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Senior Players Now Starting To Doubt McClaren

7:36 am, Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

The Mail is reporting today that Steve McClaren will be fired if we lose at home to Bournemouth tomorrow and that senior players at the club cannot believe the head coach is still in his job, after such terrible results this season.

Neither can we and we´ve made is clear that Lee Charnley and company – those are the ones who never panic and never have any  knee-jerk reactions in a crisis.

In fact they do nothing in a real crisis and have already waited far too long to fire a manager who simply should never have been handed the job last June after failing at Derby County.

At some point the Managing Director should explain that appointment to the fans – but since we have never even heard the guy talk we will not hold be holding our breath.

Incompetence could be taking Newcastle down this season.

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Lee Charnley – will not take decisive action

The way the club has been run over the last year is little short of criminal, because of the incompetency present at the senior management level.

The Mail is reporting today that our French players have organised their own recovery sessions away from the club and without permission, because they prefer their own methods to those of McClaren and his coaching staff.

The Mail is saying that senior players have expressed surprise to the paper that McClaren is still in his job having lost four of the last five games.

They are raising the fact there still seems to be tensions between motivation expert Steve Black and head fitness coach Alessandro Schoenmaker, who seem to have different ideas over the training methods.

Andros Townsend is out injured with – you guessed it – a hamstring injury and amazingly Colo was injured in the warm down after the Lillestrom win.

What are these guys doing in the training?.

It´s also a bit rich that players are surprised that McClaren has not been fired yet, when they have hardly produced on the field and both the coaches and the players share the responsibility for only 24 points from 27 games.

And the powers that be at the club should have fired McClaren long ago and then we may not be in this perilous situation we are in at the moment.

And even if we win tomorrow the same situation is in place and we still think we will be relegated if McClaren remains in charge for much longer.

Le Charnley needs to understand the difference between panic and knee-jerk reactions and taking decisive actions that are needed in a real crisis.

He seems to have little idea of the job he has.

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    Ron Knee
    Could I have had an inkling that something is wrong.

    posted this minutes ago before Ed’s latest post

    ‘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’

    And YES – Shelvey will be away – stay up or go down – his demeanour is all wrong.

    As I said I think we will get beat – maybe on purpose type of thing to get McClown out Saturday night.

    As for Sissoko – plays when he wants to – needs to get his finger out if he wants to be in the French squad for the Euro’s

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    The very sight of Lee Churnley repulses me!

  • 3 EllaGuru // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Ed, you have reported that some journal has reported that McLaren will be fired if we do not win a gam for the last couple of months.

  • 4 Ron Knee // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:50 AM


    I bet he isn’t grinning these days!

  • 5 JamesToon // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:50 AM


    don’t think mitrovic or anita will stay with us if we went down. But yes could be a blessing in disguise. Who do you think we could have as manager if we went down, Cathro?

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Most people seem to think many of our players will be away if we get relegated. Who on earth would buy most of them? Gini and Perez are probably the only two who have earned moves elsewhere. Sissoko can leave now as far as I’m concerned. His attitude and continual selection are part of our biggest problems.

    Krul would likely be away, and I’m sure Janmaat would have some takers. After that, unless some of them have low fee release clauses built in that are triggered by relegation, I can’t see people actually paying for them and matching their wages based on this season.

    Out of those 5, I’d only be sad to see Gini and Perez go.

  • 7 cyprus // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    We need to win maybe fewer than half our remaining games. With more than 30 points to play for. It’s very doable. We’re in a 50/50 situation. We have good players. I agree with management that we should not be panicking Ed.

    We got Shearer with 8 games remaining and that led us straight down. Arguments, egos whatever, it didn’t work. There is no master of the escape out there. Except maybe Curbishley. But we’d need to dust him off, etc., too hard.

    The players themselves need to step up. And I’m not talking about the grafters. More or less they’re doing their jobs. We need the ones who are supposed to be games changers (Shelvey, Gini, Siss, Mitro, Perez, Andros, Doumbia), to start changing games.

    Keep this coach. Bring in help if necessary. Don’t panic.

  • 8 WWSBRD // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    The French players? So Sissoko then?

  • 9 cyprus // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    On your Siss campaign eh? When he was second worse last time out. The funniest (literally) performance (falling over, passes miles off) was Shelvey’s. Give him some credit too 🙂

  • 10 WWSBRD // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Oh lord if we get relegated Anita will stay won’t he…it just keeps getting worse

  • 11 lochinvar // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    Only an inkling that something is wrong…!
    Hell it’s National News
    Where’s Wendy Taylor or the smooth PR machine at NUFC when it’s needed to smooth our troubled brows with soothing words of reassurance ?

    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

  • 12 firebug666 // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    I really don’t see McClaren getting sacked (even though he should have been by now) The idiots running the club have no plans in place for such an even to take place.

    They will stick with their chosen HC and hope for the best, I suspect McClaren has beguiled them with big words that mean nothing but sound good and make it appear he knows what he is doing.

    The backroom staff are at loggerheads, the players are confused, and Charnley is stood wringing his hands because Ashley left him in charge and it’s all gone tits up and he hasn’t got a clue how to fix it before the big man gets back.

    We are not just foundering on the rock, we are going down with all hands.

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Yes, Shelvey was poor, and has been in each away game. I say as much. He has played well at home though, whereas Sissoko hasn’t even managed that.

    I don’t think it is just my campaign anymore either, I think that it is probably now a majority of fans that are fed up with Sissoko.

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Don’t want to bang on about the Johnson and Sunderland thing too much, but I do find it incredible that Margaret Byrne (Sunderland’s CEO) allowed Johnson to continue playing for the club whilst knowing the extent of his actions, and the likelihood of a criminal conviction.

    She is a member of the Premier League’s Legal Advisory Group. At the very least, her position as part of that surely has to be untenable.

  • 15 Belfast // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Anita will be captain next year and yer gonna weep.

  • 16 WWSBRD // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Why would u say such horrible things?! Are times not bad enough?

  • 17 Belfast // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    You’ll always get there stories when you’re shite though. Happened under Pardew and Carver too.

  • 18 lochinvar // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    If Stephen Ross is brokering the new Super League concept will Ashley sell to him ?
    Miami Dolphins NFL football franchise and 95% of Sun Life Stadium. Stephen Ross made his fortune in real estate and has tried to spice up the Dolphins image by selling small minority shares to celebrities like Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan and the Williams sisters.

    Mashley Porpoises Premier League Franchise and 100% of St. James’s Park made his dollar selling cheap sports merchandise and has tried to spice up his image by selling minority shares to Julius Caesar, Esther Rantzen and

    A spokesman for Mashley holdings was reported to have said, ” et tu brute” ” sausages ” and “when someone is denying what they are, then that’s when things start to spiral down”.

  • 19 lochinvar // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    That’s a great point but it’s another case of denial and hiding behind liberal thinking to protect her own position ( ie don’t rock the boat and sit on the fence in the best interest of the client – in this case Johnson. ) until someone else – in this case the Courts make a decision for you.

    Ashley is the same, the FA and FIFA likewise.
    Decision making eludes these people.
    It’s a form of Corporate Malaise.
    Or weakness.

  • 20 Harley // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    The daily mail also reporting that Newcastle are emerging as favourites to sign Pellegrini.

    If by a miracle we stay up and there is even the slightest chance of pellegrini signing we should do everything in our power to make it happen.

    Finally a proper manager.

  • 21 pgakev // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    It is far to late for a new manager to come in and sort out this shower of shyte. Saying that I would love too see McClown get the boot after we lose. I just want us to show a little bit of pride for remainder of the season, thats all..

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