Steve McClaren has admitted that for the first three days this week Newcastle held an inquest into their disgraceful exhibition against Leicester City and there were some feisty exchanges with the players.
But the Newcastle manager now says the air has been cleared and it was needed – because of the unacceptable display at St. James’ Park last Saturday afternoon.
Whether it does any good we will soon find out tomorrow when we play at Alan Pardew´s Crystal Palace.
Alan Pardew didn’t show up for his press conference today and the assistant manager stood in for him.
Steve McClaren – gave press conference this morning
This is some of that Steve McClaren has said today in his press conference:
“We have had a great week on the training pitch. Feisty, competitive, energetic, all the things we lacked last Saturday.”
“My swearing went right out of the window!” “I love feisty sessions. And it was. We got the message across. It was just what we needed. We explained why we lost.”
“For three days we sorted it out. It is one of those weeks coaches like. We needed it. The energy, that is what we want.”
“We didn’t do the basics last Saturday. We had done that for four games and got 7 points. We had spirit against Bournemouth.”
“Attitude, organisation discipline. The basics. We have had a setback. The performance wasn’t up to normal standards. We have to get back to it.”
“There have probably been three or four occasions I have been disappointed with the attitude. I had not seen it for a while. We talked about it.”
“Communication and leadership is part of it. That is what we have tried to get across.”
We consider this good news – and now each player has to give 100% from now on and show some guts – especially when things are going against us in a game.
As we reported earlier, Newcastle have suffered yet another long-term injury – this time to Massadio Haidara – and he will be out for four months after he undergoes surgery next week on his lateral cartilage (knee).