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McClaren – We Know We´re In Trouble Because Of This

8:36 am, Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Given the money invested in the Newcastle squad last summer and in January,  and given what happened to us last season when we were nearly caught and relegated on the last day of the season – what has happened to Newcastle this season is little short of scandalous.

At the Fans Forum meeting over a week ago there was a strong statement from the club saying that even though we were third bottom with only 24 points from our 26 games – the worst we have ever done in the Premier League at this stage – they were very confident of survival.

We are now second bottom going into the game at Stoke tonight.

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This is representative of the season at Newcastle

That was interpreted by fans that the Board does not quite realize the extent of the difficulty we are in.

Now we have head coach Steve McClaren coming out and saying that´s not true – the club does understand we are in trouble – because we have been in the bottom four all season long.

This is what Steve has said:

“I’ve seen people who were there at the Fans Forum and that wasn’t the case. That’s been misinterpreted.”

“We know the situation we’re in, and that’s what has been stressed most of all in the last 18 days. We know exactly what position we’re in.”

“We know the severity of it, and it isn’t like last season where it maybe sneaked up on us a bit. We’ve been in the bottom four or five for the whole season, so we know.”

“We know where we are, and we know what we’ve got to do. We know we have certain things we have to put right to make sure we get out of it.”

“But we’ve got the players to do that.”

So that´s the ridiculous position we find ourselves in  with 12 games to go – we hav been in the bottom four all season long.

And Steve seems to hint  that´s even an advantage because we will not be caught like we nearly were last season – we´ve known all season long we have been in a relegation battle.

How wonderful.

We have an under-performing  coach who the Board will not fire because they hired him, who is now hinting that because we have been in the bottom four all season long – the first time that´s ever happened at Newcastle – that could perhaps be an advantage to us.

That´s the position the club is in right now and it’s almost criminal the way Newcastle has been managed at all levels  – especially this season – and that´s  the truth.

If you don´t believe it just look at out current league position – it´s not good.

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

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Fans · Fans Forum · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WWSBRD // Mar 2, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    We’ve got the players to do it? Do we? Certainly doesn’t look like it

  • 2 toon kk // Mar 2, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    It’s great money has been invested in the squad, it needed to be, we only have spent for a reason, had we not been in a relegation battle would MA have spent? I don’t think so. But due to our poor board who didn’t see our defence as a problem we’ll still go down.

  • 3 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 2, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    We find ourselves between a rock and a hard place don’t we? McClaren should be sacked – should have been well before this – but Charnley won’t do it because it will reflect badly on him. He’ll never get another gig like this and he knows it, so he’s desperately gambling on McClaren pulling us through to save face with Ashley and keep his job. More like Russian roulette than making your own luck isn’t it?

  • 4 hibbitt // Mar 2, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    i think the next 2 games will decide our season IF we can get anything at stoke we have a chance

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Mar 2, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    We’re in trouble because of the following, in no particular order: An inadequate chairman and and an over promoted head scout who between them failed to secure a CB, LB and goal scorer, but who did bring us a failed championship manager who makes us play with fear away from home. Don’t think you have to look much further.

  • 6 Rotonda heights // Mar 2, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    over rated

    it’s amazing and very damning how many managers we’ve had where we’ve said ”they’ll never get another gig like this!”

  • 7 Rotonda heights // Mar 2, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    I see saylor is brown nosing the latest manager again!! A man who gets a 250k annual loyalty bonus. Oh the irony. Wonder what ST’s cost us in vets bills and wages over the years for doing the least amount possible. Well I guess playing the geordie card worked for shola too.

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 2, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    I think we have got the players to do it, but McClaren needs to get the balance of personnel right, as well as getting his set up right, setting us up in a way that gets the most out of the personnel.

    I’ve advocated dropping big names for the good of the team for a while now, under Pardew, Carver, and McClaren. None of them did (or have done so far), but I think that the way to keep us up is to drop some of the ‘stars’ who have under performed for the majority of their time here. Particularly when we have options and opportunities to leave them out. Primarily this is the more attacking side, as the defence is threadbare at the moment – Sissoko, Gini, Perez, Mitro, Doumbia, Cisse, Aarons, Townsend. There are options there if he is wiling to change things up.

    It may require a change of formation, or style, but Macca has had 18 days for the ‘rethink’ he said he would have, so I’m hoping (if not expecting) something to give tonight.

  • 9 EllaGuru // Mar 2, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Our two games in hand mean absolutely nothing positive. It is just an opportunity to further damage our already disastrous goal difference. Current bottom three to go down? I would hazard a guess and say yes (unfortunately)

    This drivel from McLaren saying that Newcastle are the most frustrating team he has managed. Inconsistency has always followed Steve wherever he has managed. I would say he is consistently inconsistent.

  • 10 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 2, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Rotonda, I was actually referring to Charnley with that comment, but I think you could paint McClaren with the same brush. And Carr, and Beardsley…etc. To call it a second eleven quality management team would be doing it a favour…

  • 11 WWSBRD // Mar 2, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    I think we have near enough exactly the wrong players to get us out of it haha we have mentally frail players

    And I don’t think McClaren knows where to go from here but only a few hours to see which of us is right I suppose hope it’s u mate

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 2, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    I think (it may have been someone else) you asked further about Cathro and his training. I don’t know specifics of drills unfortunately. What everyone did say was that he emended a high work ethic and favoured working on a system with the team pressing high and working hard from the front to close down and prevent attacking transitions for the opposition. I see very little evidence of that on a regular basis from NUFC, which to me would indicate that Simpson (not surprisingly given their history) has greater control over our training and style.

    The potentially fractured nature of our coaching staff may also go someway to explain the Jekyll and Hyde performances we have seen. It would take a strong personality and tactically astute manager to bring the two differing styles together, and maybe that is one of the flaws of our set up.

    Someone else mentioned putting Cathro in charge of the youth set up, it would be great to see Dawson, Cathro and Bramley working together to help bring through the youngsters. 3 young, talented and highly rated coaches, who, at the minute, are all on the periphery of the age groups or teams they work with.

  • 13 AncientC // Mar 2, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Steve has to come out and clean up after some of the oblivious and delusional comments from the club in the FF minutes.

    It was also noticeable that the FF minutes named (in lazy shortcuts) those asking the questions, but didn’t name those giving the answers.

  • 14 danuneek // Mar 2, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Its quite unbelievable that with the money we’ve spent we find ourselves in this position. It’s as simple as that. I think our transfer policy has let us down big time and it was only in January that the club realised we needed more premier league experience. Is it too late? if we go down it will be a spectacular failure!

  • 15 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 2, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    If we had a manager with any flair or imagination we would throw the kitchen sink at Stoke, surely? Might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. Why not go for a 3-2 win – we do have players who can score but the restriction is McClaren’s ponderous away strategy. Like that’s worked…If it goes according to the script we’ll lose 1-0 or something similar anyway.

  • 16 lesh // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    If the minutes of the FF didn’t accurately reflect the Club’s concern about the threat of relegation, then it appears they can’t even write minutes properly or even sing off the same songsheet!

    What hope they give us poor fans. Tossers!

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