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It´s All Been Worthwhile And Very Important

9:25 pm, Sunday, February 21st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Steve McClaren has kept his PR and charm offensive going right through last week defending his decision to take his players on a short holiday in southern Spain – also known to some as a jolly.

But to Steve it was simply lots of hard work in the warm weather of Spain – after Newcastle players disgraced the club with their pathetic performance against Chelsea last time out in the league, when their attitudes were abominable.


Steve McClaren – coaching in Spain

That was Newcastle´s 10th defeat in 13 games on the road and our 14th defeat in 26 games this season – our  worst ever in the Premier League.

But everything is just fine according to Steve, and the players attitudes have been very very good in Spain – and it was enjoyable.

We can only assume those last two words were a rare slip-up by the Newcastle manager since the Chelsea  debacle.

This is what Steve has said about the warm weather training:

“It’s been very worthwhile, and very important to come away. We got away and got into a different environment.

“We get the lads together and you are living with each other 24/7. There has been a lot of talking and a lot of work and it’s been enjoyable too.”

“Their attitudes have always been very, very good.” “We have just talked about not getting too high when we win and when we lose a game, let’s not get too low.”

“This was a decent work out in difficult conditions but good to see the likes of Jamie Sterry and Liam Gibson doing well.”

“It was good to get minutes for Jamaal and Steven Taylor along with Seydou and Henri. Plus Manu Riviere came back from injury and was terrific. Rolando also benefited.”

“It was worthwhile and a good work out.”  Other people can but we can’t. We try to level things out and train hard.”

We’ll see what the players’ attitudes are like at the Britannia Stadium a week on Wednesday and they had better be a lot better than they were at Chelsea – and we need to get something out of that game.

And then we must beat Bournemouth three days later at St. James’ Park.

If we can get at least 4 points out of the next two games we will agree with Steve about last week´s trip to Spain, but it´s all about the results now.

If we don´t start to win some games soon – and it´s starting to get late – we will be a Championship club come May and the club will have proved they learned absolutely nothing from the John Carver disaster of last season.

Comments welcome.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jane // Feb 21, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    “Other people can but we can’t. We try to level things out and train hard.”

    last paragraph of Steve’s quote, does this make sense?

  • 2 jane // Feb 21, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    which way will Mike Ashley vote in the EU referendum?

  • 3 The Newcastle Armchair // Feb 21, 2016 at 9:46 PM


    The man mountain ordered plenty of bait like, double cheeseburgers and wraps etc to the total of £12 to himself.

    No wonder he can’t be arsed tracking back haha

  • 4 Dime Bar // Feb 21, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Is Sissoko on the atkins?

  • 5 bettyswallocks // Feb 21, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Sobadithurts……… I take offence at your comment that the bloggers you mention are only interested in their own egos. We have been on here today debating an issue on whether or not to rotate the clubs captain. This is an unprecedented scenario which if implemented could influence our PL survival. The fact that we have injected a bit of frivolity and humour into the proceedings doesn’t have any bearing on the various viewpoints regarding this issue. This is not a game of oneupmanship it is quite clearly a question of do we rotate or do we not rotate. How dare you come on here with your supercilious approach.

  • 6 Jib // Feb 21, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    “We have just talked about not getting too high when we win and when we lose a game, let’s not get too low.Other people can but we can’t. We try to level things out and train hard.””

  • 7 banjax // Feb 21, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    When you read direct quotes from McLaren and his many excuses about the lack of results at the club, you realise how confusing his explanations are, they are gobbledygook. Just imagine the team talks and the English speaking players never mind the foreigners having trouble understanding what he is saying. ‘We try to level things out by training hard’.. What the fcuk is that about ? Training hard is what should be happening everyday with professional footballers, and getting high (which hasn’t happened much) after a win should be positively encouraged to give confidence for the next match. If this is the kind of verbal mish-mash that McLaren uses with the players, then Newcastle is in deep deep trouble !

  • 8 jane // Feb 21, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    thanks Jib but

    “We have just talked about not getting too high when we win and when we lose a game, let’s not get too low.”

    definitely isn’t on my PC screen or are you just good at knowing what’s in Steve’s mind?

  • 9 BeeGuy // Feb 21, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    I’d like to know which players learned a new move (or even a basic one) while on this trip. I’d also like to see some now strategy on the pitch coming out of thie Spanish adventure.

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