We like Dutch international Daryl Janmaat and it´s a brave player who puts himself for an interview after the last two displays which have shocked Newcastle to the core because of their lack of passion and the very poor play we have seen from Newcastle as a team and as individual players.
McClaren and his coaches were on the playing field all last week preparing for the game at Palace against former manager Alan Pardew and a good question after the performance is – what were they doing?
Daryl Janmaat – stunned after Palace disaster
It gave our former manager one of the best wins of his 16 year career in management – actions speak louder than words – and Pardew said nothing derogatory about Newcastle before or after the game – in fact it was the opposite.
Anybody looking at Newcastle in the games against Leicester and Crystal Palace would think we are heavy favorites for relegation this season – unless something changes very quickly.
Daryl has at least come out and said something about the situation on Tyneside and his manager:
“He came in the summer with a lot of ambitions,” “We bought some new players in and we all expected more from the start of the season.”
“It’s disappointing and I understand that, but there are still 24 games to go.”
“For him, it is hard as well,” “All of us are determined to put things right.”
Even after the last two dire results and displays Newcastle are still fourth in the betting on who will be relegated with Aston Villa, Sunderland and Bournemouth generally favored to be the three to go down.
And although we are in a bad place at the moment it´s nothing that a couple of wins cannot correct and give our players some much-needed confidence.
If we can win two of the next three games against Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa that would be great.
We can see Newcastle getting past Villa at home – hopefully – but those other two games will be very tough.
And the real danger is that Liverpool and/or Tottenham – two in-form sides – can rip us apart as Leicester and Crystal Palace have done in the last two games,
And then we have these three difficult games after that:
December Sat 26 17:30 H Everton Mon 28 15:00 A WBA January Sat 02 15:00 A Arsenal
Time will be running out for Steve McClaren if we cannot get some wins on the board in these next six games.
What do you think?