This Would Be Another Mistake By Steve McClaren


We don´t think Steve McClaren is good enough to be Newcastle´s manager and we also have our doubts that he can save us this season in the Premier League after the former England manager has presided over the Magpies worst ever season in the Premier League ever.

Newcastle have a huge problem with away games and in 13 road games we have 10 defeats and only two wins,  so McClaren has hinted he may change the personnel for games away from home and that could mean dropping our best player Gini Wijnaldum, who was withdrawn at half time during the Chelsea fiasco.

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Gini Wijnaldum scoring against Lillestrom last Saturday

McClaren offered no explanation to Gini about why he was withdrawn, which sounds like poor man-management from the gaffer.

It will be interesting to see what his team is for Wednesday night at Stoke City, where we must get something out of the game.

But it would be a mistake to drop Wijnaldum from the side which McClaren may be contemplating.

Gini is our top goalscorer with 9 goals although all his goals have been scored at home.

But to drop your best players doesn´t seem to be the right move to make.

The right move is for the manager to understand why he cannot get the best out of the Dutch International in road games and for both of them to help solve the problem.

If we lose at Stoke City on Wednesday there will be renewed calls for the manager to be fired.

That´s really long overdue when you look at Newcastle´s pathetic record this season and that´s after we have spent a massive £81M on new players – more than any other Premier League club.

We are running out of time to save ourselves and leaving McClaren in the job too long could doom us to the Championship in May.

It´s that bad.

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About half our fans think we can something out of the game at Stoke.

We really need a win on Wednesday night.

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59 comments so far

  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Feb 28, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    so who all want mcclaren lose two matches and get sacked or win one game and stay till the end of the season

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  • AncientC

    Feb 28, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2

    I wish they would pull Sissoko aside and give him training sessions on his decision making, he could be a great player if he used his brain a bit more.

    The old strategy of Sissoko stalling with the ball while Janmaat overlaps has been done to death too.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 28, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s amazing how much effort Ashley puts into his non NUFC business interests compared to the effort he puts into running NUFC

    He’s massively investing in property all over the UK…massively outbidding the nearest highest bidders for anything in city centres.

    Ashleys Daughter has just married a business friend of my son and they’ve been given a open cheque book to buy big plots in centre centres to build purpose built SD megastores with in-house Fitness Gyms…so basically they’re already got a massive captive audience of Chavvy gym freaks already wearing his cheap chivvy sh!te who’ll soon by buying his cheap chavvy gym wear to wear in his cheap chavvy gyms…a captive market if there ever was one.

    Ashley paid 8 million more than the nearest bidder for the old Tetley brewery site in Leeds and is doing the same all over the country.

    He’s bought a plot in london for a 135 million and he’s gonna build a chavvy towers with retail units on the ground floor, office units on the next 10 floors and apartments for the rest…with guess what…an SD store on the bottom with an SD gym amongst the office floors.

    All this is being done via MASH holdings…all completely outside SD and building up more value in his holding Co so he can buy back SD for peanuts later this year.

    We’ve all read SD is being de-listed this week but there’s been no words of defiance and no fighting to keep them in the FTSE because he wants to see them de-listed so the share price falls even more so he can buy it back for less. Investors are selling SD shares by the millions because they all know the shares will fall further and play right into Ashleys hands.

    All this very astute business activity whilst he leaves that useless tw@t Charnley in charge of NUFC and not stepping in to make any changes to the running of NUFC.

    So just in case anyone reading this does not get where I’m going with this…HE DOESN’T GIVE A SH!TE WHAT HAPPENS TO NUFC…It always has been and always will be all about MASH holdings and his own personal fortune.

    He doesn’t need his own personal advertising hoarding any more…he’s now got a massive property empire along with the biggest sports retail empire in the world…job done…he doesn’t need NUFC any more it’s right at the bottom of his business priority list.

    but don’t worry lads…he’s got the best coach and best MD running the club…there is absolutely nowt to be worried about.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Roshan, good question, a lad I worked with last was wanting Poyet to lose so they wou?d sack him, they dod and it worked.

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  • anthc

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #5

    I think it is vital we don’t lose at Stoke. We have an opportunity to put some space between us and those below as well as making ground on those just above. It will be a tough game but it’s about time we showed our metal. I have no issue dropping gini if it means we get something. However he has the perfect argument as colo has been dross lately but is never dropped. 3 points would be great a point will do for me,

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Probably too late for a new manager to turn it around now. Straight after the Chelsea game might have given someone a chance with the break, but I suspect that now the horse (without the cart) has bolted. It will be McClaren for better or worse, and only the supreme optimists amongst us will be expecting the former. Relegation (if it happens) is going to be a monumental event for this club as things stand. The turmoil will be of epic proportions and ultimately all brought about by the dear leader. His pain will be my only, but nonetheless significant consolation.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #7

    we’ve got no chance whatsoever of getting anything from the Stoke game…we should be saving our strength for the Bournemouth game

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #8

    no matter how much i hate something or someone i would never want my team to lose and go down !

    wiji deserved to be taken off at the last away game but tbh so did a few others !

    like many of our players we talk big and say the team has to do this and that bur it normally comes from the wordt player trying to blame everyone else a la saylor after his dismal display or wiji spouting about away form just before his lack of desire in the away game.

    if our cb’s close down and dont turn their backs or stop running after the man they are marking we are capable of winning a lot of the 12 games left but it all depends on how well the cb’s play imo.

