Ever since Steve McClaren was appointed as the head coach at Newcastle in June we’ve never being able to reconcile how he has such a great name as a coach and yet has such a relatively poor record as a manager.
Steve has failed badly at clubs like Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and Derby County earlier this year and he was maybe one of the worst managers England have ever had in the short stint of 16 months he had starting back in 2006.
Steve McClaren – under stress
And the one big weakness Steve may be lacking in is man-management.
What’s happening at Newcastle now is very similar to what happened under John Carver – the players are not playing for the manager and they are difficult to motivate.
They look in games like they don’t care and that’s not true with other teams fighting relegation.
We watched the Bournemouth game at Chelsea yesterday and the Bournemouth players gave 100% and were very well organized and got the surprise win they deserved against Chelsea.
The Bournemouth team was put together on a shoestring compared to the huge money spent on Chelsea players and it was a fairy tale ending when Bournemouth got the winning goal late in the game.
So their players all turn up for every game – s0 why don’t ours?
While the players have to take responsibility for their poor performances it’s also the manager’s job to get the best out of them.
Steve hasn’t done that and the inconsistency is still here after over three months of the season,
We don’t see much inconsistency at Liverpool lately – they have won seven of their last eight games under Jurgen Klopp.
Discipline also seems to be a problem at Newcastle and it’s been the case all year.
John Carver ended up basically blaming the players for the mess we got ourselves into last season and Steve McClaren although more politically astute – seems to have run out of ideas other than talking about the confidence of the players.
He used the word “confidence” over 40 times in his press conference on Thursday.
Steve’s basic point was that the next big win (whenever that comes) will turn everything around and give the players their confidence back and all will be well.
Today is a game when we could get a big win against a rampant Liverpool side and we hope that happens.
But we are also very nervous about this game since we have been taken apart in the last two games and maybe Liverpool are the in-form side in the Premier League right now and play at their very best away from home.
And they keep coming and don’t settle for say a 3-0 win when they could get more goals.
Steve McClaren has so far failed badly at Newcastle with 10 points in 14 games and if we collapse again today this could possibly be his last game in charge.
We hope we can get a shock result today – and that would be anything but a defeat.
And a win would certainly be a shock with over 90% of fans expecting another defeat and only 5% expecting all 3 points.
How Will Newcastle Fare Against Liverpool?
- Lose (90%, 5,410 Votes)
- Win (6%, 355 Votes)
- Draw (4%, 214 Votes)
Total Voters: 5,979
It’s set up for our players to shock us all.