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Photos – Steve McClaren Arrives At Benton Today

10:20 am, Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

Here are some photos taken this morning when Steve McClaren – who is still the head coach at Newcastle until he´s told something different by Lee Charnley – arrived at the Benton training ground to take training with the players, in preparation for the game at Leicester City on Monday night.

It continues to be a bizarre situation and more shoddy management at Newcastle.

According to local reports, Charnley has said nothing to Steve since the 3-1 defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday.

How´s that for good communication with your employees?

Steve McClaren pictured arriving at Newcastle's training ground on Wednesday morning

The under-fire Toon manager climbs out the back of a black Audi with his job hanging in the balance

Newcastle chiefs have already drawn up a list of replacements for McClaren headed by Rafa Benitez

The 54-year-old is on the brink of the sack with Newcastle facing the threat of relegation

The former England manager walks into the training ground on Wednesday morning

Tags: Coaching · Crisis · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League · Press

64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NezzaNUFC // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    You can hear the drums rolling!

  • 2 hibbitt // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    dead man walking !!!

  • 3 Ron Knee // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Benitez could be January’s Berahino.

  • 4 gaz 44 // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    You can guarantee the person on the board that’s voting to keep Steve Mac is the man himself and old charnley is not wise enough to realise what’s going on

  • 5 Ron Knee // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:28 AM


    Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. This is NUFC after all!

  • 6 nut meg // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Silence from the club is deafening. Maybe Charley is in a self induced coma!

  • 7 hibbitt // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Ron Knee
    not very optimistic this morning
    have faith Rafa’s coming

  • 8 Ron Knee // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:35 AM


    “We tried but we just couldn’t get him over the line.”

  • 9 Goldmbemba // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    if ashley goes british as he always has:

    Nigel the Ostrich Hunter
    Hairy Redkrapp

    anyone else?

  • 10 hibbitt // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Ron Knee
    just about sums it up

  • 11 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    The clubs treatment of mclaren is disgusting to be honest. We all don’t want him here and got nothing personal against him. But this silence is not healthy for him as well. He’s doing his job and Charnley must come out and say something in public.

    Disgraceful. Mclaren is only a small part of the major problems in our club.

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    If, and it is still a big if, we get Benitez, I’d expect Ayestrian to come with him. Ayestrian started off as a fitness coach/instructor before he teamed up with Benitez and was a key part of Benitez first period of success as a manager. They haven’t worked together since Liverpool, and he is currently at Valencia, but given their connections and our fitness/injury woes I’d anticipate Benitez being keen to bring him in if he were to take it on for longer than the next 10 games.

  • 13 Jib // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    I prefer this take on pics of SM

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    They did have a bit of a falling out at one stage, but I’d imagine that it will be water under the bridge, and it will be a mutually beneficial move for both.

  • 15 Toon Tang // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Why the bloody chuffing hell does he get chauffeur driven likes he’s bastard royalty. I’ve bloody seen it all now. My day has just gone from bad to worse

  • 16 sparky55 // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:50 AM


    Maclaren deserves nothing but ridicule and contempt

  • 17 Toon Tang // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    …And massive lols at “preparations for the Leicester game”

  • 18 hibbitt // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    McClaren wont walk we seen that at derby he wants his payoff all he can do is grin and bare it…. he know he has to go its only a matter of time till Charnley caves in and he gets his hands on the money

  • 19 magicmac // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    That board are simply rotton to the core, have some sort of common decency and self respect, and let the poor man go Charnley, i always say dont do on to others, what you wouldnt like done to yourself, to be honest Charnley you should be fired along with senile old fart Carr, is it any wonder we are a laughing stock all over the country, you simply couldnt make it up.

  • 20 lesh // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    The fact that McClaren’s still there and expected to carry on as normal when he and the players are aware that his future is unclear, is disgraceful. No manager, no matter what fans think of him should be treat with such contempt. It’s as though they’re trying to sicken him to the point of resignation. He should be dismissed now.

    As far as Rafa and any other credible and self-respecting manager’s concerned, the only way he’d join us is if there was a capable and football savvy MD were to be installed along with Carr having his brief and influence limited.

    No decent manager would work for Charnley and Carr. Their damned and failed structure should be scrapped. But Charnley’s not keen on that I suppose.

    It’s really up to Ashley to take control and recruit whoever’s gonna save the Club, no matter what price and conditions a new manager asks for. If Ashley really is keen to save his investment and the Club.

  • 21 lesh // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:05 AM


    You beat me to the punch re McClaren and the so-called board.

    Ah, but great news, KFC have opened a branch in Tibet, so anyone travelling their will be assured of good food! Wonder if they’re looking for an MD in Charnley? Nah, perhaps not.

  • 22 bladeuser // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:06 AM


  • 23 Jib // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Toon Tang
    He doesn’t
    The Audi is a club sponsorship car.
    I imagine it’s been cleared of SM’s stuff and handed back.

