Initial Comments From Steve McClaren Press Conference

Steve McClaren has given his press conference today for the game at home to Everton on Saturday, Boxing Day and the manager has talked about the very bad news about Pavel Srnicek – who had a heart attack yesterday while he was running and is now in an induced coma until tomorrow – with no news on the former Newcastle goalkeeper today.

We again send Pavel’s family our thoughts for a  recovery for the former Newcastle goalkeeper.

Steve has also talked about Newcastle’s  injury record with 9 players out injured at the moment and five of them are long term.

But that’s the same as it’s been over the last several seasons at Newcastle and we pick up more injuries than any other Premier League club – and that cannot just be bad luck.

We should be doing something about it – like finding what  the cause of all these injuries is.

Steve McClaren Press Conference Newcastle United

Steve McClaren held his press conference today for Everton game

Here ‘s some of what Steve had said today, first and foremost about Pavel:

“Sad, sad news about Pav. What a character. He’s really well-loved by Newcastle fans. A real shame. Our thoughts go out to his family.”

Steve then talked about the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa, which was really a big disappointment and two points lost:

“The draw was frustrating. We’d have taken seven points before the Liverpool game but it’s gone now and we move on to Everton.”

“Everton are tough opponents; a very good team. They have great balance and Roberto Martínez has done a terrific job.”

“It’s about us and that’s what we’ve focused on. Working hard, matching our opponents. We have players who can cause teams problems.”

And then Steve talked about our terrible injury record this season – which is no improvement over the last ten years for that matter – and continues to adversely affect the teams we can field in the Premier League.

“We don’t mention it much but we’ve got 4 or 5 long-term injuries. 9 on the treatment table.”

“Cisse is a ‘doubt’ for Everton but still needs to be assessed. Lascelles back in training, Aarons a week away. Taylor a  fortnight away.”

“We have to move on quickly from Villa. We were very unlucky and had chances to win it. I understand the fans’ frustrations.”

“The squad will be in on Christmas Day in the morning. Train as normal to prepare for a tough game with Everton.”

Newcastle have a good chance to get back to our winning ways against a good Everton side on Saturday at home – and that would help us move away from the relegation zone, before the January transfer window opens  on New Year’s Day.

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