Newcastle Player Makes Amazing Claim

Jamaal Lascelles has come out and said that Newcastle shouldn´t be in the position we are in now, because we have loads of talent in the squad.

And he goes on to say that Newcastle showed how well they can play when we beat Lillestrom 2-1 last Saturday.

But Lillestrom are a Norwegian team – not a Premier League team – and they are in their pre-season preparing to start the Tippeligaen next month – and were hardly match fit on Saturday.


Jamaal Lascelles in action at Manchester City

We would have looked an even better team if we had played a Spanish third division (Segunda Division B) reserve side – we probably would have looked world-class – maybe.

So in the words of Albert Einstein – everything is relative.

But doesn´t the fact Jamaal says we have loads of talent point directly to the coach Steve McClaren – who cannot seem to get the best out of the players he has available this season?

Jamaal will probably have to play for us in the next two games and he´s looked solid enough when he has  played for the first team although he does lack experience.

The 22 year-old will play because Fab Coloccini could be out for four weeks and Chancel Mbemba is still recovering from the ankle injury he picked up at Everton.

This is what the 22 year-old England U21 central defender has said about last week´s trip to La Manga:

“It has been a great little trip.” “Training has been really intense, a few double sessions which were good, hopefully we come back fitter from it, sharper from it.”

“We have sat down and had a lot of meetings and we have got loads of talent, that’s the frustrating thing about it.” “We’ve got so much talent and shouldn’t be in the position that we are in.”

“That is just football for you. I’m not worried about anything, the Lillestrom win shows just how well we can play.”

“We just need to take that confidence, because I think that is what it is, to do the job at home and away games.”

Newcastle are still 3rd bottom of the league and we have essentially been in the bottom four all season even though we have spent over £80M on new players.

McClaren is and should be under enormous pressure at the ckub, but Newcastle have already missed a golden opportunity to replace him.

We should have done that after the 5-1 disgrace at Chelsea.

But the Newcastle Board seem reticent to replace him because they have too much resting on him being a success at Newcastle. after they appointed him when much better and more successful coaches were available last summer.

We are now paying the price for that poor and rather surprising decision and it could cost us our Premier League standing.

We have nothing against Steve McClaren personally – he´s obviously a good man – but he´s not good enough to manage Newcastle and he´s proved that this season – the stats show that.

If Steve McClaren is to go then it will take owner Mike Ashley to step in and we suppose if Newcastle lose the next two games at Stoke and at home to Bournemouth then that could happen?


Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Try the right format…

    Telegraph Premier League Happiness Index:

    Are you happy with how your season has gone?
    You’re kidding right? 2/20
    Are you happy with your club’s players?
    Not really. Too often missing in action, particularly on the south side of the Tyne Bridge. 5/20
    Are you happy with the job your manager is doing?
    He should have been sacked months ago. 2/20
    Are you happy with how your club is being run?
    Is this a joke? 1/20
    What is the overall mood like among your fans?
    Defeated. 7/20
    Overall happiness rating 17%
    Michael Martin, editor of True Faith

  • firebug666

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2


    Taylor and Besty ?@TaylorandBesty 12h12 hours ago
    Obviously I can’t give any specific detail about what was asked/said until the minutes are released later this week.
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    Taylor and Besty ?@TaylorandBesty 12h12 hours ago
    Interesting #nufc fans forum meeting. Spikey, informative, baffling, and honest in equal measures.

    Guess it did go ahead.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Taylor and Lascelles is hardly a pairing of champions league stature but Taylor is a better centre back when fit than many give credit for. Talks a lot more than colo too. Lascelles looks raw. Thought on the whole, the minute of madness at everton aside, he’s looked pretty handy. Massive threat at set pieces and great in the air, hes quicker than coloccini too!

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #4

    The 2-1 score line is nothing to rave about, shows that they are still struggling to score and keep a clean sheet. I doubt we would improve on the Sheffield Wednesday result from earlier in the season. Not much sign of progress from Schtevie.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5


    Nice one thanks. Surprising it did not get reported, but then maybe when the minutes are released it will be more fuel for the fire?!

  • firebug666

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #6


    I find these words interesting; “Spikey, informative, baffling, and honest in equal measures.”

    The minutes might be a good read this time around.

