Steve McClaren has been asked if he is fearful that he may get the sack because of our very poor results – and he has said no – and that the concentration is not on that at all, but rather on getting the players to produce their best.
But given Steve McClaren´s record this season – the worst in Newcastle´s Premier League history and we are two thirds of the way through the season now – why is he not fearful of getting the sack?
Steve McClaren – not fearful of his job
This is what Steve said when asked if he was scared of being sacked:
“No. No. It’s a big game, a big game for everybody, as always.” “From the first game in terms of what you’re saying about my position.”
“We´re reflecting on everything,” “As we said we did two weeks ago that we had finished it at West Ham.” “The performance against Watford was good. This is football.”
“I was thinking: ‘We’ve got a team here, we’ve got a team on our hands.´ ” “It always kicks you in the shins. The biggest thing on reflection on the game is how we never passed the ball, we never kept the ball.”
“You can’t do that away from home and when you talk about ‘we’re fighting’, there’s a different kind of character here.” “It’s courage, the courage to want to take the ball. That was the disappointing thing for me.”
“On the ball, we’ve got talented players, we should be better than we were on Wednesday.”
Poor Swansea manager Garry Monk had them in 8th position last season – the best in their history – and he started off with 8 points from the first four games this season – including a home win over Newcastle.
But he was fired in early December after Swansea had slipped to only 14 points from their first 15 games.
At the time Newcastle had 13 points from 15 games.
And we are reminded of poor Chris Hughton back in December of 2010 – who had just got us famously promoted from the Championship with a record number of 102 points (and 30 wins – remember them?) at the first attempt.
And after three brilliant successive wins at West Ham (2-1), against Sunderland at home 5-1 – and then the only time we have ever won at the Emirates – 1-0 with an Andy Carroll header just before half time – he was fired after we went the next five games with only 2 points.
So in Chris´ last 9 games in charge had only got us a measly 12 points – presumably not good enough in those days.
Chris still remains a hero and a gentleman as far as we are concerned.
But since Chris was fired Newcastle have been loathe to fire their manager – Alan Pardew came close a few times.
And John Carver lost eight league games in a row last season and was simply in way over his head.
Yet he still survived – before he was let go in the summer because he had poisoned the well at Newcastle with his ridiculous antics and that it was all the players´ fault.
Steve McClaren, after £52M was spent on new players last summer started the season with 3 points from 8 games – our worst start ever in the Premier League and in any seoasn in our history for that matter – and now we have taken only 4 points from the last seven games.
And he is not fearful for his job?
Loyalty is all very well but not when it comes at the peril of Newcastle´s position as a Premier League club.
At any other Premier club Steve McClaren would have been fired long before now.
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