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McClaren Will Take Newcastle Down – Board Have Waited Too Long

10:40 pm, Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

It’s almost certain if Newcastle keep on their present course with Steve McClaren in charge, we will be relegated and how many chances does the former England manager get as we lost the 11th away game in 14 – and have only scored 7 goals away from home all season.

That was our 15th defeat in 27 games and we have only 24 points – the worst we have ever done in the Premier League after 27 games played.

It looks like Steve McClaren has not been up to the job at Newcastle all season long and he would have been fired by now at any other Premier League club.

steve mcclaren stoke

Steve McClaren tonight – he’s simply not good enough – fire him

Unfortunately with Newcastle keeping him in charge for this long it probably means we are likely to be relegated even if the powers that be decide so late in the season that he’s not the man for the job.

Why did it take Lee Charnley and company so long to come to that conclusion – always assuming that’s the conclusion they reach.

Because he appointed him in the first place – that’s why – and there has been too much coziness with the Board – backing each other up as we have remained in the bottom four all season.

Mick Quinn doesn’t think much of McClaren – that’s for sure.

Here is Steve’s record – which in plain words – is atrocious given the squad he has had all season and we will not mention the £81M we have spent on new players – to do so would be further embarrassment.

Premier LeaguePlayed WonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints

And we are in a three club struggle as to which two go down this season between Sunderland, Newcastle and Bournemouth.

Hey – let’s look on the positive side we may be lucky like we were last season.

But maybe not.

Make no mistake – if Newcastle are relegated this season it’s because of the complete incompetence of the Newcastle Board – they are simply too inexperienced and not good enough to be in charge of Newcastle United.

They were the ones who hired Steve McClaren in the first place after he had just been fired by Derby County.

It’s sad but it does look like we will be going down this season.

Even if Newcastle come to their senses and fire McClaren it’s now a big ask for a new manager to save us.

It will be interesting to hear what Steve says about our seventh successive away defeat in all competitions – more  reasons (also known as excuses) probably.

Here’s where we stand tonight.

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Well we though Alan “grass length” Pardew had monopoly over the excuse generator but apparently hes franchised it out. Cue Steve “can’t seem to handle the ball” McLaren, now it appears we were the only one of the two sides tonight unduly affected by wind. Should have kept clear of the chorizo sausage and Pimientos Padron Steve. Warned you

  • 3 DENIro // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    McClaren should be sacked now.. Just give a job to De Jong, if he can stay fit, or do not hurt himself by the sidelines..

  • 4 John Akomfrah // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Whilst they remain I reserve the right to withdraw my support

  • 5 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Five years ago would never have imagined we would become a yoyo team. And a joke.

  • 6 DENIro // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Asked if he would be in charge for the rest of the season, the under pressure boss said: “I don’t see any reason why not.

  • 7 U.S Magpie // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    We had two games in hand and if we won both we would be one game away from 14th place. Instead dickphucker Mcahole sends out a week ass defensive team and we lose again. When will this moron ever learn, we need to get back to playing with two strikers and please for the love of god be the Perez and Doumbia. Or fire this stupid useless idiot who has the tactical knowhow of a dead ferret.

  • 8 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Funny Tsunki, that was my blog moniker for over two years

  • 9 reilly // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    McClaren pleased with Newcastle’s effort: “Last 18 days we talked a lot about what we need to do and we started that process tonight.”

  • 10 lesh // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Repost from last thread:

    Charnley seemingly chose McClaren and on Carr’s recommendation.

    Charnley agreed the players we bought, again on Carr’s recommendations.

    Ashley’s seemingly been hands off leaving football matters to the so called football board and he’s going nowhere until he’s ready. He can’t be sacked.

    So, where to from here?

    McClaren can’t be held solely responsible for a season that’s seen us flirting with relegation all season – he’s just not been good enough, a bad choice.

    Charnley and his board colleagues must be held responsible for the mess that is Newcastle United – whether we are relegated or not. They should all be sacked.

    But will that happen? I doubt it and if anyone carries the can, it’ll be McClaren.

    What a mess, a disaster and will Ashley give a toss? I doubt it.

  • 11 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    What makes it worse is it was a cup final.

