Newcastle Manager Tries AgainTo Explain Why They Are In Spain

If you are going to go on some warm weather training in the middle of winter then one thing any side has to ensure before they go is they turn up for the last game before the trip.

Sunderland did that at home to Manchester United in one of their best displays and results of the season and gained 3 points on Newcastle.

We don’t hear too much complaining from Sunderland fans now they are in Dubai under the watchful eye of experienced coach Sam Allardyce, who looks like he can even save them from relegation.

Newcastle United Training Session

Steve McClaren with some players in La Manga

But Newcastle were worse than horrendous at Chelsea last Saturday and we were pummeled 5-1 and it’s good that Chelsea didn’t want to score ten goals – because they could have done that – but settled for just five.

So that’s one of the reasons that not only are Newcastle fans not too pleased with the players right now, but believe they are even being rewarded for that disgrace at Chelsea coming in the worst season we have ever endured in the Premier League.

Steve McClaren has tried again to explain what they are doing in the warmth of La Manga when fans would like to see them be punished in some good bristling cold weather training in Newcastle after the disgrace at Chelsea.

Maybe even some training on the Whitley Bay beach with those freezing North Sea winds coming in off the sea.

That would at least ensure the players are awake – at least in training.

Love it – maybe next week?


That would focus the players.

This is what he has said in the Chronicle:

“We often come to this and sometimes we have had teams where we go away to relax and take a breath, then get ready to go again. This one is about work.”

“It’s about getting ready for the end of the season. It’s about a Premier League that is now about the 12 final games.”

“We have to have energy, attitude and we have to know what we are doing. (Ed note –  that would help).

“We have to be mentally right. We’re going away and playing a game that we’ve been unable to get here.”

“We needed a game and it’ll give us the right preparation.”

OK good try.

Newcastle will basically complete their time in La Manga this afternoon when we take on Norwegian side Lillestrom SK and give some our returning players some playing time.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #1

    It will be a big help if they know what they’re doing!

  • G

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #2

    I see the ginger mouthpiece forgot to say focus in that quote.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #3

    4sing 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.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Photo: Macca’s Angels

  • Tsunki

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #5

    ….Haaa- aaaannnd you do the Hokey – Cokey
    Aa…nd you turn around-aahhh,

    Come on Darryl you must know one of these moves!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Don’t we always go on a disastrous run after these ‘ refresher’ breaks abroad? I suppose that won’t happen this case we are already on one. I can see the logic I suppose.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Matty nufc – I’m not the blog police mate and well done actually suggesting a hash tag for he term adopted by the blog spoilers to justify their continued nuisance.

    In simple terms I’m saying we know this is not a journalists reference point, it has a purpose and you miss it, so if you don’t like that purpose you are free to go. Note, you won’t be escorted off the premises. And I can’t get on my high horse because it won’t seat two.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #8

    I would have taken them for a run up the beach to St Mary’s lighthouse and arranged a ‘friendly’ with Blyth Spartans for this aft. That would have got them FOCUSED on the Stoke (a) game.

  • toontaff2

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Looks like the lads will have mastered the macarana by the end of this holiday………erm training camp.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Did someone not post that we won our game against Hull after a winter break, we can’t afford Steve to join Carver and Pardews six on the bounce mind and it looks like he’s got all the qualifications to do so. You can’t be the worst manager in our history without a six on the bounce to your name.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #11

    “Mentally right”? Hmm. Someone’s definitely not mentally right. Blackley maintains it’s the wizened Carr that’s descending into decrepitude at an accelerated pace. Maybe it’s Steve Black, the Mr Motivator who can’t get out of bed on a morning. The man whose real name is Steve White but can’t bring himself to use an optimistic surname? Maybe it’s Crazy Steve McLaren who actually thought he was taking the lads to Spanish City to take their minds off the depressing prospect of Championship Football. Maybe it’s the wheezing melted ball of lard that looks like a carrier bag full of water, Lee “Pencils” Charnley who thinks that players who cost £10m are better than those who cost £5m. Or maybe it’s Mike “The Door” Ashley who thinks he can run a football club like an edge of town tat superstore.

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Tsunki…With all that at play, it’s really hard to see why we’re not doing well.

    There’s a missing ingredient somewhere. It’s that pesky horse I bet. It must be, everything is basically perfect and ready to be successful.

  • AncientC

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib’s hall monitor radar must be going off. His prefect badge is the 3rd thing he picks up, after putting in his dentures and taking a sip of cold tea, from his royalist porcelain tea cup.

  • Jib

    Feb 20, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #14

    It looks like van Gaal is being cut loose.
    Nicky Butt appointed academy manager witout his knowledge , Rooney out for the forseeable future , David Moyes must be having a quiet smirk to himself.
    I wonder if those fans who paid for the plane and banner over OT in March 2014 have enough money left in the kitty for a “Mourinho In ” banner.


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