McClaren’s Urgent Message To Newcastle Fans

Steve McClaren´s job is on the line tomorrow in the home game against Bournemouth and maybe anything other than a win could see Steve fired before the next game at Leicester a week on Monday.

But we need a win and that would take us to 27 points from 28 games and maybe that would be the platform for a recovery – whoever may be in charge for the remaining games of the season.

Newcastle must survive this season and if we do that then hopefully we can start to fix the problems at the club in the summer, but being relegated would be an unmitigated disaster.

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Steve McClaren – asks for support tomorrow

Steve has asked for support from the fans in tomorrow´s game:

“We can talk about other teams dropping points, but it’s about what you do.”

“We have to get to a certain amount of points, and we came to Stoke to try to grind out a result.” “We nearly did that, and on Saturday we need to go and grind out a result at home.”

“We need 52,000 supporters behind us like they were at Stoke. They’re going to become very important.” “We’ve had quite a few of these games – must-win matches – with a lot of pressure on now.”

“We have to deal with that. We’ve dealt with it before, and we have to deal with it again.” “It will be ongoing now. As the number of games goes down and down, there’s going to be more high-pressure situations.”

“But we’ve been in this position all season and we have to show we can handle it. We’ve got to fight our way out of the position we’re in. We didn’t get anything at Stoke.”

“But I think we started to do that there against Stoke.”

The fans have been right behind the side this season, even though the team has struggled –  and we expect that tomorrow too.

As we said we need the points and 3 points tomorrow could be precious for us – and who knows if we can win our six remaining home games we could even survive based on that alone.

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83 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1

    No, what we need is you to resign Steve, asap.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    You have had the support all season Mclaren!!!

    Maybe its about time the fans got nasty with him and the players tomorrow it might get the reaction we need

    Bournemouth will be a nightmare for us they will press us high up the field and attack us for the whole game so if we are not up for the battle this could be a 3 or a 4 nil defeat !

    Also watch Gosling he has been immense for Bournemouth exactly the kind of player we need in the middle !!!

  • posada

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Steve, I don’t want us to grind out a result at home.
    I want us to play some good football and beat them fair and square.
    We have better players than them in most positions.
    Pick Aarons and Perez.
    Pick Doumbia who at least has some pace. If they press high we will then have a chance to get in behind them, something we will never do with Mitro. He has no pace at all, in fact he has very little movement.

  • posada

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    I do believe the story in the Mail.
    Why – because it explains what I am seeing in our games.


    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    I want us to lose this game and get rid of mcclaren cause if he win this game he stay then we will lose the next 6 games for sure that’s how the team is playing win a match and lose 6 or 7 matches this has been happening all season whenever we think we will recover from a good win then we start losing games

  • jon.c

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    just pack your bag mac and leave now I will pay your taxi fare

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #7

    The Daily Mail had Pardew sacked every other month in the 2014/15 season , they also named about 4 managers that they KNEW were going to replace him.
    It’s called give the gullible public headlines they want to see and they will buy papers.

  • AncientC

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah but… but…. who will replace him ffs!!!!! Cathro likes to press from the front and play football like Barcelona (don’t we all), so give him a go.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    to be honest i just wish this season was over its like being on death row waiting to see if the appeal has gone through i think we will be out played again tomorrow eddy howe has a fast improving team who like to play football they will come to win not to try to grind out a result i think they will beat us even at home another three points lost another nail in the coffin another step down the ladder to the championship

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed, old horse, we certainly will stay up if we win our six remaining home games. Unfortunately for us however, we face both Man City and Spurs in two of them, and Sunderland, who’ve beaten us six times in a row, in another.

    Even so, our home form is good, and we have Villa and Norwich away, so I can see us collecting 14 points, which probably will keep us up, by the skin of our back teeth, for consecutive seasons.

    I would happily then see the hapless Charnley, McC and also Carr sacked in the aftermath, if one or two don’t go sooner.

  • AncientC

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    His name is ‘McLaren’, as every ardent Newcastle fan knows.

  • magscar

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    It is a given that the fans of this club have always and will always get behind the team regardless of the manager, board and owner and there have been desperate times.

    What we need from McClaren is a a throwing away of the Managers Press Conference handbook and a frank and fresh approach to the appalling away record he has presided over. I can see why he says as he does (most managers work on similar platitudes as “we dust ourselves down and go again”) but words are only that.

