This Was An Alarming Decision By Steve McClaren

It was telling that with Jack Colback out injured for the game last Saturday at Manchester City Steve McClaren brought in winger Yoan Gouffran in defensive midfield and the Frenchman didn’t have a good game and was eventually replaced after 66 minutes of that game but Newcastle had folded completely and we were 6-1 down.

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Yoan Gouffran in action at the Etihad

It was the biggest defeat Newcastle had suffered for some time and in the last two games at Manchester  City we have lost by a cumulative score of 11-1.

They are not really our favorite team to play and the last time we didn’t lose in a league game to them stretches back to October of 2008.

The 6-1 loss was not a good time with the two week International break upon us and Newcastle rock bottom of the Premier League.

We suppose it’s not surprising it’s been all doom and gloom this week and it will get worse until we can start picking up some wins in the league and getting some points on the board.

Yoan was a regular in the team when Alan Pardew was at the club when he was played on the wing because of his hard work and willingness to track back.

To play him in central midfield against the talent of Manchester City is a measure of how poor a team we still seem to have this season and a very poor decision by McClaren.

This is what Yoan has said in the Chronicle today:

“It was difficult for me because sometimes I was not in the squad.” “I just worked hard in training and when Jack Colback was injured the manager told me I would play.”

“I have to wait for opportunities. I am 29 and I know I can play in the Premier League.” “You have to respect the choice of the manager.”

“It would have been better to play again quickly but it’s the international break.” “We have to work. We have two weeks to work to try to get the first win.”

“I think we played very well in the first half.” “We had chances to score more goals but we didn’t score.”

“I don’t know what changed in the second half. We didn’t defend together.” “Aguero is a very good player but if we had played like we did in the first half he wouldn’t have scored those goals.”

“It’s really difficult to explain why we lost.”

We lost because in the first 20 minutes of the second half we played nowhere near as well as we had done in the first half and that’s one of the big problems at Newcastle – we run hot and cold all the time.

There is a lack of confidence with the players after what has become a terrible 2015 for Newcastle United and unless the players and the coaching staff can get to grips with the problems we have it’s going to be another very tough season for fans.

Yes – yet another one.

Something is seriously wrong with Newcastle, but a couple of wins will restore the confidence of the players.

If we cannot take points from the next two games against Norwich and Sunderland we will be in really serious trouble.

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