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Stark Choice – Fire Steve McClaren Or Be Relegated

8:24 am, Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Newcastle have already waited too long to fire Steve McClaren and the club should have done that after the Chelsea fiasco before Steve with his disgraced players jetted off to southern Spain for a warm weather camp,  where they managed to have their captain injured – even though Colo didn´t even play in the game against Lillestrom.

Newcastle want stability and therefore they don´t want to keep firing managers which we did in the Freddy Shepherd era.

But we are now at the other extreme,  where everybody knows that if Steve McClaren had the record he has at any other football club he would have been gone by now.

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Steve McClaren last night at Stoke

Here´s Steve´s  league record at Newcastle.

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But Newcastle will still not do anything before the game at home to Bournemouth and then if we don´t win that game we will be in even deeper trouble and the Board and Mike Ashley may already have waited too long to fire their inept manager.

Firing McClaren seems the only hope now to save Newcastle and we really don´t understand why Steve is still in the job.

The Board and Lee Charnley in particular are reluctant to fire Steve because Lee appointed him and it was always going to be a poor appointment after McClaren wasn´t good enough at Derby County and was fired there only days before he was appointed Newcastle manager.

Somebody from the club needs to explain to the fans just why Steve McClaren was appointed in the first place last summer.

Certainly our readers in April did not want to see McClaren get the job.

Do You Want To See Steve McClaren As Newcastle's New Head Coach?

  • No (73%, 6,518 Votes)
  • Yes (27%, 2,462 Votes)

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Those who run Newcastle have helped us get into this terrible position we are now in,  where it looks doubtful we can survive and it looks like a three-horse race between Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich as to who should go down with those three clubs tied on 24 points.

We are a full 6 points behind 5th bottom Swansea who won at Arsenal last night.

Charnley and company have been missing on the job for too long – just like the man they appointed – Steve McClaren.

By keeping the former England manager in the job they are only making it more certain we will be relegated.

They are taking Newcastle down with Steve McClaren as the head coach.

It´s OK being loyal but when the man in charge continually shows he´s not good enough then he must go or else the club is put in extreme jeopardy.

Unfortunately those running the club cannot be accused in any way of being good managers  – where for instance did Lee Charnley get his senior management training or experience from?

Some of the utterances we have heard from Lee tell us he doesn´t know the job he is in or wjat his responsibilities in a crisis.

He doesn´t know what to do as he proved last seoasn with the  John Carver fiasco.

And now it looks like come May we will be a Championship club and miss out on  the massive TV rights money that kicks in this summer.

We have done it to ourselves by mismanagement at the club at all levels this season.

Newcastle United have massively let their fans down.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    No choice, its a must.

  • 2 G // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    As I said on the last thread, if they do get rid, Cathro or Simpson will be appointed interim, and very little, if anything will change. Last week, I was relatively confident we could beat the drop, now, I am resigned to another relagation.

  • 3 spitfire_ // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    There isn’t any choice. If there was, he had be sacked a couple of months back.

  • 4 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    what’s the point of being in premierleague 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

  • 5 posada // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    I can get three months off work if you want me to do it.
    I’m sure I would be better than Johny Chuckle Carver or the Devine Tuft.
    I would start with this cunning plan. I would only pick players who were at it and wanting to play. They would have to demonstrate this to me every day in training.
    My team for Saturday : –

    Janmaat Taylor Lascelles Dummet

    Townsend Shelvey Toite Aarons

    Cisse Doumbia

    No shirkers, no big name none tryers.

  • 6 G // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    @5, last night I witnessed Janmaat being a none tryer. He’s looking at his contract for a relegation release right now I reckon.

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Utter garbage last night. I can’t see Macca being sacked, or removed from his position, we will muddle on with fingers crossed. Where was the ‘rethink’ that he talked of after the Chelsea shambles?

    If Sissoko starts the next game then McClaren should be shot. The bloke has been poor for 90% of his time here. He shouldn’t even start Sunday league, let alone Champions league.

    We barely created a clean cut chance until the last few minutes, which, funnily enough was when we had started to push higher up the pitch. Really do not understand how McClaren can’t figure it out. Riviere as well….. Pressure getting to him, and the guy doesn’t handle pressure.

    Can anyone justify that display and McClaren’s suitability for the role after a performance like that devoid of a plan and ideas, despite 18days to prepare, and a nice sunny break to Spain? We were missing 2 players from McClaren’s most likely first 11 (maybe 3 if you include Krul). If that is all he can get out of them, then he is in the wrong job.

