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McClaren Makes Astonishing Claim At Post-Game Interview

9:47 am, Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 82 Comments

Steve McClaren is fighting to keep his job at Newcastle after we suffered our  15th defeat in 27 league games and that was our 7th defeat in a row away from home.

The form we have been in after we brought in four new players in January has not been good and we have lost at Everton, Chelsea and Stoke and won a home game against West Brom 1-0.

Before that we had lost 2-1 at Watford so that´s four defeats in the last five games since we beat West Ham at home 2-1.

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Steve McClaren after the Stoke defeat
Thinks – what can I say at the post game interview?
Yes – that´s it – we were better than at 
3 points from the last 15 points played for is hardly going to be good enough to save us this season from relegation –  and we don´t expect it to get much better with other relegation threatened sides like Swansea and Bournemouth starting to pick up some wins.

Steve McClaren after the game made more weird comments and he also talked of the ugly altercation of Janmaat with some Newcastle fans after the game.

Steve was first asked if he should keep his job at the club:

“I don’t see any reason why not.” “We have been in this position for a reason. We have to continue.”

“There’s 11 games to go and you saw tonight the reaction of the players after the last outing. The reaction has been good.”

“I don’t know what happened with Janmaat.” “It was unfortunate, I was walking over and they were being very appreciative as always. They were supportive of the team.”

“I don’t know what happened. Players are emotional and fans are emotional. But nobody deserved that at the end.” “We need 52,000 right behind us.”

“If you’d have seen the performance at Chelsea you would say we’d made progress, most definitely.” “There were good individual performances and a good team performance.”

“There was a determination and work-rate. There was a spirit there, not just from the eleven but the subs as well.”

“This game is cruel, it’s been cruel to us. We dust ourselves down and go again on Saturday.”

Make no mistake about it – those comments were aimed at owner Mike Ashley and why he shouldn´t be thinking about sacking his manager,.

But Steve has under-performed all season long starting with 3 points from the first eight league games.

At any other club McClaren would have been fired right then and there after such a disastrous start, but he has been kept on to get us into this very serious situation – where we are unlikely to survive even if a new manager is brought in.

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Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley himself have to take responsibility for keeping such a woeful manager in place for so long and completely jeopardizing the club´s Premier League status.

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82 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    How was that a strong stoke side with no Shawlcross or Bojan? They were there for the taking but we weren’t interested till we went a goal behind

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Van toon man

    I have been asking myself that for a long long time now

  • 3 Oleg G // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    This man is sick and needs help.
    Someone, please, help him!!!
    He needs psychiatric evaluation ASAP.

    What progress?
    You are worse than Carver.
    Do you get that?
    That is an achievement on its own.
    You should get a medal for it.
    “Worse than the worst manager”.

  • 4 stan anderson // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    The picture on the the previous thread shows all is well and they have it all in control.
    We are worried for nothing,still believe in Maclaren to get us in top 8.

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:57 AM


    Not saying other owners do know football but they sure as hell make sure they hire people who do, not some random drinking buddies and never wassers from yester-year.

  • 6 WWSBRD // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    It wasn’t cruel we offered very little and got what we deserved

  • 7 banjax // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    I never wanted McLaren as manager for Newcastle. So when Lee Charnley, embarrassingly tried three times to hire him, it was puzzling to say the least because at thee time he was in charge of a Derby team with the same track record as ours, except they had the sense to sack him before it got too late. I wanted McLaren to be sacked as early as October because it was plain then as now he wasn’t the manager for Newcastle, especially after he rejected the chance to join us twice before he sacked and joined us at the third time of asking after he received his pay off. The same will happen now at Newcastle, meaning he won’t do the right thing and resign he will simply wait to be sacked for a better severance package. Like many people, I simply can’t understand why Mike Ashley hasn’t gone through the management at Newcastle like a dose of salts earlier because I’m sure he is aware of the bumper Media package available from August 2016 season. Surely a cost of £4m to pay off the current crew and another £15m package for the right manager is peanuts compared to circa £130m in TV money alone. Puzzling, very puzzling.

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:03 AM


    Did you mean SM or Jib lol!!!

    Some Toon fans vented their anger towards players at the final whistle at Britannia with Newcastle full-back Daryl Janmaat trying to apologise to the travelling supporters.

    On the boos from the away end, McClaren said: “I don’t know what happened.

