These McClaren Skills Are Coming Under Intense Scrutiny

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren said during his press conference yesterday that the way the team played against both Chelsea and Manchester City in the first half is exactly what he wants to see – but for the full 90 or 95 minutes.

The Newcastle players are not playing to their full potential by any means except in fits and starts – and that’s not good enough-  because we are prone to concede goals at any time.

Just like we were in the last three seasons.

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Steve McClaren at the Etihad Stadium
Must have been in the second half


Just like we thought that John Carver wasn’t getting the best out of his players – and he blamed the players rather than take any responsibility himself for the team – it seems the much more experienced Steve McClaren is also having trouble getting the best out of his players.

Steve does have four new players he is trying to integrate into the team and yes it generally takes some time, but with only 3 points from 8 games we have to start winning games very soon.

But it’s getting time the Newcastle head coach has to show his coaching, man-management and motivational skills otherwise our season might turn into a bit of a mess – it doesn’t look too good right now.

Steve has had the team watch the first half of both the game at home against Chelsea and at Manchester City when we looked a very good team – but in the second half of both games we went off the boil and got just one point from those two games.

This is what Steve said yesterday:

“We need the kind of response from the players and the crowd as if we are playing Chelsea. What we have done in the last two games is play well, really well for 45 minutes.” 

“We showed the players the 45 minutes and said: ‘All you have to do is produce that for 90 minutes’. If they do that they will get results.”

Steve is starting to run out of time a little bit and in his press conference yesterday he seemed to be trying to play for some time and made statements such as he wouldn’t look at the league table until after 10 or 12 games.

Newcastle have to get a win in the next two games at home to Norwich and away at Sunderland.

If not there will be mounting pressure on the new Newcastle head coach.

The very last thing Mike Ashley wants is for the club to get relegated and miss out on all of the Premier League money.

We don’t think he is going to stand by if we get cut adrift at the bottom of the league table.

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