Tension on Tyneside

Newcastle manager Steve McLaren looks to be on his way out of Newcastle United after a run of poor performances culminating in the 3-1 loss to AFC Bournemouth at the weekend.

McLaren has failed to achieve what he was asked to do despite having signed some pretty big names in the summer such as Wijnaldum, Thauvin and the further captures of Seydou Doumbia (on loan) and Jonjo Shelvey in January.

Selection was a total shock for McLaren to pick Emmanuel Riviére who has only scored one goal for Newcastle since his arrival in the summer of 2014 for around £6 million.

The idea that he was selected ahead of Serbian international Aleksandar Mitrovic who has netted five times in twenty four games this season, although it is not a great return he and Perez looked to be gelling last November and they were finishing chances.


Mitrovic signed for Newcastle last summer.

The chances though have dried up and it leaves Newcastle languishing in 19th only one point off Sunderland in 17th. Swansea though have seemed to have pulled sway from the relegation battle with their 33 points.

Newcastle surely have to do something to try and slow this decline, McLaren has to be the first to go, a number of other names should follow none more so than the incompetent Graham Carr, head scout.

Carr has brought in no player with any real ability over the last few years, Shelvey the one player that seems to have added anything to Newcastle this season. He seems incapable of bringing stars that the club set out to buy such as striker Charlie Austin who now plays for Southampton after Newcastle failed in their attempts to buy him in the summer.


Newcastle chief scout, Graham Carr.

And with the club lacking goals this season, that miss could be the biggest of the season would the Magpies find themselves relegated come May.

If McLaren is to go the most likely man to step into the breach at St James’ Park looks to be former Manchester United manager, David Moyes.

The Scot has been in charge of a club like Newcastle before when he spent time with Everton where he arguably achieved the most success. Spells at Manchester United and Real Sociedad followed where he suffered two sackings.

Moyes looks the ideal candidate to try and resuscitate this once great English club.

My Newcastle United XI (at the moment)


R Elliott; D Janmaat, C Mbemba, J Lascelles, M Haïdara; J Colback; A Townsend, M Sissoko; G Wijnaldum; A Mitrovic, A Perez

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