McClaren Makes Astonishing Claim At Post-Game Interview

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 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 3, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    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

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 3, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Van toon man

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

  • Oleg G

    Mar 3, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    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”.

  • stan anderson

    Mar 3, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    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.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 3, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5


    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.


    Mar 3, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

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

  • banjax

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    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.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8


    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.

  • stan anderson

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    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

  • VanToonMan

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    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?

  • mad-serb

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11


    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.

  • Oleg G

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    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.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    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.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    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

  • jayphoto

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    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


    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #16

    Why would Cathro offer us a boost?

  • Blofal

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #17

    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.

  • posada

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    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.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #19

    @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

  • mad-serb

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #20


    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.

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #21

    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!

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #22

    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

  • toon kk

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #23

    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.

  • posada

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #24

    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.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #25

    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!!

  • Blofal

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #26

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

  • beermonkey

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #27

    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

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #28


    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.

  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #30

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

  • beermonkey

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #31


    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


    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #32

    I’d have Shane McMahon as owner

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #33


    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.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #34


    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

  • Jib

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #35

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

  • AncientC

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #36

    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?

  • toon kk

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #37

    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.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #38

    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.

  • reilly

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #39

    The bloke is delusional.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #40

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


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