  • 9 stan anderson // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    We are making progress it must be said.
    Making progress to relegation.
    The man should not have been put in his position.
    Who is to blame Penfold.
    Who put Penfold in his job,Ashley.
    The slug put all thaese inepts in their positions at NUFC.
    Who is to blame ?
    ASHLEY and the whole lot of his shower OOT

  • 10 VanToonMan // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Curious question – if we had the exact same team exact same £££ spend this season but Pardew was in charge the whole time (ie since summer) – where do people think we would be right now?

    a) Same position – 19th?
    b) Lower – 20th?
    c) Higher?

  • 11 mad-serb // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:08 AM


    Agree mate, I am dissapointed as everyone, but I appreciated the effort from certain guys. The problem I had was the long ball hoofing which in the wind cannot be judge which i why not just Mitro but both sides forwards struggled.

    For the life of me I do not understand why we just hoofed it up in hope after seeing it was almost impossible to know exactly where the ball will end up.

    Anyone that plays golf, rugby even football knows when you have a wind like that is that you need to keep the ball low or on the ground so we needed to pass it.

    Was also suprised as to why people got on Janmaats back, maybe I missed something at some point but he did what he was told. I can find atleast 5 players that was worse than him.

  • 12 Oleg G // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    I mean the person who said we played better than against Chelsea.
    That person should go home, to a home where they treat people with a mental illness.
    He is delusional.

  • 13 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    I was going to crack a funny about judging him over the next ten games but that just isn’t amusing anymore.

    Any replacement would face the same scenario that Alan Shearer had last time round, it’s just an untenable near impossible situation.

    I don’t think it would do any harm to team morale sacking him though and letting Cathro have a go, it might be the bounce needed.

  • 14 beermonkey // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    what went on with janmatt at the end of the game
    mclaren said something in his interview
    does any1 know

    under the current board regime
    can any manager do well??

    for me nowt has changed from pards to carver
    and now mclaren with new coaches

    is a new manager the answer or will it be the same sh1t diffrent manager again

  • 15 jayphoto // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    The away form for me is largely down to tactics. Wevsit far too back and tight. Even in our away win at bournemouth but for elliott they could have had 5!
    For me im guessing the only thing keeping mcClaren in a job is the lack of options that would come at this stage of the season. surely most would want to start in july??
    also the manager we need to keep us up, and the manager we need to take us on are probably 2 completely different people

  • 16 WWSBRD // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Why would Cathro offer us a boost?

  • 17 Blofal // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Who on earth do we bring in to replace McLaren? We’ve left it very late. 11 games. The players will have to learn a new game plan so we have to do it right now. We are playing no better than the start of the season so this talk of progress from McLaren is rubbish.

  • 18 posada // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    I always appreciate it when Micky Quinn calls it as it is.
    He knows the game and I value his opinion.
    If he thinks he is clueless then he is clueless.

  • 19 jayphoto // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    @essex – I think all they could hope for is a huge name that might motivate in the short term by respect? A Vieira perhaps? Someone that has achieved in their career

  • 20 mad-serb // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:18 AM


    I think There would be plenty of managers still interested. We spend 80 mil and if by some miracle we do the great escape ourselves their is the promise of more money being invested in the team in the summer again.

    That would be of some interest for some hopefully decent managers out there.

  • 21 Jan Stavik // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Great, summer is nearing and the spring sign is Toon loosing game after game. It’s been like this for ages now, unfortunately we’re all getting used to it I guess.

    The club has been mismanaged for a decade, and McClaren is another mistake done by the management. I honestly think we will go down now, I can’t see how we can get the 12-15 points needed to stay up. Progress? We’re where we have been all year, turning up one week, but usually our players seem to don’t care too much if we win or not.

    I’d bring in Nigel Pearson (whom I honestly don’t like, but we need someone with guts and fight at the mo) – and regroup in the summer IF we stay up. I can’t see either happening though!

  • 22 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Van tn man

    as someone who couldn’t stick Pardew (no really!) I admit he would probably have had us a couple of places higher.

    AP used to jokingly say ” his teams always played on the front foot” Well I think the Pinochio tag might be finding a new home with SM.

    What is the point of keeping SM? SM is never going to change his philosophy to attempt actually going for wins every match

  • 23 toon kk // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Of course we could do better than Macca but we haven’t got a proven striker, who’s going to get our goals? No new manager can change that atm. Poor squad poor manager.

