Steve McClaren is trying to reset the ambitions and expectations of Newcastle fans and that will be very hard to do.
In his press conference yesterday the former England manager was keen to let fans know that the club wanted to change and that changes were literally being made from top to bottom at Newcastle.
Steve McClaren – everything but results
Steve has talked about not having a good team at Middlesbrough until his third year there – but that cannot happen at Newcastle – things have changed a lot in the Premier League since well over ten years ago.
Newcastle is also a much bigger club than Middlesbrough and with a huge fan base.
Newcastle must stay in the Premier League and we must start winning some games shortly because if we don´t and we are somewhere near the bottom of the league we know what happens.
Players lose their confidence, the team will get used to losing and we will get caught up again in another relegation battle.
So one thing that cannot happen is a relegation this season.
This is some of what McClaren has said:
“We have come in here and are changing a lot of things and it’s hard.” “Some people do not like change, but they have to go through it and it’s painful at times as it has been.”
“We’ve been here three months. Sometimes it can be very quick, sometimes it takes a long time, but that is what we are changing.”
“The club wanted it. That is why we came in. I think everybody, certainly from the outside looking in, was clamouring for change at Newcastle United from the top right the way through.”
“They have certainly got that from the top in terms of reiterating about the cups and spending money.” “I think everything they said about changing Newcastle is happening.”
“What is not happening is results on the field. Change is tough and hard. Why? Five wins in 32 games, staying up by the skin of their teeth last season. That is why everyone is clamouring for change.”
“At Middlesbrough we adapted and changed over five years,” “The first year was painful, a little bit of quality in the second year and third year the breakthrough.”
“Hasselbaink and Viduka scored goals, but it was three years before I got a decent team.”
“We were 4-0 down against Aston Villa and they were throwing season tickets at me. We beat Chelsea 3-0 a week later and went on to the UEFA Cup final. That’s the experience you’ve got to go through.”
“We have three windows to change this club around,” “It needs more work, most definitely. January will be the next opportunity.”
The only thing that we haven´t got is results?
But football management is all about getting results, so we cannot minimize the fact we have two points from six league games and only one win against a League Two side in eight games in all competitions and already out of the League Cup.
One thing that is worrying is that our next two games are very tough ones at home to Chelsea and at Manchester City.
The chances of having 2 points from eight league games by the end of next weekend could well see us bottom of the Premier League during the next International break.
That´s worrying and if that happens the press will have a field day during those two weeks when nothing much else is going on.
Of course, a win today against Chelsea could change everything.