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McClaren Concentrates On New Mantra For Newcastle

7:56 am, Saturday, February 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

Newcastle will play Norwegian club Lillestrom SK this afternoon after arriving in La Manga, Spain last Tuesday and getting through some good warm weather training this week in an effort to get the squad fitter, improve the team spirit and today give some of our players much needed game time.

And then we suppose the squad will jet back to Newcastle tomorrow and start preparing for our next game – which is at Stoke City a week on Wednesday.


Steve McClaren with his players in La Manga

Steve McClaren has again tried to explain the Jekyll and Hide nature of his side whe one day we look like a top six side and in the very next game we look like we will most certainly be relegated.

A good case in point are the last two games when we looked really good in beating West Brom 1-0 at home and then we fell apart at Chelsea and were 3-0 down in just 17 minutes and too many of our players had already given up.

This is what Steve has said in the Chronicle today:

“It’s about focus. That’s the key word.” “When this team is focused and really truly focused, when they have got their game heads on, we are a good team that can serve up good performances.”

“Like the West Brom game.” “If we aren’t focused and we get disrupted by certain things or our routine is upset, or this or that isn’t right.”

“And we aren’t actually focused come kick off time, then we are vulnerable.” “That has been the message to the players.”

“When the team are focused and have that intensity in preparation before games, the game takes care of itself.”

So the new word – the new mantra if you like for our lads is to be focused – which we certainly were not against Chelsea in what was a disturbing display from the Newcastle side – and on the day we looked completely disorganized.

One player who could be really important for us during the run-in is on-loan striker Seydou Doumbia, who will get some much needed minutes this afternoon.

Other players coming back who may see some game time are Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback and Steven Taylor who looked all at sea against Chelsea.

But it was also obvious that Steven was forced to return before he was really ready, because of the injury to Chancel Mbemba.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Injuries · Jack Colback · Management · Newcastle News · Steven Taylor · Vurnon Anita

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Feb 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    I wish they would just grow some stones and sack this muppet.

  • 2 AncientC // Feb 20, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    McClaren has the Stoke game, before I give up hope on him. If he beats Stoke, McClaren’s record since Shelvey came in will look quite good.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Feb 20, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Labas rytas j?sper 😀
    I remember the managers WE all linked us with when Pardew was on another six game lose streak. I predicted that he would have to hit the ground running in the following season, we didn’t win for eight games and they still didn’t act, didn’t even have a back up plan for when he walked. Has Ashley decided that going down is just another way to saddle us with more debt and then bankruptcy paving the way to build a billion pounds worth of student accomodation on our hallowed turf!

  • 4 sing in the corner // Feb 20, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    I really hope the coach is able to instill some sort of belief in the players, certainly more belief than he is transmitting to the fans.
    He’s obviously a big psychology man – this obvious over-use of individual sound bites, the repetition of one word (as Ed points out its now ‘focus’) just makes him sound desperate and, let’s face it a bit silly. Put that together with the spontaneous, almost Tourette’s-like inappropriate grin that appears at EXACTLY the wrong moment and it’s a worrying package.
    If I was a player reading or listening to it, I would be torn between wether to nudge the guy next to me and snigger, or cringe in embarrassment.
    Please just concentrate on producing rather than talking.

  • 5 The Diamond dogs hoojars // Feb 20, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Mclaren has “guts”, he must have to keep coming out with this utter horseshit, u would think he was dealing with an under 11 team, it’s to silly for words, yea have the guys to know u can’t hack it and go. Those players as well arnt worth the li kin of a dog, pussey’s!

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