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McClaren’s Urgent Message To Newcastle Fans

8:58 am, Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 83 Comments

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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  • 1 Rotonda heights // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:03 AM

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

  • 2 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    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 !!!

  • 3 posada // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    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.

  • 4 posada // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:14 AM

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

  • 5 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    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

  • 6 jon.c // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:21 AM

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

  • 7 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    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.

  • 8 AncientC // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    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.

  • 9 hibbitt // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    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

  • 10 jimmysmith // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    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.

  • 11 AncientC // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:29 AM

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

  • 12 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    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.

  • 13 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:35 AM


    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.

  • 14 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Ancient C
    Oh Dear
    Ardent are you ?

    You must be an ardent F1 fan 😀

  • 15 AncientC // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:42 AM

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

  • 16 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    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.

  • 17 bigmike23 // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    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!

  • 18 AncientC // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    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.

  • 19 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:56 AM


    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!)

  • 20 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:58 AM


    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) 🙂

  • 21 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    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.

  • 22 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:05 AM


    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 !

  • 23 mad-serb // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    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.

  • 24 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    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

  • 25 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    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.

  • 26 AncientC // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    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.

  • 27 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    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

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:21 AM


    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.

  • 29 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    …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 🙂

  • 30 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    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.

  • 31 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:30 AM


    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

  • 32 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    The submit button suddenly went off in Magscars hand 😀

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    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.

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:33 AM


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

  • 35 Goldmbemba // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    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?

  • 36 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:37 AM


    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!

  • 37 Rotonda heights // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    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.

  • 38 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:41 AM


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

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

  • 39 lochinvar // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    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

  • 40 posada // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    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.

  • 41 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:47 AM


    Thats the thing that frustrates me as we have battered West Ham , West Brom and Man Utd for the majority of the game in the last few matches at home and then have come up against Watford , Everton and Stoke who are all struggling for form and on paper are not any better than us but we have let them have all the time in the world on the ball and dont attack while playing weird formations

    Maybe the players ignore Mclarens instructions at home games and just go for it ?

  • 42 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:53 AM


    Exactly how I feel the West Ham game last season the team played like demons because they knew the fans would go mental if we got relegated on the last day at home they would not have made it out of the stadium alive !!

    We have Spurs at home the last game so it might end up being a similar scenario although Spurs could be fighting for a Champions League place or the league title !!

    The best call he could make is dropping Sissoko and playing Aarons or Perez instead I think that would send a proper message to the squad especially with Moussa needing to play well to get in the euros

  • 43 posada // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Looking forward to the match now.
    Will the team get us going or will we get them going.
    For me it will start with SMs team sheet.
    It has to be positive and attack minded.

  • 44 toon kk // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Useless manager, unless squad most fans expect to much from a league 1 quality side we should have been relegated last season really. Very poorly run club doomed for relegation.

  • 45 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Can’t be that players are ignoring him- he’d drop them wouldn’t he?

    It is clearly how he chooses to set up. Jannmatt was similarly harnessed at Stoke I think as McClaren was worried about Arnovitch. He is of the Jack Charlton school of thought which is that you start with a point so keep it and anything else is a bonus. Losing is mainly just bad luck in that scenario
    – sometimes perhaps but not repeatedly.

    I think he tries to make up for our defensive frailties (he has inherited and sanctioned) by packing midfield and playing deep. Townsend and Shelvey were part of an expedient strategy to get us through next few months (hitting on break) without those defensive replacements as well as being for the future.

    Could work if he utilises them and other attackers more effectively but he won’t.

  • 46 posada // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Bunga Party.
    Yeh Perez, Aarons and Doumbia on the team sheet would get the supporters up for it.
    Also, if you don’t drop players who perform poorly it destroys the motivation of the others.

