Why Newcastle´s Prospects For Survival Look Grim

One of the reasons that Bournemouth were able to beat Southampton 2-0 at home last night was the intensity of the play coming from Eddie Howe´s men and they fully deserved the win.

That victory was Bournemouth’s first over Southampton in the league since 1958 and certainly they will be a handful for Newcastle on Saturday afternoon and our players will have to match their intensity at St. James’ Park.

The advantage we have is that 50,000 fans will be there supporting the lads and they usually turn up for home matches, although that´s not always been true for away games which is one reason we are so apprehensive about the game tonight at Stoke City.

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Steve McClaren – players understand the trouble we are in

That´s one thing Newcastle fans will not accept – players not giving 100% in games – be it at home or on the road – and that´s what has happened far too many times away from home this season.

Because of their seeming lack of commitment away from home Steve McClaren has had to again say once again that the players at Newcastle know the difficulty we are in so maybe we will get some fight tonight at the Britannia Stadium.

Hope so.

This is what Steve has said about his players:

“I’m just giving you the reasons for us conceding goals and maybe capitulating a bit with our away form.”

“But I do know, strongly on the other side with 12 games to go, we have enough in that dressing room in terms of talent, ability and character to win the games we need to win to stay in this league.”

“Yes, the players share that knowledge.”

“It was one thing that we asked at the start of this period, and the message that we threw at the players was that they have to know and realise the situation that we’re in.”

“They can’t afford to leave it until the last game in the hope they’ll do something there.” “We’ve been saying this all season to get out of the bottom three.”

“It’s not a new message in that respect, it’s just the severity and the seriousness of the position is starting to get heightened.”

That´s one reason we are very concerned about Newcastle´s chances – Steve has been telling his players all season long that we have to get out of the bottom three – yet with only 12 games to go we are still second bottom of the league.

In addition, since the January transfer window closed we have played three games and been taken apart 3-0 and 5-1 in our two away games at Everton and Chelsea respectively – so perhaps that message is not getting through?

Tonight at Stoke City is the acid test and if we fail again it will not be good.

If we cannot get our players fighting for the shirt in every single remaining game – then prospects for our survival look grim.

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8 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 2, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1


    Obviously you didn’t see Saylor’s performance v chelsea when I’ve seen milk turn quicker.

    As for you saying sacking the last manager went well, that was actually JC and I don’t think there’s a sane fan anywhere who would have kept him in charge.

    If you actually meant AP, then again for the ignorant or hard of hearing, he was NOT sacked, he walked and going off his current spectacular collapse thank god. Ironically if we win both games in hand we would go level with CP.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 2, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    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.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 2, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah, some of them are mentally frail, some are just overhyped. However, I wouldn’t swap many of our first choice match day 18 for Sunderland, Villa, Norwich, Swansea, Bournemouth, WBA, Palace players.

    It doesn’t help their mental state when they aren’t able to play to their strengths due to tactics, style, set up. A Prem player should be able to do a job whatever the style, but let’s face it, most of them are over hyped and over grown pampered babies, so they struggle.

    I’d keep playing Gini, as he is potentially a match winner, more so than pretty much all of the rest. But he needs to play high up, in a role where if he is anonymous, it at least doesn’t cost us defensively. But there are other players who just haven’t cut it, and don’t have the attitude to.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 2, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Not sure what emended is in post 2, it should say implemented.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 2, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5


    I must admit my heart dropped when simpson was appointed as I immediately thought it would dilute cathro’s influence and results and performances seem to bear this out.

    Ironcially there is a great manager (Nuno) who cathro was very successful with at Valencia who is available now and could have come in at the start of this 18 dy break, but sadly Charnley has probably never even heard of him

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 2, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    I notice Ed has gone all quiet on the Charlie Austin stories, no goals since his Southampton debut, and now out injured for ‘several weeks’ with a hamstring injury.

    I see Afobe scored again last night, I’ve heard from a couple of people, and read a couple of reports alluding to the same thing, he was our number 1 strike target in January, but we were not aware of any other interest, so felt there was no rush to get the deal done. Shelvey was seen as more urgent at the time, so they concentrated all their efforts on that deal.

    When Bournemuth bid, the deal was completed very swiftly, and we didn’t react. Pretty shambolic if that is true, and embarrassing that the board can’t deal with 2 potential transfers at once.

  • stuart no9

    Mar 2, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    ED ,,,,,, just to remind you 50,000,fans USED to be an advantage. not anymore ./ look at our last 5 seasons , 50,000 fans mights as well 500 . thats how it is now im afraid

  • Jib

    Mar 2, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    I wonder how many of the coaching squad were foisted on McClaren ?
    Steve Black was at NUFC with Keegan in the 90’s so Charnley would have known him.
    Ian Cathro just seemed to appear after his failed job interview at Rangers.
    There is a real feeling of over-egging the coacing pudding and the feeling is that players are getting confused esp in away matches.
    In general pro footy players are not the smartest of people so the guiding philosphy should be KISS – keep it simple stupid.


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