You may like Steve McClaren as a coach or you may not like him as a coach, but one thing you cannot really argue with is his record and results at Newcastle.
They have been disastrous this season but it seems he will be allowed to carry on as it seems it’s difficult to be fired when you are the Newcastle manager these days.
We are 3rd bottom of the league with 12 games to go and we’ve been in the bottom four all season for the first time ever.
There’s something wrong somewhere.
Steve McClaren – Newcastle manager
But McClaren says he’s upbeat and looking forward to preparing the side for the next 18 days to take on Stoke City away on March 2nd
This is what heard coach has said:
“We will have injured players back, defenders especially. We will be in a better position for the last 12 games.
“We’ll lose games – that’s football – and sometimes you lose games against a big team.” “I do think though, that coming to Chelsea we didn’t have the ideal back four you would need in terms of stability.”
“Steven Taylor, it was his second game in seven months. Midfielder Rolando Aarons was tremendous last week, had to play there and did OK. He is only a young lad and needs more experience.”
“They are professionals. All the anger was expressed during the game and at half-time. Now it’s time for reflection and a bit of calmness.”
“We have to make sure, in 18 days time, with 12 games to go, that we are more consistent and make sure away from home we can sort it out and get some points.”
“This is probably the third time that we’ve had a result like this and we need to come back and react.”
“We’ve done it before and that’s why I am calm and upbeat. I am looking forward to the 18 days because we will be fresher.”
“The best thing you can do is get back to work, work hard and make sure you give a reaction in 18 days time.”
We don’t think Steve McClaren can save Newcastle this season – and those who run the club could be making the same mistake they made last year – when they did nothing and almost let the inept John Carver take us down to the Championship.
But if the words are coming from Lee Charnley that Steve will stay on then that doesn’t mean much.
Lee Charnley will not fire McClaren, because he was the one who appointed him in the first place – a couple of days after Steve was sacked by Championship club Derby County.
If action is taken to remove Steve McClaren it will have to come from owner Mike Ashley, who will hardly want to have a Championship club next season.
Now’s a perfect time to bring in a new manager with two and half weeks to go until our next game, but it seems that will not happen if local reports are to be believed.
And we read the club will not make any knee jerk reactions.
Knee jerk reactions?
Newcastle gained only three draws in our first eight games and we’ve been in the bottom four all season after Ashley has spent £82M on eight new players this season.
Steve McClaren would have been fired by now if he was at any other Premier League club.
That’s the truth because his record is simply appalling.