The very fact that Steve McClaren is still the Newcastle manager after two complete collapses in the last three games tells us that some on the Board – maybe Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – still have faith in the former England manager.
And maybe the reason for that is those two were the ones that wanted Steve at Newcastle over a year ago when Alan Pardew bolted from the club rather quickly.
Former Queens Park Rangers midfielder and Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins is worried about Newcastle and he made that clear on the Call Collymore show on talkSPORT on Saturday evening.
Steve McClaren – unwarranted faith in this man?
Newcastle were taken apart 5-1 at Chelsea in front of a world-wide TV audience – and it wasn´t just a poor display – it was a completely embarrassing display from the Magpies.
And that came just 10 days after we were taken apart 3-0 at Everton and our players don´t seem to like things away from St. James’ Park.
If that cannot be fixed quickly we will probably be relegated in May.
This is what Ray Wilkins said about Newcastle:
“As much as you are right in what you are saying about the passing of the ball, what worried me more was their energy for the game, that worried me immensely, I have got to say,”
“At St. James’ Park, you see a totally different level of commitment from these Newcastle guys. As soon as they step out of Newcastle, they seem to panic, they seem to throw everything away.”
“When you haven’t got that work ethic in your trousers, then you are going to struggle from minute one.”
One of the things that can get a team relegated is if we don´t have players with the guts and the mental strength to produce the goods when things are on the line.
That seems to be a problem Newcastle have now – and as we said if we cannot fix that soon we are in real trouble.
We have to think that if we are beaten easily at Stoke two weeks tomorrow night that could be curtains for Steve McClaren.
If it´s not – it should be.
But if he still stays in charge that would be more proof that some on the Newcastle Board have an unwarranted faith in Steve McClaren.
Mike Ashley would then need to step in to save the club.