Newcastle-Based Journalist In Flaming Row With McClaren

The Mirror is reporting that Steve McClaren was involved in an angry exchange with a journalist after his press conference finished this afternoon at the Benton training grounds, as he was followed out of the press room by a reporter (unnamed) who shouted at the former England manager.

During the press conference it seems that McClaren called out the reporter for fabricating stories about Newcastle which the manager did not agree with and thought were not true – and that the journalist had an agenda against him.

Having lost four of the last five games, even after Mike Ashley has spent over £82M on eight new players this season,  a number of fans want McClaren fired and wonder why he is still in his position after Newcastle, for the first time eve, have been in the bottom four of the Premier League all season long.


Steve McClaren on Wednesday night

It seems the outburst was caused by Steve McClaren responding to headlines this morning that senior players at the club were surprised McClaren was still in his job.

This is how Steve responded to that in his press conference:

“Someone told me about it, and unfortunately it’s been done, obviously, by a journalist who for the last 18 months has written nothing but negative things about Newcastle, a journalist who used to work at this football club and who four or five years ago was released from this club,”

“Whatever that journalist writes, I’m afraid I don’t read it. That article is half-truths and half-lies. It destabilises everything we are trying to do in the dressing room. We have to ignore it.”

These are the comments from what was that very angry reporter following the press conference when both men lost their cool:

“Don’t you dare accuse me of having an agenda.” “You are second bottom of the league. Is this your latest excuse? You’re the problem not me.”

“Walk away Steve, smile, grin. He has been out of depth since the moment he walked in.”

At the press conference Steve said he knew he was in the results business and he had this to say amongst other stuff:

“It is football. It is a results business. I know that, and we need results. We need to make sure we are in this league next season.

“We need to get over the defeat at Stoke but have the same fight. Every game now is a must win. We are coming to the business end and the pressure is on.”

Tensions are rising with Newcastle fans because of our terrible position in the league table and there’s now a good possibility we will take the drop this season, which is why people are becoming alarmed with our recent results which are pretty hopeless – four defeats in the last five games and seven defeats in a row on the road.


If you take the emotion out of it – these are the cold hard stats that Steve has at Newcastle this season in the league – and they are not good.

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22 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #1

    I think we’ll win tomorrow. Don’t worry everyone when the going gets tough, the tuft gets going.

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Reilly (from previous page )
    Good link that
    I don’t know how good Luke Edwards’ contacts are but the article has a ring of truth about it .
    It’s now looking that the early December good mini run against the bin-dippers and Spurs saved SM’s bacon.
    I still don’t think we’ll be relegated and once McClaren has the pre-season he wants and more influence on next Summers transfer window , it could be onward and upward next season.

  • reilly

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #3

    croftus. try wookie lite.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #5

    so who is the local reporter that used to work for the club and is now picking on McClown anyone know ??

  • croftus5678

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #6

    @3 reilly

    cheers bud i will do it didnt install last time i tried it but it may have been fixed since.

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #7

    It seems he’s cracking under the pressure.

    Useless twerp.

  • Goldmbemba

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #8

    hmmmm…. whats the source for this?

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #9

    McClaren is not good in a high pressure job where he has to get results, he showed that with England, Wolfsburg and with Derby.

    I don’t think he is cut out for top level management. It’s based on watching the blokes career for years, not just 8 months here.

  • Belfast

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Who was it?

  • posada

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #11

    I think he gets let off lightly at these press conferences.
    LVG at Man U gets the full treatment. In depth probing questions.
    Was he asked about team selection/tactics.
    Seems not just the same old drivel.

  • reilly

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #12

    TV journalist but dont know who.
    give the bloke a medal.

  • Belfast

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Yep he’s definitely cracking up.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Luke Edwards has never been a completely reliable source, basing his articles on supposition, stabs in the dark and an intriguing ability to catch the wind of opinion.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Give the bloke a medal …
    Why not give him the job – at least he cares

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #16


    Totally agree, although I think the treatment of Van Gaal has been poor. Yes, question the man’s tactics and results but some of the questions/comments get personal and too much is written about his job when he has continued to prove them wrong.

    A lot of media is poor these days, sensationalist rubbish, people who don’t ask probing questions but questions to get a reaction, a soundbite, something that will make a nice headline to sell the paper even if the story itself is poor.

    Sadly people lap it all up and keep buying this.

  • martoon

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Belfast @10 – I thought it might be Luke Edwards but on his LinkedIn profile there is no mention of working for NUFC although he did work for NJmedia who I think own the Chronicle.

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #18

    I don’t thnk any of you have any idea what worky tickets journos can be !

    Simon Bird is normally byelined as Mirror NE footy journo.He had a run in with JK

    Also Colin Young who used to be at the Mail and got chinned by a Northern Echo journo at the stadium of shyte which went to court.

  • lesh

    Mar 4, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #19


    Maybe I’ve missed it, but who said the rather rattled reporter worked for the Club?

    Whoever or where he’s from or worked, there’s no doubt about the validity of what he’s said.

    McClaren’s a personable bloke who’s doubtless closer to the modern game than Carr and because of that, I’d be inclined to consider lifting him above Carr and make him DoF.

    The next logical move’d be to appoint a good first-team manager, a quality coach for the development squad and have a very serious review of our coaching set-up with a view to reducing the incidence of injuries.

    There’s have to be a role somewhere for Charnley as he’s a named director of a number of the Club’s related companies. But there’s no way he should remain as MD of the football club or have any authority within it and Ashley try to recruit a very football-savvy MD from outside of the Club. There’d be a need to ensure that all senior management are compatible and can work for the good of Newcastle United.

    However, the major stumbling block to a total restructure of the Club is one Michael Ashley.

    So, I think we should resign ourselves to struggling every season – irrespective of which league we’re in.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 4, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #20

    “We are coming to the business end and the pressure is on.”

    The business end? Coming to the business end? WTF? What end have we been in? The jolly holi, nice to be here, towels on the sunbeds end? And now we’re just “coming to” the business end.

    This guy was talking about the first 12 games at one time. Judge me after 12 games. We can’t really judge a man who’s not even at the business end, can we? Surely not? The first 12 games, there not the business end. You couldn’t make it up.

  • banjax

    Mar 4, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #21

    The tension at the McLaren press conference is a tangible sign that every person at the club especially the players are feeling the pressure of the Bournemouth match. This doesn’t bode well for the result on Saturday where a defeat will surely see the demise of Steve McLaren. Nevertheless, nothing but a win is acceptable for what should be a rock solid three points. But don’t shed a tear for the manager, because he will walk away with a few £million. Feel sorry for the supporters who have followed their team through thick and thin, sacrificing their hard earned cash, lost sleep and tireless enthusiasm to follow a team who aren’t good enough to shine their shoes.

  • Sav

    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Don Hutchinson would lick himself up if he was a lolly but that doesn’t take away from the fact that its a clear sign even Macca’s tuft knows its the crunch tomorrow. Sick of the jibberish he comes out with. Worse than Pardew. As bad as Carver. I hope Chinless Charlie is shatting himself anarl. He should be. A real manager will be at SJP tomorrow but unfortunately, he’ll be in the Cherries’ dug-out.


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