Steve McClaren’s interview after the terrible display and embarrassing defeat for the second time in a row on Saturday is no doubt directed at Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner.
Ashley cannot have been too happy with the pathetic performance of the team over the last two games when we have been thrashed by Leicester City and Crystal Palace.
Both those teams we would have expected to have beaten this time last season because in the first half of the season they both struggled with relegation nd were propping up the league at the end of last year.
Steve McClaren – under the microscope at Newcastle
But it tells you how much Newcastle have faltered in a year since Alan Pardew left that we are now second bottom of the league with just two wins in 14 league games this season and only five wins in 33 league games this year since Pardew left.
Leicester City are joint top on 29 points and Crystal Palace are 7th on 22 points with Newcastle in 19th place on 10 points.
Steve McClaren believes he has the experience to turn things around but how long will it take – and how far done the league table will we have to drop before things improve?
This is what Steve has said:
“I think that’s the key thing, that there’s no panic,” “If there were eight games to go then people would, but we’re not.”
“And that’s where experience tells. We know we’re doing the right things every day, we know we’re doing the right things, I know through experience.”
“Everybody knows and everybody can see that. In time that will turn around and work, at the present moment it’s not, we’re having huge disappointments that I hope will toughen us up and make us stronger in the long run.”
“But you just hope that every bad game, every bad result just makes them stronger in the end.” “The players have to learn quickly. The players aren’t doing it for each other at the moment.”
“Sometimes it’s not about me, it’s about each other. And that’s a team.” “When you’re playing, you’ve been a coach or a manager, the dressing room is about peer pressure.”
“It’s about pride, working for each other and not letting down the man next to you. “At the present moment we’ve not got that.”
“At the present moment the next games, Liverpool, then Spurs, then after that then after that – we’ve got games before January.”
“And we need to get to work and start winning games. We’re in a relegation battle, and we’ve got to make sure that we’re right into that.”
“The players lose heart easily: it’s not rocket science, everyone can see it and that’s what’s happening.”
“We’re getting setbacks and we’re not reacting well enough, and that’s what we need to turn around. The players have their own individual motivation and we have to draw that out.”
“We have to stay calm, keep doing the right things and keep delivering the right messages and keep saying ‘you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do that’.”
“We lose when we stop doing our jobs when disappointment hits us. We can’t have that: you’ve got to keep, keep, keep, keep, keep doing your job.”
It’s Mike Ashley who will make any decision on Steve McClaren – not Lee Charnley – and the owner will have to make a decision soon if we keep racking up the losses.
We don’t want to fall too deeply into a relegation battle and for the next three or four games there’s no doubt that McClaren will be under pressure and we really need to put some wins on the board.
More defeats like the last two when we have been nowhere near the opposition in terms of performance will not be good.
Most fans don’t think Steve can turn things around at Newcastle.