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McClaren’s Sky Sports Interview After 15th Defeat – Video

11:30 pm, Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 67 Comments

Here is Steve McClaren’s post game interview on Sky Sports after the 1-0 loss to Stoke City tonight – where he says Newcastle should have got a point tonight.

But we didn’t because Stoke scored one more goal than we did.

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Steve McClaren – he’s not good enough to be Newcastle manager
He should never have been appointed by Lee Charnley

Here it is.

Should Steve McClaren Be Fired At Newcastle?

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Tags: Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League · Press · Press Conference

67 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    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?

  • 2 geordie157 // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    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.

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    So some of the away supporters got into it with Janmaat? It’s McLaren we want to have a word or two with. Starting with “you’re sacked Steve”.

  • 4 Thump // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    “We had 12 games left, now it’s 11”

    Who was it who said McClaren wasn’t good at maths? We know now he can at least subtract by one.

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    What does Charnley have to say after all this? Eighteen days off and then the same old bollocks. Mitrovic up front by himself. He doesn’t hold the ball up good enough and he’s not quick enough to beat a defender. What is the point McLaren? Why can’t you learn from previous failures?

  • 6 GeordieTwo // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    You’re absolutely spot on BandB. They’re down in the bunker now moving their imaginary armies around. Planning that next imaginary away win.

  • 7 Lanzatoon42 // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:41 PM


  • 8 DENIro // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    This man need a doctor..

  • 9 GeordieTwo // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Had enough for tonight. That was totally demoralizing.

  • 10 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    I see Makro didn’t mention anything about cup finals.

  • 11 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    This is looking bleaker than der kessel.

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Mar 3, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Can’t wait to hear the true geordies comments after tonight’s performance, what a load of rubbish, if we go down, it doesn’t matter who stays and who goes, they all shite.

  • 13 jimmysmith // Mar 3, 2016 at 12:31 AM

    It’s Karma. Our worst fears about Ashley’s motivations are true, and the spiritual realm has intervened in the name of natural justice. The Gods must figure you can’t make an omelette without breaking an egg, and so we are sunk.

    Ok,ok, Karma’s for kids, but in our current case, reality is even less believable.

  • 14 Back Door Man // Mar 3, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    What many business owners do is insulate themselves from the day to day running of their companies; they install a level of management below themselves to act as a buffer or absorbent pad. I call this the prophylactic layer and at the Toon it is Maclaren … it seems his only role is to take most of the hits and protect Ashley from much of the criticism. I like to think of McLaren as a condom, so perhaps we should call him Wally The Johnnie, or That Useless Twerp.

  • 15 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 3, 2016 at 1:44 AM

    I see were not overly impressed with the performance and McClaren’s post-match statements/drivel.

  • 16 U.S Magpie // Mar 3, 2016 at 2:23 AM

    I phucking swear he is screwing us because of the songs we used to sing about him when he was at Borough.
    It just feels that he thought I will get these Geordies back for all those songs.

  • 17 Novocastrian66 // Mar 3, 2016 at 2:28 AM

    I haven’t seen any of the game and I did not see any reports during the game as I was at work. When I got home I obviously knew the result however I’m absolutely astonished that Goufran started.

  • 18 Santon03 // Mar 3, 2016 at 3:12 AM

    We’re f#cked.
    Hopefully the board is doing interviews looking for new manager behind the scene.
    I’m just amazed, there must be a reason, there must be something that Perez did like partying every night or called SM stupid, because after he signed new contracts he couldn’t get a start. I’m ok with Perez starts as a sub as long as the starter is much better than him and works harder, but Gouf instead Perez?
    From all the games that Perez has played, he has worked very hard from start until finish, he has very good skills even Manutd and Spurs want him, he could get goals for us out of nothing and SM choose Gouf.


  • 19 JDdubai // Mar 3, 2016 at 4:06 AM

    Mentally I think he is shot, panicking and not making sensibal choices now. I dont mind starting the game tight to make sure we were still in it at HT, espec after Chelsea match.

    But gouffran starting screams of panic and being scared. Riviere ahead of Doumbia and Perez??? Why did we bother buying Doumbia then, he has had a month with us and 3 weeks training with the team. How much worse than Riviere can he be????

    The best football we played consistently was when we went 442 with Perez and Mitro up top and Wijnaldum wide left. Yes it limits Wijnaldum but the team was balanced and we played some good stuff.

