Sky Sports Pundit – Newcastle Situation Close To Hopeless

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes the situation at Newcastle is getting very close to what has happened at Aston Villa, when the players basically stopped listening to new coach Remi Garde and started to do their own thing, which culminated in a disastrous 6-0 defeat at home to Liverpool last time out.

So with the Aston Villa situation now looking hopeless, Charlie thinks Newcastle´s situation is getting very close to that of Aston Villa and that the players could soon stop listening to what Steve has to say.

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Steve McClaren – it’s been another tough season for Newcastle fans
This kind of pose doesn´t exactly instill confidence in fans or  players

The Villa performance against The Reds was said to be even a worse performance than Newcastle put in at Chelsea when we were hammered 5-1.

That´s hard to believe after what we witnessed at Stamford Bridge – when our lads raised the white flag after 17 minutes when we were 3-0 down and Steve McClaren went into what he called damage control at half time

Nicholas thinks the Newcastle players are close to just downing tools and not listening to what head coach Steve McClaren is telling them.

This is what Nicholas told Sky Sports:

“He got no reaction after he played the bad cop, and told a few home truths. And then about three weeks later, they did get a reaction. You think what’s changed?”

“But then it falters back into line and you question are they listening? It’s like the Villa players now, they are not listening to Remi Garde, they’ve decided that’s it, and Steve is getting close to that.”

“You think ‘what has changed?’ – but then it falls back into line and you have to question ‘are they listening’?”

“It is now like the Villa players who aren’t listening to Remi Garde – they have decided ‘that is it’ and Steve McClaren is getting close to that.”

The former Arsenal forward may be close to the truth  because Steve has been telling the players the same thing all season long – that we must be more consistent and we have to turn up to away games.

But in the last two road games at Everton and Chelsea – the first road games since the January transfer window closed and we spent another £29M on four players – we have looked simply awful in losing 3-0 and 5-1 respectively against teams that at the time were not in form and finding it difficult to win games.

The acid test for Newcastle is at Stoke a week today – but Steve McClaren hasn´t shown at all this season that he is good enough to be the head coach at Newcastle.

The facts illustrate that.

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The goals of the club this season were to win a cup and finish in the top eight in the league and yet we could end up being relegated.

Nobody associated with Newcastle United expected this season to be quite this bad.

Another collapse at Stoke and Mike Ashley may be forced to bring  in  a new coach.

And even if Newcastle survive the drop for a second successive season then Ashley will wonder if  he wants Steve McClaren in charge next season if he is to invest say another £80M into the squad this summer.

The owner has seen precious little evidence of that £80M spent this season.

Time may be running out for McClaren and he must produce two good performances and get at least 4 points in our next two games at Stole and at home to Bournemouth.

For the sake of the club we hope Steve can turn things around very soon – and say get two wins in the next two games.

That´s what we all need to see.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Feb 24, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Hopeless we are ?
    Hapless maybe.
    Probably mid week lazy Journo gossip but ” Crystal Palace are considering a move for Newcastle United defender Liam Gibson, 18, after he impressed against Lillestrom in a friendly last week. (Daily Express)”

    Nothing like weakening the options in defenders then ?

  • firebug666

    Feb 24, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #2


    All journo gossip is lazy mate, if there is an element of truth in a story these days is more by good luck than good management or research.

    Liam played one friendly, he wasn’t brilliant but he did OK for a run out, and now the inept one want’s him.

    They also say Cisse off to China if Newcastle let him go this month etc etc.

    They say “you couldn’t make it up”; Well apparently you can!

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 24, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #3

    If the things that Schtevie is saying have no practical use as what he says to the press then I would certainly have stopped listening. Judging by the performances on the pitch and his touchline persona, there is very little tactical organisation or vocal reinforcement.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 24, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Lindisfarne ” vocal reinforcement “, like it !
    Does that mean “shouting” ?

  • Whumpie

    Feb 24, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #6

    This is a 2nd-line pundit looking for column-inches and getting them.
    Villa have been consistently shite this season and sold players in January to cushion the drop. Newcastle have shown plenty of good football – and still lost – and are clearly fighting against relegation.
    He may have a point about Schteve and whether the players are listening – but the evidence suggests not
    We’ve been crap. But we’re no Villa.

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Don’t make me laugh.

    Charlie Nicholas a Scotsman who lives in London and only ever watches matches on TV.

    There are Bournemouth fans that know more about Newcastle than NIcholas.

    To compare us to Villa is fatuous.

    Remy Garde in contrast to McClaren was lied to and shit upon by the ownership at Villa .
    He is going to dig in and collect the money on his contract (good for him) and no more.

    The Toon team at Chelsea obviously responded at half time to what was said .

    We lost the first half 3 – 0

    The second half was a 2 – 1 contest.

    It’s very dramatic showing pics of SM with his head in his hands but he certainly has not given up.
    I think I’ll scour the net for pics of Ed picking his nose or scatching his arse.

  • posada

    Feb 24, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #8

    He’s probably guessing, but probably right as well.

    We play well at home. I’m convinced that is down to the embarrassment factor. Not even this lot are prepared to turn in an effortless performance at home in front of 50,000 supporters.
    Away, its OK. There’s just a few idiots in the corner who come and cheer us on regardless. Play sh!t no effort, but we will go over and give them a clap at the end. That’ll keep them happy.


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