  • 47 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:09 AM


    Will be interesting to see how the team does tomorrow guess we will find out if they are listening to him

  • 48 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Is Ed going to serve us the same repetitive formula about sacking Makro ftom now until the end of the season? I’d love to hear Ed’s views on how good Makro’s attacking options are, who he believes is Makro’s natural goalscorer, how good he believes our defence are, who he believes Makro should pick, what Makro is doing wrong with the players at his disposal … and so on.

  • 49 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:29 AM


    I do see where you are coming from and agree that the squad is imbalanced but why are Home and away performances of individuals and team as a whole so different?

    There has to be another factor at play. As I have said McClaren is presumably being expedient but when is the penny going to stop that his choices and setting up invariably have the same outcome away _ a loss.

    He is desperate to keep certain players on his side as he needs them at home but not dropping one or both of the usual suspects will come back and bite him and us if can’t get them to play in an effective away set up.

    We need away points and unless there is some strategic change I don’t even see them coming at Norwich or Villa which are vital.

  • 50 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Stop =drop !!

  • 51 Rotonda heights // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:54 AM


    I’ve just seen Pellegrini’s CV.

    If that is failure then give me some of that please

    Different world to the 3rd raters we normally employ.

  • 52 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    NUFC’s away record compared to home record has been awful for most of the time I’ve followed the club. Home form for most, if not all, clubs is better. I’d love to know why.

    We need a brilliant manager to do anything with this squad. Ed should recognise that Makro has an unenviable task, just as Carver did. Ed doesn’t seem to consider this side of the equation.

    Carver did enough to keep us up, despite having a much poorer squad than Makro. If Pardew had stayed, he might have got us relegated. Of course that’s speculation but I am well aware of the disastrous runs of form Pardew could conjure up.

  • 53 Rotonda heights // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    he doesn’t have to drop people away from home just play the same way we did for the first 25 mins at home to west ham.

    why change the tactics to go so defensive away in search of possibly only 1 point when you’re just as likely to concede in the 94th minute.

  • 54 Rotonda heights // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:59 AM


    Carver did nothing to keep us up, the fixtures ran out just in time and we played a west ham team already on the beach.

  • 55 Rotonda heights // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    look at what ranieri has done with a squad a fraction of the cost of ours. even spending fortunes can’t mask the inadequacies of our always disappointing, unimaginative, unexciting and uninspiring managerial appointments

  • 56 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    AsBblog seems exhausted …. on another point – 20 years ago today a match that with hindsight changed our fortunes –

    The Peoples Champions 0 Man Utd 1.

    The win for them courtesy of a mishit Cantona shot whilst being over ran for large parts of game changed the way the rest of the 1995/96 campaign went as it gave them a sudden impetus and damaged us in the run-in despite seemingly having been uncatcheable before this night. An atmosphere only matched ( but yet not quite) in my time perhaps by the Barcelona win many years later

    If we had won then even if the rest of the results had stayed the same it was our title! How different would our future have been ? How might the game as a whole have changed if KK’s attacking (naive some said) style been rewarded.

    We were doing the original Leicester in those days from our promotion onwards. I never thought this would be achievable by this sort of club in the “modern” game with some clubs spending for fun. Howe4ver this could still prove to be a one-off season with so much under achievement by usual top 4 -6.

    Leicester if they win title ( or stay in top 4 as seems definite) might be as Blackburn were years ago – unable to sustain their feat despite Jack Walkers millions back then. Won’t stop their fans celebrating and quite rightly so – live in the moment!

  • 57 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    A major factor in better home form has surely got to be the support of the crowd. This runs to players’ mentality and psychology. This knocks on to manager’s tactics, leadership and man-management home and away. We have a poor squad and a poor manager chosen by a poor Board.

  • 58 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Carver won points. Not many but he won some.

  • 59 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:10 PM


    Just my use of irony as often employed on here ( but not usually by me hence the non recognition at my poor attempt I guess)

    BTW was doing same mentioning McClaren dropping players on another post 🙂

  • 60 toon kk // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Everyone keeps going on about a new manager, yes it would definitely help, but we’d still have two flaws in our squad. WHO’S going to score our goals?? We haven’t one proven striker and what about our shoddy defence?

