Steve McClaren arrived at Newcastle in early June and he has been able to have a good look at the squad he inherited and he also seems to have decided on a way of playing – a 4-4-2 system – and he’s also been starting the same side over the last several games.
They are also games we have done fairly well in – with two wins and a draw in the last four games and that defeat at Sunderland which was kind of out of out hands because the referee made a huge error in sending off Coloccini which was overturned on appeal – but the damage was done and we lost that game 3-0.
Steve McClaren – given every player a chance
But since then Sunderland have lost their last two games including a 6-2 defeat at Everton and we have taken 4 points from Stoke and Bournemouth.
This is what Steve McClaren has said today about some of what the coaching staff has done over these last five months in the job:
“This or that didn’t work out, but we said pre-Chelsea, after the Sheffield Wed and Watford games, that we had to change the team around a bit.”
“We knew we’d looked at everything by then and we decided to go this way.”
“Does that not affect you? It didn’t affect the coaching team because we were coming in with a ‘Let’s go’ attitude.”
“We’ve had to look and given everybody an opportunity. We’ve had to give everybody a chance.”
Of course Steve took over the mess that was left by John Carver and in a run of ten games we lost nine and drew one before we won that very last game at home to West Ham and saved ourselves.
But Lee Charnley’s appointment of John Carver was a complete disaster and in 19 league games in the second half of last season with John in charge – we won only three games and picked up 13 points.
We didn’t start the season much better with just 3 points from our first eight games – as tough as those games were – but there are signs with two wins in the last four games – that things may be picking up.
We really hope that’s the case and a win at home to Leicester City a week on Saturday would be really terrific.
That’s what we are hoping for.