  • 24 posada // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    An observation.
    When we had the ball Stoke pressed it. Our player in possession was being put under pressure by 2 sometimes 3 players.
    When stoke had it we dropped off and let them play.
    Was he hoping to catch them on the break. With who? We had no pace in the team.
    Were they following McClarens instructions or just being lazy?
    Can anybody explain that.

  • 25 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Jan stavik

    At the start of the season when we were fleetingly linked with Viera, I kept dreading seeing the odds shorten on McLaren even after he had turned us down twice. This club doesn’t do pride!!

  • 26 Blofal // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Viera is unproven and would be a move akin to appointing Alan Shearer.

  • 27 beermonkey // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    mad serb

    i am sure we could get the manager we need

    but will anything change with the board and inferstructure at the club?

    we have a new manager with new coaches and we still cant perform for 90 mins
    we dont look like a team and our basics look poor, most of the same things that were there under pards carver and now mclaren

    i play golf mad serb and i can never keep the ball down when i need to

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:29 AM


    you keep saying that and sure 82M could have been much much better spent, but surely to god they should be doing better, no matter who is in charge.

    Saylor charged out a couple of times before inevitably losing it and then reverted to just hoofing it. Lascelles was half decent and maybe he and MBemba could work.

    Sad days. SM won’t change so we are just sleepwalking into relegation under a manager who was a sure thing to qualify for the euros as England manager.

  • 29 Jib // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    We nearly had American owners

  • 30 Novocastrian66 // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Playing Goufran ahead of Aarons and Perez sums him up for me.

  • 31 beermonkey // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:33 AM


    i dont think mclaren will change anything

    when we need to change things in matches he never reacts first he waits and by then its to late

  • 32 WWSBRD // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    I’d have Shane McMahon as owner

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:39 AM


    Typical reserved cautious response which led us to getting SM.

    SM has huge experience, KK had none. Viera has played the game at the highest level, won everything and is a respected coach at youth level who is now cutting his teeth successfully in the states.

    Sometimes you need to take a risk because our jokingly ” safe pair of hands” have landed us right in it.

  • 34 beermonkey // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:41 AM


    if the so called top 5 are trying to form a euro super league
    it will make selling a prem club pretty hard now
    take away our top 5 teams and the tv cash will soon dry up

    the bloke who just sold his 200mill stake in arsenal and bought into everton
    maybe he thinks (knows) it wont happen as i would think his value in arsenal would have gone up in a super league and his stake in everton will be worth less if it goes ahead

    so maybe it wont happen

  • 35 Jib // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    I was going to caption this deja vu – but the side last night played much better this time.

  • 36 AncientC // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    If Nigel Pearson wasn’t out there, I could understand the hopeless claims of there being nobody who would want the job.

    Can you imagine Pearson allowing Sissoko and others to get away with performances such as that?

  • 37 toon kk // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    We’ve been sleep walking into relegation ever since Remy left and we didn’t replace him.
    Don’t get me wrong we have some good players, mixed in with the right team around them they have great potential. But at Newcastle our best are continually let down by poor team mates.
    Our work rate is basically sh.t most of the time. I’m afraid we will go down tbh going off our football over the last few seasons we don’t belong in the premier league.

  • 38 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    How do frauds like McClkren, Pardew and contless others rise to the top of the game and stay there for decades? Might get my badges and give it a go myself, seems like a cushty industry once you’re in. Can fail over and over again and still get rewarded with millions of pounds a year. Even if I make it to League 1/2 I’ll still be much better off than most and surely any chump can make it to that level, given the morons that frequent the PL.

  • 39 reilly // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    The bloke is delusional.

  • 40 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Nigel Pearson? Another bonehead manager that thinks he’s a tough guy, we tried that with Carver.

  • 41 BandB // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Unless something very drastic changes, the best we can hope for is to be next season’s Villa.
    But for a couple of extremely fortuitous away wins, we’d be down already.

  • 42 BandB // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Our best hope of avoiding the drop this season is surely that we’ll play a couple of teams which inexplicably fail to show up. It’s all that has saved us in two of the past three seasons.

  • 43 Keith in France // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Second worst team in the Premier League, worst record for away goals in all four leagues, terrible away form, not much better at home. Most money spent in Jan transfer window.

    Same excuses after every game, players just not good enough, manager out of his depth.

    Best fans in the Premier League and one of the richest clubs in the world yet without doubt, we will get relegated.

  • 44 AncientC // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Hail, Carver wasn’t a manager/head coach.