    Also sissoko last night was horrific, how he was still on at the end i dont know.

    bmouth showed how to approach this situation, get good attackers inm, someone who can score and attack. Now they are going to be easily away from the fight while we struggle on with 1 up front and are going down.

    3 of next 4 games Bmouth, Mackems and norwich. We could be down with 7 games to go if we beat Sland and Norwich.

    sissoko needs dropping, put Wijnaldum in his place and townsend on the left if needs be but Perez and doumbia should be worth a look up front – Mitro only has his hold up play to offer and that was v poor last night, nothing stuck with him.

  • 20 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 3, 2016 at 4:09 AM

    how on earth does sisokko starts and last the entire 90mins is beyond me.

    he has been one of the worst performers this entire season. he had like what 5 good games this season and the rest was as abysmal as it can ever get.

    he needs to sort his head out if he thinks he can move to a c.league club. he’d be lucky if he get a move to crystal palace.

  • 21 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 3, 2016 at 4:11 AM

    we deserve what’s coming. spending 80m is too little too late. and you can see from the body language of the players they have all given up. there’s no fight left. we are going down. no 2 ways about it.

  • 22 posada // Mar 3, 2016 at 4:42 AM

    Winston Spencer Churchill after the loss Tobruk.

    Defeat is one thing, disgrace is another.

  • 23 posada // Mar 3, 2016 at 4:46 AM

    The continued presence of SM as our manager is an ongoing disgrace and it shames us all as supporters of NUFC.
    It is clear to me that he has lost the plot and the dressing room.
    I actually believe he now wants the sack. But, behind the scenes is a complete void.

  • 24 posada // Mar 3, 2016 at 4:47 AM

    Should read loss at Tobruk. I believe the man in charge was fired for lack of commitment and aggression.

  • 25 willowdalerez // Mar 3, 2016 at 4:54 AM

    “A point which we deserved” – Macca was fighting for a draw? With 12 games to go and facing relegation and the man went to Britannia looking for a point! Here’s an obvious point that is completely mad or utter incompetence pick your poison. I don’t what I thought I saw in this man when he was appointed but he is unfit to manage Newcastle. Too bad it is too late to replace him with any great chance of success… Next 11 games will be nail biting if we continue to look for draws.

  • 26 posada // Mar 3, 2016 at 5:02 AM

    One last comment.
    There is a team within these players.
    SM just can’t pick it.

  • 27 JDdubai // Mar 3, 2016 at 5:03 AM

    I think if fit then Mbemba and Lascelles should be our CB pairing from now on – hard to judge as Stoke didnt do much but Lascelles handled everything in the air and looked solid on the deck.

    Add Mbemba’s pace next to him and the pairing is looking stronger than with Colo in it.

  • 28 John Akomfrah // Mar 3, 2016 at 5:19 AM

    Pardroop is a better manager than mucca and he was poop

  • 29 tweaked // Mar 3, 2016 at 6:05 AM

    if he is not fired before the weekend, the fans must boycott the Bournemouth game

  • 30 Lindisfarne // Mar 3, 2016 at 6:10 AM

    The summary of the game that Toonacious T provides is spot on. Despite starting with the ever ineffectual threesome of Sissoko, Gini & Mitro, I thought the defensive organisation of the team had improved which might lead to a better attacking threat. But when also throwing Gouff in the mix, we were awful in the last third. Even the second commentator could see how poor our players were and only Gini deserves to keep his place in the team. After 60 mins of the match it was plain to see we were incapable of scoring against a poor Stoke, who were the more likely to get a wind assisted fluke goal. But no Shtevie went for the draw and bust.

    Doumbia showed he is ready to start, that he has skills and the experience to play an important role in the final 11 matches. I will be happy not to see Sissoko, Mitro or Gouff starting again this season and the past 18 days appear to have been a complete waste at the moment. If the Shtevie starts with the same players again on Saturday he deserves all the abuse coming his way.

  • 31 Lindisfarne // Mar 3, 2016 at 6:26 AM

    I must point out that the league table does not suggest that we are “hard to beat”. poor performance from Stoke and they have a win does not suggest that we are “hard to beat”. Another game without scoring does not suggest we are “hard to beat”.