  • 61 AncientC // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Paying £15 million for Shearer is comparable to Newcastle shelling out £100+ million to bring in Messi today.

    I personally find it an insult for Newcastle to be compared to Leicester. No disrespect to Leicester, but they are a hoofball team playing out a 1 hit wonder season.. possibly similar to Blackburn. I doubt they will win the league, but we will see.

    The side that Keegan built was challenging for the title because it was a devastating side… not some mediocre side playing out the unfathomable.

  • 62 Rotonda heights // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:21 PM


    as i say, fixtures ran out just in time for carver.

  • 63 ScoopSouthAfrica // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Remember gentlemen the man with the brolly asked to be judged after 10 games….. Did he actually mean the last 10?

  • 64 Rotonda heights // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:26 PM


    that’s a bit hard on leicester. mahrez is a joy to watch and most defenders can’t catch vardy. we could only kill for their organisation and work ethic from people like Okazaki and kante.


    I’m pretty sure most of us could come up with a better idea than playing gouffran ahead of perez, aarons and doumbia.

    We may not have the greatest squad but it’s hardly been shown in the best light under this total numpty who won’t play to our strengths.

  • 65 manxpie // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Well Stoke beat Bournemouth away without their ahem…… “two best players” so surely us at home should be able to give them a game

  • 66 JamRec // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    “and on Saturday we need to go and grind out a result at home” – that statement sums up Macs inability to inspire and direct the players towards victory!! If he is telling the players before an important game at home to Bournemouth that they need to “grind out a result” then I have no faith in his ability as a manger!

  • 67 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM


    I am from a similar time as having started supporting as you are I think and can’t disagree with your point about the historical reality of our away form in top division over the years which is largely woeful ( even back to Harvey’s days) .

    Yet to me there is something much more stark about this season’s performances (even than in our other relegation seasons) when you look at the recent Home wins and the style of play by contrast.

    I am not usually in favour of in season changes of manager ( whether few weeks in or at end) and if we had not been in relegation trouble all season I would be content to ride out another uninspiring season until the Summer. Given our perilous position all season and with as I have said a better if still unbalanced squad I expected that McClaren could do enough to keep us out of trouble ( yet not top 10 given problems) and perhaps beyond 3rd round of FA cup.

    I don’t criticise what managers say after defeats because they all mostly say in public the same platitudes about effort and on another day etc. What I do look for are signs that lessons are being learned and I simply don’t see them.

    It is arguable that McClaren has had his hands very much tied all season by the squad and their individual frailties and I have up until recently been sympathetic with this but am running out of faith in his abilities to manage this squad and their ego’s.

    Earlier this morning after another poster mentioned Eddie Howe I tried on for size the thought of would he (Howe) approach this game as McClaren had at Stoke and if so and if we weren’t performing as he feared would he have been encouraged to go for it earlier in 2cnd half. I came to conclusion that he would have done and that theytherefore will be more in the game on Saturday than we were at Stoke and would go for a win after half time if we struggle ( and even if don’t).

    Would you swap the 2 whole squads if it were possible? I don’t think any one of us would but a lot of Bournemouth fans might ( as long as McClaren wasn’t part of deal) 🙂

    OK you might say but Howe has a side that can carry out those tactics more effectively than McClaren’s unbalanced squad and perhaps so but I also believe if he had managed us this season he would have got more out of those very same players and given our same injuries. Might have lost some that McClaren has won but overall we wouldn’t be in same trouble as we are. Not my choice as next manager necessarily just seeking to utilise a scenario using him purely as he is our next opponent’s manager.

  • 68 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    The fixtures ran out for Carver, you say. Makro has put himself in the position where the fixtures are tunning out for him and he’s had £80m spent. If Makro is hamstrung with this poor squad, what does that say for the hand Carver was dealt?