    Pearson guided Leicester from the championship to the Premier League, he also guided Leicester to safety from a much more perilous position than ours.

    How on earth can you make a comparison between Carver and the man that put Leicester on its current trajectory?

  • 45 nufc 11 // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Nufc pride thenselves on giving managers time. Thats bullshit AP would have got the door long before palace came calling only for the 8 year deal. Can you believe that MClaren has a clause in his 3 year contract that kicks into an 8 year deal if hed done well this season what a pack of tools. This is the fcuking PL not the the championship. He is well an truly out of his depth. The funny thing is Mcclaren will be there until the end. He will also be managing us in the championship next season too. Blind Loyalty but losing out on riches never before seen from PL TV money. Heads need to roll.

  • 46 nufc 11 // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    I wouldnt give Pearson a job at a non league club we might aswel get John Carver and JFK back.

  • 47 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    So, Championship team for next season, who will stick around. Can see a much larger exodus this time than last, very few with any incentive to remain, maybe that’s for the best, although no doubt the likes of Saylor will get a new deal if we drop

    Maybe we could start playing some in their correct positions during the rebuild too:

    GK: Elliot, Woodman

    RB: Mbabu

    CB Saylor, Lascelles, Dummet

    LB Haidara

    CM Colback, Saivet

    LW Sammy

    RW Townsend, Obertan

    ST Armstrong, Mitrovic

    Those are the only players I see staying. Townsend and Obertan I’m not sure about either, they’ll both have other options.

    Bare bones and nothing like the charcters and ability we had when we went down last time.

  • 48 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:10 AM


    You really think it was Pearson’s doing that Leicester stayed up? You really think they’d be having the season they are now had he been in charge? Get real.

  • 49 AncientC // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Nufc 11, do you remember what happened when Carver’s Newcastle played Pearson’s Leicester?

  • 50 Jib // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    There is a truth so glaringly obvious , that I’m surprised so many fail to grasp it.
    When proposing this saviour or that messiah remember this.

    “Pearson guided Leicester to safety from a much more perilous position than ours.”

    Who put Leicester there in the first place – doh !!!

  • 51 jayphoto // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Personally i’d go out and talk to Ryan Giggs. By all accounts hes got great potential, would command respect and i liked the way he set up man utd in the games he managed after Moyes.
    Managerial experience means little for me. You’ll struggle to find managers with more experience tgsn souness, allardyce etc
    The club has a losing mentality and has appointed managers used to losing. Giggs is a complete winner. Its that mentality the club needs.

  • 52 AncientC // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Hail Wor Ashley, you obviously have not taken a look at Leicester’s form from before Ranieri arrived. Ranieri said himself Leicester would be in the same position with Pearson, I wouldn’t go that far myself, but they would likely still be having a very good season and punching above their weight.

  • 53 AncientC // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Jib, Leicester as a promoted side had one the worst squads in the league and were expected to go down. Doh!

  • 54 jayphoto // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    @jib – i don’t want pearson, but be fair he did a great job at Leicester! Walked the championship despite not having the best squad. Think they suffered from too many players taking a while to adapt to the premier league at first! Biggest compliment i can give pearson is i saw him lead out his side away to liverpool, man utd etc and attack and have a go! Might have been niaive but so was keegan! The guy is fearless and alot of what the more tactically astute ranieri has done this year has been built on what pearson laid down

  • 55 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:17 AM


    Correct and his antics as a supposed leader were a big reason why they were in such a mess. It was a miraculous recovery, but to credit a man that has shown nothing like that before in his career doesn’t hold any weight.


    I’m well aware they went on a staggering run of form to stay up, I just give very little credit to the journeyman manager Pearson for it.

  • 56 nufc 11 // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Wait and see Colo will be the next player manager. God may help us all if that day comes.

  • 57 BandB // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:20 AM


    You hailed “Supermac” as a messiah on his arrival.
    You suggested he was so good the clamour for new signings in the summer was almost laughable.
    You again scoffed at the idea that new signings were needed in the winter window.
    There is absolutely nothing wrong in your sunny (delight?) outlook.
    But your constant suggestion that people who don’t see things your way are just plain dumb is running out of room.

  • 58 AncientC // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Feel free to turn your noses up at Rodgers or Moyes, who Ashley couldn’t afford anyway… curse the fact that nobody out there could do any better than McClaren anyway… Ignore Pearson and claim nobody would want the job. Seriously?

