Steve McClaren was both placid and straightforward in his press conference today and kept talking about football being all about confidence and that his players were lacking confidence at the moment and were not playing well.
But one good performance and result and the confidence comes rushing back.
Steve mentioned he had a lot of young players and he had to help pull them through this adversity.
Steve McClaren – we have a good team
And he denied that Newcastle players don’t have the character – even though former players have blasted the current players this week for their lack of effort and commitment to the side.
What didn’t come across – at least to us – was the urgency of the situation and he said he had talked to Lee Charnley earlier this week as he does after every game and this week was very normal.
So presumably nothing untoward was said during their talk after Alan Pardew’s side simply took us apart 5-1 on Saturday.
This is some of what Steve McClaren said this afternoon:
“I was talking to one of the players, we’ve won four or five games in a year and that doesn’t breed confidence or belief. We still have to fight.”
“When these players play with confidence you can see what they can do. They are trying, they are young players.”
“Frustrating is a key word for the supporters. We have to keep going. We have good players here. There is effort there and caring, just a lack of confidence and we have to help them through that.”
Steve is not panicking one little bit, but the press conference was disturbing simply because there doesn’t seem to be the urgency you would expect from a Newcastle manager whose team is second bottom of the league and have been hammered twice in the previous two games.
And now we face maybe the in-form team in the Premier League at the moment – Liverpool – who hammered the Saints at St Mary’s Stadium 6-1 last night.
After viewing the press conference a couple of times, we are now more worried about Sunday’s game than we were before Steve’s comments.
Maybe Steve knows something fans don’t – maybe the players have looked great in training?
One in twenty fans believe we can win the game on Sunday.
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