McClaren Not Worried About The Sack – Why Not?

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?

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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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14 comments so far

  • magscar

    Feb 6, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Oh I think he is fearful just not going to admit it to press (or in dressing room)

  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Macca not bothered if he get’s the sack, why would he be? He is in for a nice big pay off, and still may find a job in the lower leagues.

    For Macca it’s a win win regardless of the outcome for the club.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    42 points to play for. We are 2 points from ‘safety’. Our position is a hugely concerning one but the attitude of ‘we’re down’ is a bit premature.
    Fans are passionate but often ultra reactive. Shelvey was hailed as the 2nd coming after his debut. 2 games later he’s on some people’s scrap heap. He’s got quality, hopefully he shows it again today and it will all turn again.

  • NoahJ

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #4

    why does he keep saying we played well against watford?

    we were absolutely dreadful

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

    I think SM might as well just button it. What can he say that isn’t going to appear to be sound bites, cliches or excuses. I just want him and his beleaguered team to get in that dressing room, galvanise the players and send them out with a plan and a united purpose. Sick of listening to post match post mortems when we can all see it in front of our own eyes.

  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6


    He thinks that was great because that’s above his natural level, His usual level was in evidence on Wednesday night.

    We know it was crap, we knew we needed a CB & LB but for the club everything seems to be rosy….go figure eh!

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #7

    That’s a very good question Ed.

    Maybe he’s just making too much money out of being perennially sacked from Wolfsburg, Forest, Derby etc.

    It’s like the struggling managers who say they don’t read the newspapers. Maybe in some cases it’s because they can’t read, but in others if they did they might be a bit more focused and get the mood of the fans.

  • cyprus

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #8

    He means the cup game I think.

    You are right of course, all through. And I’ll take Shelvey out of the scrap heap too, though I had him there in the first place 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #9


    problems start when managers, ie AP don’t think there is a problem. If they don’t think there is one how can they solve it?

    Only reason I want SM to win is that the prospect of Moyes or Pulis just keeps perpetuating the defensive long ball misery we’ve had to suffer under SA and AP.

  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #10

    From previous


    He should have been gone after those first 10 game, or then in January, he should never have been appointed in the first place.

    But as we all know, the club is run by idiots, although we have moved on a little, in the past if it was cheap and useless we wanted it and got it, but now we have upgraded that to expensive and useless, but just so long as it is useless it will do apparently.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Although I don’t agree I can understand why he said it after the game, maybe trying to stick up for the players. But to mention it two weeks later, if that’s what he really believes then we are in deep trouble.

  • magscar

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #12


    Problem is that managers are obligated to face press before matches and after. It’s not only McClaren that get’s into repetitive platitudes when questioned.

    Others are also showing impatience if not annoyance with the press at the conferences – LVG and Klopp to name 2 recently.

    I tend not listen to them as they are either trying not to pat themselves on the back too much or repeating the usual mantra’s about luck, referees and/or we will see a reaction next week.

    McClaren’s real talk and that matters is on the training pitch and in dressing room. Now hearing that might prove illuminating!

    Rare to get any real insight from the conferences.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #13

    firebug@10 – that’s all true.

  • JeanDavidGinola

    Feb 6, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #14

    At Newcastle it seems to be ‘if your face fits’ you’ll get numerous chances unlike poor Chris Hughton who was perfect for the toon


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