From the comments made by Steve McClaren on nufcTV it´s clear the trip to La Manga is one of rest and relaxation for the Newcastle squad and it´s sometimes hard to put hard work alongside the rest and relaxation.
But that´s what Steve is trying to convince Newcastle fans of – that they are working hard in training on the five day trip.
Hopefully that´s with our defense which has been catastrophically poor in our last two away games and we have also lost six of our last seven games on the road since December 1st.
La Manga club, Spain
This is what Steve McClaren said on nufcTV:
“It’s important that players just get ready and play some minutes,” “We tried to get a game in England; we couldn’t manage that, so it’s ideal coming out here.”
“I’m used to La Manga, I’ve been here plenty of times. It has good facilities.”
“It was nice just to get the flight out of our legs and do a little bit of work and get ready for a couple of good days of work on Thursday and Friday.”
“Breakfast together, lunch together, just being around the hotel together – it’s difficult to create that kind of togetherness but it’s great because you’ve got four days together.”
“It’s intense, and hopefully we’ll come back refreshed, renewed and ready for the challenge again.”
“It’s good to get everybody together. It’s a mixture between work, rest and recuperation, and setting some targets for the end of the season.”
“It’s a 12-game season now. There are six or seven teams in the battle against relegation and we’ve got to make sure we’re one, two or three above that.”
Let´s hope that togetherness shows itself at Stoke City a week on Wednesday, became another insipid display like the ones at Everton and Chelsea lately would surely mean McClaren gets sacked – but maybe not.
It started off this season by Steve saying he needed 10 games before you judge – and then it became give me until Christmas – and then it became give me until the end of the season.
Now it´s a 12 game season and we are in the same position – 3rd bottom of the league – when all those comments were made by McClaren.
Steve talks a good game but his results have been just absolutely terrible this season- relegation worthy results.
As we have said before he would have been fired by any other Premier League club based on his record this season.
But it would be embarrassing to the Newcastle Board, because they appointed the fired Championship manager in the first place, at a time when much better and more capable coaches were available.
If they allow McClaren to take Newcastle down without acting, they have let the club down by doing nothing about it.
Shame on them if that happens.