Steve McClaren tried to keep as positive as possible in his press conference yesterday, but with two big defeats in the last two games and only 10 points from 14 games played and second bottom of the league beneath even Sunderland – things are not good at the club.
There seem to be multiple problems with the way the club is being run and there doesn’t seem to be one silver bullet that will fix things quickly.
Steve McClaren – at his press conference
It was put to Steve that some former players are questioning the will to play and the guts of the current players and Steve was asked yesterday if the players have enough passion to play for a huge club like Newcastle United.
This is what he said:
“You cross that white line and play in front of 50,000 people and believe you me – you have got to try.”
“And that’s the thing when you are lacking in confidence and lacking in belief and not getting the results and the performance is not there not there – and young players are coming to new situations or an old one – that’s always there.”
“It’s very difficult to turn that around – very difficult.” “And it looks like from the outside they are not trying – they are not running and they are not working.”
“I thought that and we looked at the stats and it’s exactly the same amount of stats and sprinting, but it looks like they are not working – but they are.”
“We see that and try to build on it every week in training and we need to transfer that confidence and belief we have in training during the week to a Saturday.”
Perception is reality and if the fans perceive the players are not trying – then the Newcastle players are not trying – whatever Steve says and whatever the stats say.
We need a win very soon as Steve continued to say yesterday, but with Liverpool and Tottenham the next two clubs up – it will be very difficult to win one of those games.
But we have been wrong before.
Let’s hope we are wrong again.
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