    The central defensive pairing can take a certain amount of confidence from the match, as they did as much as they could. But were let down by the other six players in front of them giving away possession and not having the ability to get one on one with their keeper.

  • 32 Lindisfarne // Mar 3, 2016 at 6:38 AM

    Despite the very important need to defend well, we have also got to start scoring if we are to get points on the board. Mitro does not look like he is going to start doing it anytime soon.

    My team for Saturday:

  • 33 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 3, 2016 at 6:40 AM

    This game was there for the taking. Stoke were poor. We were solid defensively but had nothing going forward. Once we had the ball just outside their box and only mitrovic in the box.

    If only mclaren had a more daring selection we could have won. If mclaren is going into matches hoping for 1 point, we as well stop wasting our time and money playing the next 11 games just forfeit the league.

  • 34 Lindisfarne // Mar 3, 2016 at 6:42 AM


    Picture of Elliot in goal when Shaqiri scored.

  • 35 lochinvar // Mar 3, 2016 at 6:45 AM

    “We didn’t start well. The first half was poor, we never found solutions to play like we normally play.
    “We had more freedom in the second half but if you don’t score it’s difficult to get the points.
    “We were poor. We know. We are very disappointed. But the way the players fought in the second half was fantastic.”

    Just in case you thought it was the unmentionable one then this was from Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino after they were out fought and beaten by West Ham.

    Maybe all the quotes come from a Handbook entitled “The North Korean Illustrious Leaders book of excuses for shi@te football team Managers ” . Co-author Steve McLaren.

  • 36 Average_Contents // Mar 3, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    Nobody is undroppable he said.

    Cue a sissoko start on Saturday. If colamity is fit then he’s a definite too.

    He hasn’t got the balls.

    What a massive knacker.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Mar 3, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    I watched a minute of that interview and he makes me sick, just about to ztart his manic grin over Butlands saves.

  • 38 John Akomfrah // Mar 3, 2016 at 6:58 AM

    this lot need removing or thousands should leave
    vote with your feet

  • 39 Ron Knee // Mar 3, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    If/when we’re relegated, will Charnley and Carr still be around to guide us back up to the PL? I’m assuming McClaren will be gone.

  • 40 LGFUAD21 // Mar 3, 2016 at 7:03 AM

    I could see the logic in this whole keep calm don’t panic the players.


    Surely it’s well overdue time to change tact. Last night I think was one of the most dire performances I’ve seen.

    I see now way out of this now.

    Swansea are pulling away. Bournemouth are likely safe. Sunderland look to have some fight in them.

    Us and Norwich we are gone.

    Large scale changes are needed at this club. We need rid of the old boys club that are here. Let’s not forget that mcclaren only got his job through being besties with Carr.

    I had the patience to keep Steve through christmas. Still thought he might get us out. But that chelsea game. That was the time to move. Should’ve given the new manager 2 weeks with the squad.

    We don’t need a coach. We need a motivator. Tim Sherwood would’ve been a better option for us ATM than mcclaren.

  • 41 Average_Contents // Mar 3, 2016 at 7:03 AM


    I didn’t even bother, why would anyone want to watch that explaining away another abject performance and what we need to do next time.

    He’s grating on me now. Truth be told, he’s been grating for a while.

  • 42 LGFUAD21 // Mar 3, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    I think Gini was woeful last night.

    Tripping over himself.

    Him and Mitrovic were not on the same page at all. Kept getting in each other’s way.

    I say bring cisse in. Go 2 up top and start playing hoofball

    We’ve tried this poor version of passing football all seas and it’s not worked. We need a miracle to stay up anyway.

  • 43 Ron Knee // Mar 3, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    I didn’t think we’d come away from Stoke with any points, but I am expecting a home win on Saturday. If we fail to get three points, we’re as good as relegated.

  • 44 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Mar 3, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    “Newcastle Lose 1-0 – In Real Trouble Now” <<<< NOooowwwww????


    We have been in trouble game 8 …

  • 45 magscar // Mar 3, 2016 at 7:30 AM

    Awful weather, awful game, awful substitutions, awful performance in last third.

    Could just about understand Goufran being picked ahead of Aaron’s or Perez for his work rate in a one off situation and perhaps 0-0 at half time justified this. After half time though, having realised that Stoke were there for the taking if we could take game to them what does McClaren do – Nothing! Desperate for a point he sits like a rabbit trapped in the headlights rather than make effective changes.

