McClaren To Stay On – We Shouldn’t Have Lost

After overseeing his 15th defeat in 27 league games this season, Steve McClaren was defiant in the post match interview at Stoke tonight and when he was asked if he would be staying on as the Newcastle manager he said – “I don’t see why not.”

But if he does stay on then it’s because the powers that be at Newcastle have decided it’s more important to keep Steve McClaren as the Newcastle manager than to save our Premier League status.

With Steve McClaren in charge for the rest of the season it’s almost certain we will be relegated.

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A familiar pose from Steve McClaren tonight

Newcastle almost hung on for the draw and Doumbia had an effort brilliantly saved by Jack Butland deep into stoppage time, but the truth is we didn’t really deserve anything out of the game as we went for the draw from the very first whistle.

How brave is that?

This is what Steve McClaren had to say after the game, which saw Newcastle stay in 2nd bottom place but we are now 6 points behind 5th bottom Swansea who won 2-1 tonight at Arsenal.

“We are here for a reason, and we have to continue. 11 games to go you saw tonight the reaction of the players was good.” “The players are frustrated, angry and disappointed. “Everything you’d expect from a game we shouldn’t have lost.”

“We didn’t deserve that. The last 18 days we talked a lot about what we needed to do. We started that process. Attitude, work rate, being harder to beat. We were organised and stifled Stoke. They had one shot and it was a goal.”

“We deserved to fight our way to a point. There is a spirit there. The game is cruel. You dust yourselves down and we go again on Saturday. Bournemouth becomes a huge game for us.”

“The away form has always been a concern. We want consistency home and away. We have 11 games. We don’t know the points target but we have the talent.”

“We are there for a reason. We have to fight our way out of it.”

We’ve heard it all before.

If we are to survive we will need to see some decisive action from Newcastle, but as we’ve seen in the past they don’t do anything in a crisis.

They just seem to hope for the best and have not controlled their own destiny this season in any way.

That’s why we will be relegated this season – because in plain language – they are simply incompetent and there have been warning signs all season long that Steve McClaren wasn’t good enough.

That started with just 3 points from the first 8 games when he would have been fired at any other club.

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15 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #1

    And why bring Riviere on before Perez and Doumbia? Madness. Utter madness….. The away form has been a concern McLaren? Ahahahahahahahahahaha! You imbecile! You’re the one setting us up for loss after loss!

  • Silk Cut

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #2

    JfA with a face like a Russian Weightlifters ass crack

  • stan anderson

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #3

    How many times do we need to hear that we did’nt deserve that.Oh yes we did.Accept it you cant do the job,you clown

  • BandB

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #4

    It used to be popular for bloggers defending the running of the club to say “Ashley owns it, lock, stocked barrel, and he can do what he likes.”
    I wonder who, apart from Jib, would be brave enough to say that now.
    If he “can do whatever he likes” then he can’t also be powerless to remove failing executives from their positions.

  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #5

    The players are no different from ordinary working folk – well, apart from their wages!

    Like us all, if we’re working for a boss whose directions are not producing results then we’ll lose confidence in that boss and respect goes out of the window – we go through the motions but don’t give a toss.

    Could that be the case at SJP? Probably.

    And what gave the senior management done to get the club back on track?

    Sweet FA!

  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m beginning to think this idiot might be even worse at his job than Carver! Are you kidding me Ashley and Charnley? You were actually able to find someone worse than Carver????

  • AncientC

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #7

    The quotes that come out of the club are bizarre, it is like reading ‘the onion’ satire.

  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Yes we’re not hearing quite the number of defenders of Ashley on here anymore BandB for some reason. Strange, as that group were always so insistent that they had it right and the rest of us were fools.

  • Lanzatoon42

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #9


  • BandB

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #10

    There’s always been a bunker mentality.
    Down there, right now, they are moving armies around the map that surrendered months ago.

  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Could it actually be true? McLaren more incompetent than Carver? How is that possible? Carver lost 8 in a row in the run in and then we survived by a miracle. Could McLaren actually do worse than that?

  • Thump

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #12

    McClaren has settled on winning ugly, and that’s fine as long as we win. We aren’t winning. We’re being beaten by a team that expected us to roll over, and instead managed to match our pace (or lack thereof).

    If we do stay up, it’ll be a bloody tragedy for at least one team in the league.

  • geordie157

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #13

    for the first time I’m starting to think we’ll go down with Villa and Norwich as the mackems seem more capable of picking up points.

    Our only hope is winning the homes games…even that may not be enough. Got a sneaky feeling we’ll need 3 points from the Villa game but will only get 1 sending us down with a game left.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #14

    It seems pretty obvious that we’re going down after tonight’s result.
    We may all blame Ashley but Schteve McTavish has to carry most of the blame. His tactics (does he think they are little white mints in a small plastic box?), of playing one up front and ‘hoping for the best’ is just laughable and pathetic. His substitutions are ridiculous such as putting on Perez (why is he being treated like this?) and Doumbia with around eight minutes to go. Why Gouffran was even considered tonight is unbelievable. The guy doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near the first team.
    I look at the other teams in the Premiership and I see bags of technique and skill, fluid movement, superb passing ability, desire and invention.
    We don’t have ONE of those attributes at Newcastle and we often resemble a Sunday morning club outfit.
    It’s depressing and embarrassing. If Ashley loses his Premiership status this season it will be his own fault.
    A third rate manager, a fourth rate managing Director and a chief scout who seems to think that Cabella and Thauvin are class wingers, Mitrovich and Riviere are natural goalscorers and Colback, De Jong and Anita are master craftsmen in midfield. God help us all.
    Get Brendan Rodgers in NOW, get Perez and Aarons in the team and Townsend and Mbemba fit and we MIGHT just have a chance of pulling this out of the fire.

  • Premiership Manager

    Mar 3, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #15

    I said I’d support McClaren until he lost the team and last nights performance was abysmal. There was no closing down in the first half, the palyers didn’t work for the ball and most worryingly they looked unfit after an 18 day break.

    We will need a miracle to stay up and the worrying thing is that unlike last time we will not have a good enough team to come straight back up as there will be a mass exodus of players.


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