  • 24 Goldmbemba // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:06 AM


    he gets chauffeur driven so he’s got even more time on the drive in to work on his awesome team tactics

  • 25 Rotonda heights // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Mag 52

    I know you won’t hold your hands up and graciously admit defeat on AP, but if by some miracle benitez is appointed I want a full apology.

  • 26 lesh // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:08 AM


    Rafa’s own staff? Don’t be daft – do you believe that Charnley could manage what would become a massive change project?

  • 27 jon.c // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    What a mess our team are in
    1We have a board of nitwits who would debate how to open a tin of beans before the breakfast went cold.
    2 Will S Mc and his coaches have any joy in training this week they might be on jobseekers allo next week.
    3 The players will not be interested and give 100% as they will not know who will be charge next week.
    4What must our new players think of this club and the antics of the board

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:10 AM


    surely ash can now see that leaving crucial decision making to carr and charnley is costing him millions. even he must have a tipping point.

  • 29 Jib // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Your crocodile tears come across as weird and insincere after the stuff you’ve spewed out about McClaran.

    The rewards for successful footy folk are huge .

    If they fail they are still paid life changing amounts.

    Save your maudlin sympathy for a worthier cause.

  • 30 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    sparky55 // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:50 AM


    Maclaren deserves nothing but ridicule and contempt

    When a club treats its staff with utter ridicule and contempt, this is why no top managers will want to join this club. its a horrible way of running this club.

    people like you with your mindset are the reason why we are facing relegation.

    mclaren is rubbish and deserves to be booted out but not by utterly disrepecting him.

  • 31 Dragon64 // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    mcclaren is just waiting for the pay off he doesn’t give a shit so don’t feel sorry for him at all. make him stew for a bit longer

  • 32 lesh // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:13 AM


    You’d expect Ashley to see they’re useless but as Charnley was his appointment, to be his hands on the ground, so he really has to commit to and stand by leaving the running of the club to a good football savvy MD.

  • 33 Toon Tang // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Ronnie Pickering would sort this mess out

  • 34 lesh // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Ok Jib. You’re right, as always…..


  • 35 Average_Contents // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:19 AM

  • 36 Average_Contents // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Ashley out.

  • 37 Jib // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    I didn’t realise you spoke Canadian

  • 38 Jail for Ashley // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Get Jonas to ring Churners and tell him he’s sacked.

  • 39 Average_Contents // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    The pressure is mounting from all angles. Good.

    Billionaire Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has been warned he risks being held in contempt of the House of Commons should he continue to dodge giving evidence before MPs in Westminster about treatment of the retailer’s staff.

    The Newcastle United owner has yet to agree to appear before the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee despite being offered numerous dates to do so.

    In a letter sent to Ashley last week, chair of the committee, Iain Wright MP, said: “A number of alternative dates have been offered to you by the Committee Clerk, but as yet you have not accepted any of them, nor agreed in principle to attend.

    “As you will be aware, select committees do not normally need to have recourse to our formal powers to summon witnesses in order to secure attendance; refusal to attend without good reason may be considered a contempt of the House.

    “Should you fail in your reply to agree to attend on one of the dates offered to you, or a mutually convenient alternative before 1 June, the Committee reserves the right to take the matter further, including seeking the support of the House of Commons in respect of any complaint of contempt.”

  • 40 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    I like the part in that article where it says workers are shamed over the tannoy for not working hard enough. We should do that at SJP.

    “Sissoko you lazy git, pull your finger out or F Off!”

  • 41 sparky55 // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:39 AM


    No-one forced Maclaren to take the job on 2 million a year…he like everyone before him knew exactly what they letting themselves in for.

    He has failed miserably.

    He deserves nothing but ridicule and contempt for the way he’s guided that team to the verge of relegation.

    You and I could have done as badly as him being paid a tenth of the money.

    He is the worst manager we’ve ever had…don’t feel sorry for him.


  • 42 sparky55 // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:41 AM


  • 43 sparky55 // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    I’m so fcuking angry I can’t spell! 🙂

  • 44 lochinvar // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    I’m getting in the mood.
    Perhaps the lads down aThe Strawberry could start to think about ( but no hurry as Chanley is making the decisions ) the new sign La Fresa if Benitez arrives in town.

    In the meantime just brushing up on the lingo.
    Me encanta comer tostadas con mermelada de fresa.

    Hopet to see a rash of new Tapas bars opening in the Bigg Market

  • 45 lochinvar // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:53 AM


    Disnt mutter cow yoo spull – wee agreee wuth thy fillings

    ABOLUTELY FCUKING USELESS – sess itt al fur mee likke

  • 46 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 9, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Jeff/Job Lesh

    On Tufty running this week’s training sessions.
    Allegedly he still has to “prepare” the team” despite the leaked news he is for the chop, but with Charnley still on his side.
    The point I made yesterday was that getting McLaren to take a meaninlgess training session was an embarassment on all sides, a pointless exercise (like so mnay of our last 28 matehes), pisspoor man management and done ONLY to allow Penfold more time to obfuscate and procrastinate.
    Regardless of how we feel about Tufty, the guy above him is prepared to see him humiliated and diminished simply to protect himself. This total lack of respect just shows up Penfold’s management style and says a lot about the man’s character – and very poorly too imo. He’s using Tufty as cover. Third rate is being generous. No wonder he can’t get the best out of people. MD’s are supposed to have leadership qualities. Penfold has none. Clueless.