    Yes there were some signs of more determination away than at Chelsea but our potential game changers were as anonymous as ever away from home. Shaqiri showed the one spark of talent in a mediocre game that neither side deserved to win. Not sure why Elliott was transfixed and can only assume strength of shot carried in the strong swirling wind undid him.

    Overall it was the same old same old with McClaren unable to get a tune out if his attacking players. I understand the getting men behind the ball especially away from home but there were many times when Mitro was in his own half in open play? Our passing was as poor as usual with Mitro unable to control ball and our attacks rarely got going.

    Would I have accepted that performance if we had scraped a point? Yes because we are that desperate and only results now count.

    I hope that if we lose on Saturday that Ashley intervenes as only that gives us a fighting chance in what is becoming a 4 horse race with 3 losers ( or more likely 3 with 2 ). We seem to be the one without a jockey.

    We have enough home games and a couple of away ones which should be viewed as winnable but we are likely to continue to squander those opportunities if McClaren stays.

    If Ashley wants us to make our own luck then only he can now do it by making the right change of manager. To not do so is to leave matters in the lap of the gods and they ain’t smiling on us.

    There is supposed to be a curse at SJP – well it has managed with McLaren’s help to become portable and is prospering well on it’s travels with us.

  • 46 martoon // Mar 3, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    What got me was we couldn’t string more than 3 passes together – simple 5 yard passes were going astray – what the hell do they do in training?

  • 47 G // Mar 3, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    After a nights sleep to reflect, I am more convinced that Macca knows he’s going to get bumped for incompetance, and is playing for the sack, with the lucrative pay off. Thats the only reason you would field that selection with those tactics. If he is still here on Saturday I guarantee Bournemouth will win.

  • 48 posada // Mar 3, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    With regard to McClaren the supporters are starting to feel hatred, contempt, disgust and a few other things.
    It should never get that bad. On results alone he should have been sacked months ago.
    But, like Pardew he continues to be the front for this rotten regime.
    No sympathy for either of them. They knew who the were going to work for and all that goes with it.

  • 49 magscar // Mar 3, 2016 at 7:56 AM


    I think he played Goufran to help control Shaqiri and it was only working because of the conditions with crosses caught in wind rather than him being nullified.

    A knock on effect of this and playing deep was it made Shelvey less effective as it is his long diagonal passes which make him dangerous. In that set up we rarely got wide players up against their back line for us to capitalise.

    A plan A that as we have seen here and at other clubs can be easily undone with one piece of opportunism late in a game. As usual no Plan B to enable us to recover although on another day Doumbia might have done it.

  • 50 posada // Mar 3, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    G at 47.
    Yep, have thought that for a while.
    But, like Pardew they continue to grind it out putting up the same front.
    Folk will say yeh that’s their job. They have to keep doing it until sacked/paid off.
    But, where is their pride. Don’t forget McClaren is a very rich man.
    If he can’t tell it how it is who can.
    Keegan or any manager with any principles would have hit the road by now. Payout or not.

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Good summary on Goufran starting and the rabbit in headlights scenario.
    I see pawl90210 is saying we might do a Leeds or Portsmouth, this is after eight years of trying to convince us that Mikey saved us from that very fate. Munster Mag while forgetting to tell us that he thought Pardew was bang average but got far too much abuse on here reminds us that this whole mess is all Graham Carrs fault. We’re fcuked!

  • 52 Santon03 // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Maybe I got this wrong, but from what I have read is Anita is fit and he wasn’t on the bench, ok.
    But if you want to get a draw play defensive, you have to put more defensive minded players.
    Saviet was available but he went with Gouf, even if Saviet was not so good in previous games, he should be much better than Gouf in defending.
    How can we defend better when we put on attack minded players? it’s total BS. Like I said yesterday, you can’t play Gini and Shelvey together when you set to defend, you can’t even include Sissoko in defensive minded games.

    I read your comments, guys. I think you are correct, SM is afraid to upset the players, he doesn’t have the guts to face potentially unhappy players. He said at the beginning of the season that he wants to build the team around sissoko, he doesn’t want to drop or disappoint sissoko even if the kind of game wasn’t right for sissoko type therefore the formation and tactic will forever be the same. he will never drop sisso because he is afraid sisso will be unhappy, it’s probably the same case with gouf being unhappy rarely played and asking you said you give everyone a chance then he reply “ok you start next game, let me see where I should play you”.