  • 59 toon kk // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    We’d struggle in the championship, in fact I’d dare put a few quid on us ending up in league 1.

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

    Was that the game he jumped on one of the players and tryed to attack him? Give me a fcukin break Pearson come on? Scrapping the barrel isnt the word. Moyles has a fear factor about him players will listen to him. He is the type to form a circle on the training pitch and ask any disgruntled player to step forward. Thats whats fcuking needed now. The nufc players have got away with blind murder under the last few managers. Other than Moyles, Flores at Watford or Laudrup.

  • 61 Wayayman // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    The sad thing is that McClaren thinks that because last night showed an improvement on the previous game’s result, that is good enough to get us out of the mess we’re created. It’s not. Granted there might have been a small improvement over the Chelsea performance but that game should not be the yardstic. That was the lowest of the low, something that we should be wiping from our memories and we need to concentrate on the games we’ve done well in. Actually the 45 mins we’ve done well in because I can’t remember the last time we did well consistently for 90+ minutes. WBA at home was as much an anomaly as the Chelsea away because WB were awful.

    Spurs away, second half should be the benchmark for effort and energy. Hey, who made the difference in that half? Oh yeah, the young lad who got 2 minutes last night.

  • 62 cyprus // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    fair comment on Shelvey, though he should’ve figured not to hoof it to anywhere with that wind. So many times he lost it for us… tiring for the rest. No matter, he was our very worst. And there was bad out there. Like Sissoko.
    the set up for a draw isn’t exactly what Steve always plays. Our high line often leaves us exposed. Even teams like Chelsea play defensive football (not to mention the PL leaders), hoping to score on the break.
    PS. I hate defensive football, just saying.

    Conclusion: no one knows exactly what we should do now… e.g. fans said bring Shelvey, no way he’d come here, well here he is. Same with a bunch of others. Ultimately, it’s up to those 11.

  • 63 Jan Stavik // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Pearson or not, my point is that this group of players need new inspiration and energy. They seem to sleepwalk straight into the Championship.

    Pearson, Moyes, Rodgers or Winnie the Pooh for me – if we stick with McClarens excuses till May we’ll need a great deal of help from Lady Luck to stay up.

  • 64 Jib // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    B and B
    The doh wasn’t meant to infer stupidity , but lack of logic.
    If someone says Leicester were right to stick by Pearson to get them out of the clarts he put them in , then ergo you are arguing for keeping McClaren.

    es claro como agua

    – as Spanish football pundits are fond of saying

  • 65 BandB // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:33 AM


    It was Pearson who got them into the mess.
    Which is why he was rewarded with the sack rather than “the glory.”
    I may not “know owt about footy” but I do know STILL being in the bottom three with 11 games to go is not glorious.
    How is your “out of the bottom three never to return” prediction going?

  • 66 Tsunki // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    I think the best thing we can do is have a whip round and go to Argos and get Steve a really decent SatNav.

  • 67 AncientC // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    nufc 11, interesting that your main issue with Pearson appears to be his demeanour. Pearson has proved he can drill a team and get them out of the Championship, which could be our next stop. Pearson’s side has punched above its weight in the Premier League, isn’t that we have been asking for, with some attacking intent & effort from the players.

  • 68 Jib // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    I’m with Jay on this one
    If you are going to stay Brit – go for one of the young bloods.
    I’ve got nothing but admiration for Gary Neville chancing his arm in Spain – Ryan Giggs is a good call
    B and B mentioned Ashley’s daughter’s fiancé yesterday who is involved with his property deals .
    Big Mike isn’t worried about giving young folk a go.

    Having said all that I still think SM will come good.

  • 69 AncientC // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    “If someone says Leicester were right to stick by Pearson to get them out of the clarts he put them in , then ergo you are arguing for keeping McClaren.”

    Pearson got Leicester promoted in the first place, he was also working with a squad that was expected to be in the bottom 3. A completely different set of circumstances to McClaren.

  • 70 cyprus // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    No we haven’t been fortuitous. On the contrary, on balance. We need that. You make your own luck, to quote MA, but not always.

    Chelsea have skipped away, playing largely the same cxxp as before. Not more chances. Not better play. No genius plays. Fortuity.

  • 71 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Mixture of big dressing room influences and top pros we had last time, some both:





    Then we had:

    A younger Colo
    Our best LB in recent times Enrique
    A rising star in Carrol
    Solid players like Routledge and Simpson

    Never any doubt we had a great chance of coming straight back, we were favourites and pretty much trounced the league.

