It will be very interesting to hear what Steve McClaren has to say in his press conference today after one of our most disappointing performances of the season at Goodison Park on Wednesday and that came as the first game after the January window after we brought in four new players for £29M.
Not a good start to the remaining games of the season – to be sure.
Steve McClaren – pondering the six goals conceded in 20 minutes
But in an interview in the Chronicle today what he says supports the notion he still thinks the relegation battle will go down to the very last game of the season.
“In three or four weeks time we must be fit and healthy and have a good attitude and energy.”
“We need everybody in that treatment room off the beds and training again.”
“They need to help us do what we want, which is climb up the league.” “It is a mini-season. It was 15 (well we lost the 15th last game on Wednesday) then you knock it down to 10.”
“Then it’s about the last five. We have to start getting results.”
With the continuing poor results this season we´ve heard it all before from Steve McClaren – give me ten games before you judge – then give me until Christmas – and now it seems it´s give me to the last game of the season.
Who would have thought after we spent £52M last summer on new players – after the fans were generally delighted that Ashley had at last opened the wallet – that we would be struggling with relegation throughout this season?
We thought the turnaround would have come long before now and it has to come soon, with four new players added to the squad for £29M last month.
But it hasn´t come yet and it´s simply not good enough – not good enough by a long way.
We have to hope we can get some wins together and get out of trouble soon and Newcastle have to win the game tomorrow against West Brom – it really is a must win game for us and for Steve McClaren.
If we don´t win tomorrow Mike Ashley may not give Steve McClaren any more games to turn it around – and the owner found out seven years ago that leaving it to 8 games to go before bringing in a new manager (Alan Shearer) was too late.
That´s how important tomorrow´s home game is for Newcastle and for Steve McClaren.