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More Strange Comments From McClaren

6:00 pm, Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Steve McClaren is no doubt under a lot of pressure at the moment but we think given his terrible record – he should already have been fired and what other Premier League club would have kept on  a manager with 24 points form 26 game remain in charge?

It´s the worst season Newcastle have had in the Premier League, but for some mysterious reason the club refuse to take the decisive action necessary and fire him.

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Paul Dummett – Newcastle left-back

And Steve seems to be in a dream world at times as today – when he has talked about Paul Dummett and how the local lad is vital to the team.

This is what ha hs said to the Chronicle:

“He is a strong runner but his character and attitude are vital to this team.” “The quality of right wingers he has had to contend with is impressive.”

“We have asked him to do the job with good quality and generally, he has done it.”

“We don’t ask him to get over the halfway line too many times, but he certainly makes an impact when he does.”

We have absolutely nothing against Paul as a person and he´s a Geordie and a good lad and he gives 100% all the time and is a good example to other players in the team.

No problems there.

But he´s just not good enough to be the first choice left back for Newcastle, which is one reason we should have brought in a  top left back last summer or last month.

The top three transfer targets in the summer – assuming we survive in the Premier League  – are a proven goalscorer, a center-back and a left back.

Maybe Steve McClaren´s ambitions for the club are as low as Lee Charnley´s are –  the person who amazingly appointed Steve just days after he was fired by Derby County.

The people running Newcastle have let the fans down badly over the last three years – the terrible results prove that.

And it now seems to be culminating in a humiliating relegation to the Championship in May.

It´s so sad for such a great club.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Paul Dummett · Premier League · Press

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Feb 17, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    From the Telegraph 5 hours ago

    “The minnows , whose annual budget was less than what PSG spent on their marque signing Javier Pastore, ended the season as champions largely thanks to …”

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 17, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Don’t see any problem with these particular shteve comments,since Dummet has mostly done a decent job at LB, particularly because he has been the only one available for long periods of time. I think he would be a decent CB cover, but he does give his all, and makes less mistakes than Janmaat, and is out of position less then he is, too.

    Macca has still proven himself a fcuk-up in every other way.

  • 3 Jib // Feb 17, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Those comments were first made by McClaren about Paul Dummett on the 12th January when he scored the third goal for the Toon in a 3 – 3 draw with Man Utd.
    More shitty lazy journalism from the Chronic.

  • 4 posada // Feb 17, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    A team like Newcastle should have no bother finding an adequate left back. They are the fetcher and carriers of a team.
    Striker yes, creative midfielder yes, but not a fullback.
    We have been short re fullbacks for years.

  • 5 Texas Toon // Feb 17, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    I couldn’t agree more, but if the present management structure remains it won’t happen. We need a manager with more clout in the Board Room who will be listened to when he brings his list of player needs.

    Then we need a Managing Director with some football savvy who can not only evaluate the needs to determine if they are valid, but who can also close the deal. I am not sure Charnley is the guy. He may be a competent middle manager, but he is over his head. When in doubt, he defers to Carr who is a scout and not a manager resulting in our buying prospects with good potential sell-on value.

    It is like Charnley & Carr didn’t get the memo that we have holes that need to be plugged to survive. Sad to say, but as long as they are in charge, we are likely to go down.

    Ashley does not seem to have the sense of urgency he should, since he will take the biggest hit. He needs to remember that in football management inspiration is frequently more important than mere competence. Look at Leicester, they are not the most talented club in the Premiership by a long shot, but good management is keeping an upper half club at the top of the table.

  • 6 benjohnsen // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    We still haven’t found a replacement for Bernard. This team makes me miss Titus Bramble and Peter Ramage at CB.

  • 7 Sav // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:28 AM

    We’ve got only a handful of games to rescue our predicament and the window is shut. What do you expect Macca to say?

    ‘Dummett is a shite LB and I really wish we’d signed someone decent in January.’


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