    This time I just can’t see it. There’s little to no characters left that’d be up for the fight back and very little quality too in comparison with last time.

  • 72 Ron Knee // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    We’re in our usual cleft stick. McClaren needs to be replaced, but the people who appointed him would be the same ones to choose his succesor.

  • 73 BandB // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    He sure isn’t afraid to give kids a go.
    Maybe he has kids making our luck.
    Somewhere in India.

  • 74 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Doumbia and Perez should start together. Schteve doesn’t have it in him, like his predecessor, to make big changes though. Mitrovic is the least energetic 20-year old I’ve ever seen, Shearer put in more leg work in his last season, he just token jogs around and his hold-up play is terrible. The only case I could make for keeping him in is that he performs better at St James.

    He looked leaner last night, but also weaker for it. Those that say he needs to be given supply to score, his misfiring when he does get golden chances is one of the big reasons we are where we are.

  • 75 SPRINGY // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    someone earlier posted we are looking at 12-15 points for safety… current form of us and the teams around us do we look like getting them points….i’d say no….we bournemouth(relegation threatened)but playing better football then us so its not a defo 3 points for us but needs to be
    leicester….may as well not show up for this and save on the travel expenses….unless leicesters nerves get the better of them 0 points for us which most would expect truthfully.
    mackems…like every newcastle fan i want to win and win big….but they have the form in this fixture and are showing a hell of a lot more fight then our lot…..imo we could get beat again best i can see is a draw…our players just dont have the fight to the mackems as has been proved in the last run of derbies…hope to god im wrong
    norwich….not a good team in a dog fight like ourselves but they are at home and our away form is shocking…got beat last year down there(i believe) so every chance it could happen again…….my point is theres possibly 9 out of the 15 points there which could be taken to help keep us up at the same time putting a dent in other relegation threatened teams but i cant see it happening under maccas management…another manager now would give the team a boost and a much needed kick up the arse for sat….then over the next week to 2 weeks either side of leicester, get them prepared for the mackems and norwich….do nowt and its a huge chance lost to give us a chance to stay up

  • 76 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 12:10 PM


    chelsea are a totally different team since the cloud of mourinho hanging over them left. The avuncular genial Guus Hiddinck has them playing again. Did they not just beat 2 teams 5-1

  • 77 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 3, 2016 at 12:41 PM


    I was thinking that McClaren probably has lost the squad, appointing anyone would possibly make the players a chance to try a bit more, even if it’s someone from the coaching set up. Beardsley even!!

  • 78 AndyMac // Mar 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Steve was first asked if he should keep his job at the club: “I don’t see any reason why not.We have been in this position for a reason”

    The reason is you McWally, Doh !

  • 79 nufc 11 // Mar 3, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    All Pearson is, is a number 2 just like Mclaren they can coach (suppositly) but cant manage MA should put the money up and go and get Laudrup if he was hired last summer and given 82million we wouldnt be bottom 3 and thats a fact, Were 2nd bottom, but according to steve we are improving. Judge me after 10 games WTF.

  • 80 widowmagandapoke // Mar 3, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Ashley was quick enough to sack Allardyce.

  • 81 lochinvar // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    We’ve had season tickets for a long time and my lads have been dedicated supporters for 25 years. They’ve had their heroes, seen some amazing games and stood in the bad weather when we’ve been useless ( bit like the1,800 who went to Stoke – we salute you ) . I asked about renewing the tickets for next season and the reply was ” not sure now, there’s no joy in it ”
    Damming indictment of Ashley and the motley crew now involved with the club.
    We’re not stupid – we know it’s a business , we know it’s our club but want it to try to be successful in both.
    I would like the grand kids to follow on as true supporters ( not just some tourists with tickets which is what so many clubs ( Man Ure for one ) have become.
    Can someone – anyone bring back the joy please.

  • 82 lochinvar // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Get the American Billionaire Ross who’s in talks with the “bigger” clubs about the new Super League – maybe he can bring Klinnsman with him and then we get automatic entry into that new franchised global Competition.
    Toon v. Real Madrid under floodlights at St. James’s Park on a cold Friday ( the new Saturday ) night in December in front of 70,000 fans ( who’ve had a few bevvies beforehand ) and a global audience of millions.
    4-3 to toon.
    That’s ambition
    Ashley couldn’t even spell it.
    McLaren doesn’t know what it is.

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