    Grinding out results isn’t what this side can apparently achieve with either ” unlucky” late goals or regular hidings. So although he doesn’t have the luxury of another training camp when problems can be thrashed out he and his coaches have to show that given the strengths and deficiencies of the players they have they can still fashion a side and tactics capable of getting 3 points where they are reasonably in reach.

  • magscar

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #13


    Even if we do change managers and survive ( or stay as we are and survive) that should not stop Ashley looking at his “Board” which is unarguably not fit for purpose in structure or personnel.

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Ancient C
    Oh Dear
    Ardent are you ?

    You must be an ardent F1 fan 😀

  • AncientC

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    *Gives up on sarcasm* (negativity gets you nowhere) heh.

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Ancient C

    If I were Mr Tuff , Tsunki or Jail for Ashley , I would be in full gloat mode now and repeat it for the next 11 months ‘ad nauseum’.

    I will never mention it again.

  • bigmike23

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #17

    My hopeful team for tomorrow
    Janmatt. Lascellas. Dummett. Colback
    Townsend. Shelvey. Saviet. Wini
    Doumbia. Perez

    Press high and stop Bournemouth playing there passing game is only way we will win tomorrow.

    Also sack Mcclaran, sack the board, destroy ashley!

  • AncientC

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Has anybody figured out what Brian Kids does at Man City yet? I wonder if he would be available next season to replace our director of football, scout, and, chequebook extrodinairey, Carr.

  • magscar

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #19


    Newspapers (and Blogs) thrive on headlines 🙂

    Would you not agree that notwithstanding the often hysterical background to Pardew’s then tenure we are not in a similar situation with McClaren now. After the Carver fiasco last season (with arguably less of a squad and coaching staff) and the pain we all went through do you not think “Stand By Your Man” is being seriously questioned. After all does lightening normally strike twice (that is apart from on Wearside!)

  • magscar

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #20


    I don’t think Kidd figures at Man City in any of those roles. What I do know is he won’t make a manager for us after his time at Leeds (I think) 🙂

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #21

    magscar@13. The fact that Ashley put this board in place, and has kept it in place despite its widely acknowledged incompetence says to me he has an agenda, or a mindset, or something else going on that we just don’t comprehend. I can’t make sense of it any other way.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #22


    The paper may be making it up but the way they are playing on the pitch at away games shows that the players are not trying for their manager ! If they are putting in the effort they have a funny way of showing it !

  • mad-serb

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Grinding out of results for the next couple of games is not going to work. Bournmouth, Leicster, Sunderland, Norwich.

    Thats the next 4 games. 3 you should win normally infact probably all 4 should be looked as winnable games.

    But not grinding out of results. Apart from Leicster the rest are all defensively week and you need to exploit their frailties at the back. The only way to do that is to attack them. And you might as well have a go at Leicster they are looking a bit nervy at the moment so you might as well attack them as well. A point does not really help them so play like the Man Utd game and have a go atleast.

    Also can you get someone to step on Sissoko toe so Mlaren cannot pick him.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Home games though are a different matter altogether the players seem to be playing for the crowd either by the fans getting behind the team or the fear factor of 50k going mental at them at the end of the game!

    On paper if we give 100% and are set up properly we should be beating Bournemouth at home every time

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #25

    If we want to press high we’ll need to drop sissoko and townsend as they aren’t that sort of player. Both are suited to counter attacking but neither track back enough to do the defensive work required for a counter attacking team. add Wini into the mix and that’s three midfielders whose sole purpose is to attack. then u have janmaat and shelvey who don’t defend much for their positions.

    what does mcclaren ask a team full of attackers to do? sit back and defend. its never going to work.

    The balance of our team is always wrong, especially when Dummett is not playing. my opinion is janmaat needs to stop deserting his position. sissoko needs to be dropped for saivet or perez who can switch positions with perez, and doumbia needs to start.

  • AncientC

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #26

    Meulensteen is now an advisor in the MLS. Mike Phelan is retired. Roy Keane is Roy Keane. Paul Ince’s stint at Blackburn went badly. Steve Bruce has taken a team into the Championship. Steve McClaren has kept Newcastle in the bottom 4 of the Premier League all season. Giggs as a coach has overseen Man Utd’s worst period in 20 years. Gary Neville is an abject failure at Valencia. Solskjaer was a disaster at Cardiff. etc….

    That old Alex Ferguson magic sure rubs off on his understudies… you can see the thinking behind hiring McClaren.