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Especially away from home McLaren sets us up to not lose. Except we’re not good enough defensively to play like that. Why wait until there are 7 minutes left to put Doumbia and Perez on McLaren? Are you a complete idiot? We needed goals. Mitrovic was not providing them. It’s simple Steve but you are clueless.

  • 13 JamesToon // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Wish we never sacked hughton

  • 14 lesh // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Has anyone any contacts in the media who can produce an exposé of Ashley’s running nay ruining of a once great Newcastle United?

    It could develop into a series of articles or even a new TV soap opera. Geordie Shore? Geordie Scheidt more like!

  • 15 Munster Mag // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Lesh of course so much comes through carr. He is the de facto dof. Useless one too. For 80 mill even ash deserves more than this.

  • 16 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    McClaren’s press conferences are really quite bizarre. He must be the only person in the world, quite literally, who saw that as a positive performance.

  • 17 GeordieTwo // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    We might as well have comatose accident victims as manager and managing director. As it stands I have no faith in them to save us from relegation. Complete failures.

  • 18 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    G2 you hit the nail on the head – when Charnley was tasked to find the new manager, he didn’t want just ANY idiot, he got Steve, the Complete Idiot. It rounded out the Boards super powers, we also had the Perfect Fool, the Ultimate Imbecile , the Utter Buffoon in the board room. The Dream Team.

  • 19 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    I maintain that it’s the next 3 home games that will determine our fate- Bournemouth, Swansea and Sunderland. We probably could survive the drop were we to lose to 1 of the first 2 and beat Sunderland, but ideally we want to be beating at least 2 out of those 3, and it is essential that we beat Sunderland.

    Sunderland have a tough run-in but they’re showing more fight than we are, and if Norwich (as unlikely as it seems) put any semblance of results together then we could be in big trouble.

    Lot of football to be played though.

  • 20 banjax // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    No match for 18days. 18 days to prepare for this defeat including a ‘team bonding’ jolly session in La Manga. Inexplicable ! Mike Ashley needs to press the button now before he loses anymore money.

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    If we continue to set up with a lone striker (Mitrovic) we are knackered. Why wait to the 84th minute to bring on Perez and Doumbia? They created more in 7 minutes than Mitrovic did in 83. What kind of mental midget are you McLaren?

  • 22 Lanzatoon42 // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:04 PM


  • 23 GeordieTwo // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Spot on Tsunki @18. This is shameful to watch. And then listening to McLaren afterward just makes me ill…

  • 24 GeordieinOhio // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Mitro was playing so deep I am pretty sure Mctard told him to play as a second rush keeper or to man mark elliot!! because mctard is such an awesome manager!!

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    I just don’t understand this. Explain it to us McLaren please. Are you determined that we lose all our remaining away matches? Anybody could see we needed the strikers put on early in the second half. In fact why didn’t you start with Perez and Doumbia up front you total clown?

  • 26 Bri // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    I wonder if this brain dead coach of ours really believes what he says in public because we are in serious trouble Mclaren, if you haven’t noticed.
    What a nugget.

  • 27 Belfast // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    We need to win those 3 home games. There’s a big gap opening up that’s casting the bottom four adrift and I have a bad feeling the makems will escape.

    But apart from that I’m great.

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    That was sad, pathetic, disgusting, humiliating. You name it. We just threw the points away. Stoke were playing poorly. With Perez and Doumbia on from the start we would have scored and changed the whole game. But instead McLaren does his usual imitation of a cabbage and leaves Mitrovic on to stumble about.

  • 29 Belfast // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Straight shootout between four teams and the serail escapers are gaining momentum.

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    And why bring Riviere on before Perez and Doumbia? Madness. Utter madness…..

  • 31 kelpo // Mar 3, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    I am now believing that we are now going down.I cannot understand why such a rich owner would try and cut corners with a manager such as the current one. Surely spending an extra few million on a world class manager such as Klopp would have generated much more profit in the long run….the old saying “speculate to accumulate” springs to mind

  • 32 nastynorm // Mar 3, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Why have u put Bournemouth I there do u mean Norwich ! I hope nufc & sland get relegated it’s what both useless clubs deserve. The so called board at nufc are clueless a pensioner a pen pusher & a clown so there’s no chance of them making a decision to sack the clown ! The clubs don’t deserve the supporters who turn up week after week. I hate saying it but the club is a mess from top to bottom.

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