  • 8 kakaobi // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    I’m now convinced we are going down whether or not we sack macclaren the problem is is he good enough to get us promoted out of the championship next season and I think we all know the answer to that. Years and years in the lower league is what we’ve got to look forward to if it stays the same

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    When Mbemba is fit, I’d drop Janmaat. Mbemba right back may not be as ‘attacking’ (?), but we would have a better base to allow the more offensive players to do what they are good at.

  • 10 hibbitt // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    posada /
    just leave Carver out of this he never had 80m to spend and does not have a relegation on his cv ………try to get it right McClown is not as good as Carver no matter how bad Carver was McClown is leaving him standing

  • 11 mad-serb // Mar 3, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Morning Guys

    Took me some time to calm down and put things in perspective. I predicted he would close up shop before the game and he truly delivered. The only problem with is is exactly what happened. You can defend well for 85 minutes and then concede one and all that effort was for nothing and you are going to get it from your fans for losing.

    Even though I do not agree 100 percent with it I saw the logic in try to keep it very tight and ensure you dont concede which allows you to stand a chance of getting a point, which would have been a good point.

    The problem however is in doing so we sacrifised any chance of winning the game. We had no attacking threat which is the problem. In closing up shop Janmaat was told to sit back which he did very well, however as we see when he doesnt bomb forward we loose our attacking threat. Sissiko well I am not even going to comment on him. Exactly what I said in the week. Cannot pass, cross, shoot, or even play a 1 2.

    Felt sorry for Mitro. Service was poor again. Was told to help with defending and he ran himself into the ground left, right, forward, back. and then when he tried to flick the ball to a player they were not even trying to get on the end of it. Better game by Gini. Perez should have been on first. riviera should not come on again. Truly poor.

    Also thought we would be ok, but that confidence has taken a uge knock. If we dont get 3 points against Bormouth we in big big trouble. One of the Noth East teams will be relegated. Derby will probably tell us which one.

  • 12 OneAlanShearer // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    The only point in sacking Mcclaren is if we had a better manager to replace him. Rodgers is not that man. IF we could get Benitez or keegan (highly unlikely) I’d say do it but we won’t. It took 3 attempts to get Mcclaren no way would we get someone better.

  • 13 No Defence // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    I can understand why the players looked knackered from the beginning they have played a lot of games this last 18 days(Fifa) championship manager, and candy crush, that was probably one of the worst displays I’ve seen from a Newcastle team, absolutely disgusting.

  • 14 boltonmagpie // Mar 3, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    That’s it then.
    There’s nobody zooming down the table.
    Norwich and Villa are gone so a straight fight between us and the Mackem’s.

    Bournemouth (1 or 3? points)
    Leicester (0)
    Sunderland (1 or 3?) we due to win surely!!
    Norwich (1 or 3) if not we are doomed
    Southampton (0)
    Swansea if they are safe (3)
    Liverpool (0)
    Crystal Palace (0) we’ll get Pardewed
    Aston Villa (0) they already down and turn on the style
    Tottenham (0) they win league of finish 2nd
    and Man City (0) they need champions league spot

    so somewhere beween 6 and 15 points.
    I actually think 40 may be the magic number so I’m afraid to say it’s bye-bye.

    Ashlley may have splashed the cash but apart from Wijnaldum Shelvey and Townsend what have we got!
    We can’t score and we can’t defend so unless we play 11 teams that also can’t score we are not getting many points.

    Anyone care to give a Blanced view of how many points Sunderland might get?

    Soutrhampton A(0)
    Newcastle A (0 or 1) we are due to win!!!
    West Brom H (3)
    Leicester H (1)
    Norwich A (3)
    Aresena H (1 or 3) Allardyce good record
    Stoke A (0 or 1)
    Chelsea H (0)
    Watford A (3) Watford on holiday
    Could go down to GD so bye bye NUFC

    At beginning of season I said Charnley knew nothing about football and we were overly reliant on Graham Carr. How could we not address the CB situation staring in the face for the last 2-3years!

  • 15 widowmagandapoke // Mar 3, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    The rot started pre season when we were lamentable against iffy opposition. We had a few reasonable games early on but it has basically been downhill since. And how do we get so many injuries? Is it a case of ‘If I don’T play I can’t be blamed. Mike Williamson got himself sent off. Was brought back from Wolves to be injured again Collo gets injured when not playing. I tell you they don’t want to play under him. And the only willing forward,Perez was dropped for Goufran. In bloody believable.

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