We have already seen it many times this season – Newcastle have not bothered to turn up for a game and we lose and the players have looked like they didn´t care one little bit – and there has been a huge negative reaction from the fans.
The players then come out and say it will all be so much better next time out and that in fact – they do care – they say they care very much.
We´ll see today if they can come back and get anything out of the game at Selhust Park today against former boss Alan Pardew and after last week´s pathetic showing at home to Leicester City we really need all 3 points to make up for that.
Steve McClaren – shown smiling last week
An obvious PR move by the club?
It´s a good question as to whether we can do that, but at the very least we have to see a much more committed performance than the abject surrender in last week´s game in that second half.
This is what manager Steve McClaren has said about the game today and the confidence he has that the players will actually turn up for the game this week:
“Absolutely I have the confidence the players will respond. There was only West Ham I was really disappointed, Sheffield Wednesday I felt really disappointed.”
“Watford disappointed. Second-half against Manchester City really disappointed, then Saturday really disappointed.” (quite a few disappointments there)
“We talked previous to the Leicester game about the progress and the squad slowly getting there.”
“Slowly is the word. They’re not consistent. We’re trying to get that.”
“The inconsistency is why we are where we are. It’s getting rid of that inconsistency.” “Yet we got through Bournemouth by a good goal, spirit and good defending.”
“We got through that, we stuck together and got the first away win in nearly a year. We were quite buoyant.” “The international break didn’t do us any favors but it’s no excuse.”
“We’ve come back and that was a bad day at the office last weekend.” “This week we’ve come back and done what we’ve done.”
“On Monday the coaching staff told the players why we lost, we got back out on the training field and we’ve worked on the training field; that’s what we’ve been doing.”
“Yes they do care. Yes, yes I’m confident about that. It’s up to us to tell them the reasons why we lost last weekend.” (they were hopeless and pathetic – that´s why)
“That’s been pointed out, that’s been worked on.” “Day in day out, we’ll always have weeks like that, we always sail close to the wind in terms of competitiveness and kind of what we want.”
“Passion. We need to transfer what’s out there on the training field to a Saturday with a little bit more consistency.”
Newcastle fans are fed up at the moment and rightly so at the way the club is being run by those at the top – very badly.
After the nightmarish disaster with John Carver earlier this year – it seems to have continued into Steve McClaren´s reign.
What we need to see are a string of wins to take us up the league table.
But there are some tough games coming up so we cannot see how Newcastle can pull clear of the relegation zone by the time January rolls around.
In one way maybe that´s even a good thing – because the invisible people running the club could then bring in some decent players in January who can save our season and save Newcastle from another relegation.