  • 53 posada // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    I used to listen to the Legends.
    When he was at Boro they would say his plan C is better than his plan B and they are both better than his plan A.

  • 54 sing in the corner // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Ouch, massive hangover feeling this morning, and I didn’t even see the game or have a drink.
    One question though. If ten minutes or so more had elapsed and Stoke didn’t get their deflected goal from nowhere, would we have been relatively satisfied going into the weekend’s game? I certainly would have and was among many saying so on the blog during the game.
    Mick and Ando on radio Newcastle were quite pleased with the organisation and application of the side, felt it was an improvement.
    The goal changes everything.
    Where our main fault was in hindsight was that we didn’t react to what was developing. Stoke were below par, not really bothering us too much. There was a point where we could have gone for it and we didn’t.
    I must say that if we had gone for it from the off like most are saying now, and Stoke got the dreaded early goal or three, everyone would have screamed blue murder.

  • 55 Belfast // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Aye don’t win on Saturday and we’re ferked. Most teams are pulling away now. A straight shoot out between four teams and I wouldn’t stick money on us surviving to be honest.

    The makems probably most likely to escape the shite pool.

  • 56 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    This season has a scary similarities to season 1988-89 the only difference we sacked McFaul and brought in Jim Smith after 7 games.
    Manager Willie McFaul gambled in the transfer window buying Dave Beasent and Andy Thorn from Wimbledon, John Hendrie from Barnsley and John Robertson from Hearts
    Stuffed 4-0 at Everton on opening day took us seven games before we won at Liverpool, lost 6 of the next seven games. failing to score in 6 of them.

    Went into January on 17 points – same as this season.

    Smith wheeler dealer to get us out of trouble buying Brock, Ranson, Brazil Sweeney and two Danes Kristensen and PIngel, sold Robertson who failed to score and Beasant after half a season with the Toon.

    Sadly to many changes a team of strangers went down ending up on 31 points bottom 7 points behind second bottom West Ham, played 38 games won 7 drew 10.
    goals for 32 against 63

  • 57 Santon03 // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    thi is bad, sm is even worse than pardew who is also struggling at palace but at least pardew could get a good start or win 3-4 games in a row. I hate pardew but this is much worse.
    Even if sm was sacked, i’m afraid the replacement will be rodgers or moyes or redknapp. It won’t be foreign manager

  • 58 G // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    100 pecent agree Belfast.

  • 59 Santon03 // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    is it so difficult to talk or interview a manager who doesn’t speak fluent english? is it difficult or too expensive to hire a farking interpreter?

  • 60 G // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    If SM does go, the club will appoint either Simpson or Cathro as interim, not much will change, as they dont learn from past mistakes. Right now, I would go for Dyche, one of the best motivators I have seen in football, and very good at getting average players to play above their level.

  • 61 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    what’s the point of being in premier league all we do is sign cheap average players and championship sacked managers and lose lots of matches id rather see us fight in championship than give up even before the match in premier league

  • 62 Santon03 // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    hiring good expensive manager is still cheaper and more successful than spending 80mil for a dumb manager. it’s more effective and more efficient, example RANIERI and leicester.

  • 63 Toon Tang // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    We should reintroduce the ‘lofted ball to willo at the back stick’ routine. Only this time utilise colo’s substantial aerial dominance…

    I’m willing to try anything.

  • 64 Santon03 // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    We kicked Danny Simpson out, under Ranieri he is about to win the league or at least play in CL.
    That is example of what good manager can do.

  • 65 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Toon Tang
    willing to try anything – bring back Joe ‘King’ Kinnear?
    least his interviews would be entertaining

  • 66 magscar // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Think McClaren has problem in dropping either Sissoko or Gini for away games as they are vital to him and his immediate future. Can’t afford to lose them.

    Whilst he was England manager he was regarded as being too pally with the then England players. Was he not one of the managers who couldn’t make up his mind whether to go with Gerrard or Lampard in midfield and tried to keep both happy whilst Press seemed in favour of one or the other?

  • 67 nufc 11 // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    The club should come out and say even if we go down were sticking by Steve that would stop all the McLaren out crack never wanted him myself.

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