Steve McClaren said something during his press conference yesterday that has immediately upset some Newcastle fans when he said the first eight games – from which we have managed only 3 points – was like an extension of pre-season.
Those 8 games are 21% of the season and it we continue with that kind of points haul we’ll end up with 14 points and certain relegation – which would be another Newcastle disaster.
Steve McClaren – comment was to motivate the players?
This is what Steve said yesterday:
“The first eight games were very difficult, very tough. They proved that. We’ve had setbacks and good performances.”
But we said after Man City that our season begins now.” “It’s kind of been an extended pre-season, and now we have to start playing.”
In the first eight game there are not many fans, after what happened in the second half of last season who thought we’d get just 3 points from the first eight games.
That was worse than the 4 points from 7 games we managed at the start of last season.
That’s especially true after speeding £52M on players in the summer transfer window – the most we have ever spent in any transfer window ever.
Steve McClaren also said he doesn’t look at the league table – well not until after 10 to 12 games.
That gives him a maximum of four games to pick up some points – but it’s been an awful start to the season.
Fans didn’t like the way Steve was flippant that we have only 3 points and are rock bottom of the league after eight games.
This is important stuff for the fans and we have gone almost two weeks following the 6-1 humiliation at Manchester City – it’s been very painful – and then we lose Tim Krul for the season.
We suspect McClaren is trying to motivate his players and saying the first eight games were always going to be tough and it’s now over and it’s now time to start picking up the points.
A win on Sunday at home to Norwich can relieve the tension.