McClaren Identifies What’s Now Required At Newcastle

It’s difficult to believe that we have got ourselves into a bit of a mess this season after just eight games played, after all that happened earlier this year and after owner Mike Ashley had said we will make out own luck from now on.

But the Newcastle players are simply not producing anywhere near their best form and the coaching staff are certainly not getting the best out of the players they have available.

Steve McClaren and Owls Carlos Carvalhal

Steve McClaren and Carlos Carvalhal last night

That’s exactly what happened in the second half of last season under John Carver – who was inexperienced and not up to the job.

But Lee Charnley and Graham Carr made their decision on who would be the new coach and they went for Steve McClaren, who was their first choice as soon as Alan Pardew left Newcastle in early January.

It would not be good if Lee Charnley, who is running the club for the owner,  has made another poor choice of head coach for the second time in six months.

Steve McClaren has said in his comments after the game what must happen and what his players must do to turn things around.

But our next two games against Chelsea and Manchester City will be difficult.

This is how McClaren responded when asked why things were not working:

“It’s hard to put your finger on, but we have to find it.”

“It’s a mentality thing. You can go into those games and finish those games and feel sorry for yourself.” “We can’t have that. We can’t have that and we can’t make excuses.”

“Whatever I say will never be enough to vindicate the performance and the result. The only thing you can do is get in tomorrow morning and prepare for Chelsea.”

“We have got to have that fighting mentality rather than that victim one.”

“That’s football. This is, for me, a challenge. We have got to start using our experience now, and we have got that.”

“We have got to find the solutions. Mentally, technically, tactically, we have got to find the solutions.”

“It’s in that dressing room, we have got to find it and we have got to find it quickly.”

We don’t think Mike Ashley will sit back for too long if the defeats keep piling up and we remain in the bottom three for too long.

There’s too much to lose and staying in the Premier League has to be the most important thing for the club this season.

But if things don’t improve we could be in a for another long hard season, which seems to be all we have managed to achieve since finishing in 5th place back in 2012.

Things must get better soon, and we know what’s going wrong, but it’s now up to Steve and his coaches to fix it and turn this thing around.

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