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McClaren Confirms The Real Reason For La Manga Trip

7:03 am, Friday, February 19th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

From the comments made by Steve McClaren on nufcTV it´s clear the trip to La Manga is one of rest and relaxation for the Newcastle squad and it´s sometimes hard to put hard work alongside the rest and relaxation.

But that´s what Steve is trying to convince Newcastle fans of – that they are working hard in training on the five day trip.

Hopefully that´s with our defense which has been catastrophically poor in our last two away games and we have also lost six of our last seven games on the road since December 1st.

la manga club spain

La Manga club, Spain

This is what Steve McClaren said on nufcTV:

“It’s important that players just get ready and play some minutes,” “We tried to get a game in England; we couldn’t manage that, so it’s ideal coming out here.”

“I’m used to La Manga, I’ve been here plenty of times. It has good facilities.”

“It was nice just to get the flight out of our legs and do a little bit of work and get ready for a couple of good days of work on Thursday and Friday.”

“Breakfast together, lunch together, just being around the hotel together – it’s difficult to create that kind of togetherness but it’s great because you’ve got four days together.” 

“It’s intense, and hopefully we’ll come back refreshed, renewed and ready for the challenge again.” 

“It’s good to get everybody together. It’s a mixture between work, rest and recuperation, and setting some targets for the end of the season.” 

“It’s a 12-game season now. There are six or seven teams in the battle against relegation and we’ve got to make sure we’re one, two or three above that.”

Let´s hope that togetherness shows itself at Stoke City a week on Wednesday, became another insipid display like the ones at Everton and Chelsea lately would surely mean McClaren gets  sacked – but maybe not.

It started off this season by Steve saying he needed 10 games before you judge – and then it became give me until Christmas – and then it became give me until the end of the season.

Now it´s a 12 game season and we are in the same position – 3rd bottom of the league – when all those comments were made by McClaren.

Steve talks a good game but his results have been just absolutely terrible this season- relegation worthy results.

As we have said before he would have been fired by any other Premier League club based on his record this season.

But it would be embarrassing to the Newcastle Board, because they appointed the fired Championship manager in the first place, at a time when much better and more capable coaches were available.

If they allow McClaren to take Newcastle down without acting, they have let the club down by doing nothing about it.

Shame on them if that happens.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League · Tour

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // Feb 19, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    Beach towels at the ready

  • 2 hibbitt // Feb 19, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    sounds a load of bull to me !!!!!

  • 3 catchy in norway // Feb 19, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    La manga ,

  • 4 catchy in norway // Feb 19, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    How can it be a bad thing? This should be considered a good thing as pretty much all managers are calling for a winter break, so if we are forced to take this long break from the prem, then keeping the squad together with a break in the sun will do them good

  • 5 Ron Knee // Feb 19, 2016 at 7:20 AM


    I expect we’ll get gored by Stoke!

  • 6 hibbitt // Feb 19, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    catchy in norway
    dont think the breaks a bad thing just the spin there putting on it

  • 7 chicousa // Feb 19, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    Lee Clark has apparently stated that Mike Ashley is the most “committed” club owner in the BPL! Is he having a go? Question is: in what asylums has he been committed?!!!

  • 8 Tsunki // Feb 19, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    Well it’s not so clever there atm but it should be into 18 degrees next week. Better than here though. Bet they aren’t allowed mobile data or wifi though 🙂

  • 9 Tsunki // Feb 19, 2016 at 7:25 AM

    Chicousa – I think you’ll find there are quite a few CV’s floating about

  • 10 Tsunki // Feb 19, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Might be the last Spanish getaway Steve has on Mike’s account

  • 11 chicousa // Feb 19, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Exactly….the vultures are circling poor Stevie Mac’s not quite ripe carcass! But once again I forgot how the saying on Ashley goes…. please remind a forgetful ol’ soul… 🙂

  • 12 Ron Knee // Feb 19, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    It’s like the man who fell off the Empire State Building. As he was falling to earth, someone asked, “How’s it going?” His answer: “So far, so good!”

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