    I guess Charnley was in attendance, as Taylor and Betsy stayed for the meeting. 😀

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Jamaal is “not worried about anything” [that’s good to hear] … “the Lillestrom win shows just how well we can play”… [ok, that’s pretty positive]…”to do the job at home and away games”…[can’t argue with that logic]

    Why don’t I feel better now…

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Problem with the TOON is
    we have a talented squad…..
    we do NOT have/play a TEAM

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #9


    Lascelles is naive and Barkley made that penalty by stopping and be barged over. He knew the defender was behind him and on the wrong side, trying to to hard to correct his mistake.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #10

    @lindisfarne – yeah agree with that, I had been reasonably impressed with lascelles up until that point.
    For me he’ll struggle to do worse than coloccini who constantly plays guesswork, never attacks a ball and struggles against both pace and against height.

  • firebug666

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #11


    Why don’t I feel better now?

    For the same reason as anyone who watched the Lillestrom match mate, Nothing has changed, I saw no improvement, and players can spout as many good words as they like, but if the don’t perform as a team, and play with a bit of pride and passion the words are meaningless.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #12


    Still not acknowledging the mistakes they continue to make, in order to move the agenda on.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Anyone catch Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangs interview?? Basically saying that Newcastle agreed a fee and offered a lot more money than Dortmund but that he and his father studied how both teams played and decided to take the lower offer as Klopps style suited his game much more.
    Guess we can stop blaming the board on that one….
    Blame pards instead 😉

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #14

    jayphoto – at least he shows a desire to improve and lives closer than S.America.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Not keen on what if stories but PEA does offer the opportunity to say once again, we were Pardewed!

  • firebug666

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Lindisfarne @12

    That would be my guess mate.

    I don’t think the club know how to learn from their mistakes, as the just keep right on making them. Maybe they need someone like ED with his Elephant in the room.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    If you had 5 days in Spain with 20 odd of your mates, would you come back with a closer bond ready to defeat all those that threatened your established and privileged positions?

  • jayphoto

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #18

    @Lindisfarne – really interested to see what he does now! Go back to south America for 2 weeks or stay and support his team mates? I can’t for the life of me think they’d keep him on (on 80k p/w and highest earner clause) next season. I think this season he must be the worst of any first or second choice centreback in the league?
    Oddly, the way mcClaren is setting up the side, with shelvey as an almost quarter back, I could imagine Coloccini being decent back up in that role. Similarly if we operated a sweeper system. But as a premier league centreback he falls well short.
    Why is it that Newcastle continually give players 50+ PL appearances who’s ability has no place in the 1st or 2nd best league in the world.
    The fact that Williamson and Shola notched up over a 100 appearances in the premier league each is migraine inducing

  • jayphoto

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #19

    @Lindisfarne – The interview came across as more admiration for how Klopp played, but does beg a question had we been a more expansive side what might have been.
    Any excuse to have a dig at Pardew though 😉
    I think we would have ruined him here mind. He’d have been straight into left midfield as he’s pacy and quite lightweight and then judged on goals despite playing out of position.
    Wouldn’t shock me to see PEA go to Liverpool.

  • Thump

    Feb 23, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #20

    @Jayphoto: PEA on the wing? Why would you ruin Pardew’s full back like that?

  • beermonkey

    Feb 23, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #21


    i dont what the brief is from ashley none of us do
    this is the 3rd season in a row we have been fighting relegation
    the under 21s were relegated and are in danger again
    if palace had not come in for pards he would still be with us bearo has already taken the under 21s down once
    there is a losing culture in the club and no1 seems to think there is a problem

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #22

    jayphoto – Carr likes midfielders too much to force changes anywhere else in the squad and as a result if your a defender or a forward and can stay fit, your in the first team….unless your a Maverick!

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #23


    I can not be bothered to search for the quote and it may have been out of context, but Beardsley said that in the Academy winning was not important. As a consequence the U21 have struggled in the lower half of Div2 throughout his time in charge. He has created a breading ground for unsuccessful players.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 23, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #24

    firebug666@11 – yeah, the more words you hear, the more hollow they sound. I suppose nobody is game to actually put an honest face on it for fear of retribution of some kind. Both players and management. We can just expect to have our intelligence continually insulted with the inane words of false bravado and desperate optimism calculated to quell the masses. (yes, I have had a couple of drinks…)


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