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Mark Hughes Perceptive Remarks On Newcastle Squad

2:20 pm, Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Steve McClaren will be giving his news conference about now and Mark Hughes the Stoke City manager is doing his press conference for the vital game at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow night.

And Mark has hit the nail on the head with his initial comments on Newcastle’s squad.

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Mark Hughes – Stoke manager

This is what the Stoke City manager said:

“It will be a test for us. Newcastle are fighting for their lives. Looking at their squad you wonder how and why they are where they are.”

“It might take them a little bit of time to get going or they may be really refreshed and raring to go, we just don’t know.” “We have always seemed to reap the benefits of a break away, so we will see how they shape up tomorrow.”

“They are struggling for confidence and their away record isn’t that good, but every game is hard in the Premier League and we have to make sure we are ready.”

“We picked up a good result at the weekend to back up our Bournemouth performance so we are in a good place.”  “Obviously results dictate where you are going to be and at the moment they are struggling for good results.”

“We need to take advantage of any lack of confidence that they have.”

If the squad isn’t better than a bottom three club then it would be a very good question about how we spent £82M this season on eight new players.

To us, what Mark has said has put the spotlight on head coach Steve McClaren and his coaching staff and their performance this season has been woeful.

The facts show that.

But they are still in their jobs and we suspect that as long as we don’t lose the next three games on the trot or something drastic like that – then they will remain in charge for the rest of the season.

That could well mean we will be a Championship club at the end of the season and that would be a complete, unmitigated and terrible disaster for the fans of Newcastle and for the club itself.

If that happens we cannot blame anybody else but ourselves – the club will have taken us down by their sheer ineptitude at all levels.

That’s really damning for a club as great as Newcastle United.

We really hope that doesn’t happen and that Newcastle can start putting a string of wins together – now – but in truth we have our doubts we can survive this season.

We hope we are wrong on that.

Comments welcome.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NezzaNUFC // Mar 1, 2016 at 2:25 PM


    Did anyone know that Cathro trains the boys for home games while McC trains them for away games?

    Surely this ain’t accurate! but then again Cathro touted as a Pep style manager says it all!

  • 2 spitfire_ // Mar 1, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    C’mon Sparkles, don’t be so polite. We all know the answer of this 1 pound question.

  • 3 Mister Tuff // Mar 1, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Everybody and their aunty says were are in the claggy. Now Hughes saying we are fighting for our lives.
    Meanwhile back at SJP – Penfold is trying to suggest that relegation has not been discussed.
    These guys couldn’t lie straight in bed.

  • 4 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 1, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Any well run club would’ve had phased progression, especially in the crucial CB roles, bringing in the young lad, Lascelles, to play alongside the experienced man. NUFC have long since missed that opportunity. However good Colo used to be, he’s now a liability. The club doesn’t seem to get that players form can drop off markedly at Colo’s age. It’s in at the deep end for Lascelles. Learn the hard way. Hopefully, he will come through it and he’ll be a better player in the long term.

    Typical NUFC. No long term club guardian with diligence, commitment, conscientiousness, a person who loves the club and takes care of every aspect of it from top to bottom, year after year. NUFC is a hollow shell with “here today gone tomorrow” office holders. If it is ever to achieve success, it needs to find that essential “club” mentality, easily extinguished, desperately difficult to revive. There’s nothing in the current set up that suggests it’s on the right course. Quite the opposite.

  • 5 mad-serb // Mar 1, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Afternoon guys

    so first bits of the press conference suggest that Colo wont make for stoke.

    Which bassicly means we will see a new back 4 tomorrow night.

    Guess it will be
    Janmaat Taylor Lascelles Dummet

  • 6 Jib // Mar 1, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Mr Tuff @3

    I assure you I’m not trying to score points.

    I’m sure behind closed doors relegation has been discussed.

    What they haven’t discussed is the ticketing situation if relegation should happen

    BP: (Brian Parkin – NUFC Fans United)
    “Does the club have any plans in the event of relegation as far as season tickets are concerned? In the event of relegation, does the club intend to reimburse any fans on the direct debit scheme if they decide to cancel their season ticket?”

    The club is confident of remaining in the Premier League and, as a result, has not discussed plans in such detail across the business at this stage.

  • 7 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 1, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    I see the club are releasing some younsters.

    Matty Longstaff is offered a scholarship. He looked a decent prospect when I saw him recently for the 18s.

  • 8 JeanDavidGinola // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    Nezza McClaren shud just back off then entirely and let Cathro get on with it, Maybe stick McClaren in a director of football position and get someone like Nuno Santo in who’s gonna better compliment Cathros tactical nous instead of someone like McClaren who cud be stunting it

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