Steve McClaren when asked if he was shocked with Newcastle’s pitiful and gutless display on Saturday said that he wasn’t.
And Steve used what he has used all season to defend (yet) another poor display – Newcastle are simply far too inconsistent.
Steve McClaren and Claudio Ranieri on Saturday
That’s not a problem for Leicester City who have gone from bottom of the league to top of the league in less than a year and they were simply too much for Newcastle.
Immediately after the game Steve McClaren said they were better in every single department than Newcastle.
Since Steve McClaren and his coaching team are responsible for all those departments – so to speak – then it doesn’t say much for what the new coaching team have been able to achieve so far this season.
The team was completely outplayed and Steve was outcoached by Claudio Ranieri.
McClaren was asked if he was shocked with Newcastle’s performance and this is how he responded:
“Actually, I would not say it was a shock.” “We’ve always known what the job is and it’s a tough one. We know we’re going to have bad days, and this was certainly one of them.”
“We have to recover from that now. That is the key now. Have we recovered before? Yes. We need to do it again.”
“You can see what our problems are,” “We were 1-0 down, but there were still 50 minutes to go.”
“We need to create consistency and know what we are going to get week in, week out. You need to know what level of performance you are going to get and at the moment we do not know that.”
“I thought we looked fragile out there and that is something that can only be solved from within, both within each individual and within the dressing room as a whole.”
“That’s something we are searching for. We’ll have to work very hard on the training pitch to find that.”
“The players know what they are capable of and there have been times when they have shown it. We have seen it in the last five or six games, and even by digging in to get the result at Bournemouth.”
“But I have been saying all along that it is not that easy, and we’re not at a level yet where we can have a degree of consistency week in, week out.”
It seems the same old thing from Steve after each defeat – and we’ve already had too many losses – seven in 13 games – so we have lost more than half of our games.
We need something out of the next game at Crystal Palace, but that’s going to be a tough game.
If we don’t turn up for that one then Alan Pardew’s new side could be the next one to take us to the cleaners.
We hope that doesn’t happen.