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McClaren Expresses Newcastle Frustrations – Two Defenders Out

3:00 pm, Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Steve McClaren has just given his press conference for the Stoke City game tomorrow night and both Fabricio Coloccini and Chancel Mbemba are likely to miss both of the next two vital games.

There are some  initial comments coming from the Newcastle head coach and he seems frustrated with the team and the bad news with our two first choice center-backs.

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Steve McClaren – press conference this afternoon.

Here’s some of what McClaren has said in his press conference today:

“Our away form is not good enough. We have to start demonstrating the character. It’s a character flaw we have to put right.”

“Newcastle’s probably the most frustrating team I’ve worked with – you go from one extreme to the other. Home truths have been there all season.”

And there wasn’t good news about our two central defenders out as both Fabricio Coloccini and Chancel Mbemba are out of the next couple of games – and that’s bad news indeed.

McClaren said that Coloccini was being assessed every day but that he was doubtful for the Stoke and Bournemouth games.

Steve then said that Mbemba was out for the next two games too but that Paul Dummett, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Vurnon Anita and Papiss Cisse were all fit.

So at least we are getting those six players back from injury – that’s some good news especially about Mitrovic being available.

McClaren was also asked about the captaincy situation and when asked about Jonjo Shelvey the head coach said he thinks Shelvey could become captain material. and that Newcastle need someone who you can follow, but then he dodged the issue by saying  “let’s see who steps forward.”

We would be surprised if Jonjo isn’t the captain tomorrow night – but you never know.

We suppose that Steven Taylor and Jamaal Lascelles will be the center-backs tomorrow at Stoke and they will both have to play well if we are to get anything out of the game.

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  • 1 Goldmbemba // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    “Newcastle’s probably the most frustrating team I’ve worked with”

    Your the most frustrating manager the fans have had to put up with.

    (not really but had to react to that statement)

  • 2 cyprus // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Good point though. No one, but no one, even coaches, can predict which NUFC will turn up – for years now.

    We outplay teams like West Ham, West Brom, City (first half), then we are cxxp with others. He’s right. Players are magic (e.g. Gini, Siss, Cisse, Shelvey, Colo, Janm, add name), then terrible (all the above, add name).

  • 3 BandB // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    We’ve had a good rest.
    Plenty of time to rethink and regroup.
    If we don’t see a response in the next two games Steve, people will be entitled to wonder if it’s ever going to come.

  • 4 cyprus // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Who are the reliable players, who’ll put in a good old fashioned shift every game? Maybe only Elliot and Colback?

  • 5 mad-serb // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:18 PM


    Dummet you can add to that list. Will always try maybe not the best player but he always tries his best

  • 6 cyprus // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    I’ll agree there

  • 7 mad-serb // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    will be interesting to see what he does after 18 day break.

    so we basicly know our backline and our captain. question is who will fill the rest of the positions?

    If Mitro is really fit he has to start. Cisse on the bench.
    Midfield is where it will be intersting.
    Probably colback in tiotes place, but then it becomes interesting.

    Will he play Shelvey deep or in a more advance role like the second half against Chelsea? is so that mean Saviet might get the nod as the second defensive midfielder. Which means probably Gini misses out however I would like him to drop Sissoko.

    Liability going backwards not covering when janmaat does overlapping runs. and liability going forward as well. All i can remember with him currently is running at pace at defenders, then no shot on target or no decent cross. wasteful is what springs to mind if you reusing Mclarens quote of the day and saying

    “Sissoko probably the most frustrating player I’ve worked with”

  • 8 cyprus // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    I guess Sissoko splits opinion. To me he’s in the list of top players. If he and Gini play well we tend to win.

  • 9 lochinvar // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    “Newcastle’s probably the most frustrating team I’ve worked with – you go from one extreme to the other……”

    Not sure I remember too many of the positive extremes Stevie boy.

    ” Newcastle’s probably the most frustrating team ever supported ”
    and I have Carlisle and Scotland on my list as well.

  • 10 mad-serb // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    He really does, you just pushes all my buttons. He has all the physical attributes to become a world class players it seems he just does not care.

    We decided to play him on the right due to his pace. The reason he does not play in the middle is he cannot pass a ball. His crossing leave a lot to desired and not to mential his shooting.

    He is to me going forward the week link. In our system he needs to get his tally of goals. Perez has his Gini has his, mitro has a couple. How many does he have? To lazy to look up but cant be more than 1.

  • 11 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    A bit less playing well in spurts and a bit more consistency and application.

    I’ve got no problem seeing our lot passing sideways and backwards until there’s an opportunity to play a counter.

    11 draws might just be enough to escape the drop even if it is boring.

  • 12 bettyswallocks // Mar 1, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    I’ve posted before that I met Sam Allardyce a few years ago at a function and he told me that we were the hardest club he’s ever managed. Due to the expectation levels since KK and the intensity this generates , tension and fear of losing the ball prevents players being relaxed And showing their true ability. Souness made similar comments. I hope that now results are essential to our survival the pressure on the players will be managed in such a way that they don’t crumble. Steve Black was probably brought in to cover for McC’s motivational limitations so let’s hope he can do his job.

  • 13 mfw13 // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Why the f**k did we let Williamson go in the January transfer window? And why didn’t we sign another central defender to replace him?

  • 14 banjax // Mar 1, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    The McLaren excuses are being laid out well before Wednesday’s defeat at Stoke, otherwise why would he blame ‘the team’ and not take the responsibility to blame himself. It seems that McLaren can say things that should upset the Heirachy of any club all except those and the owner of Newcastle United and get away with them. Lack of accountability goes a long way to explain the lack management skills at the club and with that the spurious football being dished out to the supporters.

  • 15 posada // Mar 2, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    Footballers always latch onto any excuse for being crap, if the manager lets them.
    Looks like SM is getting his excuses in early the tufted prat.

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