We have not watched the game against Crystal Palace again since the game ended on Saturday afternoon and the reason for that is whenever possible we don’t like to put ourselves through unnecessary mental pain and suffering.
And Newcastle fans have had enough pain and suffering this year being served up by both the Newcastle players and the Newcastle club this year.
Steve McClaren trying to watch video of the Palace game?
But on the other hand, it seems really appropriate that our players were made to sit through watching the game at Palace.
The video of the game was played for the first team squad earlier this week and nobody was allowed to leave the room.
And let’s be straight about this – that’s severe punishment indeed for the Newcastle players after yet another dreadful display.
The rumors are that a number of players asked to be excused to go to the bathroom (several times), but McClaren showed no mercy and refused the requests.
Many of our players could be seen with their heads in their hands – peeping though to watch some of the mistakes they made during the game.
One or two even asked to be excused on religious grounds – but that got short shrift with McClaren.
Those are the rumors coming through in any case.
Last week Steve read the riot act to the players and that didn’t work – in fact – it made absolutely no difference – and if anything we were worse at Palace than we were against Leicester.
And yes – that’s saying something.
So this week he’s not laying into the players too much as he tries to find some way of motivating them.
It’s really a two-stage process – the first stage is to try to get them to want to play – and then the final stage is to try to get them to play well.
Steve seems to be having the same problems that John Carver had last season – the players don’t want to play for him and it seems they couldn’t care less.
If this current state of affairs cannot be turned around in a couple of games against Liverpool and Tottenham – then Mike Ashley may be forced to call time on Steve’s tenure at the club.
That’s in order to save Newcastle from another relegation – which would be a complete and utter nightmare.
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