Steve McClaren is still very aware that a couple of defeats and we could be right back in deep trouble in the relegation zone, so at least Steve seems to be a pragmatist and a realist.
And he also knows that his job is not safe.
Since Jose Mourinho was fired by Chelsea last Thursday after winning the Premier League and League Cup earlier this year no manager is safe in the Premier League these days and with the extra money coming in with the new £5B TV rights deal starting next June – it will likely only get worse.
Steve McClaren – job still not safe
This is some of what Steve McClaren said yesterday:.
“Even when you think you’re out of relegation trouble, you never are.”
“You always look ahead and think, “The three games we’ve got, if we don’t get this or that, oh my God, we’ll be back down there”.
“There’s always fear, you’re never safe. Never. Look at Sunderland; a couple of weeks ago, people said they were out of it but a fortnight later they’re back in it. “
“To be clear of the bottom is nice, but we’re not away from it, we’re still fighting.”
That’s why this afternoon’s home game against bottom club Aston Villa is so important – so we can pull further away from the relegation zone and towards safety and wins help us do that quickly.
It’s very possible we can win this game today – we should win this game today – and certainly that’s what the Newcastle fans expect.