McClaren Refuses To Allow Big Defeat To Derail Season

Most fans would agree that this has been another terrible season for Newcastle and if you look att eh facts it'[s the worst season we’ve ever had in the Premier League and the first time we’ve been on the bottom four all season fighting relegation.

It’s certainly not something we expected after Mike Ashley seemed to have a change of heart and unloosened the purse strings at the club.

But it’s getting eerily similar to last season and as we go down to the final game of the season we hope that Newcastle can survive and then have a really big transfer window this summer.

steve mcclaren at watford 1-0

Steve McClaren – players coming back

It will be another huge relief if we can survive this season and stay in the Premier League.

We must fix long-standing problems and bring in a top center-back, proven Premier League striker and a top left back – and that should only be a start.

But it will not be for center-back target Joel Matip of Schalke who has signed a pre-contract agreement with Liverpool to join them as a free agent.

Steve McClaren has told his players not to let the disaster on Saturday derail their season but that seems an odd word to use for what has been a terrible season.

You would think we had been doing well and had an odd defeat.

This is what McClaren has said:

“I have said in the dressing room, don’t let that derail us.” “It’s one of those games you are going to get one or two of a season.”

“Chelsea were going for it with the team they put out with their front five.” “They were going for it and wanted the game won by half-time.”

“You could see that with the week they have got. That can happen.” “At 3-0 it is damage limitation.”

“At half-time we said make sure we score a goal and make sure this doesn’t derail us.”

“We have 18 days, we need some players back – and there will be three or four of them.”

“We can work on others who need fitness.”

“We have 12 games to go and we’ve proved in the past we can win games. They will be 12 big games.”

These are 12 huge games for Newcastle coming up and we can survive,  but we cannot have any huge let downs and we’ve had two of those in the last three games ta Everton and Chelsea, where we have looked like a relegation side in conceding 8 goals.

Our defense has looked pathetic.

We have lost confidence in Steve McClaren, but if he stays in the job we still hope he can save Newcastle from relegation – for the sake of the club.

It would be a huge blow to be relegated at this point – something that would be difficult to recover from quickly, as we did the last time we were relegated in 2009.

We’re hoping for the best, but people like Lee Charnley are hardly helping by again showing no leadership and doing nothing as we sink towards relegation.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Feb 16, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 16, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2


    I think we can agree without fear of contradiction that Ashley has made a series of truly awful on and off field appointents, having never appointed someone with a really credible and successfully consistent CV over a long period of time, not one good season followed or preceded by some really poor ones.

    Llambias, Charnley, Carr, Wise, JFK twice, AP, JC, SM would be lucky to find employment in any properly run, ambitious club, so ultimately the buck stops with Ashley.

    Sadly the thing Ash has always been accused of, ie not putting money in, has now backfired by entrusting inadequates and incompetents to process it.

  • ToonMatt

    Feb 16, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s an absolute clown, I honestly have no idea what Ashley is thinking? He’s spent money and shown a bit of ambition yet he’s going to sit back and watch us be relegated, Losing millions in the process, 18 days is enough time for a clear out, Charnley would be the first to go followed by McClaren, Ashley’s gambling again.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 16, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4


    Carr retired
    McClaren DoF
    Cathro Head coach
    – – – – – – – – – – –

    I could live with that and be quite happy or possibly see Cathro linking up with Nuno again.
    Honestly can’t see what Simpson brings to the party at all though.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 16, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Hang on! That’s great news! Our season hasn’t been derailed yet!



    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah would hate this result to ruin our season I mean its been going so well so far…am I wrong in thinking our highest league position this season is due to alphabetic order?

  • hibbitt

    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda heights
    simpson is McClowns gopher same job as Carver did for SBR / Pardue

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #8


    we’d have to be in villa’s position to be described as ”derailed”, such is the height of our ambition.
    But yes message to Ed, that boat has long sailed!!!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Don’t knock that alphabet Yo, it could save our season yet.

    Ed, you’re in the wrong picture folder – you shouldn’t be posting the ‘Rallying Mr Motivator McLaren’ photos yet – too early, way too early.

  • sparky55

    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    They way things are going in 5 years time we’ll be watched by man and dog on the fields behind SJP once Ashley has sold up, sold the ground to himself and moved into property development.

    …blaming of course the board!

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Havent posted much on here recently due to suffering Toon depression. I have never come across a spoofer like Steve McClaren. The man is a born politician. Nice guy, doesn’t love himself like Pardew, and a good coach, but a poor motivator. I don’t think the players listen to him at all. But then , some of the guys we have are so crap. look at Leicester’s top class scouting team compared to Old Man Carr. Time to sack steve, carr and the accountant but none may happen – even with relegation.


    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Has Cathro shown anything to say he’d be a good manager of Newcastle? He was brought in to be molded into our future manager by all accounts but I dont think it was planned to be within a year


    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #13

    Haha hey I am a big fan of the alphabet! Clearly been the strongest part of NUFC this season

  • hibbitt

    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Munster Mag
    at NUFC its not a case of what you know its more a case of who you know

  • Whumpie

    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #15


    Just when have we been ON the rails, Maclaren?

    We don’t do rails. We do “bambi on ice”. Rails are a distant fantasy to us, like board members who know football. And edible Pot Noodles.



  • Tsunki

    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Yo I think they learned their lesson with Wijnaldum. That’s why he’s shoe-horning Aarons into the team. The higher up the alphabet, the better our chances. I believe there’s a keeper in the academy called woodman, he’s getting his name changed from Freddie to 1A.

  • banjax

    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Couldn’t agree more. It seems bonkers that Ashley having spent £80m+ is allowing a failed Chairman, Manager and Scout waste away the fortunes of our great club. Bonkers !

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 16, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Don’t let it derail our season? This man is an idiot but we must be the only “top” club who won’t sack him. He said “judge me after 10 games” ! Well we’re in the bottom 3 after 26 games! So please do one you incompetent tw@t !


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