  • 69 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 12:53 PM


    Not comparing the styles of us then and Leicester now simply the positions of both sides. If you read my post again you may appreciate that I am sceptical of Leicester repeating their feat and they may yet implode and not win the title but this is increasingly unlikely. Perhaps we might begin their fall in our next away game.

    On Shearer do you think being a sheet metal worker’s son from the area might have had something to do with it as well as KK and a then world record fee – good job he wasn’t a mill workers son 🙂

  • 70 AncientC // Mar 4, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    magscar – what allured Shearer is insignificant when it comes to the point of paying out a world record transfer fee.

    My post about Leicester was not aimed at yourself by the way, it was more of a generality, as I have seen Keegan’s Newcastle mentioned in the same vein at Leicester many times.

  • 71 cyprus // Mar 4, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    I respect all opinions and stances. Really.
    Except when you want my team to lose. I don’t care why.

  • 72 cyprus // Mar 4, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Read your post. You may be right. In any case if we lose the next couple I think he’s gone.

  • 73 toon kk // Mar 4, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Macca is not getting the best out of our squad but he was given 80mils worth of players, having said that millions were wasted and our main weaknesses weren’t addressed, for whatever reason. Our same problems are still there.
    We will be relegated but the worrying thing is once we’re in the championship our current best player’s will leave and we’ll really struggle, the championship is full of very hard working teams, something which we just can’t cope with. Tbh we’re more likely to end up in league 1 than winning promotion.

  • 74 cyprus // Mar 4, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Isn’t doumbia the answer to your question?

  • 75 magscar // Mar 4, 2016 at 1:23 PM


    fair enough


    Lose the next 2 and he is still here means to me that he will be until the end as point in changing becomes more and more redundant as games pass and opportuntity to have an effect diminishes.

    Off now – back later perhaps

  • 76 toon kk // Mar 4, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Doumbia could be our savior, we need to see him start, ten minutes at the end of a game isn’t enough. I can’t really comment on him to I can see what he’s capable of.
    Macca must either think he’s unfit or he’s not shining in training. Or Macca really is to inept to see.

  • 77 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    I don’t know how much our squad cost compared to Bournemouth’s and Leicester’s but my guess is that we’ve paid far more in terms of transfer fees and wages. The secret to their success has been that they’ve spent their limited resources wisely to fashion a team and I suspect they’ve spent many, many more hours, days, weeks and months on careful planning and recruitment.

    I want to see NUFC appoint a top manager. That’s why I and many others didn’t want to see Makro in the first place. Let’s get a top manager now. The trouble is it’s a massive task for anyone. And Charnley and Co wouldn’t recognise a top manager if he’d recently won the treble. It’s time for Mike to look out his window and see what’s piled up at his door.

  • 78 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    The latest nonsense is from Ginola.
    He reckons the 7 Frenchmen in NUFC’s squad have formed a disruptive cliqué.

  • 79 monty // Mar 4, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Is this not the same diatribe Steve Clueless has been churning out since the the start of the season. To have the brass neck to face the cameras in the first place, after such a balls up shows just how much money this idiot must be on. We are the perfect team to be hit on the break at home and Bournemouth must be relishing their visit. If Goslings fit he’s nailed on to score.

  • 80 goommy // Mar 4, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Eventhough I don’t want to lose in next vital game. But if we lose this game and Mcclaren get fired I’ll gladly accept it.

    You’re hopeless SM..

  • 81 reilly // Mar 4, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Ginola said: “They have so many players from one country, that it might be a problem for the dressing room.”

  • 82 EllaGuru // Mar 4, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Newcastle fans urgent message to McLaren: “Ger oot! You are drowning in your own incompetence, whilst taking this great club down with you. You can take the rest of the board with you on yer way too!”

  • 83 davis_toons // Mar 4, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Pellegrini in ………………………………….fat hope

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