Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time to Walk the Walk, Steve ... Canaries' Wings Must Be Clipped

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time to Walk the Walk, Steve ... Canaries' Wings Must Be Clipped

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Byline: Like us on Facebook United's former No 9 is No 1 for hard-hitting opinion Follow us on Twitter @EveningChron Mick QUINN

IT'S got to that point where all that matters for Newcastle United on Sunday is getting a win.

Forget everything else, the Magpies must beat Norwich City and get all three points on the board.

I honestly don't care how they do it, but they must do it. And I believe they will.

Steve McClaren has talked the talk ever since he took on the job and now it's about actually walking the walk and getting Newcastle out of this mess because three points from a possible 24 is just not acceptable, not by any stretch of the imagination.

He has had enough time now this season to pick what he considers to be his best XI and get a result on Sunday.

McClaren will have sat down with his coaching staff and played back tapes of the opening eight games to find out where things have been going wrong.

Hopefully that has allowed him to come up with a gameplan that can finally deliver that elusive first Premier League win of the season against Norwich.

Don't get me wrong, Norwich are a decent side who have come into this division and shown no fear at all. They do pose a threat to Newcastle.

But, with all due respect, if United cannot collect all three points at home to the Canaries then who they heck are they going to beat in the Premier League season? I could not care less how McClaren sets up his side to play on Sunday, as long as they win.

He is paid to get results so he must come up with a tactical approach that delivers the goods. Whether that means they go gung-ho, or whether that means they try to stifle Norwich and nick it on the break, it doesn't bother me - as long as they have six points on the board come 6pm on Sunday.

McClaren needs to inspire his players, and Fabricio Coloccini needs to prove himself to be a leader, particularly with Tim Krul now out for the rest of the campaign. …

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