McClaren Illustrates The Depth Of Incompetence At Newcastle

We were heavily linked with center-back Lamine Kone of Lorient in the January transfer window and after Lamine was at Sunderland to sign but left in disgust because nothing was happening we thought it would have been an opportunity for Newcastle.

Why didn’t we step in and sign the 27 year-old center-back for a bargain £5M?

Newcastle’s defense was woeful last season yet the powers that be didn’t bring in one defender last January to strengthen the defense.

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Steve McClaren while at Newcastle

It seemed like we brought players in who Graham Carr liked and had been scouting rather than because it fixed weaknesses in the Newcastle side.

Bear in mind that center-back had been a weakness at Newcastle for more than three years at that time.

Steve McClaren would have been well advised not to have revealed today that there was even more incompetence at Newcastle last January than we had realized.

But he has gone ahead without using any common sense and said this on Sky Sports about the opportunity Newcastle had to sign Kone last January:

“Willy McKay was his agent. I remember in January he came to us and said, ‘His move to Sunderland has not gone through he’s, he’s moved out, the move’s broke down twice.'”

“The player’s disillusioned and doesn’t know what to do. Will you take him? Will you take him on loan, even a free loan?’”

“When we looked into it, it was just the wrong time really. It was coming to the end of the window and we had to make a quick decision and it couldn’t go through in time.”

“Unfortunately for us he went to Sunderland and helped them stay up.”

There’s only three words come up when we think back to January and last season and what Steve has now revealed.

Incompetence, incompetence and incompetence.

I’m going to end it here – otherwise I’ll fall into a deep depression again about what happened last season.

Did I make it clear Newcastle were completely incompetent last season?


Good – but things have changed big time under Rafa Benitez.

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Howay The Lads!!

8 comments so far

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 11, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #1

    We desperately need another target man upfront. Last time in the championship we Carroll & hardwood. If I recall correctly, we had lion best.

    This time we have perez & gayle. Two similar attackers, in the sense small fast, make runs but can’t hold up play. Only target man we have is mitrovic, need another one for a perfect combination.

  • tomellifred360

    Aug 11, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Fantasy Football League for NUFC fans. All welcome to join.


    Aug 11, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I didnt take ur advice buddy ur just easily dismissed am afraid

  • Shearer.Milburn

    Aug 11, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Which fantasy league is it??


    Aug 11, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyway moving on

    In what way couldnt we get that transfer done? Kone on a free loan when we needed defenders and Newcastle didnt fancy it?

  • BeeGuy

    Aug 11, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7

    NUFC needs a big man to complement Mito. Not many of them out there floating around.

    BTW, Mitro shouild be seeing a psychologist to channel that nasty streak into goals rather than red cards.

  • Carl819

    Aug 12, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #8

    I can’t believe Mclaren is getting ‘electronic column inches’. Who cares what he thinks, he is the useless tw4t that got us relegated


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