  • 47 Goldmbemba // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Odds slashed on Benitez.

    Im the first to doubt this means anything, but what would drive people to place a bet if they have as much info as us lot at this moment in time?

    or is it just the bookies driving business during one of the most unpredictable seasons in recent memory??

  • 48 chinleymag // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Eventually all orginisations/companies begin to reflect the mindset of there owners. Ashley has no dignity or class and only contempt for his employees and customers. His treatment of the law of the land from a previous post, the Stock Exchange zero hours contracts terms of employment etc all prove this . To be part of his inner circle Im sure you have to sign up to some Faustian pact Until he sells up and goes nothing will change. All else is just hot air and wishful thinking Rafa or no Rafa

  • 49 Tsunki // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Has Steve been banned from driving? 🙂

    Nothing quite like being chauffeur driven to your own funeral. All that’s missing is the box.

  • 50 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Well SSN have just been live from Benton and pretty much nothing new was said. The only piece of information that was of interest was the pre-match presser scheduled for tomorrow is now apparently postponed – how true that is I don’t now, because Thursday seems a little early to have that for Monday game. Suppose we’ll see if Ranieri does his tomorrow. Could be the biggest indication that he will be leaving…… eventually.

  • 51 Goldmbemba // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Looks like ashley has other business concerns at the minute without having to deal with his ‘side project’.

  • 52 optimistic prime // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:13 PM


    From previous, I hope you’re right but there’s nothing in Ashley’s nine year tenure that gives me any hope he’ll do what’s best for the club, he’ll do what’s best for him and his main buisness.

    If I was Benitez I’d tell Ashley to fcuk off, even if I was offered the job today I’d tell him to fcuk off, after punching him in the mouth!

    Ashley out.

  • 53 Tsunki // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    How does McLaren build up the players for Monday night against the league leaders no less knowing the weight of public opinion and total lack of confidence in the players is against him?

    I fear that the best Bishop can do is tell everyone to keep their mouths shut and away from the media until further notice while the inept buffoons at the ‘top’ fumble and fudge their way to another cack-handed ‘decision’.

    I can only hope the time elapsed is indication of the Major Shareholder going through the motions of declaring the Board as not fit for purpose and assembling a new one (him) to get some emergency consultation together and yes, somebody with management and not just coaching experience, to pull the coaching apparatus together in time for the derby, which we have to win.

  • 54 Tsunki // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Goldmemba- nufc may not be his first love, but he needs to make sure it isn’t about to implode and sink with his ‘free loan’ aboard. I think he will be on the other end of the line for the duration.

  • 55 Tsunki // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Obfuscate. Contender for Word of the Day. I believe it’s on a poster in the board room.

  • 56 SPRINGY // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    afternoon all
    i was wondering if he was banned from driving?…then i remembered that he loves himself that much that the idea of driving himself to work is below him….looks like we are not the only ones hes delusional with!lol

  • 57 Keith in France // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Sports Direct boss threatened with contempt of parliament.

    Maybe MA has other things on his mind?

  • 58 martoon // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    I have to say I agree with ILOVETOON, whatever you think of McClaren it is disgraceful the way the club are treating him just keeping hanging. Why don’t they just sack him and install one of the coaches as caretaker head coach until a new manager is recruited.

  • 59 Tsunki // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Martoon it’s because the idiots are still gauging whether they can get away with keeping him.

  • 60 Mackems are from MORDOR! // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Tomorrows Pre Match press conference cancelled APPARENTLY

  • 61 The Diamond dogs hoojars // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Macnasty is giving it 100 per cent I’ve no doubt about it, but those players are not playing for him, as usual he will wait to be sacked, as he normally does, twenty wolfsburg Notts Forrest derby!!!!

    I think we all get the picture don’t we, what the hell was he doing here in the first place, if it’s down to Charnley then he also surely has to get out of toon as well.

  • 62 Lindisfarne // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    SMC can not be blamed for turning up to fulfill hs contracted role. Penfold had a lack of intelligence and is yet again operating below the standard required, if they are not preparing to replace the Head Coach then address the situation as everything is far from normal at the moment. No doubt SMC will be inundated with questions about the club at tomorrows press conference and they will not be able to limit the conversation to Leicester away.

  • 63 Lindisfarne // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Put SMC on enforced sickness leave until next Tuesday, would at least be better than the very odd situation we have currently.

  • 64 Jib // Mar 9, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Since the Business Committee said it would like to hear from Ashley over how he runs Sports Direct, the proprietor, who also owns Newcastle United, countered their offer by inviting MPs for a tour of his Shirebrook, Derbyshire warehouse.

    However, Iain Wright MP, chairman of the committee said today the invitation was not in line with the committee’s “commitment to transparency”.

    More Parliamentary bullshit and obfuscation.

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