Steve McClaren has been very straight with the often intense criticism he has received lately from pundits since taking over the very tough job of Newcastle manager.
Steve has been a pundit himself and he knows it’s about entertainment and the pundit’s have to give their honest opinion on things and that’s what they do.
Alan Shearer – intense criticism of Newcastle players and manager
While some tend to be too outlandish and outspoken he was asked in particular about the intense criticism coming from Newcastle icon Alan Shearer – one of the greatest strikers England have every produced.
This is what Steve said:
“I tend not to listen to pundits on Match of the Day or any other program.”
“People make me aware of them, and they’re interesting. I’ve been a pundit myself and it’s a great job. It’s the best job in the world!”
“Football’s about opinions. There are lots of TV and radio programmes. When you’re asked, you have to give an opinion.”
“It’s what you’re paid for. You respect that opinion from people who have played football at the highest, highest level. I have no criticism of that.”
“We tend not to focus on them, though one or two things are very interesting.”
Whatever happens to Steve McClaren you’ve got to give it to the man – he’s a gentleman and he’s got class.
In that way – he reminds us of the great Bobby Robson and also of Chris Hughton – both gentlemen of the game.
Steve’s obviously doing his very best to turn things around and we still hope that’s what he can do because that’s the easiest solution for Newcastle given where we are at the moment.
But with some very tough games coming up the reality is that’s looking to be very tough.
But you never know.