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  • snowdone

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Hi Ed,
    Have to disagree with you on this one. His form in recent games suggest he needs a rest. Unless he has shown zest and zip in the break he should be used as a sub against Stoke.

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #10

    I would be amazed if Charnley has spoken to any potential manager candidates to replace McClown, but you would expect him to be sacked if we lose heavily at Stoke!
    Every other club would have a contingency but Newcastle? I doubt it!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #11

    While I don’t wish for relegation, apart from not surprising me, it wouldn’t worry me unduly. It would be an interesting first season in the championship and might finally unearth some home truths on the Ashley Question.

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  • bladeuser

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #12

    SPARKY55
    What a load of claptrap
    We will get nothing at Stoke so they should keep there strength for Bournemouth what an idiotic statement
    So what your saying is let’s not try at Stoke because if we do we will be F@@@:@ for Bournemouth and lose Listen
    Doh it doesn’t work that way
    ASH OUT SMAC OUT COLO OUT SHEEP ? OUT

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Good Sparky. Interesting slant on our ample-girthed proprietor and his obsessive quest for money and control. Anybody who thinks nufc is a prime concern of his should take a look at his universe of business involvement and realise what a tiny moon in his Solar System we are. Just because he has ‘loaned’ himself his own money (guaranteed creditor if course so he can’t lose it) doesnt mean he can’t bale if he spots the opportunity. Question is, what will he do to nufc assets if he does?

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  • AncientC

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #14

    I fear Bournemouth more than Stoke. Stoke are probably better from set pieces and have a few individuals with higher quality than Bournemouth, but Bournemouth play better football, a brand of football we struggle against.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #15

    To qualify Sparky, the Ashley post not the don’t bother trying at Stoke one, that was poor 🙂 Lighten up, grumpy chops ha ha!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Ancient – I think that brand of football is called ‘football’

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #17

    I think that from now on, we should all bit ‘win’ for every game! Win bar!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Vote ‘win’

    🙁

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  • AncientC

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #19

    Tsunki, ah, I was not aware there is only one style of football.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Although our wispy-maned coach ain’t that great, he did take on a declining power with nufc. The Average One jumped ship knowing that the institution was decayed, and McLaren said as much that it would be a long haul to recover. Still, he took it, and we are still waiting for that turn of fortune. I think Steve has realised that the policies behind the club are more rigid than he assumed. Still, he has a future in toothpaste or denture commercials.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Ancient – yes mate, sadly. it’s in the ‘Steve McLaren Book of Coaching Myths’

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #22

    So I’ve been out of blog office for a bit, was it horrible again last night on here? 😉

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #23

    As usual, bladeuser’s psychotic ranting makes more sense than a lot of the opinions expressed here…

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #24

    Let’s all rant psychotic ally then. Ah one and ah two and ah three – ah….

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #25

    Cristiano Ronaldo: “If we were all at my level maybe we would be leaders.” There’s modesty!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #26

    I don’t see why people think that a new manager wouldn’t work, now would be the perfect time to get that new manager bounce, providing it wasn’t Warnock, Burley or him that likes to dress up in womens clothes and being photographed.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #27

    How to confuse a sports journalist, ash him/her to do a write up describing McClaren’s brand of football at Newcastle.

    I would simply go with “freestyle”.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Who’s that, Jail?

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #29

    Ron – George Burley used to manage Ipswich I think…..

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #30

    Ron Knee
    That ex Wigan manager, was all over the NotW dressed up in suspenders

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  • JamesToon

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #31

    See there are a few clubs circling around Janmaat. Honestly don’t think it would be much of a big deal if we sold him. Good going forward but can’t defend. Wouldn’t mind it if we replaced him with someone like Carl Jenkinson who should be available on the cheap, got good crossing ability, pace and work rate

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  • hibbitt

    Feb 28, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #32

    so the stage is set McClown is sacked who do you think this lot would bring in to replace him NOT who we would bring in who the board would bring in ???????

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  • BandB

    Feb 28, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #33

    Sparky

    Some people think Ashley is playing Go For Broke with SD so he can gain full control on the cheap.
    With buys like Cabella and Thauvin you’d think he was playing Go For Broke here too….downsizing NUFC to the stage where it needs a smaller ground and a prime city centre leasehold becomes available for development. 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #34

    Hibbit someone desperate and fittingly average

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #35

    BandB,
    Some people still cling to the belief that our portly owner would want a successful NUFC as it would benefit SD?

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  • hibbitt

    Feb 28, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #36

    Tsunki /
    we already have that !!!!

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  • BandB

    Feb 28, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #37

    Jail

    SD isn’t his “love” as they claim.
    Mash Holdings is the beast to watch.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 28, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #38

    Tsunki

    Thanks, but it was the cross-dresser that grabbed my attention!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #39

    Surely he wouldn’t be allowed to build us a 30K seater stadium in Cramlington and use SJP as a mega SD come student accomodation//hotel/casino

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #40

    Paul Jewell

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