One of the reasons it is so difficult to manage Newcastle or to play for Newcastle is the severe criticism these men have to endure when things are not going well on Tyneside.
It’s brutal and always has been and always will be.
If the players are not mentally tough to put up with it – they never make it at Newcastle.
Steve McClaren – already under pressure
That’s a fact and Steve McClaren is quickly going through his first mini-crisis at Newcastle.
Well – we sincerely hope it’s only a mini-crisis.
After the Watford defeat on Saturday, Steve must have thought he was being grossly insulted by a reporter’s question.
It was put to him that Newcastle are no better off now than we were under (the completely inept) John Carver.
This is how Steve answered that question:
“You can see that and write that. I haven’t seen it.” “We come into a new experience and we all think ‘whoa, let’s go’, and then suddenly it is ‘woah, what’s happening there’.”
“It’s a lot of things to work on.” “Mentality, history, and of course, the present. We have to turn it around.”
“But I still say this is a good squad with good players in there. To win, you need belief.” “That first win would ease a lot of things, but there’s a lot of clubs saying that.”
“That adds to the tension and pressure and fuels the criticism we are going to receive.”
A first win will certainly change everything and a good performance and a shock win would do the trick because the confidence would return to both the team and the fans.
And the pundits too.
Well, maybe that’s going a little too far – getting carried away again.
So if we can get a win against either Chelsea or away at Manchester City it would be a big shocky, but the confidence of our players would return immediately.
That’s got to be something that Steve McClaren will pummel into the players this week.
Steve has to turn this thing around just as soon as possible.