Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren was calm enough during yesterday’s press conference and he was realistic about the two poor displays over the last two games and pointed to some positives.
There has been a huge negative reaction – from the national press – that Newcastle are second bottom of the league after six games and they have been laying into the club and putting the boot in where they can.
And there’s been too many opportunities for them to do that.
Steve McClaren – tough start
Newcastle fans are worried – very worried that this season could be yet another one where we are fighting relegation and that does nothing for the image of Newcastle United.
It also does nothing for the good health and attitude of the fans.
Steve McClaren has tried to slash through all the negativity surrounding the club at the moment and he has asked Newcastle fans to stick with the team and give them their support which will only help the team get back on track this season.
This is some of what Steve has said in the Chronicle today:
“As always, supporting a football team can be very, very difficult.” “And sometimes you have to have blind faith.”
“You have to just believe that these players will give what they’ve got and give their best.” “Sometimes that might not be quite good enough.”
“But we have to stay with this team.” “That’s what we believe, we need faith and trust.” “Fans are the same.”
“You could see something on Saturday after the second goal, was the stadium really believing if we could come back?”
“Let’s rally the players and get them focused on coming back.” “We knew it would be tough.” “Both internally and with what we went through with the squad.”
“We knew externally about the pressure and expectation, and the size of the crowd.” “We have enough experience to deal with that.”
This year has been very extremely difficult for our fans – it’s been a nightmare – apart from the summer months when things looked to be picking up a bit.
Let’s hope the club and the team can get back on track very soon and a win tonight against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup would be a good start.
Howay The Lads!!