Steve has given his press conference for the upcoming game at home to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
Newcastle players must pick up more hamstring injuries than any other club in the Premier League and after Mike Williamson has been back at Newcastle for only a couple of days he’s now very doubtful for Sunday’s very tough game against Liverpool with a hamstring injury.
When asked if Mike would go straight into the side for Sunday – he hesitated and then said:
“We would have liked to have thought so, but he has just his tweaked his hamstring in training and has to have a scan on that to know the extent.”
“We will know more later, but that’s a little worry.”
Steve McClaren – gave his press conference today
That probably means that Fabricio Coloccini will be at center-half again because Jamaal Lascelles is also out – yes that’s right – with a hamstring injury.
And the other disappointment the injury front is that Cheick Tiote is still not ready with his goring injury.
Steve is a good man – but he’s really struggling as to what to say after the terrible two performances over the last two games.
Steve was asked if it would be unthinkable for a club of Newcastle’s size and stature to drop down to the Championship and he avoided talking about that and said well – we scraped through last season in the Premier League.
Steve also said he had not spoken to the owner Mike Ashley about the current situation.
Steve talked about the time after Bournemouth game as being very positive – but we cannot forget we were completely outplayed by the south coast side.
The truth is we were so lucky to win that game 1-0 thanks to a heroic display by goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
The players were said to be focused in training this week and he pointed out we had a lot of young players and added that in the several weeks we had taken three steps forward and five or six steps back.
Steve is again asking fans to be patient and he understood confidence is down because of winning only five games in 33 league games this year and he still thinks he is the man to turn it around on Tyneside – although we wouldn’t have expected him to say anything different than that.
That differs with the opinion of Newcastle fans.
Steve also said we have some good players at the club and it’s a good team, but the frustration coming from Newcastle fans is how come the team hardly ever plays near their capabilities?
As we said earlier, when you only have 10 points in 14 league games there’s not too much you can say that’s positive – and Steve seems intent on just carrying on and trying to get the results on the board.
There wasn’t too much new from under-pressure Steve McClaren this afternoon.
What do you think?