear a worst case scenario has already been catered for.
    I don’t think we will go down , and what a knee jerk sacking of a head coach and presumably his full backroom would achieve I am at a loss to understand.

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  • archaeomag

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Town Moor – Wicker Man – public send off
    Appease the Gods of football

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #20

    I.m still convinced he was on the verge of walking out of the stadium after the first goal.

    Jonjo might have been looking to see if he was still there.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Archaeomag

    Best idea I’ve read all week, I’d travel up for that.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Get me a big Mac and a toffee sundae Steve…

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Jib…What would sacking the manager achieve? I suppose if you don’t rate the current manager, it would achieve the opportunity to appoint a better manager, in order to try and save this season…rather than just plan to have the most expensive squad in the Championship.

    We would still have the issue of who’d be choosing this new manager mind.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Sacking SM is not really the answer, why he was employed in the first place needs to be explained.

    God, if only we had people at the club who knew what the hell they were doing?

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib @18
    See if you can answer one question. Who wrote this and when?

    “The Newcastle Board of Directors has also been reshuffled and now consists of Lee Charnley, Graham Carr, Steve McClaren and Bob Moncur, with no Mike Ashley to be seen,  and that seems like a good Football Board to us – and those four should be able to work very well together for the benefit of the club.”

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  • sing in the corner

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Essex GB
    Yes I saw that about Mr Motivator from you earlier.
    It set me thinking…what has he changed about the mentality if the team? He’s lucky he’s not on performance related pay. Or maybe he is…he’s starved to death that’s why he’s not been sighted…

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #27

    JB…Maybe we already do?

    Incompetence / failure is usually addressed.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Jib

    Pearls before swine spring to mind.

    A good coach can take an average team and make it much better but a bad coach will ruin even the best players.

    As I said earlier

    The only slight glimmer of hope I see is that BigMac is trying to emulate his managerial mentor.

    In the unlikely event of that happening I think we could all forgive him??

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  • JackButler

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Ibiza

    We do seem to be adapt at incompetence and failure, guess that only comes when you promote the guy that used to take the minutes at club meetings to chairman and a failed manager who has a soft spot for weak, slow Frenchmen 🙂

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s okay lads. Jib’s back from a week away and he doesn’t think we will go down. I don’t know whether he’s still working on the basis of adding goals to our tally by ignoring certain games. Are you Jib?

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  • archaeomag

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #31

    @Ibiza
    put it this way – if we survive, – SM will be manager next season …..
    Is that not reason enough to sack him?

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  • Jib

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Ibiza
    Do you get those hairy proccessionary caterpillars where you are ?
    The little sods freak me out !

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  • lesh

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #33

    They sack Chris Hughton when we’re doing alright yet fail to sack Pardew, Carver and now McClaren when relegation’s a very real threat.

    The Club’s owner’s logic beggars belief.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib
    You called me a dope. Are you now ignoring me @ 25?

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Tufty would drop Captain Collo but he does not want to see that hair net to him in the dugout.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #36

    When is the big game in the Sun happening, be funny (in a way) if we get another thrashing at the hands of the mighty Scandinavians.

    Suppose it will be a chance to try Woodman at left back.

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  • Take A Chancel On Me

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #37

    I thought all the wum’s had been terminated

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  • JackButler

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Lesh

    They sacked Houghton because he couldn’t control the dressing room and the player revolted over bonuses, they also sold Nolan and Barton as they were two players that stood up to the club. Pardew toed the party line and so was allowed to remain and all signs point to SM following Pardews lead

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib
    I’ll give you a clue. It wasn’t dopey old me. I didn’t write it.

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  • clinath@ed

    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Well that bit of peace and quiet didn’t last long….

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