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Poll – Can Newcastle Beat Bournemouth On Saturday?

7:10 am, Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

After the last round of games in which we lost 1-0 at Stoke and Bournemouth beat Southampton 2-0 at home the Cherries are now 8 points ahead of us although we have a game in hand – against Manchester City at home.

So if we are to rescue ourselves and climb the table these are must win games for us with Bournemouth being 6th bottom of the league.

The conventional wisdom was that Steve McClaren needed to get 4 points from these two games so it will be interesting to see what happens if we don´t win this game tomorrow against an in-form Bournemouth team who have a much weaker squad than Newcastle have..

steve McClaren stoke

Steve McClaren – on Wednesday night at Stoke

We expect nothing will happen since the club seems to be willing to stick with McClaren even if he takes us down to the Championship.

Why – we have no idea – it seems like suicide to us.

Three is a report in the Mail today saying McClaren will be fired if he loses the game but what happens if we draw?

We have already waited too long and people like Lee Charnley running the club are simply incompetent in the roles they are in.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Bournemouth?

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Steve will hold his press conference for the game today and we expect him to say how well we played and we didn´t deserve to lose and but for that great save by Jack Butland in stoppage time from Seydou Doumbia, we would have got the point.

But it seems a point was our only goal at Stoke, which in itself wasn´t good enough, especially when we had over two weeks to prepare for the game..

Should Steve McClaren Be Fired At Newcastle?

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Tags: Newcastle News · Poll · Prayer · Prediction · Premier League · Press Conference

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    Can they, as always yes. Will they, not so clear cut, but I’d go yes. Drop Sissoko, play Gini to the right, similar to Sissoko, not as a winger as such, cutting inside allowing Janmaat to provide the width (until Mbemba is fit) Townsend/Aarons depending on fitness on the left, Shelvey and Colback in the centre.

    Probably then Mitro with one of Perez, Doumbia or Cisse for the two centre forward slots.

    Alternatively drop Gini as well and play Perez out on that side. I’m reluctant to drop Gini though as, even though he has been poor for probably more than half the season so far(partly thanks to his left wing role), but he is also a bigger potential match winner than just about anyone else in the squad.

  • 2 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    Got no chance – sad state of affairs the position the club is in when 67% including me who have voted that we will lose.

    By all accounts Bournemouth should of beaten Watford last Saturday

    Watching Newcastle’s last two games – looks like half of the senior players have given up and are just going through the motions ie Shelvey, Sissoko, Wijnaldum – meant to be the heartbeat of our team.

  • 3 Ron Knee // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    It’s a pity Steve Black can’t work on McClaren’s defeatist body language. What kind of inspiration does it send to the players?

  • 4 welshgeordie9 // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    No, next question.

  • 5 Ron Knee // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:28 AM


    We’re supposed to play better at home so if we don’t manage to beat Bournemouth I think we’re well and truly scuppered.

  • 6 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Ron Knee
    We will be scuppered – attitude of the players all-wrong – given up.I predict we will get beat and McLaren will be sacked by 6-0 clock Saturday night.

    Never mind:
    It would be hard to swallow getting relegated

    BUT: It could be a blessing in disguise


    If we stay up I can only see another relegation dogfight with the same staff,players.

    Hopefully it would be the demise of CARR, CHARNLEY and McClown.

    And If we can keep most of our younger players and bring a few seasoned championship players we could make a decent fist of it.

    Players we have to start in Championship.

    Elliot, Mbabu, Lascalles, Dummett,
    Anita, Colback, Toney, Sterry, Mitrovic, Armstrong for starters

  • 7 firebug666 // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Can they? No they can’t, because they are not a team, they cannot string two passes together, but more than that, these players have no passion, they have no pride, it seems that they lack trust in each other and fear every team they come up against.

    Can this Newcastle beat Bournemouth? We couldn’t even beat Hartlepool and we had the likes of Siem de Jong and Vurnon Anita it that team.

    What goes on in training, and behind closed doors has destroyed the clubs morale. If they staff cannot agree with each other on what they should be doing, how are the players expected to know what to do?

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Has Sissoko looked anything other than half hearted during 95% of his time here? Up until the Norwich match where he got a few assists people were still using his Chelsea performance in his second or third game here as evidence of what a player he was. He’d be first out of the team and door for me. I’ve got a 13 year old who would keep Sissoko out of my U14 academy side.

    As for Shelvey and Gini, they look far better at home. I’d wager that there away performances are far more to do with the differences in tactics and style when we are away from home. Shelvey wasn’t helped by the conditions the other night, but he should have greater intelligence to not try raking aerial passes over distance when the wind is like that.

    Still, after 18 days, and McClaren’s tactical ‘rethink’ following the chelsea game, we pretty much set up exactly the same. What conclusions did McCalren draw from his rethink? I’d love him to let us all know.

  • 9 Ron Knee // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:38 AM


    If we do survive, it will only be more of the same next season.

    Do you think Shelvey would clear out if we went down?

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:44 AM


  • 11 lochinvar // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Newcastle’s senior players expect manager Steve McClaren to be sacked if they lose at home to Bournemouth on Saturday. (Daily Mail)

    Is this what they call Hobson’s choice ?
    If the players choose to loose and get Mclaren sacked and we
    get relegated they get their fat wages and move onto another Premiership Club if they’re lucky.
    They find the will to win and we keep McLaren

    Heads or rails ?

  • 12 lochinvar // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:51 AM


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