This big news at Steve McClaren´s press conference was Steven Taylor being out for at least two months with a hamstring strain and he has had a small operation on a tendon to assist with the recovery.
There is a growing crisis growing at Newcastle and it will last until we pick up our first win in the league – and just like last season – once we get our first win we are hoping Newcastle will be OK through the end of this year.
Steve McClaren – gave his press conference for Wednesday game
Steve is asking Newcastle fans to show some faith in the team, and even asks for blind faith at this point – and there has been criticism coming from all sides at McClaren and the team after two successive defeats when the side did not play well at all.
This is some of what the head coach said in his press conference today:
“Blind faith is needed.” “A bit of blind faith and belief that we will eventually get it right, turn it around, and win some games. We need that from the club as a whole.”
“It is always a test coming into any club. You always have at some stage, testing times. It has come early and is not unexpected.”
“It is par for the course. It is football. We have the patience and calm to deal with it.” “A lot of work is going on behind the scenes.”
“The big thing we are trying to turn around is a club last season that had to win the last game to stay up. There is bound to be baggage.”
“Our first four league games they showed fantastic spirit. Last two games, we have conceded goals and not come back from that and the reaction has not been right.”
“That is belief, a bit of “Here we go again.” We have talked about it and addressed it. We have to put up a reaction.”
“We put up the last game of the season and the fight showed as the benchmark for what is needed. We have to keep the spirit and belief going.”
“We concentrate on performance and fight, and results will follow.” “If you are not winning you are not confident. They are all tough and we knew it would be. We have enough experience to do that.”
Let´s hope the Newcastle fans will stick with Steve, his coaches and the players, so we can turn this thing around – just as soon as possible.
It´s similar to last year at this time and once we beat Leicester City 1-0 at home for our first win of the season, in our eighth game – we went on to win the next six games on the trot.
Similar things could happen this season.
It´s important Newcastle are (far) away from the bottom of the league by the end of this year.