  • magscar

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #27

    The overrated Frenchman@21

    I can’t make sense of it other than he doesn’t afford enough of his time and thoughts on his secondary business. He apponts people he has become familiar with or perhaps has suggested to him by others rather than rely on his judgement which is undermined by a lack of cultivating the right Football people.

    I believe he thinks he does enough with his appointments but he must be questioning in his own mind just what went wrong after an overhaul of manager, coaching and playing staff with an even worse season to follow look at year’s near catastrophe.

    I remain of the view that he won’t go until he is ready and relegation may still not be that time. If he would only find and appoint the right Director of Football (and not from within) then his tenure need not be the disaster it is.

    It is almost as if he carries out the business equivalent of McLaren’s grinding out away results philosophy with unadventurous appointments of people who always stay on side

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #28


    Spot on. It was the same at stoke where SM was proud he had managed to ”frustrate” Stoke. This is stoke who were without their best players Shawlcross and Bojan.

    Why the hell are we trying to frustrate teams? why are we not taking the game to them and going for a win.

    what merit is gaining 1 point when you are effectively surrendering all 3 every time we set foot outside SJP.

    What is with this club and picking ultra defensive managers like SA, AP, JC and SM.

    Any manager coming into SJP just needs to look at KK and SBR to see what gets fans onside.

    I don’t want SM or another dinosaur like Moyes. If the rumours about pellegrini are true, I would do the proverbial in fenwicks window.

  • magscar

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #29

    …posted before finished.

    The increasing investment of The Club’s money has to be overseen by more capable appointments than he has managed so far otherwise he is still not anywhere near “making our own luck”.

    Appoint the right DOF and the rest is more likely to follow albeit not overnight but progress should be discernible and sustainable.

    Wasn’t 2016 the earliest he would officially leave or did the ” not before we win something ” speech extend that. Perhaps winning the Championship again would count 🙂

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Looks like Jorge Sampaoli will replace Neville in June.
    Gary’s contract was for one year and it’s thought neither party wants to renew.

  • magscar

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #31


    Yes the home fans do make a difference when they are vocal but the major factor is surely McClaren is more adventurous at home (perhaps because he has to be for fans?).

    It is no coincidence that Gini, Shelvey and Sissoko in particular are more effective at home and not because of their attitude but gameplans.

    If he stays I fear that “going for it” will not become his mantra away until such time as only 3 points will matter and that may be too late

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #32

    The submit button suddenly went off in Magscars hand 😀

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #33

    the definition of stupidity as largely discovered under AP is to keep repeating the same thing in the hope it will eventually work.

    The meanest intelligence looking at our away record now should suggest to SM to stop just playing for a point.

    However, like SM’s predecessors, the plan B button just isn’t there. His way or the highway, just as it was during his disastrous stint with England. he almost needs saving from himself.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #34


    what a manager, way too left field and daring for Charnley though, if he even knows who he is.

  • Goldmbemba

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #35

    any other club would sack McC after this bournmouth game if we lose. Ok bournmouth arent a bad side, but this is a HOME game against relegation rivals, which we should be winning.

    I think many of us expected the loss at stoke, but it seemed so unnecessary after we nearly got a draw out of the match.

    if we lose, then we definitely have to let him go. but who’s going to come in at this stage?

  • magscar

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #36


    Even with one finger typing I don’t have the dexterity and sureness of those with fast thumbs as I see with the young un’s 🙂

    On a bit of a feast this morning after recent famine so should mebbe slow down and have a coffee. On second thoughts that will probably make me more hyper!

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #37

    bigmike at 17

    good team, but they will have to get past gouffran first. That was a sacking offence on it’s own at stoke.

  • magscar

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #38


    …. rumours about Pellegrini – what? Involving us? Must have missed them.

    But would we want another failure after the money Man City spent 🙂

  • lochinvar

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #39

    meanwhile that must trusted source of reliable information The Sun reports that NUFC are lining up…..(pause, take deep breath )….David Moyes to replace McLaren.

    A frog could have written that garbage….just hope that Charnley doesn’t read it and think thats a good idea

  • posada

    Mar 4, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #40

    Some good comments this morning about team selection and tactics. Also, the set up behind the scenes.
    Bunga Party at 24. I have thought for a while that it’s only the presence of the 50,000 supporters that makes them play.
    I said on here a while back. At away games it is easier to hide. We do just enough to loose and they give the travelling support a quick clap as if that puts it all right.
    At home not even this lot want to flop. But it is a fear thing – a home performance like Chelsea and folks will go mental.


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