Steve McClaren thinks Newcastle will only get better as the new signings are integrated into the team – and that should be the case – but hey, the proof of the pudding is always in the eating – so we shall see.
There have been too many statements recently by both players and pundits that remind us too much of our relegation season, when there was just no way that Newcastle team would be relegated – so we have heard it all before.
Steve McClaren – yes – we remember that game too
In the lead up to the game at Chelsea tomorrow this is some of what Steve McClaren has said – and we should point out there are only 13 games to go – not 14 as Steve says once in this piece:
“We have good talent in this squad but we have to get more consistency. Performances like Everton have surprised everyone, we have to eradicate that.”
“With 14 games to go we have to be consistent with our performances. We have fans demanding a performance of character and so do I.”
“This squad is stronger now, it’s far better than it was. We have been in the bottom three, we are kind of used to being around where we are.”
We know we are in battle. We have continue that battle for the next 13 games. You never know what will be needed.”
14 games to go – then 13 games to go – maybe Steve also thinks we have 35 points?
And yes the squad is stronger than it was – no doubt about that – but is the mental strength any stronger than it has been so far this season?
There’s a reason we have a measly 24 points from 25 games this season and we are 4th bottom of the league table and only one point above the relegation zone.
When we were relegated 7 years ago everybody kept saying the Newcastle squad was far too strong to go down.
They were all dead wrong then – so we take with a pinch of salt what people say today.
We need the points and wins are what will do it for us – but really – what the manager and players say in the lead up to the games means absolutely nothing.
We need the win tomorrow at Stamford Bridge and that’s possible if all our players turn up for the game.