McClaren Pleased With These Two Youngsters


It was a decent display by Newcastle in the 2-1 win over Norwegian club Lillestrom SK, but let’s not get too carrried away with the fact we won a game – although we have only six wins in 26 league games this season so it was an unusual feeling yesterday at the end of the game.

One we haven’t experienced too much in what has been another disastrous season for the club.

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Liam Gibson in action at left back yesterday

There were some positive things coming out of the game – not least the form of some of our youngsters like Liam Gibson, Jamie Sterry and the scorer of the winning goal Rolando Aarons – who looked sharp and very good during the final 24 minutes of the game.

Steve McClaren after the game picked out the two young full backs Liam and Jamie for special praise, because they look like future first teamers at Newcastle – if they can continue to push forward with their development.

Steve McClaren – who has come in for some stinging criticism for going ahead with this trip after the white flag was quickly raised in the surrender at Chelsea in the last game – seems to have been pleased with the workout:

“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.”

Riviere was terrific?

We still showed unsteadiness in defense for their goal and we must tighten up this area of our play of we are to have any chance of surviving in the Premier league this season.

But it’s true players did get game time who needed it and Rolando Aarons in particular showed once again when given the chance he can be a match winger on the wing.

We need somebody to be a match winner in the final 12 games of the season.

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99 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Difficult conditions? ??

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Training match who cares

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  • hibbitt

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail for Ashley
    they had to play with a ball you know how hard that can be !!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #4

    I agree with Yo…you don’t need an armband to be a leader. It’s just symbolic!

    Basically you could rotate the armband; would probably build character and force alot of players to stand up! Plus we have a problem with benching the captain. Would solve that ?

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    jesper
    One issue with rotating it means players can’t build a relationship with refs which could hurt us

    But really it means very little these days

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #6

    hibbit,
    I hope emphasis was put on dealing with the ball.

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  • one fine day

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #7

    At least we don’t have to vote for our best player from yesterday etc

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Who rotates captains armbanss???

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #9

    How old are these two youngsters Gibson and Sterry? Have they even been out on loan for a long period of time, or are they just expected to take the leap into the first team?

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Didn’t I tell you? Grass length rears it’s unacceptable head again. it’s a problem that just won’t go away.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #11

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-35604776

    Oh no not another stick to beat Mike with!!

    Funny how any other business that employs lots of people know what the effects of workforce migration will be.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Everything is always triffic in this deluded managers mind. He even claimed that our performance v chelsea “wasnt the real newcastle” which is nonsense again. Going back to the carr wastage point, does anyone really think that charnley made the recommendation to ashley to get smc? Of course not, it was carr, the man ashley rates so much. Perhaps not any more.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail…does that matter?

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Oh and they had wind. Chorizo is a harsh mistress…

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Jesper,rotate the captaincy? Nonsense

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Tsunki the only wind is out of smc’s ever smiling gob

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #17

    jesper

    It all hinges on Ashley. If he doesn’t sack Charmless and McClaren if we’re relegated, we could be spending a few years in the Championship!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #18

    Yeah make Elliot the captain. Or ayoze. 😐

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  • one fine day

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #19

    If Collocini really cared as much as he says about this club ,who have set him up for life btw, then he should be the bigger person and go to the coach and offer to step aside as skipper on the pitch at least if it meant survival .
    Surely he can understand it’s what’s good for the team not the individual.
    He would go up a lot in my estimations of him if he did that.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #20

    The only reason the club bounced back from the Championship last time out, was thanks to Hughton and the grit and determination of players like Carroll, Barton, and Nolan.

    The 4 characters most responsible for getting the club back into the Premier League, were then thanked by being sent packing, for conspiring to be too noisy.

    I do not believe we will go down, but if it happens, I could see it being a different struggle to the last tour of duty in kickers country.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #21

    Munster

    Are you sure it was Carr who recommended McClaren? Or is it supposition?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #22

    Yo…I am not so worried about that yo be honest!

    I am more concerned about our lack of leadership and reluctance to drop our captain.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Amusing mix up in photos in the Chronicle article!

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  • AncientC

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #25

    From Jib’s link:

    Who is to blame for Newcastle United’s current problems?

    Steve McClaren – 38%
    Mike Ashley – 24%
    Newcastle’s players – 20%
    Graham Carr – 9%
    Lee Charnley – 9%

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #27

    Munster…why is it nonsense? Why do you need that armband to be permanent on one player?…and undropable player!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #28

    Yes Jesper it does, it’s like saying lets play without a GK, and me asking who else does that. Again I ask a genuine question of who else rotates their captaincy and you reply with an ultra defensive answer, a bit like the saga when I asked you what Ashley done last season to save us from oblivion after you said he’s stepped in when things got nasty!

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  • switch365

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #29

    Was quite impressed by Gibson, granted the lad is raw, but he showed more than enough to be at least in consideration for lb. He has an eye for a pass and seems to be quite forward thinking.

    Such a shame we don’t have a couple of junior Phillipe Albert’s in the under 21’s ready to make the step up to the first team, we are so one dimensional when it comes to buying prospective talent.

    Whether we stay up, or get relegated, we need to get rid of the complete shit we have and buy 2-3 cb’s who know how to defend.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #30

    AncientC,
    If that’s an honest reflection then the blame game is set up just how they want it, nobody knows who to blame.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #31

    Ancient…I would have thought Charnley was at the top of that list!

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #32

    I wonder if another narrow escape will see the status quo maintained? ie Charnley, Carr, McClaren. If that’s the case it’s probably a worse scenario than relegation. These dullards have amply demonstrated they can’t even buy their way out of trouble, they are so incapable. To be honest, I’d rather see us in the Championship with a whole new management structure than endure another season like this, and the last one. I wonder if Ashley ever thinks about that interview before the West Ham game, and how stupid it has made him look.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #33

    Your Captaincy should be given to someone who is at least the most likely not to ever be dropped, Colocini should never have been given that honour.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #34

    Jail for Ashley – McClaren is certainly not faultless, but I have to say, I was surprised to read that the dangling pinata is getting the brunt of the blame.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #35

    Jail…I ask you why it’s important who else rotate their captaincy. Nothing more nothing less.

    It’s like dropping your GK? How so? The armband is just symbolic, the last time I checked the GK was more than that…he was rather physical!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #36

    Tof,
    If he keeps us up or prevents us from going down rather, he will be definitely given ten games next season and if we win three of them, lose four and draw three then he will be here all season, he’s going nowhere.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #37

    overrated

    That’s the $64,000 question. We’ll get the answer in three months or so.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #38

    Why is it important jesper, because doing something completely out of the norm doesn’t usually happen, if you could say well the Arsenal invincible s done it or Busby’s babes then you could say yeah, that might work for us, but how would coming up with an idea like that in the most crucial run of games for seven years be a good idea?

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #39

    Sissoko should be dropped for two reasons. 1) he can’t pass so ruins any chance of playing a possesion game 2) he doesn’t press or tackle so ruins any chance of playing a pressing or counterattack in game. He can break with speed and purpose and that’s all, but only when there’s space in front of him, and even then it’s rare he does.

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  • Jib

    Feb 21, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #40

    There’s a lot of talk in the Brazilian press about Ronaldinho spending a season with NUFC.

    He wants a straight up $8 million which the club thinks is a lot as he will be 36 next season.

    This link is from Peru because I know there are so many (Mr Tuff, Ibiza, and Jail) fluent Spanish speakers on the blog
    http://peru.com/futbol/internacional/ronaldinho-newcastle-united-lo-quiso-fichar-no-tenia-como-pagarle-noticia-440459

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