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Why Fans Shouldn’t Expect Miracles At Stoke City

8:50 am, Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Lost 2-0 at West Ham, won 6-2 at home to Norwich, lost 3-0 at home to Leicester, lost 3-0 at Everton.

The first three are the results Newcastle had after International breaks last year and the 3-0 loss at Everton came after we had no game when the 4th round of the FA Cup was being played.

So in the games Newcastle have played following breaks we have only won one and in three of them we couldn´t even score a goal.

steve mcclaren man united at home

Steve McClaren – Newcastle manager

So maybe we shouldn´t hold our breath too much about the game two weeks tonight at Stoke City – which is getting to be an almost must-win game, but certainly it´s  a game we cannot lose.

If we lose at the Britannia Stadium  we have three more away games in the next five fixtures and Newcastle may decide at that time to fire manager Steve McClaren.

Although you can never accuse those who run Newcastle of being decisive in any way.

Certainly there is nothing we can see this season that says McClaren can pull Newcastle away from the relegation zone, because when we do get a win it nearly always seems to be followed by a poor or even a disastrous result.

We were hammered at Everton and everybody thought that was acceptable, including Steve McClaren –   and then in the next game at home we beat West Brom 1-0 in one of our best displays of the season.

There was real hope we could start winning games.

The Chelsea debacle could well have been our worst performance of the season and was simply embarrassing – we were so poor on the day and almost the whole team didn´t turn up.

And that was the 26th league game this season – ample time for Steve McClaren and company to have Newcastle playing well and being well organized – but we looked a complete and utter shambles.

So maybe our best performance against West Brom was followed by our worst performance at Chelsea.

Steve McClaren has gone on about the lack of consistency of the Newcastle team all  season – one step forward then two stops back – but he must share the responsibility for that – along with the players.

The head coach´s job is to get the best out of the players available and Steve McClaren has some good players available after eight expensive players have been brought in at a cost of just over £80M this season.

Few would say he has got the best out of the Newcastle squad this season.

It´s difficult for us to put a case together that Steve should retain his position as manager – even though that would be the easiest and cheapest solution for Newcastle.

But to say Newcastle are holding off on sacking Steve and his team because of the payout needed on their contracts is completely missing the point.

Newcastle stand to lose £140M a season for three years from the Premier League if we are relegated.

You always have to look at the big picture and in  any case contracts usually have a one year payoff clause in  them for termination.

Just like last season fans are left hoping (and praying) for the best – that we can avoid relegation.

Did we say it´s just not good enough?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Feb 17, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    The sad thing about our woefully imcompetent and inadequate board is that we can never accuse them of being pro-active in the first place, but worse still they don’t even seem to be reactive in any sense and look to address long standing problems.

    JB is just stating the obvious. We haven’t had a proper LB, a commanding CB or a goal scorer for I don’t know how long, yet we can blow 80M without resolving key issues and our future development coaching is in the hands of Beardo and watson. YCMIU.

  • 2 Wayayman // Feb 17, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Fantastic news on your continued good health Ed.

    Regarding the makems, they will struggle against the ‘lesser’ teams and the less attack minded ones. Man United are a stragne team this year, that one against the makems were actually trying to play football but scumderland’s back 8 defended well. I think they will find it a different proposition to play against less possession based teams (especially at home) as they don’t have the players to retain possession and hurt teams. Remember it’s a lot easier for a coach to drill players into a pressing game and to keep their shape when the opposition has the ball than it is to coach teams to attack effectively. That’s Fat Sam’s whole career!
    I think that’s why they will stay below us and why we will beat them.

  • 3 magscar // Feb 17, 2016 at 8:57 AM


    69 magscar // Feb 17, 2016 at 8:55 AM


    McClaren can set up to defend away occasionally – Arsenal 2/1/16 but one piece of sloppy defending and an inability to put our own chances away cost us 1-0 defeat. He can’t seem to get the right balance in defence or attack. Midfield is the key ( as we can’t do much with defence now window is closed) as many of us have realised. This break is an opportunity for them to concentrate on a shape and personnel to protect back 4 when we lose possession but be incisive and ruthless in attack when we regain it. We can hope 🙂

  • 4 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    I would love to punch Lee Charnley in the face the fat Sh1t.

  • 5 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    We get what the ownership deserves by employing sacked lower league managers. What else do we expect?

    There has been a general shift in play in a number of games under McClaren compared to Pinocchio, but in the end, he’s still sacked lower league and not of the required standard to really have a go and be ambitious. Another manager that was generally not wanted initially.

    The likes of Klopp, Benitez, Garcia, Tuchel etc could have bern approached if we pay them what is needed – worse still, now we’ve actually spent some money, this could have been added into the equation. It doesn’t make any sense, but what do you expect with Ashley at the helm?

  • 6 toon kk // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    We have heard a lot about our new signings, which is great, player’s which were needed. But what we don’t hear from the board is about the players we didn’t sign and should have to strengthen our weak defence. I’m waiting for the answer for the reason Charnley and Co. don’t think it’s a problem.

  • 7 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Those Newcastle Fans branded shirts are back in to those who requested them after the initial run sold out in 2 hours. I dithered and went to buy the first one next day but they’d sold out, so I’ve bought the new one. I think anyone who hadn’t requested them will have to wait until the orders are sorted.

    They had to remove the magpie logo sue to legal threat from the club. It only has the red shield on in the centre now, plus the name and number of your choice on the back if you want it.

    In case any of you were interested.

  • 8 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Hopefully McClaren will be working on the defence midfield to work as a unit not as two individual units and on filling the gap in front of our defence which teams exploit game after game

  • 9 North Atlantic Magpie // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    We need a non-British manager!

  • 10 hibbitt // Feb 17, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    North Atlantic Magpie
    if they sack him it looks like Brendan Rodgers another big gamble by the board ……..should have sacked him on saturday which would have given the manager this 18 day break to try and sort things out but no they decide to give him 2 more games

  • 11 Sav // Feb 17, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    If there was a chance of replacing Macca with a really good manager, I’d risk keeping him in his position until the end of the season, but I don’t believe it. We’ll be stuck with the wrong manager yet again and have another couple of years of miserable football to look forward to.

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